Highland based Scottish Gaelic quartet Cruinn are proud to announce that their inaugural album "Cruinn" (cruinncd001) has been nominated for Best Album of the Year award at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2013. Cruinn brings together four of Scotland's premier Gaelic singers - James Graham, Fiona Mackenzie, Brian Ó hEadhra and Rachel Walker. Jim Sutherland produced the album which was recorded at Castlesound Studio. It was part funded through the Creative Scotland Quality Production programme. The album was launched at Showcase Scotland at Celtic Connections this year and has received high critical acclaim and substantial airplay at home and abroad.
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Cruinn: Cruinn (Cruinn)
Sunday Herald - 24 February 2013
The stark repetition in group name, album title and label belies the imagination at work in the beautiful music that Cruinn create. Featuring four strong and distinctive Gaelic singers from Scotland and Ireland, the group draws on both original and traditional songs as well as material from some surprising sources on this lovely debut. Most surprising will be the conversion of the English parlour song Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes into a surrogate Gaelic psalm-love song, Oran Celia, of remarkable soulfulness, although Brian Ó hEadhra's Gaelic reading of a Hungarian folk song, Éirich Isean Éirich, runs it close with a superbly grainy performance. Elsewhere, Mackenzie and Ó hEadhra with fellow singers Rachel Walker and James Graham, and producer Jim Sutherland, conjure up a Clannad-like sound on Gun Dóchas and generally marry marvellous lead and backing vocals, cannily deployed percussion, guitar, double bass, keyboards and whistles in a programme that's strikingly contemporary but rich in the character and warmth of the Gaelic music tradition.