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cd cover The Secret North
Live (Go' Danish Folk)
cdRoots Code: go-0515

The Secret North brings together 6 world-class musicians from Scotland, Denmark, Sweden and Ireland: Ailie Robertson on harp; Ale Carr on cittern; Donald Grant on fiddle; Kieran Munnelly on flutes, whistle and bodhran; Niall Vallely on concertina; and Nikolaj Busk on piano and keyboards. The set is 6 long tracks performed and recorded live in Glasgow.


1. The Blind Brook / Mocking is Catching (Kieran Munnelly) 8.09
2. The Game (Ailie Robertson) 13.03
3. Fragments of Solbyn (Ale Carr) 13.02
4. A'Bhean Eudach (The Jealous Sister) (Donald Grant) 11.56
5. The Ballad Of Solitude Street (Nikolaj Busk) 10.01
6. Waves from Another Shore (Niall Vallely) 11.37


Ailie Robertson (The Outside Track) - Harp
Ale Carr (Dreamers Circus, Basco) -Cittern
Donald Grant (Elias Quartet) - Fiddle
Kieran Munnelly (Dave Munnelly Band) - Fløjte, Whistle, Bodhran
Niall Vallely (Buille) - Concertina
Nikolaj Busk (Dreamers Circus) - Klaver

More info:

In January 2014, 6 musicians met for the first time in a remote studio in the highlands of Scotland. Having never played together before, for five days they immersed themselves in the creation of new music together, combining their different backgrounds and musical traditions to create something completely unique. Six days later they emerged and performed 5 concerts in Scotland, culminating in a show at Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow. Thus, The Secret North was born.

The Secret North brings together 6 world-class musicians from Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia in a cross-cultural celebration of new music that bridges the divide between folk and classical, the traditional and the avant-garde by combining ancient instruments with new composition.

As musical collaborations go, this is an extraordinary musical interchange. Individually, each member has carved out a reputation for not just mastering their chosen fields, but rising above, redefining and renewing the musical world they come from. In The Secret North, they come together to premiere 6 new compositions, written by each musician specifically for the ensemble, resulting in a concert of ear-opening new music, grounded in tradition, but shot through with the adrenaline of contemporary influences. This is music that is both ancient and utterly new.

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