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Silly Wizard: Silly Wizard

Silly Wizard: Silly Wizard (Transatlantic XTRA 1158)

Silly Wizard
Silly Wizard

Transatlantic Records XTRA 1158 (LP, UK, 1976)
Guimbarda GS-11056 (LP, Spain, 1979)
Highway SHY 7022 (LP, UK, 1983)
Lapwing LAPCD 130 (CD, UK, 1997
Talking Elephant TECD420 (CD, UK, 8 March 2019)

Silly Wizard: Silly Wizard (Talking Elephant TECD420)
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Produced by Silly Wizard;
Recorded by Dick Ollett at Maritime Studio, Edinburgh

Musicians

Johnny Cunningham: fiddle, viola, mandolin;
Gordon Jones: vocals, guitar, bouzouki, autoharp, bodhrán;
Bob Thomas: guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, concertina;
Andy M. Stewart: vocals, tenor banjo, mandolin;
Alistair Donaldson: bass, flute, organ;
Freeland Barbour: accordion, bouzouki, whistle, keyboards

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Pibroch (3.30)
  2. Jenny Gray's Whisky (3.52)
  3. Wind That Shakes the Barley / The Ale Is Dear (2.26)
  4. Carlisle Wall (Roud 9; Child 20; G/D 2:193; TYG 73) (3.14)
  5. My Love's in Germany (Roud V39245) (6.50)
  6. Election Jig (0.45)
  1. The Heron Election Ballad No.4 (4.00)
  2. Atholl Braes / The Drunken Piper (2.45)
  3. The Shearing (Roud 1524; G/D 3:406) (4.25)
  4. The Fairy Dance (1.55)
  5. Land o' the Leal (Roud 8999) (4.20)

All tracks trad. arr. Silly Wizard except
Track 7 words Robert Burns;
Track 10 trad. arr. Johnny Cunningham;
Track 11 words Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne

> Folk Music > Records > Silly Wizard: Caledonia's Hardy Sons

Silly Wizard: Caledonia's Hardy Sons

Silly Wizard: Caledonia's Hardy Sons (Shanachie SH 79015)

Caledonia's Hardy Sons
Silly Wizard

Highway SHY 7005 (LP, UK, 1978)
Shanachie Records SH 79015 (CD, USA, 1989)

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Produced by Silly Wizard and John Zollman;
Recorded by Johnny Haynes and Alec Price at Zella Recording Studios, Birmingham;
Remixed by Johnny Haynes at Zella Recording Studios;
Digitally mastered by Robert Vosgien, CMS Digital, California;
Notes by Silly Wizard;
Photography by Marianne Moser;
Cover design by John Crane

Musicians

Andy M. Stewart: vocals [2-3, 5-8, 10], tenor banjo [1, 4, 9], mandolin [1], mandola [7];
Johnny Cunningham: vocals [3, 10], fiddle [1-2, 4-7, 9-10], viola [2], bouzouki [3], mandolin [5], mandola [8];
Phil Cunningham: vocals [7], accordion [1-2, 4, 7, 9], whistle [1, 3-4, 6, 10], harmonium [6], synthesiser [5], string synthesiser [8];
Bob Thomas: guitar [1-7, 9-10], mandola [8];
Gordon Jones: vocals [3, 7, 10], guitar [1-4, 7, 10], mandola [6], bouzouki [9], bodhrán [1];
Martin Hadden: vocals [10], bass [1-7, 9-10], harmonium [3]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Mo Chuahag Lagnach (My Kindly Sweetheart) (2.31)
  2. The Isla Waters (3.49)
  3. The Twa Brithers (Roud 38; Child 49) (6.21)
  4. The Auld Pipe Reel / The Brolum (3.36)
  5. Glasgow Peggy (Roud 95; Child 228; G/D 4:850) (3.32)
  1. Monymusk Lads (Roud 5568; G/D 3:375) (3.30)
  2. The Ferryland Sealer (Roud 4533) (3.24)
  3. Fhear a Bhata (The Boatman) (Roud 4356; Henry H834) (4.35)
  4. Jack Cunningham's Farewell to Benbecula / Sweet Molly (4.35)
  5. The Broom o' the Cowden Knowes (Roud 8709) (5.20)

All tracks trad. arr. Silly Wizard except
Track 2 Andy M. Stewart, Martin Hadden;
Track 9a Phil Cunningham

> Folk Music > Records > Silly Wizard: So Many Partings

Silly Wizard: So Many Partings

Silly Wizard: So Many Partings (Shanachie SH 79015)

So Many Partings
Silly Wizard

Highway SHY 7010 (LP, UK, 1979)
Shanachie Records 79016 (LP, USA, 1990)
Shanachie Records SH 79016 (CD, USA, 1990)

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Produced by Archie Fisher and Silly Wizard;
Executive producer John Zollman;
Recorded and mixed by Douglas ‘Granada’ Bogie at R.E.L. Studios, Edinburgh between February and July 1979;
Digitally mastered by Robert Vosgien, CMS Digital, California;
Sleeve notes by Silly Wizard;
Photography by Sande Rabinowitz;
Cover design by John Crane

Musicians

Andy M. Stewart: lead vocals, tenor banjo;
Phil Cunningham: accordion, tin whistles, Overton low D whistle, Moog synthesiser, string synthesiser, acoustic and electric pianos, vocals;
Martin Hadden: electric bass, harmonium, guitar;
Gordon Jones, guitar, mandolin, bodhrán;
Johnny Cunningham: fiddles, vocals

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. A Scarce o' Tatties / Lyndhurst (3.28)
  2. The Valley of Strathmore (6.16)
  3. Bridget O’Malley (Brid og Ni Mhaille) (Ballad Index K027) (4.52)
  4. A.A. Cameron's Strathspey / Mrs. Martha Knowles / The Pitnacree Ferryman / The New Shillin' (4.25)
  1. Donald McGillavry (Roud V5328) / O'Neill's Cavalry March (4.06)
  2. The Highland Clearances (2.23)
  3. Miss Catherine Brosnan (2.20)
  4. Wi' My Dog and Gun (Roud 2124; Henry H32) (4.37)
  5. Miss Shepherd / Sweeney's Buttermilk / McGlinchey's Reels (3.38)

All tracks trad. arr. Silly Wizard except
Track 1a Norman McLean:
Tracks 2, 6 Andy M. Stewart;
Tracks 4b, 7 Phil Cunningham;
Track 9a James Scott Skinner;
Tracks 9cd Brendan McGlinchey

> Folk Music > Records > Silly Wizard: Wild & Beautiful

Silly Wizard: Wild & Beautiful

Silly Wizard: Wild & Beautiful (Shanachie SH 79028)

Wild & Beautiful
Silly Wizard

Highway SHY 7028 (LP, UK, 1981)
Shanachie Records 79028 (LP, USA, 1982)
Shanachie Records SH 79028 (CD, USA, 1994)

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Produced by Archie Fisher and Silly Wizard;
Executive producer John Zollman;
Recorded and mixed by Neil Ross at R.E.L. Studios, Edinburgh in June and July 1981;
Studio assistant Alistair George;
Digitally mastered by Bill Giolando, CMS Digital, California;
Sleeve notes by Silly Wizard;
Front cover photography by Dave Paterson, back cover by Mick Campbell;
Sleeve design by Jim Hutcheson

Musicians

Andy M. Stewart: lead vocals, tenor banjo, whistle;
Phil Cunningham: accordion, whistles, keyboards (Prophet 5 synthesiser, Rolad VP330 Vocoder / string ensemble, Roland EP09 electric piano);
Martin Hadden: electric bass, acoustic guitar, keyboards (harmonium, acoustic piano, Yamaha CP20 electric piano, Roland VP330 string ensemble);
Gordon Jones: guitar, mandolin, bodhrán

with guests
Dougie MacLean: fiddle;
Roy Ashby: drums

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. If I Was a Blackbird (Roud 387; Henry H79) (7.26)
  2. Pipe Major Donald Campbell / The Orphan / The Kestrel / Come Up Alang jigs (4.04)
  3. The Pearl (3.50)
  4. The Fishermen's Song / Lament for the Fishermen's Wife (8.31)
  1. Hame, Hame, Hame (Roud 269; Laws K43) / Tha Mi Sgith (I Am Tired) slow air (6.46)
  2. Tha Mi Sgith strathspey / Eck Stewart's March / MacKenzie's Fancy marches (4.25)
  3. Miss Patricia Meagher / Laura Lynn Cunningham (3.01)
  4. A.B. Corsie (The Lad from Orkney) / Ril Bheara / Richard Dwyer's reels (4.31)

Tracks 1, 4a, 7 Andy M. Stewart;
Track 2a J. Wilson:
Tracks 2b, 8bc trad. Irish arr. Silly Wizard;
Tracks 2cd, 3, 7b, 8a Phil Cunningham;
Track 4b Martin Hadden, Phil Cunningham;
Track 5a trad. Scottish, additional lyrics Andy M. Stewart;
Tracks 5b, 6ac trad. Scottish arr. Silly Wizard;
Track 6b Andy M. Stewart, Phil Cunningham

> Folk Music > Records > Silly Wizard: Kiss the Tears Away

Silly Wizard: Kiss the Tears Away

Silly Wizard: Kiss the Tears Away (Shanachie SH 79037)

Kiss the Tears Away
Silly Wizard

Highway Records SHY 7025 (LP, UK, 1983)
Shanachie Records 79037 (LP, USA, 1983)
Shanachie Records SH 79037 (CD, USA, 1989)

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Produced and arranged by Silly Wizard;
Recorded by Alistair George at R.E.L. Studios, Edinburgh;
Mixed by Neil Ross at R.E.L. Studios;
Photography by Victor Albrow;
Sleeve design by Jim Hutcheson

Musicians

Phil Cunningham: accoridon, whistles, keyboards, mandola, classical guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals;
Martin Hadden: bass, fretless bass, acoustic guitar, string synthesiser;
Gordon Jones: acoustic guitar, bodhrán;
Andy M. Stewart: lead vocals, tenor banjo

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. The Queen of Argyll (3.25)
  2. Golden, Golden (3.52)
  3. Finlay M. MacRae (3.31)
  4. The Banks of the Lee (Roud 6857) (4.26)
  5. Sweet Dublin Bay (Roud 785) (3.29)
  1. Mo Nighean Donn, Grádh Mo Chridhe (My Brown Haired Maiden, Love of My Heart) (4.14)
  2. Banks of the Bann (Roud 889; Laws O2; Henry H86) (3.26)
  3. The Greenfields of Glentown / The Galtee Reel / Bobby Casey's Number Two / Wing Commander Donald MacKenzie's Reel (4.39)
  4. The Loch Tay Boat Song (Roud S243064) (5.05)

Tracks 1-2 Andy M. Stewart;
Tracks 3, 6, 8d Phil Cunningham;
Track 4 trad. arr. Andy M. Stewart, Phil Cunningham;
Tracks 5, 7, 8ab, 9 trad.;
Track 8a trad. arr. Phil Cunningham

> Folk Music > Records > Silly Wizard: A Glint of Silver

Silly Wizard: A Glint of Silver

Silly Wizard: A Glint of Silver (Green Linnet GLCD 1070)

A Glint of Silver
Silly Wizard

Green Linnet SIF 1070 (LP, USA, 1986)
Green Linnet GLCD 1070 (CD, USA, 1986)

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Produced by Silly Wizard;
Recorded by Alistair George at R.E.L. Studios, Edinburgh, in March-May 1986;
Mixed by Neil Ross at R.E.L. Studios

Musicians

Andy M. Stewart: lead vocals, tenor banjo;
Johnny Cunningham: fiddlevocals;
Phil Cunningham: accordion, whistle, keyboards, mandolin, vocals;
Gordon Jones: guitar, bodhrán;
Martin Hadden: bass, fretless bass, guitar

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Roarin' Donald / The Man Who Shot the Windmill / A Glint of Silver (4.19)
  2. The Secret Portrait / Wha'll Be King But Cherlie? (6.15)
  3. Lover's Heart (5.13)
  4. When Summer Ends (4.20)
  1. The Chill Eastern Winds (6.02)
  2. Willie Archer (Roud 3473; Henry H614) (3.37)
  3. Simon MacKenzie's Welcome to His Twin Sisters / Farewell to “The Heb” (3.27)
  4. The Blackbird of Sweet Avondale (Roud 5174) (4.42)

Track 1a-c, 4, 7ab Phil Cunningham;
Tracks 2ab, 6, 8 trad. arr. Silly Wizard;
Track 3 words Andy M. Stewart, music Phil Cunningham;
Track 5 Andy M. Stewart

> Folk Music > Records > Silly Wizard: The Best of Silly Wizard

Silly Wizard: The Best of Silly Wizard

Silly Wizard: The Best of Silly Wizard (Shanachie SH 79048)

The Best of Silly Wizard
Silly Wizard

Shanachie Records SH 79048 (LP/CD, USA, 1987)

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Musicians

Phil Cunningham: accordion, whistles, vocals, keyboards, mandola, guitar, synthesisers, electric piano, piano, harmonium;
Martin Hadden: electric bass, fretless bass, guitar, harmonium, string synthesisers, piano, electric piano, vocals;
Andy M. Stewart: lead vocals, tenor banjo, whistle, mandolin;
Gordon Jones: guitar, bodhrán, mandola, vocals;
Johnny Cunningham: fiddle, vocals, viola;
Bob Thomas: guitar

Tracks

  1. The Valley of Strathmore (4.07)
  2. Donald McGillavry (Roud V5328) / O'Neill's Cavalry March (4.07)
  3. A.A. Cameron's Strathspey / Mrs. Martha Knowles / The Pitnacree Ferryman / The New Shillin' (4.07)
  4. The Fishermen's Song (4.07)
  5. The Queen of Argyll (4.07)
  6. Finlay M. MacRae (4.07)
  7. The Pearl (4.07)
  8. Isla Waters (4.07)
  9. Mo Chuachag Laghach (My Kindly Sweetheart) (4.07)
  10. The Broom o' the Cowden Knowes (Roud 8709) (4.07)
  11. Green Fields of Glentown / The Galtee Reel / Bobby Casey's Number Two / Wing Commander Donald MacKenzie's Reel (4.07)

Tracks 8-10 are from Caledonia's Hardy Sons (1978);
Tracks 1-3 are from So Many Partings (1979);
Tracks 4, 7 is from Wild & Beautiful (1981);
Tracks 5-6, 11 are from Kiss the Tears Away (1983)

> Folk Music > Records > Silly Wizard: Live Wizardry

Silly Wizard: Live Wizardry

Silly Wizard: Live Wizardry (Green Linnet GLCD 3036/37)

Live Wizardry
Silly Wizard

Green Linnet GLCD 3036/37 (CD, USA, 1988)

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Recorded live at Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in October 1983;
Engineered by John Nagy (USA) and Neil Ross (Scotland);
Mixed at REL Studios, Edinburgh, Scotland;
Produced by Phil Cunningham;
Executive producers: Silly Wizard;
Photography by Robin Gillanders;
CD design by Julia Wyant

Musicians

Andy M. Stewart: vocals, tin whistle, tenor banjo;
Johnny Cunningham: fiddle, viola, mandola, vocals;
Phil Cunningham: accordion, tin whistle, harmonium, synthesiser, octave mandolin, vocals;
Gordon Jones: guitar, bodhrán, vocals, bouzouki, mandola;
Martin Hadden: bass, guitar, piano

Tracks

  1. The Queen of Argyll (3.22)
  2. Mrs. Martha Knowles / The Pitnacree Ferryman / The New Bob (2.57)
  3. The Parish of Dunkeld (Roud 13081) / The Curlew (4.07)
  4. The Valley of Strathmore (7.03)
  5. Miss Shepherd / Sweeney's Buttermilk / McGlinchey's Reels (3.41)
  6. The Ramblin' Rover (3.12)
  7. The Blackbird (Roud 387; Henry H79) (7.40)
  8. Scarce o' Tatties / Lyndhurst (3.18)
  9. The Banks of the Lee (Roud 6857) (4.49)
  10. Donald McGillavry (Roud V5328) (3.59)
  11. Golden, Golden (4.44)
  12. The Humors of Tulla / Toss the Feathers / Saint Anne's Reel / Lexy McAskill / The Limerick Lasses / Jean's Real (8.55)
  13. The Broom o' the Cowden Knowes (Roud 8709) (6.33)

Tracks 1, 4, 6-7, 11 Andy M. Stewart;
Track 2a Phil Cunningham;
Tracks 2bc, 3b, 5ab, 8b, 10, 13 trad. arr. Silly Wizard;
Tracks 3a, 9 trad. arr. Andy M. Stewart, Phil Cunningham;
Track 5c Brendan McGlinchey;
Track 8a Norman MacLean;
Tracks 12abce trad. arr. Johnny Cunningham, Phil Cunningham;
Track 12d trad. arr. Johnny Cunningham;
Track 12f Bobby MacLeod

> Folk Music > Records > Silly Wizard: ‘Live’ Again

Silly Wizard: ‘Live’ Again

Silly Wizard: ‘Live’ Again (Birnam BCD619)

‘Live’ Again
Silly Wizard

Birnam CD BCD619 (CD, UK, 2012)

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Originally released as two separate albums Live in America and Golden, Golden. The band licenced the albums to REL Records in Scotland and to Green Linnet Records in the USA, both of whom released them in 1985 on vinyl and cassette; Green Linnet later cut some tracks and released it as a the shortened CD Live Wizardry.

Recorded ‘live’ at Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in October 1983;
Engineered by John Nagy (USA) and Neil Ross (Scotland);
Mixed at REL Studios, Edinburgh, by Neil Ross;
Re-mastered at Norwick Mastering by David Shearer;
Graphic design by Mike Garden at Birnam;
Sleeve notes by Alistair Clark

Musicians

Johnny Cunningham: fiddle, vocals;
Phil Cunningham: accordion, whistles, keyboards, cittern, vocals;
Martin Hadden: electric bass, acoustic guitar, keyboards, vocals;
Gordon Jones: acoustic guitar, bodhrán, vocals;
Andy M. Stewart: vocals, tenor banjo, whistles

Tracks

  1. Reels: The Green Fields of Glentown / The Galtee Reel / Bobby Casey's Number Two / A.B. Corsie – The Lad from Orkney (3.42)
  2. The Queen of Argyll (3.24)
  3. The Valley of Strathmore (7.16)
  4. The Parish of Dunkeld (Roud 13081) / The Curlew (4.09)
  5. John & Phil – Reels: The Humors of Tulla / Toss the Feathers / Saint Anne's Reel / Lexy McAskill / The Limerick Lasses / Jean's Real / The Musical Priest (9.10)
  6. Reels: Mrs. Martha Knowles / The Pitnacree Ferryman / The New Bob (3.12)
  7. The Ramblin' Rover (3.18)
  8. The Banks of the Lee (Roud 6857) (4.53)
  9. Reels: Miss Shepherd / Sweeney's Buttermilk / McGlinchey's Reels (3.50)
  10. Donald McGillavry (Roud V5328) / O'Neill's Cavalry March (3.56)
  11. The Blackbird (Roud 387; Henry H79) (7.49)
  12. Jigs: Scarce o' Tatties / Lyndhurst (3.23)
  13. Golden, Golden (4.53)
  14. Jigs: Mac's Fancy / The Cliffs of Moher / Reels: The Rose of Red Hill / Clootie Dumplings / The Laird o' Drumblair / Sleepy Maggie (7.11)
  15. The Broom o' the Cowden Knowes (Roud 8709) (6.35)

Tracks 1ab trad. arr. Phil Cunningham, Martin Hadden, Gordon Jones, Andy M. Stewart;
Track 1c, 14f trad. arr. Phil Cunningham;
Tracks 1d, 6a Phil Cunningham;
Tracks 2-3, 7, 11, 13 Andy M. Stewart;
Track 4a trad. arr. Phil Cunningham, Martin Hadden, Andy M. Stewart;
Track 4b Donald Macpherson;
Tracks 5abceg trad. arr. Johnny Cunningham, Phil Cunningham;
Track 5d Dr John Macaskill;
Track 5f Bobby MacLeod;
Tracks 6bc, 9b, 10ab, 12b, 14a, 15 trad. arr. Silly Wizard;
Track 8 trad. arr. Phil Cunningham, Andy M. Stewart;
Track 9a trad. arr. Phil Cunningham, Martin Hadden;
Track 9c Brendan McGlinchey;
Track 12a Norman MacLean;
Tracks 14b trad. arr. Johnny Cunningham, Phil Cunningham, Gordon Jones, Andy M. Stewart;
Tracks 14c trad. arr. Johnny Cunningham, Phil Cunningham, Andy M. Stewart;
Tracks 14de trad. arr. Johnny Cunningham, Phil Cunningham

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The Derby Tub Presents… (BBC Radio Derby DTP-01) Various Artists, The Derby Tup Presents…, cassette, BBC Radio Derby DTP-01, 1988

Troubadours of British Folk Vol. 3 (Rhino R2 72162) Various Artists, Troubadours of British Folk Vol. 3, CD, Rhino R2 72162, 1995

The Rough Guide to Scottish Folk (World Music RGNET 1038 CD) Various Artists, The Rough Guide to Scottish Folk (First Edition), CD, World Music RGNET 1038 CD, 2002

Transatlantic Folk Box Set (Sanctuary SMEDT137) Various Artists, Transatlantic Folk Box Set, 3 CD, Sanctuary SMEDT137, 2004

Anthems in Eden (Castle CMXBX1030) Various Artists, Anthems in Eden: An Anthology of British & Irish Folk 1955-1978, 4 CD, Castle Music CMXBX1030, 2006