The pairing of Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac is something of a Cape Breton dream team in action. Unlike much of Lamond's earlier work, this is completely acoustic, and the framework suits her very well these days, letting her voice shine on the songs, while MacIsaac's fiddle glitters on the instrumental sets and when the two come together.
The songs are mostly traditional ("Tàladh Na Beinne Guirme" is an exception) and showcase the way Lamond's voice has grown and matured over the years into a supple, emotional instrument -- the unaccompanied duet with Mairi Smith on "Rinn Mi Còrr Is Naoi Mile" is a delight. MacIsaac, too, has come a long way (a person whose surname has long roots in the area's fiddle music), and these women spark each other well. Cape Breton remains a musical treasure isle, where Scotland stays strong and Gaelic is a vital, living tongue. This album adds to the bounty of the place.
|Yellow Coat||Mary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac||4:19|
|Air a' Ghille Tha Mo Rùn [Is It the Lad That I Love]||Mary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac||4:55|
|Òran an T-Saighdeir [The Soldier's Song]||Mary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac||4:28|
|Keeping Up with Calum||Mary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac||3:03|
|Rinn Mi Còrr Is Naoi Mìle [I Travelled More Than Nine Miles]||Mary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac||3:21|
|Angus Blaise: The Lisbon Nap/Callum Breugach/Strathspey for MJ/Dusky Meadow/Angus Blaise/The Green Fields of White Point / Winston Scotty Fitzgerald / Wendy MacIsaac / Traditional||Mary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac||5:49|
|Hoireann Ó Rathill Iù O||Mary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac||4:25|
|Seudan a' Chuain [Jewels of the Ocean]/Lad O'Beirnes / Allan MacDonald / Traditional||Mary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac||5:20|
|Òran a' Mhèirlich [The Thief's Song]||Mary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac||4:31|
|Boise Monsters: Schooner Lane/Boise Monsters / Wendy MacIsaac / Ryan J. Macneill||Mary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac||3:13|
|Tàladh Na Beinne Guirme [The Blue Mountain's Lullaby]||Mary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac||6:18|
|If You Were Mine: If You Were Mine/Drunken Landlady / Stewart MacNeil / Traditional||Mary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac||3:29|