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Track(s) taken from CDH55336

The Skye boat song

First line:
Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing
author of text

Marie McLaughlin (soprano), Isobel Frayling-Cork (clarsach)
Recording details: April 1999
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: March 2000
Total duration: 3 minutes 17 seconds

Cover artwork: Loch Linnhe.
Photograph by Malcolm Crowthers


'Marie McLaughlin sings with warm tone, affection, humour and zest' (Gramophone)

'Marie McLaughlin's gleaming yet often dark-hued soprano takes to this music as to the bothy born; and Edinburgh-born Malcolm Martineau heels and toes it with great imaginative finesse, tuning in to the physical essence of each song, be it the springing heather tread of the high road and the low road, or the mesmeric oscillations of a lullaby from Barra' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Marie McLaughlin sings these songs in a clear, unpretentious soprano, evidently delighting in the texts, which she delivers in a pleasing, crystalline brogue. An exquisite disc' (International Record Review)

'McLaughlin sings with passionate intensity, and her voice has all the colors of the rainbow for these widely varying songs … an album to treasure' (Fanfare, USA)
A traditional air. The song relates to an incident concerning Prince Charles in the winter of 1745/6 when he escaped from his enemies by putting out to sea in a rising storm with Flora Macdonald and a few other loyal Highland followers. His pursuers did not dare to follow.

from notes by John Currie 2000