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Scotland’s Wild Heart

The only thing missing from the opening segment of this evening for us Americans was popcorn.  “Scotland’s Wild Heart” was a condensed version of a 2016 BBC series, featuring incredible footage of Scotland’s wild vistas and animals.  Donald Shaw’s score, played live by a first rate orchestra, fit perfectly with the beautiful scenes of soaring White-tailed Eagles; Capercaillies strutting through the morning cold, their breath trailing mist; otters frolicking in snow and water; whales, orcas; gray seals nuzzling their young; and all the glories of Scotland’s natural, wild environs.

For those able to access the BBC’s iplayer, the whole series is available http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03pjc9p .  Do yourself a favor, with or without the popcorn, watch this series and listen to the amazing music.

The rest of the evening was equally amazing.

The String Sisters at Celtic Connections 2018

Magic happened seventeen years ago, when Catriona Macdonald, Annbjørg Lien, Liz Carroll, Liz Knowles, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, and Emma Härdelin came together to become the String Sisters as a one-off gig at Celtic Connections.  They had such a great time that, despite commitments to other bands and projects, they keep finding ways to perform together.  And we’re all luckier for it.

Their combination of Nordic and Celtic styles is fantastic.  The energy they create when all six fiddles fill the hall is electric.  They seamlessly split the music between themselves, becoming solos, duos, and then all six back again.

Backing them is the String Misters: Tore Bruvoll on guitar, Dave Milligan on piano, Conrad Molleson on bass and James Mackintosh playing percussion.

This caliber of musicianship only happens at large festivals like Celtic Connections.  Gathering all these busy musicians together requires a great deal of work.  Many thanks to the String Sisters, the String Misters, and the staff of Celtic Connections for making this happen.

The String Sisters http://www.stringsisters.net/
Catriona Macdonald https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catriona_MacDonald
Annbjørg Lien http://annbjorglien.com/
Liz Carroll https://www.lizcarroll.com/
Liz Knowles https://www.lizknowles.com/
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh http://www.mairead.ie/
Emma Härdelin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_H%C3%A4rdelin

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