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Music from Ireland & ScotlandMusic from Ireland & Scotland Ref: A0335
by Gráinne Hambly & William Jackson
This recording features of variety of Irish and Scottish airs and dance tunes, some dating back to the 17th and 18th century harp repertoire as well as recent compositions, performed on harps, concertina, whistle and bouzouki.
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The New HarpThe New Harp Ref: A0266
William Jackson
The New Harp wears its harp on its sleeve, depicting an example of the instrument and its exponent: and sure enough, it's renowned William Jackson, now a rather magisterial figure to those who remember him as young Billy Jackson of Ossian, and of the wistfully evocative suite devoted to Tennents' Brewery, plus a thousand other stages. This collection celebrates a variety of topics - and indeed, locales - from Dunadd, ancient capital of Dalriada, to Donegal, North Carolina and France Scots Magazine, 'Listen to This' August 2008
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Scottish IslandScottish Island Ref: A0261
William Jackson
Ships' bows ploughing noisily through foaming seas-sails pulling against straining and creaking ropes-waves falling gently on silver sands or ocean rollers crashing against rugged towering cliffs-the cry of the guillemot-or the gannet-or the black-headed gull as they swoop and soar. William Jackson's A Scottish Island evokes all of these sounds and creates vivid mental pictures, sometimes within the memory, sometimes within the imagination.
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The Celtic SuitesThe Celtic Suites Ref: A0262
William Jackson
The Wellpark: Commissioned in 1985 by Tennets (Glasgow-based brewers) to celebrate their centenary.
St Mungo: Written to mark Glasgow's year as European City of Culture.
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InchcolmInchcolm Ref: A0263
William Jackson
Thanks to works such as Inchcolm William Jackson has a growing international reputation as a composer of folk and orchestral pieces. The first track Corryvreckan features the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, harp, and pipes. The album contains traks for varying instrumentation, some of which includes vocals including a 13th-century Gaelic chant and an improvisation on a Kahlil Gibran poem.
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Land of LightLand of Light Ref: A0264
William Jackson
Land of Light the New Scottish Anthem - This was the winning entry in the popular Song for Scotland Competition which was organised to find an anthem for the new era in Scotland. It is sung by Mairi MacInnes who comes from the island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides. "Land of Light" is an Anthem for Scotland's future! New Hampshire Highland Games - September 2008
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Duan lbanachDuan Àlbanach Ref: A0265
William Jackson
"William Jackson’s earlier extended compositions are well known...The Wellpark Suite and St Mungo Suite and Inchcolm. This latest offering centres on a setting of the Scottish poem Duan Albanach and is brought up to CD length by a number of shorter individual pieces. This is very pleasant, tuneful and in places, quite memorable music." Alan Murray, The Living Tradition, November 2003
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The Ancient Harp of ScotlandThe Ancient Harp of Scotland Ref: A0260
William Jackson
William has been at the forefront of Scottish music for over 20 years. In 1976, he was a founding member of the top Scottish band Ossian, described by The Boston Globe as "a gem in the same league as Ireland's Chieftans". William's main instrument is the Scottish harp. or clarsach, which he also teaches. Additionally, he plays the wire strung harp, flute, whistle, uillean pipes and piano. William has a close involvement with major Scottish Orchestras in Scotland, and his music is featured on many BBC and other television productions.
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Sheet Music

Traditional Scottish MusicTraditional Scottish Music Ref: SM109
arr. William Jackson
One of the main reasons it has taken me so long to get this book done is that I have no fixed arrangements in my head. In traditional music, the written music is only a guide, and is open to individual interpretation. Generally when I play live, I vary the arrangement. I have the basic tune in my head and I add the accompaniment and ornamentation as I go along. I am always looking for new inspiration for performance, to keep the music fresh and interesting. Performances with other musicians, of course, require a more fixed approach. I listen to Gaelic singing, piping and fiddling, for inspiration in ornamentation. Also it is useful to listen to some of the current guitarists with Celtic bands to pick up ideas for chord progressions and rhythms.
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