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New Spring

  • Disc 1
    1. Inveraray Castle / Calum Beag / Lucy Cassidy
    2. Green and the Blue, The
    3. Seann Bhriogais Aig Uilleam / Lady Margaret Stewart
    4. Cearcall A' Chuain (The Oceans Cycle) / The Kaimes Lassies / The Night We Had The Goats / Calum Fhionnlaigh
    5. Working Away / The Toastie Jig
    6. The Prince Of Wales / Angst Agus Angus / Let There Be Drams
    7. Darien
    8. Miss Sarah MacManus / The Appropriate Dipstick / Cape Breton Fiddlers' Welcome To Shetland
    9. Devil Uisge Beatha, The
    10. The Golden Eagle / O'er The Moor To Maggie / The Highland Man Kissed His Grannie
    11. Wissahickon Drive: Medley: / Farewell To Ravenscraig / My Night Out With Big Iain
    12. I Feel Like Going Home
    13. Farewell My Love / Auchindoun / Tom Paine's Strathspey / The Sands Of Loch Bee / The Handshaker / Cailleach An Dudain (The Old Women Of The Mill Dust)

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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2045

  • Credits
    ProducerRobin Morton
    EngineerRobin Morton; Moray Munro

    Battlefield Band: Alistair Russell (vocals, guitar, cittern); Alan Reid (vocals, guitar); John McCusker (cittern, fiddle, accordion, keyboards, whistle, background vocals); Iain MacDonald (flute, Highland bagpipes, whistle, background vocals).
    Recorded at Temple Records Studio, Scotland.
    Personnel: John McCusker (vocals, whistling, cittern, fiddle, accordion, keyboards); Iain MacDonald (vocals, whistling, flute, bagpipe); Alistair Russell (vocals, guitar, cittern, fiddle, accordion, keyboards); Alan Reid (vocals, keyboards).
    Liner Note Author: The Battlefield Band.
    Recording information: Temple Records Studio, Scotland.
    Arrangers: The Battlefield Band; Alistair Russell; Iain MacDonald; John McCusker.
    NEW SPRING signals another personnel change for these keepers of the Scottish folk music tradition. Vocalist and keyboardist Alan Reid from the band's former line-up is joined by piper Iain MacDonald, guitarist and cittern player Alistair Russell, and 18-year old multi-instrumentalist John McCusker on fiddle, accordion, cittern and whistle. Interestingly, the new Battlefield Band sounds more tradition-oriented than ever, without the slightest deviation from the high caliber of musicianship that has distinguished the ensemble from their earliest albums in the mid-'70s.
    This 1991 release kicks off with a lively medley of traditional pipe tunes, followed by a Reid original, a pensive lullaby entitled "The Green and the Blue." McCusker's youth is disguised by his fiddling expertise (which alternately evokes crowded taverns and misty moors), and his own trad-style compositions such as "Farewell to Ravenscraig/My Night Out with Big Iain." Russell's Celtic treatment of Charlie Rich's "I Feel Like Going Home" helps the tune blend seamlessly into the track list. It's this kind of synthesis--the mixture of old and new songs, traditional and modern instruments, and cross-cultural influences, that has maintained the Band's position as Scotland's foremost folk revivalists.

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