A'SEO - is an all Gaelic album, produced by Lewis MacKinnon with acclaimed east coast singer/song writer Dave Gunning as Assistant Producer. It includes contributions from artists Dave Gunning, Brian England, Patricia Murray, Danny Sutherland, Scott Long, Troy MacGillivray, Betty Lord, An Cliath Clis, Randy MacDonald, Bradley McNamara, Keith Mullins, Kris MacFarlane and Jon Matthews. The CD liner is an 18 page insert with lyrics, photos and insights. In this album MacKinnon combines passion and perspective along with his powerful baritone vocals. This his most recent singing effort, offers interpretations of traditional material to inspire present and future generations of Gaelic learners, singers and composers.
“In the thirty-five years that I've been a professional folk musician I feel there have been some landmark recordings made of Nova Scotia's Gaelic music...Lewis MacKinnon's A'Seo may prove to be an addition to the list.”
- the late John Ferguson, Contributing Writer, Celtic Heritage Magazine
This is a first foray into the all-English solo recording world and it is as much exciting as it is scary. Sometimes, there simply are songs that you want and would like to get out to a broader audience that convey themes that you don't always get to focus on during stage performances. Some of these are found in this recording. Nick MacDonald of PEI once told me that many good songs come from pain. I tend to agree and take the view that if the human condition was not one that was prone to “making more” of a given situation, then we would not have the incredible artistic expressions of the human collective: in all their variety, beauty and profundity.
Théid a’ Ghàidhlig ’fhaicinn mar chànain bheothail; chan e fuidheall choimhearsnachd ’na romansachd a th’ innte. Chuir Bàird Ghàidhlig beò agus marbh ri stòras de litreachas Gàidhlig ’sa’ roinn seo, agus tha feadhainn dhiubh a’ tairgsinn sealladh co-aosda, ach gu ruige seo, cha deach leabhar gu buil a dhèanadh agus a thoirt a-mach gu luchd-éisdeachd nas fharsuing.
Mar sin tha Famhair ’na leabhar Gàidhlig na h-Albann Nuaidh de bhàrdachd cho-aosda a’ dèanadh drochaid a’ chruthtìre chultaraich dhen a’ Ghàidhlig ann an Ceap Breatuinn, de thìrmhór na h-Albann Nuaidh taobh an Ear, de choimhearsnachd na Gàidhlig ann a’ Halifacs, agus de chogais-trusaidh mhuinntir na h-Albann Nuaidh.
Rugadh Lodaidh MacFhionghain ’san t-Sìthean, Ceap Breatuinn, do athair aig a bheil a’ Ghàidhlig agus do mhàthair a tha ’na h-Acaidhtidheanachd is aig a bheil a’ Fhraingis. Chaidh a thogail air tìr-mór na h-Albann Nuaidh ann a’ Siorramachd Antaiginis. Foghlumaichte ’sa’ Bheurla, ré nan gnìomhan pearsanta, acadaimigeach agus dreuchdail aige, chùm Lodaidh sùim ’san t-sinnsearachd Ghàidhealach aige.
Gaelic can be viewed as a living language; it is not a relic of a romanticized community of the past. Both living and deceased, Nova Scotia Gaelic poets have added to the store of Gaelic literature in this province, and some of these offer a contemporary perspective, but to date, no complete volume has been created and provided to a wider public audience.
Thus, Famhair: a Nova Scotia Gaelic book of contemporary poetry spanning the cultural landscapes of Gaelic Cape Breton, the eastern Nova Scotia mainland, the Halifax Gaelic community and the broader collective consciousness of Nova Scotians.
Lewis MacKinnon was born in Inverness, Cape Breton, to a Gaelic speaking father and a French Acadian mother. He was raised on the Nova Scotia mainland in Antigonish County. Educated in English, throughout his personal, academic and professional activities, Lewis has maintained an interest in his Gaelic roots.
by Jug In Hand
DUNMORE ROAD is JUG IN HAND's debut recording. It was recorded in 1997 at Solar Audio, Halifax, NS. Engineered and mixed by Hayward Parott. Performing on this album are: Lewis MacKinnon, Brent MacLean, George Wallace and Christine MacIsaac.
The title song "Dunmore Road" was written by Lewis MacKinnon. The album also includes original songs "Bonnie Loch Katrine" by Flora MacIsaac, Norman MacIsaac and Kenneth MacIsaac and "Boots in the Corner" written by George Wallace (who went on to play with Boys Next Door).
There are even some cassettes of this one.
by Jug In Hand
DELIRIUM - The most recent band album features Lewis MacKinnon, Brian England and Jon Matthews. There are 12 tracks in all, comprising many of your favourites from Jug In Hand's live show!
This CD is JUG IN HAND's current sound, and was recorded with Dave Gunning at Wee House Of Music and Riverfront Studios, Pictou County, NS. From Johnny Cash to Pink Floyd to the children’s classic "The Unicorn Song" – there is something here for everyone. We are very excited about it and we really hope you enjoy it! Thanks for the support - It is now in it’s second printing!
by Jug In Hand
SKULDUGGERY AND PROSE - a tribute to Jug In Hand's traditional roots influence, was recorded in 1999 at Solar Audio, Halifax, NS. Engineered and mixed by Harold Tsistinas. This production features Lewis MacKinnon, Brian England, Brent MacLean, Mark Bezanson and Anna Ludlow.
With original tunes "Nova Scotia" by Brian England, "Janna's Song" by Brent MacLean, two Gaelic Tunes, two fiddle tunes and the mention of many friends in the "Lower South River" song - it has proven very popular and has sold out twice - we still have a few copies from the third printing.
Dhan fheadhainn aig a bheil a’ léirsinn do chànan agus chultar dhaoine mar rudan mì-bheanailteach a tha a’ fìor-lùib ann an bith-iomadachd agus an anam coitcheann beò na Cruinne-Cé.
To those who view a people’s language and culture as intangible possibilities intimately intertwined with the bio-diversity and collective soul-life of the planet.