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Take the Road to Aberfeldy - Margaret Bennett

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Margaret Bennett joins with friends from the Royal Conservatorie of Scotland, Glasgow (formerly RSAMD) and Aberfeldy District Gaelic Choir for this lovely CD of Scots and Gaelic song  inspired by Margaret's invitation to Festival 500 (July 2007) in Newfoundland, where thousands of singers from all over the world spend a week together celebrating the voice and the joy of singing.  Accompanied by Seylan Baxter, Cheyenne Brown, Heather Downie, Ruairidh MacMillan and Stuart Peters.

If there’s anything more satisfying at a ceilidh, concert or session than hearing everyone join the chorus then I’m yet to find it. “Please join in,” you say, hoping for one those moments when the whole place resonates with glorious, warm voices awash with harmonies. Every now and then it just happens, and if folk ask me where, I’d probably tell them, “just take the road to Aberfeldy…” Whichever direction you travel, the scenery is magnificent — turning off the A9 at Trinafour and winding through hills, or east of Crieff then up through the Sma’ Glen. And you needn’t be in a hurry. My own greatest attraction of arriving is being able to sing with a wonderful group of folk I met when we shared a stage at the opening of Perth’s new concert hall in 2005, the Aberfeldy and District Gaelic Choir. Welcoming, enthusiastic (they just love to sing), warm-hearted, versatile (not many Gaelic choirs have a repertoire they take to Spain), and forgiving (they allow me to break the rules) and they just lift a chorus!

When it comes to singing, the road to Aberfeldy takes on a special meaning to me.

‘Singing together’ has been a feature of every stage of my life: at home with my sisters and parents; at school with pals; in the car or anywhere, with my son (the late Martyn Bennett) who delighted me with harmonies (and parodies) from earliest childhood; with friends at festivals and fèisean; and, over the years, with young folk who start off as students and quickly become friends. All of us love to sing and play music together and this CD is a tapestry of songs shared with some of those special people—for without them my pleasure in singing would be much diminished. Please join us in the chorus! Margaret Bennett, Perthshire, 2007.                                                    


1.The Singing Bird
2. Gaol ise gaol i
3. The Spinning Wheel
4. Hi Horo ’s na Horo Eile
5. A Chailinn Dhuinn & Miss Lyle 
6. Mary Mac
7. Gur Milis Mòrag

8. Bu Chaomh Leam Bhith Mireadh & Glasgow City Police Pipers
9. The Pressers
10. Ailein Duinn & My Bonnie Light Horseman
11. Tuireadh Iain Ruaidh

Review by David Kidman,  Living Tradition

FolkWorld CD Reviews
Margaret Bennett "Take the Road to Aberfeldy"
Label: Grace Note; GNPCD0001; 2007; Playing time: 39:08 min

The sleeve notes read as: If there's anything more satisfying at a ceilidh, concert or session than hearing everyone join in the chorus then I'm yet to find it. Scottish singer Margaret Bennett has been singing from the cradle, and it came natural to her. However, "Take the Road to Aberfeldy" is not just an endless singalong. Most selected songs are Gaelic, from waulking songs (Gaol ise gaol i - She's My Beloved One) to laments (Tuireadh Iain Ruaidh - Lament for John Roy) and lullabies (Gur Milis Morag - Sweet is Morag). There also is a number of traditional Scots/English songs, including "The Singing Bird" and "My Bonnie Light Horseman", as well as the wordplay of Mary Mac's mother making Mary Mac marry me. Margaret is singing a capella on half of the tracks, only accompanied by the Aberfeldy and District Gaelic Choir, on the other half by understated harp, fiddle, piano and Border pipes, respectively.

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