released August 7, 2020
Recorded by Barry Reid in Abriachan Village Hall, Nov 2019
Mixed by Barry Reid at Rose Croft Studio
Mastered by Dean Honer
Produced by Lauren MacColl
Artwork - ‘landskein 9’ (front) and ‘landskein 7’ (inside) by Mairearad Green
Design - Ewan MacPherson
Lauren MacColl is considered one of Scotland’s most expressive fiddle players.
Her latest album, LANDSKEIN, composed of almost entirely solo traditional airs, is an uncompromising and rare delight. Bold in its simplicity, the only addition to MacColl’s fiddle is the subtle, sensitive accompaniment of pianist James Ross. Recorded ‘on location’ in Abriachan village hall, high in the hills above Loch Ness – a space known for its fine acoustics – this recording distils the finest qualities of Highland fiddle music – at times haunting, enchanting, enlivening.
The title LANDSKEIN suggests a thread or yarn in which the lifelines of a landscape, people, stories and memories are richly intertwined. The central thread traces the lifeline of MacColl herself, making her homeward journey to the Highlands, finding her place, awakening her senses in the hills and reconnecting with the taproot of the tradition that nurtured her.
Extended sleeve notes and an accompanying essay ‘Landskein and the Other Landscape’, written by ethnologist Mairi McFadyen can be found at laurenmaccoll.co.uk