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I hesitate to start another Scottish Thread, but thought some great Scottish music was getting lost in Irish threads, so moving them here. 

The Highland Sessions was a great series 6-part BBC series that showcased Scottish AND Irish musicians & music.  It was filmed in Killcrankie - a village on the River Garry, in Perth and Kinross.

Here's the 1st episode - I LOVE "O'Donnell's Return"!  ...makes me want to go find where I posted that video of a fiddler that sounded just like bagpipes! 

Episode 1

1) Mary Ann Kennedy, Rona Lightfoot & Mick O’brien: O'donnell's Return / O’neill’s Cavalcade / Strathspey / Reel
2) Mary Black: Siúil A Rún [I Wish In Vain]
3) James Graham: A Mhairead Òg [Young Margaret]
4) Dermot Byrne: Bunker Hill
5) Karen Casey: Buile Mo Chroí [Beat Of My Heart]
6) Iarla Ó Lionáird: T’aimse Im' Chodhladh [I Am Asleep]
7) Mary Ann Kennedy: Puirt A Beul [Mouth Music] Incorporating: Mhorag An Dean Thu Tighinn / St Kilda Wedding / Hir An Fheill / Buachaille Dubh Fionnghal

I have learned (and love to play) "O'Donnell's Return" and I'm looking forward to learning more!

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The rest of the video series can be found/watched here:  

The Highland Sessions - Quedemais

Full program list for all episodes: https://www.allcelticmusic.com/dvd/7edf74ce-e2e0-11df-9d53-12313b076c61/Highland%20Sessions.html

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Maybe more of my foolishness, but the Scotland BBC and well known Scottish Fiddler, Aly Bain, played a huge roll in the "The Transatlantic Sessions" video series, so moved this here, too.  

Lastly, "The Transatlantic Sessions" Series - Folk, Country, Bluegrass played by great musicians from the UK & North America!  

Here's the 1st Session - directed by Aly Bain & Jay Ungar, filmed in the Montgreenan Mansion Hotel in Ayrshire, Scotland - 1995. 

00:00:35 Wheels of Love ... 00:03:48 MacIlmoyle ... 00:06:36 Ready For the Storm ... 00:10:20 Spencer the Rover ... 00:14:00 Big Bug Shuffle ... 00:17:39 Black Diamond Strings ... 00:21:49 Guitar Talk ... 00:24:31 Ashoken Farewell ... 00:29:45 May You Never ... 00:35:01 Big Scioty ... 00:38:01 Ta Mo Chleamhnas Deanta ... 00:42:41 Grey Eagle ... 00:44:52 Talk To Me of Mendocino ... 00:47:38 Mexican Monterey ... 00:51:27 By the Time It Gets Dark ... 00:54:48 Auld Lang Syne ... 00:58:57 The Loving Time ... 01:03:23 Goodbye Liza Jane ... 01:05:32 Iain Ghlinn Cuaich ... 01:08:48 Turning Away ... 01:13:01 Bon Lavoguel (Boolavogue)/Mrs. McLead ... 01:17:06 Let the Mystery Be ... 01:19:56 Wild Mountain Thyme ... 01:25:08 Far From Home/Big John McNeil ... 01:28:08 Going Back to Harlan ... 01:33:06 Daire's Dream ... 01:36:24 Canan Nan Gaidheal (Language of the Gaels) ... 01:41:14 Jim's Jig/Little Cascades/Fox In the Town ... 01:43:49 Farewell, Farewell ... 01:46:54 Cat In the Bag ... 01:49:28 Our Town ... 01:54:38 Ronfleuse Gobeil ... 01:57:22 I Will ... 02:00:31 Will the Circle Be Unbroken ... 02:05:09 You Low Down Dirty Dog ... 02:07:49 Gentle Annie ... 02:11:39 Jesse Polka ... 02:13:50 The Green Rolling Hills ... 02:17:26 The Dark Woman of the Glen ... 02:19:44 Big Muff ... 02:26:32 Hard Times ... 02:30:36 Macrimmon's Lament ... 02:33:50 The Dublin Blues ... 02:38:21 Sweet Is the Melody ... 02:42:10 A Maiden's Prayer ... 02:45:32 I Don't Want To Know About Evil ... 02:49:27 For No One ... 02:53:03 Scotland ... 02:55:55 Old-Fashioned Waltz ... 02:59:22 Clyde to Sandyhook ... 03:02:17 Dark As a Dungeon ... 03:07:08 Lover's Waltz ... 03:10:32 Both Sides of the Tweed ... 03:13:50 The Reasons Why I'm Gone ... 03:17:25 Uncle Sam/Rain On Olivia Town ... 03:19:54 This Love Will Carry

 
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There were 6 large programs (some are split up in this playlist), produced sporadically starting in 1995 thru 2013.  Here's a good playlist from Daniel and Marie Walter.

Transatlantic Sessions Complete 1-6

More info on the musicians & tunes for each Session: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.....c_Sessions

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There are 2 Albums titled "The Highland Sessions" (Vol 1 & 2), by Steve Cooney & Allan MacDonald.  

These are not related to the BBC video series.

The Highland Sessions Volume 1 - Playlist

The Highland Sessions Volume 2 - Playlist

 

Some are fiddle, some vocales, some other instrumentals - all worth a listen! 

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Well, since sessions are all about the tunes, here's a great list of Scottish 'session' tunes to look over at 'The Session'! 

Scottish session tune list

I might have posted this this next link somewhere, but worth another look - many collections, some can be bought, but there are also 22 AMAZING collections you can download for FREE (donate, if you can)!  Highland Music Trust

Scotland's Music - Fiddle Books - has an amazing selection of Scottish fiddle books I don't remember seeing anywhere; Ceilidh, Highland, Session, Old Collections, Individual's Tunebooks, Tutors, Group music and Cape Breton! 

What I like about this site, you can click on books for more good info & see a complete list of tune titles in the table of contents! 

More links to Scottish Fiddle tunes in Post 14 of A Peek at Scottish Fiddling History Thread... and at the other Scottish Music threads.

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