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were offered lifts from locals keen Scottish Minister for Europe,
to share their home with visitors. External Affairs and Culture Linda
Kirsty MacDonald, who works on Fabiani was much in evidence
the Tobar an Dualchais project in throughout the Festival. She’d
North Uist, was visiting Orkney for responded to a formal invitation
the very first time and got herself from Orkney MSP Liam McArthur
out and about so as to see as to visit the festival – Liam’s brother
much of the islands’ Neolithic past Fionn is the fiddle player in The
as she could. Chair. She is on record in the
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Orkney is different. It’s very much of their exchanges as saying:
in the 21st century, but life isn’t so ‘I am ashamed that, in all my The long awaited DVD
‘easy’ or convenient there. You years of going to folk festivals
can’t find shops and pubs so easily throughout mainland Scotland
from Battlefield Band
when you’re out and about in the and in some of the islands, I have
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sessions have only just got going a ceilidh too of course, on Liam
Join the band’s most exciting line up, live from the
by the time the sun is rising again. McArthur’s insistence. She took
Brunton Theatre Musselburgh, as they delight with
a huge interest in all aspects of their latest music, distilled from the heart of Scotland.
You hear tales of Orkney folklore her itinerary and clearly enjoyed
everywhere you go – tales of her visit. It is quite obvious to
R E C E N T R E L E A S E S
trowies (trolls!) and jilted, lovelorn any onlooker that the Minister is a
maidens leaping off the Breeks genuine supporter of Scotland’s
of Hoy into the sea below. You traditional music scene, despite
Battlefield Band
hear new and fascinating names the ongoing onslaught on public
Dookin’
for wildlife and birdlife (such as funding of the traditional arts
“... It’s high-quality business as usual”.
mallimaks and scootie-alans) in throughout Scotland.
Scotland On Sunday, 9.9.07
everyday conversation.
Orkney is a very beautiful and very
“Dookin’ is superbly entertaining,
You come across the unusual in memorable place to take your
wholesome, fulfilling and an absolute
Orkney too. I was lucky to see music. It gets the balance of local
pleasure to own”. Toxic Pete, August 07
a ‘blackening’, a pre-wedding and imported artistes just right.
“If you fancy a change from your indie
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ritual usually endured by the It’s relaxed, friendly, and down to
troubadours, you could do a whole lot worse
bridegroom. On the Saturday earth. The Orcadians are warm
than to give these guys a shot”. Andy Glynn, September 07
afternoon of my visit, an open-top and welcoming. The islands are
lorry thundered its way round the fascinating and beautiful. I left
“The unmistakeable sound, spirit and consistent quality of the top
streets of Stromness, its occupants with the scent of sea, livestock
Scottish band is undiminished after 30 years and almost as many albums.
‘blackened’ with treacle and soot and wildflower filling my nostrils
Songs and tunes to stir the heart” BBC Radio 2 Folk & Acoustic Website
and ketchup and other messy and a strong desire to return, and
substances, making much noise. I find myself with an ever-growing
Alasdair White
Kris Drever remarked to me that aversion to the large, successful
An Clàr Geal
you didn’t see this kind of thing festivals where it’s getting more
every day. Carol-Anne Mackay difficult to relax, take photographs,
...brilliantly played and
visibly paled as she recalled her and enjoy the music these days. q
arranged. I would rank this as
own ‘blackening,’ remembering
one of my top albums of the year
how awful she had found it. Our
and I can’t recommend it highly enough”
Stromness ‘blackening’ crew
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wasted no time in dousing their
For helpful advice on getting to
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“...a thoughtful and stylish album”
pal in tomato and mayonnaise
the islands www.visitorkney.com
Scotland On Sunday, 12.11.06
and flour and fastened him to a
For information about the festival
lamp post. They then wrapped
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him unceremoniously in cling film,
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gave him a can of beer with a
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straw, hurled a load of abuse and
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