Alison Kinnaird

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The Harp KeyThe Harp Key Ref: A0146
Alison Kinnaird
'The Scottish harp can never have had a better showcase than this' MELODY MAKER
'Superbly played and well produced...a gem' THE GUARDIAN
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The Silver StringThe Silver String Ref: A0147
Alison Kinnaird
Released in 2004, this is the long awaited album from Alison Kinnaird. It features Alison on gut and wire strung harps and cello and contains 13 tracks. Alison is joined on the album by Ann Heyman, Charlie Heymann, Alasdair White, Mike Katz, Christine Primrose and Robin Morton. Included with the CD is a free DVD featuring 3 short films relating to Alison`s music and the other side of her artistic endeavour as a glass artist.
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The Scottish HarpThe Scottish Harp Ref: A0148
Alison Kinnaird
Released in 1988, this is a compilation CD with tracks taken from Alisons previous three recordings - 'The Harp Key', 'The Harpers's Gallery' & 'The Harpers Land' - plus three extra tracks. Alison's records were the first to bring attention to the repertoire of the Scottish harp and to give the instrument a solo rather than an accompanying role. She continues to stress the importance of playingharp tunes rather than simply playing tunes on a harp. A must for all those interested in harp and for those looking for music that has charm and beauty.
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The Harper's LandThe Harper's Land Ref: A0150
Alison Kinnaird & Ann Heymann
Alison Kinnaird is already well known, and in Ann Heymann we have a virtuoso second to none on the wire strung harp. Again, Temple produces a first. This was the first record to combine the sounds of the gut and the wire strung harps. This album is a record of two different, but related, small harps. The approach to the music, and the harps on which it is played, has been formed by years of research in both Scotland and Ireland. The music itself has been gleaned from many sources, including the oral tradition, ancient archives and collections, and also includes original compositions by Ann Heymann and Alison Kinnaird, the harpers.
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The Quiet TraditionThe Quiet Tradition Ref: A0151
Alison Kinnaird and Christine Primrose
Alison & Christine are already well-known as outstanding solo performers in their respective fields of traditional Gaelic song and Scottish harp. Christines beautiful voice with its effortless traditional style is accompanied by Alisons sensitive harp playing in a way which does not detract from the character of the singing, but supports it and adds an extra dimension to the music. Their repertoire includes love songs, laments and descriptive pieces, as well as lively dance music. Alison adds her own voice to some of the songs sung in chorus. Their performances have won acclaim in Scotland and abroad. They have been invited to sing and play in the United States, Canada and Europe, and also teach their art in lectures and workshops on many occasions.
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Harps, Pipes & FiddlesHarps, Pipes & Fiddles Ref: A0152
Harps, Pipes & Fiddles - the instruments that have carried, invented and expanded the traditional music of Scotland and Ireland for centuries. Of course it is all the better if these proud instruments are in the right hands, and on this album we proudly present leading exponents of the tradition. The list of musicians on this album (mainly from Scotland with a few very notable exceptions from Ireland, England and the U.S.) read like a 'Who's Who' of traditional music.

HARPS - Ann Heymann, Alison Kinnaird, Maire Ni Chathasaigh, William Taylor PIPES - Ged Foley, Duncan MacGillivray, John D. Burgess, Dr. Angus MacDonald, Dougie Pincock & P/M Iain MacDonald, Gordon Mooney & Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band FIDDLES - Aly Bain, Marie Fielding, Fiddlers Five, Vincent Griffin, John McCusker & Brian McNeill.
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Sheet Music

The Small HarpThe Small Harp Ref: SM008
A Step by Step Tutor by Alison Kinnaird
This book includes advice on buying and maintaining a harp, a basic guide to musical motion, lessons and exercises for two, three and four fingers, advice on arranging music etc. It also contains 40 tunes varying from elementary to advanced, with historical notes and information on the tunes. Comes with accompanying 60 minute CD
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The Harp KeyThe Harp Key Ref: SM009
Alison Kinnaird
This collection of 24 harp tunes has been arranged by Alison Kinnaird in a style which is not an antiquarian attempt to recreate the music as it might have sounded 200 years ago, but which reflects the living tradition of Scottish music. This book will be of interest to players who are already familiar with their native idiom; to the classically trained musician who wishes to learn about it; and to the general reader for whom the extensive historical notes may throw light on a little known but beautiful facet of Scottish history.
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The Lothian CollectionThe Lothian Collection Ref: SM011
Alison Kinnaird
This is a collection of 25 tunes arranged for the Scottish harp by Alison Kinnaird. The tunes come from the 'big houses' and great families of the Lothians (East, West and Midlothian). Most of the music dates from the 18th and early 19th centuries, though one piece is from an early 17th century M.S. and one is a new composition by Alison.
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The North-East CollectionThe North-East Collection Ref: SM010
Alison Kinnaird
Following on from the Lothian Collection, this book is the second in a series, presenting melodies which come from the 'big houses' and great families of Scotland. In this case the area includes the coastal fringes of the North east - around the Moray, Dornoch, Beauly and Cromarty Firths. Most of the 25 tunes featured date from the 18th and 19th centuries.
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Books

Tree of StringsTree of Strings Ref: SM006
Alison Kinnaird
This book on the history of the harp in Scotland presents an in-depth study, drawing on material from unpublished documents, family papers and manuscripts, which will throw new light on the background of these ancient and beautiful instruments. The first of its kind, this volume will be of interest to historians, musicologists and harp players, and also to any reader with a general interest in Scottish and Celtic culture. This 256 page book, which includes many photographs and illustrations.
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Tree of StringsTree of Strings Ref: SM007
Alison Kinnaird
This book on the history of the harp in Scotland presents an in-depth study, drawing on material from unpublished documents, family papers and manuscripts, which will throw new light on the background of these ancient and beautiful instruments. The first of its kind, this volume will be of interest to historians, musicologists and harp players, and also to any reader with a general interest in Scottish and Celtic culture. This 256 page book, which includes many photographs and illustrations.
PAPERBACK

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