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Ian Bruce - Alloway Tales - Rock & Reel

01 April 2000
Rock & Reel
Dave Haslam

Culled from the excellent Linn Records 'Complete Songs of Robert Burns' (Volumes 1-6), the songs on 'Alloway Tales' are a mixture of the very familiar - 'Auld Lang Syne', 'Now Westlin' Winds And Slaught'ring Guns', @Ye Jacobites By Name' - and lesser known ones, such as 'The Auld Man's Winter Thought', 'O' When She Cam Ben, She Bobbed'.

With Bruce providing guitar and superb vocal performances throughout, these songs retain the spirit of Burnswho hoped to 'form a kind of common acquaintance among all the genuine sons of Caledonian song', by making them accessible to a whole new generation of listeners.

With a fine roster of musicians that includes some of Scotland's finest, from the guitar of Tony McManus and Catriona Macdonald's fiddle to Dougie Pincock's pipes and Marc Duff's whistles, it's album that will delight fans of Ian Bruce as well as those who hold Bruce in such high regard.

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