kilts, porridge, Highland flings, tartan, shortbread, Rob Roy…if ever a
country’s musical culture was misguidedly defined by popular misconception, then
truth is that the indigenous music of Scotland is a veritable fireball of rage,
heartbreak, protest, celebration, love, death and beauty with much to say about
the country’s proud, dramatic and often bloody history.
ballads and a whole compendium of emotions are wrapped up in the exceptional
musicianship to be found in a gloriously rich fund of fiddle, accordion and,
indeed, pipe tunes as heard here on Beginner’s Guide to
compilation encompasses various key figures in Scotland’s broadly varied musical
history inc. Edinburgh’s Harry Lauder (described by Winston Churchill as
“Scotland’s greatest ambassador”), violinist & composer James Scott Skinner
& one of the folk revival’s greatest artists Dick Gaughan. Representing the modern guard are the
acclaimed Karine Polwart, the award-winning LAU, the enigmatic Alasdair Roberts
and the best-selling
music has a powerful past, but it’s matched by a vigorous present and, you
fondly imagine, an exciting future.