Ross Ainslie - Remembering
Gilmore & Roberts - Conflict Tourism
Mark Brown - Skin and Bone
From their press releases :
In January 2015 Ross was commissioned by Celtic Connections to write a piece for the New Voices series. Ross decided to go outside his comfort zone and try out songwriting for the first time and “Remembering” is what he achieved. It features five songs and three tune sets, from “Head High” which is a song about remaining positive and not dwelling in the past that features some words by the living legend Jock Duncan to a kind of psychedelic, thrash grass suite called “Nowhere To Go” which is in three sections. “Lullaby For Mel” was written for Ross’s friend that he lost far too early and it shows his flair for writing a beautiful slow melody. The album opens with a song called “Change” that reflects on Ross’s drinking days and the decision to go sober. Overall “Remembering” is an open and honest piece of music.
Conflict Tourism is the fourth album from award-winning duo Gilmore & Roberts. Following a year of touring in mainland Europe, Canada, and their native Britain, Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts noticed a common thread running through their latest crop of original songs. Conflict, whether an internal struggle between positive and negative, or a healthy body and a disease, is an everyday phenomenon captured perfectly by these 11 tracks.
When you first listen to Mark Brown, you might find yourself wondering where he’s been and why it took him so long to get here. Combining a sharp eye with a sly sense of humour reminiscent of John Prine, Mark makes songs that hail from everywhere, incorporating ballads, cowboy songs, jigs, sideshow melodies, and field hollers. His songs give voice to craftsmen, broken-hearted mechanics, heavy equipment operators, squatters and girls with their dirt bikes.
Ross Ainslie - Dreaming Daisy
The Rails - Breakneck Speed
Rab Noakes - I'm Walkin' Here
Gilmore & Roberts - Time Soldiers On
Richard & Linda Thompson - Night Comes In
Natalie Merchant - After The Gold Rush
Ross Ainslie - Head High
Patsy Reid - Hooray Henry
Mark Brown - Pony
Sarah McQuaid - Solid Air
The Beatles - Martha My Dear
Simon & Garfunkle - Homweward Bound