Kevin Macleod

Scottish mandolin, resonator tenor guitar, bouzouki & tenor banjo

NEWS and PERFORMANCES

The Occasionals are playing dances all throughout the year, with some being open to the public - at Summerhall in Edinburgh, Scotch Hop in Linlithgow, dances in South Queensferry run by our dance caller Sheila McCutcheon. Details on The Occasionals website http://www.theoccasionals.com and also at http://mikescommunity.com/diary

Kevin performs at Folk Clubs and festivals around Scotland in a trio with top Scots singer guitarist George Duff and Co. Antrim's melodeon whizz Leo McCann. Always available for bookings, easily contacted via email and facebook https://www.facebook.com/kevinhjmacleod/

Kevin can also be found in various Edinburgh bars leading sessions with, for example, fiddlers Darragh Quinn, John Martin, singer George Duff and Salsa Celtica's Toby Shippey. Kevin sometimes leads music sessions in Achiltibuie during the summer. http://coigach.com/see-and-do/music/

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Reviews for Highland Strands

Certain things are as constant as the sunrise, the enduring attraction of lovingly-delivered Scottish traditional music is one of them. ‘Highland Strands’ from Kevin Macleod (plus a few good friends) is a fine example, played by musicians rightly classed as masters of their art. The relaxed and easy way they deliver the mix of music on this album belies the dexterity and skill that clearly goes into its creation.

The album takes a wide-spanning turn through a selection of reels, waltzes, jigs and marches, and along the way covers some of the best traditional music and includes influences from Scotland, Ireland and America. Ancient music rubs shoulders with newer tunes and the fusion is seamless. Hardly surprising, when you consider the artists involved and performance pedigrees that include Shooglenifty, De Danann, Ossian and Tannahill Weavers.

With Kevin playing mandolin, bouzouki, cittern and tenor guitars, are Luke Plumb (bouzouki, mandolin, tenor guitar) Alec Finn (bouzouki, guitar) John Martin (fiddle) Matheu Watson (guitar) Tim Jones (mandolin) and Phil Smillie (flute, whistle).

Music like this is ceaselessly uplifting – listen to ‘Highland Strands’ - I’m certain you’ll agree.

Reviewer: Dan Holland

When one finds a ‘solo’ CD with a whole list of famous friends, the result can often be a rather flashy band. Mercifully, that’s not the case here - just a lot of very high quality accompaniments, rarely by more than two people, which never distract from Mr Macleod’s superb playing. Mercifully again, he’s a dance musician, so the emphasis is on the music and not on the man - again, something of a rarity when the man in question is so technically accomplished.

If Kevin Macleod’s playing is new to you (it was to me), then here’s a taster: from track 1, Whiskey Before Breakfast. Despite the CD’s subtitle ‘Scottish Traditional Music on Mandolin ...’, I think this is actually a Canadian tune! The selection of tunes is quite varied, although reels do predominate.

This is an altogether lovely CD which, I’m pleased to say, I can find nothing to comment adversely about ... another rarity! You can buy it from: www.kevinmacleod.co.uk

Rod Stradling - 5.8.14

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Highland Strands, £12.00

Beagcd003, 2014

The brand new recording by Kevin, released on 26th July 2014. You can purchase a cd using the website here, or go to iTunes for a download option. Also, you can hear several tracks off the cd in the short film in the "Music Videos" section of the website entitled "Highland Strands"

TARAN GUITARS CONSULTANCY

Do take a look at the section on my website on Taran Guitars, run by the amazing luthier Rory Dowling. I was delighted to offer advice on the development of his new mandolin range, the "Springwell" mandolin, generously named after my debut recording. I also performed some sets to demonstrate the sound of the instruments and created appropriate videos. It has been very exciting to be involved with Rory, whose work is exceptionally fine. Well worth considering these superb modern instruments, keepers for life, in my opinion!

http://www.taranguitars.co.uk/news/springwell-demos

 

JULES AND THE BLUE GARNETS CD

I was delighted to be asked by guitarist & producer Rob Hiley to do some recording for his alt-folk-pop group Jules and the Blue Garnets. I did a series of overdubs on my three old tenor guitars on "Who You Are Loving Isn't Me" at his fine studio in Musselburgh. My overdubs are on the first track on their new CD EP "In The Early Hours", available here  http://julesandthebluegarnets.com/ 

It's a lovely sound, great singing, delightful people and their cd launch gig was excellent. Highly recommended!

 

 

 

"COIGACH 1955" - THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF RODERICK MACLEOD

A4 landscape, spiral bound 30 pages, full colour, by Kevin Macleod

In 1955, Roddie Macleod, a local Coigach man, turned his camera on the ways of life in his own home area. He photographed the locals, many of whom were his close relations, friends and neighbours who undertook the annual tasks of crofting, shepherding, salmon fishing and provided the necessary local services.

These fine images capture the timeless cycles of hard work on the sea and land, and the resulting album was carefully annotated with his personal commentary on the ways of the close knit community that had changed little in his lifetime. Now, some 60 years later, much of what was seen in 1955 has disappeared, so it seems fitting to reveal these photographs to shed some fresh light on the life in Coigach in those days.

  • The Occasionals - Strip the Willow at Celtic Connections 2016
  • Taran Guitars "Springwell" cocobolo mandolin demonstration - jig & reel
  • Jules and the Blue Garnets - In the Early Hours preview
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In 1955, Roddie Macleod, a local Coigach man, turned his camera on the ways of life in his own home area. He photographed the locals, many of whom were his close relations, friends and neighbours who undertook the annual tasks of crofting, shepherding, salmon fishing and provided the necessary local services.
These fine images capture the timeless cycles of hard work on the sea and land, and the resulting album was carefully annotated with his personal commentary on the ways of the close knit community that had changed little in his lifetime. Now, some 60 years later, much of what was seen in 1955 has disappeared, so it seems fitting to reveal these photographs to shed some fresh light on the life in Coigach in those days.

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"Coigach 1955", £11.99

2016

Superb Black & White and Colour photography by Roderick Macleod, of the Coigach area in 1955. This beautifully illustrated, large format, 30 page, full colour A4 landscape book has been compiled and by Kevin Macleod and published privately in May 2016.