FIREC027LP The Sorrow Of Derdriu

by Mac-Talla Nan Creag

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    Gatefold, rigid card version. Contains 16 page full colour booklet detailing the project and work with The Forestry Commission Scotland.

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    In addition to our 'regular' edition release, we're proud to present another item of blood, sweat and tears. The handmade, silk-screened wooden outer box is similar to the Les Gracies special edition, although instead of being laser-etched, this one comes with a two-colour, silver and black image, printed directly onto the wood. Individually assembled and featuring artist impression of a Bronze Age Dun Deardail. Also comes with a screen printed 24"x12" art print and alternative colourway 2x12" vinyl. Numbered and limited to 30 copies for the world.

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    • Limited, handmade assembled 2 colour silk screened wood sleeve.
    • Alternative colourway, 2x12" screen printed vinyl.
    • Mac-Talla Nan Creag 'The Sorrow Of Derdriu' CD version.
    • 24"x12" 1 colour screen print of artwork.
    • 12" full colour 16 page insert detailing the myth of Derdriu and the work at Dun Deardail by The Forestry Commission Scotland.

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  • Screen Printed Gatefold 2x12" Vinyl
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Screen printed 2x12" gatefold vinyl.

    • 2 colour metallic screen print outer cover
    • 1 colour screen print inner cover
    • 16 page booklet detailing the work at Dun Deardail by Forestry Commission Scotland

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**Full previews can be found here:
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Our favourite bothy botherers Mac-Talla Nan Creag (comprised of Hoch Ma Toch, Other Lands and Lord Of The Isles) return to Firecracker Recordings, channeling ancient rites, the mysteries of the Scottish landscape and its elements through technologies both old and new for your listening pleasure.

This time round the archaeological work of Forestry Commission Scotland at Dun Deardail in Glen Nevis, and the links between that site and the ancient Celtic myth ‘The Sorrow Of Derdriu’ provided fertile ground for new exploration and response. Accompanying the music once again will be a lush booklet containing some of the stunning imagery that results from the work FCS have done there, all packaged and silk-screened with the usual finesse we've come to expect from Firecracker Recordings and their chief visionary House Of Traps.

Captured in part in a high vaulted medieval church, then in home studios, bouncing ideas back and forth over the internet, MTNC have once again drawn on field recordings, traditional instrumentation, analogue electronics and the simple power of the human voice to create a shimmering and expansive song cycle.

Whereas the first album was borne out of an intense period of field trips and whisky fuelled jam sessions in brochs and had a loose approach overall, the second is perhaps more focussed in its themes relating to the ancient tale - love, war, beauty and tragedy all intertwined - and they arguably go deeper this time, conjuring up something of the Fourth World feel, by way of the Firth Of Forth.

With additional contributions from Professor John Kenny - whose primal Zummoesque playing on a range of horns including a giant conch shell and a replica of the ancient Deskford carynx underpins several tracks on the album - and Eva Sutherland (daughter of Other Lands) who provides a reading from the myth at the very beginning, this is an album that not only carries the heaviness of history but also looks to the light of the future.'

credits

released January 21, 2019

Mac-Talla Nan Creag are:

Drew Wright aka Hoch Ma Toch: voice, pedals, synths, production
Gavin Sutherland aka Other Lands: mandolin, acoustic and electric
guitar, pedals, piano, synths, bodhran, bird calls, thunder maker,
production
Neil McDonald aka Lord Of The Isles: synths, production

Additional contributions from:

John Kenny: Deskford Carnyx, trombone, conch
Eva Sutherland: voice

A1. Derdriu’s Vision (Wright / Sutherland)
A2. Love’s Promise (Sutherland)
A3. Rose & Briar (Wright)
A4. Flight (Sutherland / Kenny / McDonald / Wright)
B1. Ballad Of Glen Nevis (Wright / Sutherland)
C1. Into Battle (Sutherland / Kenny)
C2. Ceo (Wright)
C3. Sketches Of Spean (Sutherland / Kenny / McDonald)
C4. Leaving Dun Deardail (Wright)
D1. Lament for the Sons of Uisliu (Wright / Sutherland)
D2. Time’s Healing (McDonald / Sutherland)
D3. Mulad (Wright / Sutherland)

Thanks to Matt Ritchie and all at Forestry Commission Scotland for inviting us to collaborate once more; also to Crichton Collegiate Church for providing the wonderful acoustic space, and to Jim Brook for his assistance in capturing our recordings there.

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