This week’s Album of the Week is Eilean Mo Ghaoil – The Music Of Arran
A selection of Arran’s best music played by some of Scotland’s leading traditional musicians, directed and arranged by Arran native Gillian Frame.
Just as Arran lies on the geological fault line between Highland and Lowland, so too it lies on the border between cultures. At the frontier of Gaeldom for nearly 1500 years, the island has a unique cultural identity and music.
What has united the peoples of Arran has been a love of the place which the Gaels called Eilean Mo Ghaoil or Beloved Isle. This feeling they expressed through their music, which was woven into the tapestry of their lives.
By mixing previously unrecorded archive material and newer compositions, this CD creates a portrait of the island and its people in music.
Gillian Frame comes from the Isle of Arran on the West Coast of Scotland. Hailing from afamily of musicians she was introduced to traditional Scots and Irish music at an early age. Gillian began playing the fiddle at the age of ten and by the age of thirteen she had already recorded an album with family band ‘The Angels Share’. During this time ‘The Angels Share’ were performing regularly at Folk Festivals most notably Lorient Festival in Brittany.
In 2000 Gillian was invited to record with Margaret Bennett for her new album ‘In the Sunny Long Ago’, and in January 2001 at Celtic Connections Gillian won the prestigious Young Scottish Traditional Musician 2001 Award.
Since then Gillian has been rapidly gaining experience in all areas of traditional music, using her talents as fiddle player and singer. This includes performances at Celtic Connections, playing solo fiddle in Mark Sheridan’s piece ‘The Curve of the Earth’ at Lorient Festival, various appearances on Radio Scotland, and teaching at schools and summer schools throughout Scotland. She recently graduated from the BA (Scottish Music) Hons degree at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow.
During the Celtic Connections festival this year Gillian debuted her New Voices Commission, which consists of all her own compositions and arrangements, and amongst numerous other performances played in the first ever, ‘Unusual Suspects’ a piece put together by Corrina Hewat and Dave Milligan involving over thirty of Scotland’s top Traditional Musicians.
Gillian Frame (fiddle, viola, vocals) with Angus Lyon (accordion, piano, rhodes, melodica), Ali Hutton (pipes, guitar), Kathleen Graham (vocals) and Ross Kennedy (vocals, guitar).