Summer Isles – CD Album
Having grown up in the Scottish Highlands, The Summer Isles are deeply rooted in Mairearad’s composition. As a result, Mairearad has produced a beautiful new solo album, Summer Isles, a seamless and exciting progression from her previous work.
2014 saw Mairearad spend many weeks researching stories from the islands; as she located publications and poetry to help set the direction for Summer Isles. The album is an exquisite collection of acoustic, folk and cinematic vignettes that create an overwhelming listening experience. Each track tells a story of the islands’ history, embracing a contrasting emotion from track to track.
Mairearad (piano, accordion, bag pipes, vocals) is joined by a number of guest musicians including Hector McInnes (vocals), Ross Saunders (bassist), Scott MacKay (drums), Jo Nicolson (clarinet), Pat McGarvey (banjo), Mike Vass (fiddle), and Annie Grace, Jeana Leslie and Hamish Napier (backing vocals). Combining each musicians’ stylistic background, producer Iain Hutchinson has created a refined and inventive sound that faultlessly captures Mairearad’s vision.
This album was made possible with support from Creative Scotland.
A day a Month – Mairearad Green & Mike Vass
A few years ago, Mike Vass and Mairearad Green decided to meet one day a month to write and play music together. Although, given their busy schedules they didn’t always make every month, this was the start of “A Day A Month” collaborations. Now they have an album together!
Mike and Mairearad have been friends for a long time and have played music together in various combinations over the years. Both musicians are well known composers in The Scottish Traditional Music scene, however this album includes only Traditional melodies and not any of their own compositions. The music was sourced from books such as The Gesto Collection of Highland Music, The Athole and Highland Collections and The Moidart Collection. The pair recorded the album in a small croft house in Mairearad’s home village of Achnahaird.