Iain Mac­far­lane launches new al­bum

The Oban Times - - Letters -

I’VE BEEN to a few great evenings in the stun­ning St An­drew’s in the Square over the last year or so; but not many so en­gag­ing as Iain Mac­far­lane’s al­bum launch last Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 20.

Iain filled the evening with sto­ries that had the au­di­ence in stitches.

Oc­ca­sion­ally, he would even play some mu­sic.

The al­bum, en­ti­tled The Gal­lop to Cal­lop, took 10 days to record over three and a half years, he ex­plained with a smile.

The Mar­garet Ste­wart Trio be­gan the evening. Mar­garet held the au­di­ence in thrall with her uniquely clear voice, her im­mense stage pres­ence and her knowl­edge of the songs - par­tic­u­larly those from the pip­ing tra­di­tion.

Then on came Iain and his crew. No less than 12 mu­si­cians joined Iain on the stage, if we count the Mar­garet Ste­wart trio who came on again as an en­core.

The fa­mous Hen­der­son clan were out in full force - Ewen and Al­lan on the fid­dle; Megan step- danc­ing as well as play­ing fid­dle and har­mo­nium; and Iain’s wife, In­grid, on the pi­ano and clarsach.

Iain Macdon­ald, with whom Iain Mac­far­lane recorded one of my all time favourite CDs The First Har­vest some years ago, played the flute along­side Hamish Napier.

Ewan Robert­son on gui­tar and James Lind­say on dou­ble bass com­pleted the rhythm sec­tion.

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