Far and away Scotland’s most exciting traditional band. The Tannahill Weavers have helped convert a generation raised on rock and roll to the stirring skirl of the highland pipes deftly integrated with guitar, fiddle, flute, tin whistle, bouzouki, and keyboards. As forceful as any rock band, this mostly all-acoustic Scots group draws deeply from the rich heritage of their country for some of the most eloquent and exhilarating music imaginable.
The Tannies’ trademark "piping-hot" edge is brilliantly honed here by Kenny Forsyth, an immensely talented piper who first stood out with the celebrated Scot Rail Vale of Atholl Pipe Band. Kenny’s highland piping on "The Blackbird Set" and "The Log Splitter Set" is nothing short of spectacular, while his highland and small-pipes playing on "The Unicorn Set" meshes expertly with the fiddle of John Martin (formerly of Ossian), the flute and tin whistle of Phil Smillie, the bouzouki and keyboards of Les Wilson, and the guitar of Roy Gullane. Founding member Roy Gullane provides riveting lead vocals on such songs as "The Hieland Sodger," Lewis Spence’s "Capernaum," and Jez Lowe’s "The Bergen," each further distinguished by mesmerizing backup vocal harmony from other band members. There are also two superb original compositions by band members here: Phil Smillie’s haunting slow air "The Sound of Taransay" and Roy Gullane’s heartfelt song "Hame." Captivating from first track to last, Capernaum is another out-and-out Tannie triumph!
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