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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Great tunes, nice variety with all the cameos from a fantastic set of musicians on different instruments. I also love the intimate feel of the album, the orchestration, the boat noises. It's the album I've listened to most in the last few years. kjwa
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Brilliant LP! I saw Lauren talking with Paul Murton on BBC's Grand Tours of Scotland's Lochs, discussing The Brahan Seer, the inspiration for this album. While much music in this genre can sound a little two dimensional, the production and quality of this album is superb, full of depth, really bringing out the energy, personality and soul of the music and the artists. A broad palette of instruments are on show. Genuine authenticity. Truly a joy to listen to. I wish I could hear this played live! Master of Alchemy
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Kinnaris Quintet alternates wonderfully between sweet warmth and rapturous joy. They accomplish what all good folk music aims at. It's very difficult to make an instrumental album of this length not start to all sound the same, but every track on Free One is so well constructed as to be chapters of a moving story, finally deeply satisfied by the conclusion of the title track. By jolts and false starts it alludes to brokenness without drowning in it. It's full of a realism that sees the ugliness of the real world and yet chooses joy, and this to me is what it truly means to be free. gripraven