Thursday, 28 January 2010



Dear andy,

Here's some exciting music to end a dark January. 22 piece band The Unusual Suspects made this CD a few years back and attracted amazing reviews. We're offering it to you for £3.99! 60% OFF normal price. This offer is valid for One Week Only! One of our reviewers said "This really is an adrenalin rush featuring 22 of Scotland's finest 'folk' based musicians who perform with such passion and vigour that you get the feeling they've all got a point to prove."
1. New Releases - includes The Outside Track, Wendy Weatherby, Skipinnish Scottish Music Show
2. Foot Stompin' Valentines Day Cards
3. Scottish music hero: Matt McGinn
4. Snippets - Job Opportunity, Happy birthday Phil Cunnngham
5. Foot Stompin' Free Ringtone - Sonas
6. Reviews - The McCalmans, Rachel Walker
7. Best Sellers: Jean Redpath, The Occasionals, Mairearad & Anna
8. Foot Stompin' Scotch Whisky
9. Discussion forum
10. Testimonials
11. Foot Stompin' on Facebook and Twitter
1. New Releases (remember if you've bought from us before you get our loyalty 10% discount off everything)
CURIOUS TITLE!! Curious Things Given Wings - The Outside Track: The second CD from this talented band is a mix of traditional Scottish, Irish, Canadian and original songs and tunes, and features Norah Rendell (Canadian Traditional Singer of the Year nominee), Mairi Rankin (Rankin family, Beolach), Ailie Robertson (Live Ireland Winner, BBC Young Trad Finalist), Fiona Black (BBC Fame Academy Winner), and Cillian O'Dalaigh (Trazz. A talented line-up whose synthesis of virtuosity and energy delivers a very good CD indeed! £11.25 (12.50 for first time customers)
ARE YE DANCIN?!! The Skipinnish Ceilidh House  - The Scottish Music Show : This CD is as close as you'll get to a ceilidh without actually going to one! The Skipinnish Ceilidh House in Oban is the most vibrant, authentic and exciting display of Highland music and dancing you are likely to come across. Every year thousands of visitors  enjoy a unique combination of award-winning musicians, singers and dancers. The aim of the show is to provide a real ceilidh experience and this CD demonstrates the tremendous music on offer at this west-coast venue and gives the listener a flavour of the wonderful musical culture of Scotland. £11.25 (£12.50 for first time customers)
CELLO & SCOTS SONG!! A Shirt Of Silk Or Snow - Wendy Weatherby: The cello is such a beautiful instrument and in a folk music setting its sonorous tone lends great richness to any ensemble. Wendy Weatherby is a fine cello player and an excellent Scots singer and she combines both talents to great effect on this always interesting album featuring 14 tracks of Scottish traditional songs and tunes. Wendy's guest musicians are Stevie Lawrence - Bouzouki, Guitar, Whistle & Percussion; James Ross - Piano; Pete Clark - Fiddle & Viola; Bruce Adams - Trumpet & Flugelhorn; Linda Adams - Guitar, Banjo, Concertina & Vocals. £11.25 (£12.50 for first time customers)

ORKNEY DEBUT!! Skalder  - Cora: The debut CD from 4-piece Orcadian 'Danny Award' winners Skalder and a fine piece of work it is too!. A thoughtful album from this young but very confident band with lead instruments, the piano and fiddle of Jennifer Austin and Louise Bichen. Beautifully played with atmospheric arrangements and instrumentation full of ideas. The album title comes from the name of a boat  "The Cora" which carried Jennifer's great uncle Sandy and a trapper across the North West Passage on a desperate venture into the Arctic. Winter ice forced them to leave the boat at a Shetland bay and continued by dog sled. but they never got back to the boat and the bay became known as 'Cora Bay'. £11.25 (£12.50 for first time customers)

Pocket Scottish History (book): condenses all the important facts in Scottish history together in an easy to read format. A comprehensive reference book for use at home or in school, providing a fascinating and informative guide to all aspects of Scottish history. £4.50 (£4.99 for first time customers)

Remember you can also buy from Foot Stompin' by phone - +44 (0)131 441 3135. We take all credit cards. If you like a friendly voice at the end of your phone we're here!

2. Foot Stompin' Valentines Day Cards
Don't leave it to the last moment! Why not earn yourself some brownie points by getting your loved one a 'different'  Valentines Card today. There are two versions - our Foot Stompin' fiddler or bagpiper - both available with a lovely verse in Gaelic or Scots. You can't buy cards like these in the shops! £2.25 (£2.50 for first time customers)
Bagpiper Valentine's Card in Gaelic
Bagpiper Valentines Card in Scots
Fiddle Valentine's Card in Gaelic
Fiddle Valentines Card in Scots
3. Scottish music hero: - Matt McGinn
Matt McGinn was one of the most important topical songwriters in the British Isles. He was born in Ross Street at the corner of the Gallowgate in Calton in 1928, one of a family of nine. At the age of twelve, he was sent to an approved school for two years. On his release he worked in the Hillington factory of Guest, Keen & Nettleford, spending his spare time at evening classes and reading, When he was thirty-one, he gained a prestigious Trade Union scholarship to Ruskin College in Oxford. After taking his diploma in economics and political science, he went to Huddersfield Teachers' Training College. Upon qualification Matt McGinn went to work as a teacher in Rutherglen for three years before becoming the organiser of the Gorbals Adventure Playground.
McGinn found himself in the folk business after winning a song contest with a song entitled "The Foreman O'Rourke." McGinn met Pete Seeger in 1961 when he was touring the British Isles. Seeger championed McGinn's music in the United States and arranged for McGinn to be part of a concert performance at Carnegie Hall, where McGinn met a young Bob Dylan. His career in music began during the folk revival of the 1960's but whilst others leaned towards traditional song, Matt carved his own niche as a humourist and playwright as well as a singer/songwriter. He was a prolific songwriter, drawing on his experiences of Glasgow life for much of his material. His performances in clubs and concert halls were hugely popular, often leaving the audience in tears of laughter.
He passionately believed in the overthrow of capitalism and supported many union disputes and helped the needy.
Matt died on January 6th 1977 aged 47 from the effects of smoke inhalation. Although brought up a Roman Catholic he abandoned religion and at his funeral the Communist anthem 'The International' was movingly sung by the large congregation ........he will always be remembered. His songs live on and are still performed.

The Linlithgow Folk Festival Association has played an important role in bringing Matt's work to life again - they hold an annual "Matt McGinn Night." The next one is scheduled for Saturday March 6th. For more details tel 01506 510132.
Listen to Matt's music.
The Return of The Two Heided Man -
The Best of Matt McGinn -
4. Snippets
Job opportunity!
Jim Sutherland's True North Orchestra and La Banda Europa are looking for a very capable and experienced person who would see this job as an opportunity to develop a successful arts business/organisation from the ground up working towards a permanent relationship with LB Ltd. It is intended that the person recruited for this project will become the permanent Producer for the organisation.
Happy Birthday Phil!
Phil Cunningham is 50 today and still at the top after all these years.
Dancin' in Angus!
The Legendary BBC Radio Scotland programme Take the Floor is going to Montrose. To be part of the audience with popular host Robbie Shepherd and  the Bruce Lindsay Scottish Dance Band get your tickets here.
Serious Burns!
A Burns Night Celebration on BBC iPlayer. Folks in the UK can watch BBC Scotland's A Burns Night Celebration with Rod Paterson, Mick Marra and Eddi Reader. .........and Eddi has just agreed to become the first celebrity 'Burns Ambassador'
Come on Andy Murray!
Scottish tennis player Andy Murray is doing very well at the Australian Open and it's amazing to see so many Scottish flags wherever he goes! Fingers crossed he makes it to the finals but even if he doesn't he helping to sell the Scottish brand all over the world.
Thoughts and prayers for Alistair Hulett
We hear the Scots singer songwriter is critically ill in hopital where he is awaiting a liver transplant.

Calling all Scotia Bar Folkies!
Arthur Johnstone of The Laggan and The Stars Band has decided to invite all who where ever a part of the thriving folk scene in The Scotia Bar in the 60s and 70s to a reunion in Laurie's Bar, 34-36 King Street, Glasgow G1 5QT on Sunday the 21st Feb at 2pm.

I'm flagging up this wee bit of software again as I've just had to transcribe 10 tunes from a CD for a course I'm running. Usually this job can take forever as you play rewind play rewind each section till you've got it. This time I loaded each tune as a MP3 and Transcribe slowed it down to 25% (whilst keeping it in tune) and I raced through the job. Also works for songs.

Don't forget!
The BBC Young Traditional Musician 2010 Finalists Concert followed by the 10th Anniversary 'Birthday Bash' this Sunday..
5. Foot Stompin' Free Ringtone
Why not download our latest ringtone. This week we're featuring the fab Scots Trad Music Awards nominated MacGregor, Brechin & O' hEadhra from their Sonas CD. The reel you will hear is called The prince's welcome to Inverness.
6. Reviews
Live Concert: The McCalmans, Celtic Connections: Reviewed in The Herald.
A refreshingly diverse set cemented the trio's reputation as outstanding story-tellers. From ruminations on an idyllic life in the Hebrides to self-flagellation over terrible hang­overs, the group switched happily between sweet balladry and topical satire, portraying all the differing sentiments with compassion and bravura. And if you can't remember the last time you had a genuine belly laugh at Celtic Connections, you clearly haven't encountered the spectacular comedy legend of Ian McCalman. He could easily find himself bookings as a stand-up should he reconsider his retirement this year. The Herald.

CD: Air Chall (Lost) - Rachel Walker. Customer Review 5 stars
Fantastic singer with lots of stars backing her . She couldn't go wrong...Hieland laddie
DVD: Caithness Connections. Customer Review 4 stars
As afrequent visitor to the area holidaying at Dunnet Head this DVD is an all year reminder of how beautiful and peaceful the area is a good addition to my DVD collection of Scotland....Daniel Gage
7. Best Sellers

CD: Mairearad & Anna: The Mairearad Green (accordion) and Anna Massie (fiddle, guitar) are both excellent and inventive players and this their debut as a duo is a demonstration of their abundant talents.
CD: Jean Redpath - Songs of Lady Nairne: Jean's clear pure voice is gorgeous on this album.

CD/DVD: The Full Set - The Occasionals:  This is a fabulous package! A great audio CD featuring one of the best dance bands ever plus a DVD showing the band as they go round the country.
CD: The Complete Songs of Robert Burns 12 Volume Box Set:  This collection of songs touches on all aspects of human nature and is a true representation of a vigorous folk tradition past and present. 

8. Foot Stompin' Scotch Whisky
With our partners Masters of Malt we've got two more fabulous whiskies for you to peruse. We're going to feature the Speyside Tamdhu whisky. When the Strathspey railway first graced Speyside's locality, a dependable means of travel was, at last, brought to the area and several distilleries were built as a result. Tamdhu was founded in 1896 by a group of whisky blenders, including William Grant and Sons among others, and designed by the famed, prolific Speyside distillery architect, Charles Doig of Elgin.
Tamdhu 8 Year Old - MacPhails: A light, fruity 8 year old bottling from the Tamdhu distillery, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. The nose is full of juicy sultanas and sherried peels with a note of bitter chocolate and vanilla fudge! £19.95
Tamdhu 18 Year Old: A light, honeyed 18 year old single malt from the Tamdhu distillery in Speyside. The nose is quite clean and light with Notes of grist with cereal sweetness, hints of cut herbs and rubbed petals. £39.95
9. Foot Stompin' Discussion Forum
Here's what's being discussed at present. Feel free to join in!

Albums or downloads?
 I was listening to Beoga the other day on my iphone and it occured to me that although I owned their 3 albums as downloads it didn't feel as real as owning 3 CDs. In fact I felt that I didn't feel like I owned their albums at all more like copies.....

Background music at gigs
...most of us come along to a gig to listen to the main act and/or support (Preferably both) but we don't really want to hear the sound engineer's choice of music prior to and after the gig or during the interval and any other necessary(sometimes not) interludes ....
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Just received my order (Finlay Macdonald CD) very speedy delivery. Thanks, Mariel Coates
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