Music in the Glen,
A Highland Journey, Vol. 2
(Greentrax, 2012)

Get your walking boots on, the sunscreen and midge repellent packed, and away we go with a swirl of kilt.

This wonderful collection of airs will have the listener trekking the Highlands of Scotland in the mind, if not in reality. The 13 sets on offer range from the hauntingly melodic to the bracing march, and brings us a wide variety of sounds to please the ear and stir the heart in turn.

Opening rather appropriately with "The Highlands of Scotland," the accomplished musicians take us on a whirlwind tour taking in "Perthshire," "Glen Lyon," "Culloden," "Loch Ness," "Islay" and "The Mountains of Jura" in music, if not in geography. Everyone will find favourites on this CD, whether it's old familiar airs or new sounds to the ear, although the majority of the tunes are traditional.

I particularly enjoyed "Old Skye Air" and "The Caledonian March."

So wherever you are in the world, join Jack Evans, Pete Clark and Marc Duff for a brilliant evocation of a beautiful part of the world without airport delays, early bus tour calls or "a wee mist." You can don the kilt, sip a dram and experience a Highland journey in the comfort of your favourite armchair.

music review by
Nicky Rossiter

16 June 2012

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