Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band’s third album a heady brew of Irish, West Highland and Gaelic flavours

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This is the third album from the Glenfinnan Ceilidh band

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If anyone wants to know whether Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band’s new album is as good as their first two, just ask Duncan Chisholm, one of Scotland’s most accomplished fiddle players and composers.

Road to Glenfinnan is the band’s third album, following Shores of Loch Shiel and Glenfinnan Gathering.

The album is an enjoyable blend of jigs, reels, sing-a-long songs and unfettered musical joy, with Duncan calling the band ‘the absolute real deal’.

And he goes on: ‘Without doubt, the number one exponents of real West Highland culture bar none, the epitome of what it means to be an authentic Highland band. This album is a perfect example of all of these things, beautifully crafted on the shores of Loch Shiel.’

The band is made up of stalwarts from the traditional music scene, equally at home touring the great stages of the world as performing in the village hall.

The album features Iain MacMaster on accordion, with Iain MacFarlane on fiddle, Ingrid Henderson on piano and Colm O’ Rua on banjo, along with special guests Hugh MacCallum and Joe Gillies on drums and vocals.

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Road to Glenfinnan is the band’s third album and will delight fans old and new.
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The band says bringing its music and fun into peoples’ lives, especially this year, is always rewarding and there is a real sense of pride in supporting Lochaber-based businesses in the process including the Old Laundry Studio at Glenfinnan, Graficanna for design and Abrightside Photography.

Working on the album has been a good use of the band’s down time this year and helped them prepare for their regular stint on BBC Alba’s flagship Hogmanay Show.

Ingrid told the Lochaber Times: ‘The album is a mixture of the band’s different characters so has Irish influence as well as a strong West Highland and Gaelic flavour. The main aim is to make swingy music for dancing, but we’ve thrown in a few songs and some ragtime for good measure.

‘Although this is the band’s third album, it is the first with Iain MacMaster of Glenuig on accordion and on Gaelic song, which gives us another dimension.

‘The Glenfinnan theme is very strong throughout the album, not only in the design by Graficanna which takes inspiration from vintage railway posters, but also in the local guest artists who have joined in the fun – Charlie MacFarlane, Joe Gillies and Catriona Hunter.’

Road to Glenfinnan is available to pre-book and will be on general release in the shops from December 4. Order direct from www.oldlaundryproductions.com or pop into the Granite House and Mallaig Art Gallery.

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Road to Glenfinnan is the band’s third album and will delight fans old and new.

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