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(September 2011 release of 1998 recording) 46 tracks (3h 30mins)
The release of this complete television series - originally produced in 1998 by Pelicula Films - for many music fans will be a long-awaited welcome back. For others, it will be a pleasurable hello to some unique musical combinations.
Folk and Roots musicians come together in what have been called 'the greatest backporch shows ever'. Shetland fiddle virtuoso Aly Bain and dobro ace Jerry Douglas host a Highland gathering of the cream of Nashville, Irish and Scottish talent.
The Transatlantic Sessions House Band: Aly Bain (music director - fiddle) and Jerry Douglas (music director - dobro, lap steel guitar) with Michael Doucet (vocals, fiddle), Russ Barenberg (guitar, mandolin), Breda Smyth (fiddle, whistles), Danny Thompson (bass) and Tommy Hayes (percussion).
Featuring guest artists: Paul Brady (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Ronan Browne (whistles), Rosanne Cash (vocals, guitar), Radney Foster (vocals, guitar), James Grant (vocals), Nanci Griffith (vocals, guitar), Boo Hewerdine (guitar), Fiona Kennedy (vocals), John Leventhal (guitar), Ishbel Macaskill (vocals), Iain MacDonald (pipes), John Martyn (vocals, guitar), Karen Matheson (vocals), Maura O'Connell (vocals), Eddi Reader (vocals, guitar), Sharon Shannon (accordion), Donald Shaw (accordion, keyboards), Ricky Skaggs (vocals, guitar) and Sharon White (vocals).
This DVD release of Series 2 coincided with the first TV transmission on BBC Scotland and BBC Four of Transatlantic Sessions Series Five.
VIDEO Programme One: Maura O'Connell with James Grant & Nanci Griffith - The Blue Train (composed Jennifer Kimball & Tom Kimmel) Ricky Skaggs - A Simple Life (composed Mac Mcanally) / Traditional Reel (trad arr Bain) Ishbel Macaskill with Iain MacDonald - Piobaireachd Dhòmhnaill Dhuibh (trad arr Bain) John Martyn with Eddi Reader - He Got All The Whiskey (composed B Charles) Sharon Shannon with Russ Barenberg - Magic Foot (composed Russ Barenberg) Nanci Griffith - Boots Of Spanish Leather (composed Bob Dylan) Michael Doucet with Sharon Shannon - Eunice Two-Step (trad source - A Ardoin - arr Beausoleil - Orange Skies Music BMI) Programme Two: Aly Bain - Waiting For The Federals (trad arr Bain) Nanci Griffith with Karen Matheson, James Grant & Maura O'Connell - Who Knows Where The Time Goes (composed Sandy Denny) Aly Bain with Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg & Donald Shaw - Violet Tulloch, Queen Of Lerwick (composed Phil Cunningham) Paul Brady with Karen Matheson & Fiona Kennedy - The World Is What You Make It (composed Paul Brady) James Grant with Karen Matheson & Maura O'Connell - Evangeline (composed James Grant) Michael Doucet - Jolie Blonde (trad arr Doucet) Ricky Skaggs with Aly Bain - Talk About Suffering (adapted Ricky Skaggs - Hall-Clement Publications BMI & Ricky Skaggs Music - arr Skaggs) / Traditional Reel (trad arr Bain) Programme Three: Maura O'Connell with Nancy Griffith - Trouble In The Fields (composed Nancy Griffith) Breda Smyth - Bachelor's Walk (composed Breda Smyth) / The Congress (trad arr Smyth) Eddi Reader with Boo Hewerdine - Footsteps Fall (composed Hewerdine & Bjergfeldt) Aly Bain - Bonaparte's Retreat (trad arr Bain) Rosanne Cash - Seven Year Ache (composed Rosanne Cash) John Martyn - Excuse Me Mister (composed Ben Harper) Karen Matheson with James Grant - There's Always Sunday (composed James Grant) Programme Four: Eddi Reader with Boo Hewerdine - Hummingbird (composed Boo Hewerdine) Nanci Griffith - Road To Aberdeen (composed Nanci Griffith) Ronan Browne - Urban Air (composed Ronan Browne) Sharon White with Ricky Skaggs - Storms Are On The Ocean (composed A P Carter) Michael Doucet with Sharon Shannon - La Danse De La Vie (composed Michael Doucet) Karen Matheson with Paul Brady - Ae Fond Kiss (composed Robert Burns) Radney Foster - God Knows When (composed Radney Foster) Programme Five: Fiona Kennedy with Karen Matheson - Nach Truagh Leat Mi Stún Eirinn (trad arr Kennedy) Sharon Shannon - Western Lift / Glass Of Beer / Unnamed Reel (trad arr Shannon) James Grant - Cure For Life (composed James Grant) Paul Brady with Karen Matheson - Marriage Made In Hollywood (composed Paul Brady & Michael O'Keeve) Jerry Douglas - A Tribute To Paedar O'Donnell (composed Dónal Lunny) / Takarasaka (composed Jerry Douglas) Radney Foster - God Speed (composed Radney Foster) Programme Six: Rosanne Cash - Forty Shades Of Green (composed Johnny Cash) Jerry Douglas - Passing The Bar (composed Jerry Douglas) Ricky Skaggs - My Father's Son (composed Ricky Skaggs & George M Green) Russ Barenberg - Les Veuves De La Coulee (Windows Of The Creek) (trad arr Russ Barenberg) Nanci Griffith with Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White - Always Will (composed Nanci Griffith) Radney Foster with Eddi Reader - Nobody Wins (composed Radney Foster & Kim Richey) Programme Seven: Russ Barenberg - Return To The Brandywine (composed Russ Barenberg) Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal - September When It Comes (composed Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal) Tommy Hayes with Fiona Kennedy & Karen Matheson - Sanseptique Set: Domhnall Dubh An Domhnallaich (trad arr Haynes, Kennedy) / Thoir A Nall Ailean Thugam (trad arr Hayes, Kennedy) / Sanseptique (composed Tommy Hayes) Maura O'Connell with Karen Matheson - Down By The Sally Gardens (lyrics W B Yeats, trad arr O'Connell) Sharon White with Ricky Skaggs - The Mansion On The Hill (composed Hank Williams) John Martyn with Danny Thompson - Solid Air (composed John Martyn) Iain MacDonald - Puirt a Beul Set: O Mhisg A'Chuir A Nollaig Oirnn / Cape Breton Port A Beul / Ann Mackeachnie's Favourite / Bealach A'Chara (all trad arr MacDonald)