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NORMAN MacKINNON - "Tit Nam Beann" - SILKCD003

Norman MacKinnon is from Argyllshire with family connections in Tiree and Glenelg but is now exiled in Glasgow. Norman took the Gold medal at the National Mod in 1994 and his first album, "Tir a'Mhurain" has been well received both at home and abroad.

There are some pleasing accompaniments to be heard on this CD especially from Lisa MacKinnon on clarsach, Mick Williams on uillean pipes and Rod Buchanan on lowland and highland pipes. Norman MacKinnon has a warm relaxed style of voice and most of his chosen songs are of a slow or even-paced nature. Indeed I've often felt that Gaeldom's men singers generally perform in a lower gear than the womenfolk, less attack and sharp punctuation and more vibrato and swell. None the less involving though, as can be heard in Norman MacKinnon's interpretations of these songs. In keeping with Norman's background there are songs from Argyllshire, "Cruachan Bean" and three from Tiree, the title track, "Tir A' Mhurain", a reflective song of a sailor's lost love, "Air moch Di-luain and a much more jaunty song concerning it's hero "Calum Beag".

Peter Fairbairn

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This album was reviewed in Issue 36 of The Living Tradition magazine.