The Tannahill Weavers

The Tannahill Weavers: Collection

  • Collection
    • 1997 - Green Linnet GLCD 1182 CD
    • 2006 - Compass GLI 1182 CD
  • Track List:
    1. The Blackbird Set: [4]
      1. Blackley of Hillsdale
      2. The Blackbird
      3. The Hankie Dance
      4. Jack Daniels Reel
      5. The Farmers Daughter
    2. Wild Mountain Thyme [1]
    3. Capernaum [4]
    4. Crann Tara Set: [5]
      1. Angus G. MacLeod, Crann Tara
      2. Fiona MacLeod
    5. Joy of My Heart / Kintail [2]
    6. The Carls o' Dysart / The Log Splitter Set: [4]
      1. The Carls o' Dysart
      2. Caradale Bay
      3. The Log Splitter
      4. Calibachan
      5. Drochaid Luideach
    7. Hieland Harry: [5]
      1. Hieland Harry
      2. The Wee Highland Laddie
      3. Lieutenant Colonel D.J.S. Murray
    8. The Braes o' Balquhidder [4]
    9. Are Ye Sleeping Maggie?: [3]
      1. Are Ye Sleeping Maggie?
      2. The Noose and the Ghillie
    10. Campbelton Kiltie Ball: [1]
      1. Campbelton Kiltie Ball
      2. The Back of the Moon
      3. Kelsae Brig
      4. Put Me in the Great Chest
      5. Sergeant MacDonald's Reel
    11. The Cuillins of Rhum [3]
    12. The Plooboy Laddies / John Murray of Lochee [4]
    13. The Good Drying Set: [5]
      1. The MacFarlanes
      2. The Whistlebinkies Reel
      3. Mulhaire's Reel
      4. The Christmas Carousal
      5. Miss Monaghan
    14. Braw Burn the Bridges [2]

  • The Tannahill Weavers
    • Roy Gullane: guitar, vocals
    • Phil Smillie: bodhrán, flute, vocals, whistles
    • Les Wilson: bass pedals, bouzouki, guitar, keyboards, vocals
    • John Martin: cello, fiddle, mandolin, viola, vocals
    • Duncan J. Nicholson: highland bagpipes, Scottish small pipes, whistles
  • Musicians
    • Kenny Forsyth: highland bagpipes, Scottish small pipes, whistles
    • Ross Kennedy: bass pedals, bouzouki, vocals
    • Iain MacInnes: highland bagpipes, low E-flat flute, pennywhistle, Scottish small pipes, whistles
    • Jim Walker: drums
  • Credits

Sleeve Notes

Hi folks!

Well, you know a band has been around for a while when it releases a compilation album, and this is our second! When Green Linnet approached us about the possibility of compiling some of our favorite tracks from the past ten years, we readily agreed to sit back and review not only the numbers that we enjoyed recording but also the ones we've gotten the greatest pleasure from performing live.

Over the years we have been fortunate enough to have worked with some very fine musicians, some of whose special talents are heard throughout this selection of music and song. We've played to wonderful audiences on our travels, sampling their great cultures and hospitality on the way. It is with all those happy memories to mind that we bring you this compilation of our music over the last ten years.

Throughout all the years that this recording encompasses, we have had the pleasure of working with Herschel Freeman, who has kept us motoring and our spirits high. As always he merits specials thanks.

We also welcome this chance to acknowledge the people who, although they are out of the public eye, have been so instrumental in the band's longevity - in particular Wendy, Chris, and all at Green Linnet, as well as all of our very supportive families. And don't forget Maggie, who keeps the band operative day in and day out. Thanks all!

Tannahill Weavers


From the first thrilling burst of Highland piping to the power of four men's voices joined in harmony, The Tannahill Weavers Collection portrays the last ten years of this dynamic Scottish quintet. The selections, culled from the Tannies's last five albums, including award winning Capernaum (GLCD1146), were selected and arranged by the band, supplemented by extensive liner notes and lyrics. A leading force in Scotland's traditional music scene for nearly 20 years, The Tannahill Weavers play music as "the pure drop": robust, vital, stately, the hardy frame of a tune cleanly heard in their stirring arrangements.

The Tannahill Weavers Collection includes the beautiful Scottish anthem Wild Mountain Thyme, and Robert Burns' fiery Highland Harry, plus sparkling instrumentals that quicken with flutes and fiddle, motored by machine-gun bouzouki and guitar. Sets of strathspeys and reels showcase the tremendously talented pipers that have played with the band, including Iain MacInnes, Kenny Forsyth and their current young piper, Duncan Nicholson.

For new listeners seeking a vibrant introduction to traditional Scottish music, and long-time Tannahill Weavers fans, The Tannahill Weavers Collection captures a band as vital today as at any time in its history.