The Occasionals - Reel Of Four
Yet another excellent album from one of the greatest ceilidh bands ever. Plenty of bounce and swing, with the occasional melancholic elegance of a waltz. Information in the booklet about the tunes and dances makes this even more special.
"This is another first class album from the boys". Box & Fiddle.
Britannia Two-step; Pride Of Erin Waltz; Military Two Step; Gay Gordons; St Bernard's Waltz; Eva Three Step; Canadian Barn Dance; Flowers Of Edinburgh; Cumberland Reel; Ruby Waltz; Kelvingrove Two Step; La Va; Black Mountain Reel; Sands Of Egypt; Mississippi Dip; Strip The Willow.
This is the fourth collection of music from The Occasionals , which is a selection of sets for Scottish Ceilidh dancing, featuring a range of traditional and contemporary tunes, with some new compositions by accordionist Freeland Barbour and fiddler Ian Hardie. Add Gus Millar on drums and Kevin MacLeod on banjo, mandolin and tenor guitar and you have The Occasionals- Reel of Four- the 3rd album on the Greentrax label.
Freeland Barbour is arguably one of the finest accordionists in Scotland and has previous solo albums to his credit. He is also widely known for his work with the now defunct “Wallochmor Ceilidh Band” and as a composer.
Ian Hardie, also a prolific composer, has recorded three solo albums for Greentrax and in addition to playing with The Occasionals is also a member of leading folk band, Jock Tamson’s Bairns.
Kevin MacLeod is a multi-instrumentalist who has one solo album on the Greentrax label plus a recent duo album with ex De Danaan lynchpin Alec Finn. Both albums feature Kevin’s amazing skills on stringed, fretted instruments.
Gus Millar is a highly sought after ceilidh band drummer who also worked with the Wallochmor Celidh Band. He has wide experience within the Scottish Dance Band scene.
These four exceptionally talented musicians combine to make one of the most popular ceilidh bands with a sound unique to The occasionals.
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