String Sisters Live
ANNBJØRG LIEN: G-STRINGS · LUSEBLUS · ANNBJØRG LIEN, BJØRN OLE RASCH: WACKIDOO · ANNBJØRG LIEN, CATRIONA MACDONALD: THE APRIL CHILD (APRILBARNET) / THE JOY OF IT! · IAN LOWTHIAN, LAD O´BEIRNE, LIZ KNOWLES: SHETLAND FIDDLE DIVA / KINYON'S JIG / KINYON'S REEL / LAD O'BEIRNE'S · LIZ CARROLL: THE CHAMPAIGN JIG GOES TO COLUMBIA / PAT & AL'S JIG · THE FLY AND DODGER · LIZ CARROLL, TOM ANDERSEN, TRAD. : FREMONT CENTER / AHINT DA DAEKS O'VOE / COME AWA´IN / PADDY'S TRIP TO SCOTLAND / DINKY'S · LIZ KNOWLES: RUMBLE THY BELLYFUL · LIZ KNOWLES, TRAD. : THE HUSSAR (HUSSAREN) / TOSS THE FIDDLES · MAIRÉAD NÍ MHAONAIGH, TRAD. : THE MATCHMAKING SONG · TRAD. : THE HORSEBELL TUNE (BJØLLESLÅTTEN) · SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD (VÄRLDENS FRÄLSARE) / GABHAIM MOLTA BRIDE · DA TROWIE BURN
String Sisters is: Liz Carroll, Emma Härdelin, Liz Knowles, Annbjørg Lien, Catriona Macdonald, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh
1 - SHETLAND FIDDLE DIVA (Ian Lowthian) / KINYON'S JIG / KINYON'S REEL (Liz Knowles) / LAD O'BEIRNE'S (Lad O´Beirne) (Arr.: String Sisters and Band)
2 - THE CHAMPAIGN JIG GOES TO COLUMBIA / PAT & AL'S JIG (Arr.: String Sisters and Band)
3 - THE MATCHMAKING SONG (Arr.: String Sisters and Band)
4 - G-STRINGS (Arr.: String Sisters and Band)
5 - THE HORSEBELL TUNE (BJØLLESLÅTTEN) (Norwegian trad. Arr.: String Sisters and Band)
6 - SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD (VÄRLDENS FRÄLSARE) (Estonian trad.) / GABHAIM MOLTA BRIDE (Irish trad.) (Arr.: String Sisters and Band)
7 - LUSEBLUS (Arr.: String Sisters and Band, Roger Tallroth, Bjørn Ole Rasch)
8 - RUMBLE THY BELLYFUL (Arr.: String Sisters and Band)
9 - DA TROWIE BURN (Shetlandic trad.) (Arr.: String Sisters and Band)
10 - THE FLY AND DODGER (Arr.: String Sisters and Band, Winnie Horan)
11 - THE HUSSAR (HUSSAREN) (Swedish trad.) / TOSS THE FIDDLES (Liz Knowles) (Arr.: String Sisters and Band)
12 - WACKIDOO (Annbjørg Lien, Bjørn Ole Rasch. Arr.: String Sisters and Band, Bjørn Ole Rasch)
13 - THE APRIL CHILD (APRILBARNET) (Annbjørg Lien) / THE JOY OF IT! (Catriona Macdonald) (Arr.: String Sisters and Band)
14 - FREMONT CENTER (Liz Carroll) / AHINT DA DAEKS O'VOE (Shetlandic trad.) / COME AWA´IN (Tom Anderson) / PADDY'S TRIP TO SCOTLAND / DINKY'S (Irish trad.) (Arr.: String Sisters and Band)
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String Sisters Live!
It is a unique opportunity when the members of the String Sisters gather together for a concert. Made up of the traditional music world"s top female fiddlers it is not easy finding that window of opportunity when they can play together under one roof. On this CD and DVD you can experience the wonderful concert at the Fruitmarket in Glasgow during Celtic Connections 2005.
In the year 2000, Catriona Macdonald saw one of her dreams become reality when at Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival on 21st of Jan. The dream was to assemble some of the world"s leading female fiddlers - sweeping the audience off their feet. This was their first outing together as the String Sisters! Colin Hynd of Celtic Connections grabbed the chance to premiere the event at his festival and the experience was nothing short of earth shattering for all who participated. The Glasgow concert was a great success and the project was rebooked for the following year.
Different Musical Backgrounds
The musical traditions in question are the ones belonging to Ireland/America, Shetland/Scotland, Ireland, and Scandinavia. Annbjørg Lien belongs to the latter, while the other sisters, in addition to Catriona MacDonald from Shetland, include Liz Carroll and Liz Knowles from America, Mairead ni Mhaonaigh (from the acclaimed Irish folk-band Altan) and Emma Härdelin from Sweden. Härdelin has taken the place of original member Natalie MacMaster from Canada.
During the winter of 2005, the sisters went on tour in Norway, in cooperation with the Norwegian National Concerts, and Grappa Music Group. The tour was Annbjørg Lien"s initiative. In a recent intevju with Ballade.no, Lien says:
- The Norwegian tour and the live recordings mark the start of a whole new level of activity for the Sisters. The plan now is to tour each of our home countries and release the record in relation to each tour.
String SistersMairéad Ní MhaonaighLiz CarrollAnnbjørg LienLiz KnowlesCatriona MacDonaldTom AndersenIan LowthianLad O´Beirne
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