Scotland has entirely captured my fancy, the North East in particular. The beauty, the culture and the genuine warmth of character you find throughout. What really stands out (besides the single malt) is the power and beauty of the music.
Losing myself completely in all things Scottish, I sought to express myself. A Minstrel in Moray is an attempt to find my own progressive voice within Scots-Celtic Music.
Produced & mastered by Joby Baker
All songs by Bruce Coughlan (SOCAN) 2009 except: Kinreen o’ the Dee – music by Bruce Coughlan, lyrics from The Piobrach O’ Kinreen by William Forsyth (1818–1879), Apron Strings – music by Phil Cunningham, lyrics by Bruce Coughlan and Ower Lang Awa’ – music by Bruce Coughlan, lyrics by James McQueen of Forres, published 1905. Additional Gaelic lyrics by Mary Ann Kennedy
Recorded and mixed at Baker Studios Ltd., Victoria, BC
Additional tracks recorded at Watercolour Music, Ardgour, Scotland
Bruce Coughlan – 1980s Jean Larrivee D5 dreadnaught guitar (Mahogany), 1927 Ludwig “Kingston” tenor banjo, 1940s Gibson TG 50 tenor guitar (Mahogany), Casey Burns keyless wood flute (Mopane), Elf Song D Whistle (West Coast Whistle Co.), Soodlum D whistle, Antonio Duarte Portuguese cittern (circa 1900) 1965 Gibson “Heritage” dreadnaught guitar (Brazilian Rosewood), 1982 Takamine classical guitar (Rosewood) Nashville mandolin (plywood).
Joby Baker – 1939 Kay upright bass, Yamaha C5 grand piano (spanky new), 2005 Gretsch kick & toms, 1959 Rogers snare drum, Istanbul cymbals, 1940s Gibson TG 50 tenor guitar (Mahogany), DW Karn pump organ (circa 1900), wood shaker & maraca (origins unknown), Wurlitzer piano, Hammond B3, hose
Mary Ann Kennedy – Gaelic vocals on Ower Lang Awa’
Artwork & design – Carylann Loeppky