Scottish traditional Highland band Dàimh, or “Gaelic Supergroup’ as they seem to be tagged these days, have been hopping across the Islands of Mull, Skye and South Uist to record their latest album The Hebridean Sessions (out on 9th November) which brings together a collection of tunes and songs covering everything from drinking, hard winters, courting, heartbreak, dancing and more.
Angus MacKenzie who plays Border pipes and whistles and hails from the Isle of Skye explained: “We wanted to record an album of the traditional tunes we have been playing for years at wild dances and ceilidhs across the West Coast and islands. The best way to capture the feel and spirit we were after was to take the recording studio with us rather than go to the studio and try and make it feel like an island.”
Changes in lineup include that of a new Gaelic vocalist in the form of Ellen MacDonald who is described as ‘the most exciting thing to happen to Gaelic song since the invention of the Ceilidh’. The band revealed this recent video introduction of their new member:
They plan a full Scottish launch tour in spring/summer 2016 which will apparently include a Hebridean world record attempt – more to be revealed.
Here’s a small sample preview of the album:
The Hebridean Sessions is released on 9th November 2015 via Goat Island Music
Click here to Pre-Order it via the Dàimh website.