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Origins: The Strathallan Early Music Group

freddfish 03 Sep 12 - 09:55 PM
GUEST,freddfish 04 Sep 12 - 08:55 AM
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GUEST,kenny 14 Mar 13 - 07:04 AM
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Subject: Origins: strathallan eireann music group
From: freddfish
Date: 03 Sep 12 - 09:55 PM

Howdy folks

In the States, we have a show on our public radio station called The Thistle and Shamrock, hosted by Fiona Richie. She plays great music, by artists performing in the Celtic traditional styles, and the show has has been on the air for quite some time. It may be on the air in England-Scotland-Ireland as well, but I can't speak to that.

Many years ago, I recorded a part of her show to a cassette tape, and captured some really nice stuff. One set of tunes in particular was called "o'er Hills O'er Mountains" and Richie credited it to a band called The Strathallan Eireann Music Group. It is a wonderful collection of songs that are meant to chronicle the Jacobite Rising from beginning to defeat. Lots of good pipe and whistle tunes matched up with some really stirring melodys.

Well, the cassette is on it's last legs, so I figure no problem...I went on the Internet to see if I couldn't get the CD or perhaps an MP3 download from Amazon. It didn't show on Amazon at all, and a google search yielded nothing as well, to my surprise. It is like the group never existed. (key "Twilight Zone" theme music....)

Ordinairily I would just blow this off and get something else, but this was some really good music that I would like to have around, and as I say, the tape is banjaxed. Has anyone heard of this band? Perhaps I am spelling the name wrong in my searches...fI am at a loss to figure this out.

Any help tracking this band and CD down would be greatly appreciated.

Take care, ya'll

freddfish


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Subject: RE: Origins: strathallan eireann music group
From: GUEST,freddfish
Date: 04 Sep 12 - 08:55 AM

I listened to the tape again, since my first post. It COULD be The Strathallan Eireann Music Group, The Strathallan "Airley" Music Group, or The Strathallan "Early" Music Group.

It is a tad hard for me to make out, as Fiona Ritchie has a pronounced Scottish accent, and I suspect something may have gotten garbled in the translation.


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Subject: RE: Origins: strathallan eireann music group
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Mar 13 - 07:07 PM

I live in Russia, I have the same problem. I can not find the music. Lost tapes. I heard it in 1990-92, the first time. I thought that the Internet would help, but no links.


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Subject: RE: Origins: strathallan eireann music group
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Mar 13 - 09:16 PM

There's just a mention here:
http://www.scottishmusiccentre.com/catalogue/c34169/?action=backpage&scope=memplans


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Subject: RE: Origins: strathallan eireann music group
From: Gutcher
Date: 14 Mar 13 - 05:09 AM

Can"t say I"ve heard of it but as they are playing Jacobite tunes they are more likely to be called "The Airlie Music Group" or "The Strathallan Early Music Group" rather than "Eireann".
Check out the Jacobite song "The Bonny Hoose O Airlie". This can be found sung by Belle Stewart and others on the Tober an Dualchais site.


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Subject: RE: Origins: strathallan eireann music group
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 14 Mar 13 - 07:04 AM

Your'e in luck, folks. It is indeed "The Strathallan Early Music Group". I know this because it was my brother who made the tapes, and I'm sitting looking at 2 of them right now. You made mention of "O'er Hills, O'er Mountains", which was recorded in 1988. I also have "The Beggar's Meal Poke" which was recorded a year earlier on Dougie MacLean's "Dunkeld" label. The brains behind these projects, as I recall was a guitar player called Jo Lozowy, who I met years ago, but haven't seen in maybe 15 years.
I don't know if these recordings ever made it onto CD - I'll ask my brother next time I speak to him, as he would probably have made the CDs as well.
Alternatively, there is an address on the "O'er Hills..." tape which you could write to and ask. The address is :

"Terpsichore Music",
4 Campbell Street, Coupar Angus,
Perthshire PH13 9BW

If you write to them, and the recordings are no longer available either on CD or tape, ask them if it would be OK for me to "Digitise" them onto a CD for you, and I'll do that.
It may help if you say that the person making the offer is the brother of the guy who made the recordings for him in the first place. I'm not sure if Jo would remember me or not - it was a good while ago we met.
Good luck,   Kenny


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Strathallan Early Music Group
From: GUEST,stewart
Date: 22 Jun 14 - 07:36 PM

hi all . just came across your post and wondered if you could help find a old friend gregor young how also played some guitar and baraham on the beggars meal poke .. any help would be great thanks . stewart


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Strathallan Early Music Group
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Apr 17 - 03:53 PM

The group was called The Strathallen Early Music Group. The recording O'er the Hills, O're the Mountains in 1988. Originally available through Terpischore Music in Angus, Perthshire, Scotland.


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