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Hyperion Records

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Loch Linnhe.
Photograph by Malcolm Crowthers
Track(s) taken from CDH55336
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: 0 minutes 56 seconds

'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)

The keel row
First line:
As I cam' doun the Canongate, I he'rd a laddie sing
composer
author of text

Introduction
A keel is a small boat or vessel. ‘Row’ (pronounced same as ‘thou’ in English) can mean row as in rowingboat, but also means simply to go or move. The title as such is untranslatable.

from notes by John Currie 2000

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