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The Roke

by Colin Blakey & the Clan

This is an album of Celtic roots music with a predominantly Scottish feel. The traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Galicia is represented here, along with a few original compositions.
Genre: Folk: Scottish Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Spiddel
2:39 $0.99
2. The Battle of Sherrifmuir
2:46 $0.99
3. Comati (The Pictish National Anthem)
3:23 $0.99
4. Two Muiñeiras
3:51 $0.99
5. Pandaemonium
2:44 $0.99
6. Achmelvich Bay
2:52 $0.99
7. Scarlet
2:45 $0.99
8. The Roke, The Row, And the Wee Pickle Tow
2:41 $0.99
9. Deoch Slainte Nan Gillean
2:34 $0.99
10. Keel Row
4:05 $0.99
11. Whelan's
3:54 $0.99
12. Ye Jacobites by Name
1:35 $0.99
13. Paco's Tune
1:43 $0.99
14. The Hermit
4:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Roke

This is an album of Celtic roots music with a predominantly Scottish feel. The traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Galicia is represented here, along with a few original compositions.

The Roke was originally commissioned by Fast Forward/New Alba (in Edinburgh), and was recorded and released on vinyl in 1989. It was then released on cassette by Temple Records, in 1990.
In 2018 the album was remastered by Colin Blakey and released digitally by Backshore Productions.

The musicians in The Clan come from a wide range of backgrounds - folk, classical and rock & roll, which combine to lend a twist to the traditional music.

The Clan are:
Colin Blakey
Philippa Bull
Dave Robb
Geoff Pagan
Rob Welsh
Robbie the Pict
Lucy Johnstone
Billy Smith
Kenny Welsh
Ron Blakey
Steve Bradley
Seb Holbrook
Wendy Blakey
Mark Ritchie
Kirsten Webster
Pete Livingstone
Shona MacMillan
Joe Kingman
Marshall Stormonth
Julian Goodacre

1. Spiddell
Written by Colin Blakey
Violin – Geoff Pagan
Cello – Philippa Bull
Whistle, mandolin, melodeon – Colin Blakey

2. The Battle of Sheriffmuir
Written by Robert Burns in 1790. He used the ‘Cameronian Rant’ as the melody for the song
Lead vocal – Marshall Stormonth
Guitars, border horns, backing vocal – Colin Blakey
Bodhran – Kenny Welsh

3. Comati (The Pictish National Anthem)*
Written by Robbie the Pict
Violins – Shona MacMillan, Billy Smith, Geoff Pagan
Bouzouki – Dave Robb
Electric guitar – Robbie the Pict
Cello – Philippa Bull
Mandolins – Mark Ritchie, Joe Kingman
Tin whistle – Colin Blakey
Didgeridoo – Rob Welsh
Harmonica – Steve Bradley
Percussion – Kenny Welsh, Seb Holbrook, Lucy Johnstone, Kirsten Webster

4. Two Muiñeiras
Traditional Galician – ‘Muiñeira de Chantada’ & ‘Muiñeira de Cabana’. Chantada and Cabana are towns in Galicia (North West Spain), an area – like Brittany and France – which still retains vestiges of its Celtic past. The music is normally played on the ‘gaita’ (bagpipe) and the muiñeira is the most popular of the traditional Galician dances
Clarinet – Ron Blakey
Flute, mandolin, guitar, fiddle – Colin Blakey
Darabuka, chack chack – Kenny Welsh
Timpani – Wendy Blakey

5. Pandaemonium
Written by Colin Blakey for Andi Chapple
Bazouki – Dave Robb
Whistle, mandolin, darabuka, fiddle, tambourines – Colin Blakey

6. Achmelvich Bay
The first part of this suite was written by Ian Haggarty. There follows a fragment of a Galician alborada which leads into ‘Birds at the Faery Fulling’ (from Skye), together with ‘Hookie’s Reel’ by Stevie Hook from Shetland
Violin – Geoff Pagan, Colin Blakey
Tin whistle – Colin Blakey
Cello – Philippa Bull
Bodhran – Kenny Welsh

7. Scarlet
Written by Colin Blakey
Guitars – Lucy Johnstone, Mark Ritchie
Mandolins – Joe Kingman, Colin Blakey
Tin whistle – Colin Blakey
Cello – Philippa Bull
Violin – Geoff Pagan

8. The Roke, the Row and the Wee Pickled Tow
A traditional melody from Lowland Scotland, first mentioned by Henry Playford in the 17th century. It can still be heard to this day on 'Marches Day' in Linlithgow, West Lothian. ‘Roke’ means ‘rock’ – the title refers to a process of hand-spinning. This tune is followed by ‘The Gobbie-o’, also know as 'The Lancashire Reel', (actually a jig!)
Tin whistles, piano – Colin Blakey
Snare drums – Wendy Blakey
Violin – Pete Livingstone

9. Deoch Slainte nan Gillean**
Written mid 19th century by a Tiree-born carpenter on board ‘The Tae Ping’, a tea clipper. The song describes a race between The Tae Ping and a rival ship, ‘The Ariel’
Vocals – Marshall Stormonth
Tin whistle – Colin Blakey

10. Keel Row
A melody from an ancient bridal song, associated with the South East of Scotland, and Northumbria. The bagpipe used here is a Scottish smallpipes (with bellows), fitted with an English double-pipe chanter, made by the player.
Scottish smallpipes – Julian Goodacre
Bodhran – Kenny Welsh
Tin whistles, border horns – Colin Blakey
Didgeridoo – Rob Welsh

11. Whelan’s
A set of three traditional melodies. The first two are from Ireland. The opening jig, ‘Whelan’s’, is followed by ‘Dick Gossip’s Reel’, and the set ends with ‘The Pigtown Fling’ from New Hampshire
Piano, tin whistle, mandolin – Colin Blakey
Violin – Geoff Pagan

12. Ye Jacobites by Name
Written by Robert Burns, 1792
Vocal, guitar – Lucy Johnstone
Fiddle – Geoff Paing
Border horn - Colin Blakey
Cello – Philippa Bull
Bodhran – Kenny Welsh

13. Paco’s Tune
Written by Paco ‘Mariñeiro’ Lopez from Ourense, Galicia
Guitar – Lucy Johnstone
Mandolin – Mark Ritchie
Fiddle – Geoff Paing
Tin whistle - Colin Blakey
Cello – Philippa Bull
Madal – Kenny Welsh

14. The Hermit
The first tune, ‘The Hermit’, is written by Colin Blakey and the second tune, ‘Muiñeira das Zocas’, is traditional Galician. ‘Zocas’ are ‘clogs’
Tin whistle, flute, fiddle, border horns, glide guitar – Colin Blakey
Cello – Philippa Bull
Bodhran – Kenny Welsh

All pieces arranged and produced by Colin Blakey, except for:
* (Track 3) arranged and produced by Robbie The Pict and Colin Blakey
** (track 9) arranged by Colin Blakey and Marshall Stormonth

Recorded and mixed at Chambers Studios, Edinburgh, 1989
Engineered by Jamie Watson and Dave Buchanan
Mixed by Colin Blakey and Jamie Watson
Mastered by Colin Blakey, 2018, from a DAT copy of the original master tape
Transport by Rob Welsh and Khaki Campbell
Catering by Fiona Blakey
Photograph by John Hendry
Design by John Hendry and Philippa Bull
Photograph of a Pictish symbol stone at Aberlemno, in Angus, Scotland. This stone (‘Aberlemno 1’) was carved in the late 7th century
Bagpipes and border horns are made by Julian Goodacre -
Thanks to:
Sandy McLean of Fast Forward/New Alba, who originally commissioned this album,
Robin Morton at Temple Records, who re-released this album in 1990, and to all members of The Clan.

This re-release (2018) is dedicated to the memory of singer Marshal Stormonth, who is sadly no longer with us. The Clan, Scotland, and the world were robbed of a great voice when he was taken from us.

Ⓒ & ℗ Backshore Productions



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Mariola, Poland

Magic flows from the tradition
Impressive and moving album, wondrous stream of musical memory. This music is full of spontaneity, virtuosity and the high professionalism of musicians.
Strong connection with traditions is a power of this album - The Battle of Sheriffmuir, Comati (The Pictish National Anthem), The Roke, great ballad Deoch Slainte Nan Gillean.
Magic flows from the tradition. What a joy! Beautiful melodies Scarlet, Spiddel, the Hermit with distinctive Colin Blakey's tin whistle tunes carry us to the enchanted places.
What an inspiring and meaningful music. Colin Blakey and The Clan are excellent musicians. Brilliant rendition! Thank you!