Bardic Trio

Bardic Trio

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Recorded at the Cathedral of the Isles off the west coast of Scotland the Bardic Trio's debut album is a classical reimagining of poignant and beautiful Celtic song.

Featuring settings by acclaimed Scottish composers Eddie McGuire and Alasdair Nicolson, using the rare Balfour collection of Orcadian songs, the rich tradition of repertoire made famous by the male voice choirs of Wales and the timeless of poetry of Robert Burns, this unique combination of Tenor, Harp and Guitar breathes new life into music and stories centuries old.

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Robert Burns Songs, arr. Eddie McGuire
1. Winter it is Past
2. The Deil's awa' wi' th' Exciseman
3. Ae Fond Kiss
4. Rattlin’ Roarin’ Willie
5. Slave's Lament
6. A Man's A Man for A' That

Thomas Moore: Irish Songs***
7. Minstrel Boy
8. The Meeting of the Waters

Welsh Traditional Songs
9. Suo gan, arr. Eddie McGuire
10. Clychau Aberdyfi, arr. McAllister & Griffiths**
11. Ar hyd y nos, arr. Eddie McGuire
12. Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn, arr. John Thomas*

Alasdair Nicolson: The Balfour Songbook
13. In my Skiff Bounding Lightly
14. The Early Cock
15. High as his Glory

Total playing time: 43:25

*harp solo / **harp and guitar duo / ***voice and harp duo

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The innovative combination of the Bardic Trio consists of Scottish Tenor, Jamie MacDougall, Guitarist Matthew McAllister and Welsh Harpist Sharron Griffiths. The genesis of the trio was inspired when Jamie met with the renowned Mexican Harpist, Angel Padilla Crespo for a concert tour of Mexico. In 2013, the line-up changed to include Sharron and the new trio were very positively received by audiences and critics alike during their inaugural concert tour of Scotland. With effortless, informative presentation coupled with passionate, soulful performances this new chamber ensemble is fast growing in popularity.

The trio commissioned eminent Scottish composers, Eddie McGuire and Alasdair Nicolson to arrange new settings of Welsh, Scots and Orcadian traditional songs including Burns and the Balfour Song Book. Recent performances include the St Magnus Festival in Orkney, Passauer Saiten Festival in Germany, Three Choirs Festival in Worcester, broadcast live on BBC Radio Scotland during Celtic Connections in Glasgow and the Classical Guitar Retreat on the Isle of Cumbrae. 

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