Celtic Music Radio’s Album of The Week ‘ The Highland Swing’ by DJ Dolphin Boy ‘Andy Levy aka Dolphin Boy has been a producer and DJ for more than 20 years, and in that time he has pulled off the neat trick of evolving and innovating whilst his early work remains as fresh as ever’
The Highland Swing – Skye Records
Listen in again to AOW from Saturday when Liz was in conversation with Iain Copeland about the album – Link
With the emergence of the new innovative music of the likes of Martyn Bennett / Shooglenifty / Croft No Five whose music Dolphin Boy transcended into the club scene in the early 2000 took the music to an entirely different receptive scene culminating in his first album Gateaux Youth in 2003 ; 2005 his powerful remix of his composition McKay’s Memoirs after the untimely death of Maryn Bennett ; then Verticil Variations 2009 with artists such as Aidan O’Rourke (Lau, Kan), Roisin Elsafty, Alyth McCormack, John McSherry & Donal O’Connor, James Grant, Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson and Monica Queen.
This album ‘The Highland Swing ’ Skye Records
‘It was in Knoydart, in the blurry aftermath of Hogmanay 2017 that Iain Copeland and I first started talking about this album.
I can’t remember whether we were still drinking or carefully nursing our hangovers but I know we were ridiculously happy to be there, and that we felt incredibly lucky to have been part of the celebrations (People who know Iain may be shocked at the idea of him admitting to feelings of joy but this actually happened).
It had been a proper Highland Hoolie/Tribal Gathering with folk coming from all over and we were waxing liquoural about playing to an appreciative audience and being paid fairly for our efforts. Our only complaint was that this kind of gig came up so rarely and that neither of us could afford to live the kind of extravagant lifestyles that we so obviously deserved.
We resolved to join forces and rectify this absurd, monstrous, injustish.. (..Yeah, we were still drinking).
For the previous few years Iain had been producing and touring his band, Sketch, and running Skye Records but was suffering from a lack of decently paid gigs and the general public’s recent reluctance to pay for music.
I had been producing sample-heavy, bootleg-style music that was fine in that it I could play a unique DJ set and was able to make bespoke tunes for birthdays, weddings, divorce parties etc. but I had nothing that I could legitimately sell to anyone.
We decided that he would send me the recordings from the previous two Sketch albums (Highland Time and Shed Life) and that I would recycle them in my own mysterious way. This album is the result of our faintly but fondly remembered conversation.
Apologies for any liberties taken, musically or otherwise!’. Andy Dolphin
The Highland Swing
1 Too Many Fiddles
2 Disco Dolphin
3 He’s a Piper
4 Ghetto Pipe
6 The West Highland Line
7 The Rough Bounds Rhumba
9 No End
10 One More Tune
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