A beautifully atmospheric recording that perfectly captures the essence of the human endeavor, hardship and adventure of historic1773 voyage of the Hector from Ullapool, Scotland to Pictou, Nova Scotia. Bravo Feis Ross and composer John Somerville and all the talented musicians who created this thrilling musical journey.
It is, without a doubt,one of the most creative and sensitive pieces of music I have ever listened to. I never tire of it and am now enjoying learning it at John's workshops. I am downloading it now to send to my 6 year old grandson who heard it once in my car and has asked to have it on his Ipod.
The Story of the Hector is one of human endeavour and hardship upon the seas.
In early July 1773 207 passengers, mainly from Wester Ross, boarded the ship in the small Scottish village of Ullapool. The boat, in the end carrying only 180 passengers, finally came to port in the town of Pictou, Nova Scotia in mid-September. The landing was several weeks later than planned.
The journey between the two ports was one of great drama, hardship and suffering.
released September 20, 2016
All tracks composed and arranged by John Somerville apart from tracks 3 & 7 by John Somerville and Robbie Macleod. Musicians include: John Somerville, Anna Massie, Mischa MacPherson, Rachael Newton, Fiona Dalgetty, Lauren MacColl, Emily MacDonald, Louise Mackenzie, Ronan Martin, Lynsey Payne, Innes White, Ruairaidh Campbell, Alexander Levack, Conal McDonagh and Calum Barker.
Thanks to our funders Creative Scotland, Ullapool Harbour Trust and the Arts & Business Scotland New Arts Sponsorship grant scheme.
Thanks also to the Somerville Family, Robbie Macleod, Kevin Peach, Barry Reid, Chris Waite, Joan Michael, Garry Porch, Somhairle Macdonald, Arlene Petrie and all at Tulloch Castle, Joella Faulds, Dawn Beaton and all at the Celtic Colours Festival, Una McAlinden and all at the National Celtic Festival In Australia.
A very special thank you to all of the musicians who have been involved in this project from the outset.
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What becomes immediately clear is that Hamish Napier is a brilliant composer and arranger. His music is Scottish folk at the core, sounding as authentic as can be. At the same time, there's a nice rock ingredient in most of the songs, shifting the album markedly towards folk rock of the "Nightnoise" kind - an Irish variant I've cherished quite a bit in the 80's and 90's. "Nightnoise" ceased to exist long ago... a warm welcome to Hamish Napier, who will get a place in my heart close to them. Sven B. Schreiber