Mary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac - Seinn

Mary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac - Seinn
Recording Location:
Castlesound Studio, Edinburgh, SCT; Echo Chamber Audio, Halifax, NS; Heartstring Productions, Halifax, NS; Lakewind Sound Studios, Point Aconi, NS; Stúideo na Mara Co., Donegal, IRL; Wee Studio, Stornoway, SCT
Release Date:
September 18, 2012

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 CoatMary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac4:19
Air a' Ghille Tha Mo Rùn [Is It the Lad That I Love]Mary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac4:55
Òran an T-Saighdeir [The Soldier's Song]Mary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac4:28
Keeping Up with CalumMary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac3:03
Rinn Mi Còrr Is Naoi Mìle [I Travelled More Than Nine Miles]Mary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac3:21
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 / TraditionalMary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac5:49
Hoireann Ó Rathill Iù OMary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac4:25
Seudan a' Chuain [Jewels of the Ocean]/Lad O'Beirnes / Allan MacDonald / TraditionalMary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac5:20
Òran a' Mhèirlich [The Thief's Song]Mary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac4:31
Boise Monsters: Schooner Lane/Boise Monsters / Wendy MacIsaac / Ryan J. MacneillMary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac3:13
Tàladh Na Beinne Guirme [The Blue Mountain's Lullaby]Mary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac6:18
If You Were Mine: If You Were Mine/Drunken Landlady / Stewart MacNeil / TraditionalMary Jane Lamond / Wendy MacIsaac3:29

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