CD A0306: Foogy

Olov Johansson & Catriona McKay

CD Cover: Foogy by Olov Johansson & Catriona McKay"Come and join us on our exploration of traditional and new music from Scotland and Sweden, meet our way of making music and experience the sound of Scottish Harp and Swedish Nyckelharpa." Olov Johansson & Catriona McKay

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Track Listing & Audio Samples

1 1st class to Glasgow
2 Rain/Ekoln
3 Höök
4 The Dundee Law Set
5 Mr. Fish
6 Stout's Trip / Olov's Polska
7 Astrids Vals
8 The Harper's Dismissal
9 Early Sun Polska
10 Byss - Calle Vals
11 In the Castle
12 Toker/Korrö
13 The Foogy Set

CD Notes & Credits

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1.  1st class to Glasgow (Olov Johansson)
Many thanks to the ticket inspector who just loved our playing and moved us to the 1st class coach on our late night journey back to Glasgow.

2.  Rain / Ekoln (Olov Johansson)
Rain was composed on a rainy day in Zurich. Ekoln is a Polska named after the big deep lake just next to where Olov lives.

3.  Hook (trad, Sweden)
Polska from Smaland in Sweden played by Gabriel Hook (1698-1769)

4.  The Dundee Law Set Da Shaalds O Foula (trad, Shetland), Catriona McKay of the Law Hill, Dundee (Chris Stout)
2 tunes taught to us by fiddler Chris Stout. The 2nd was written by him for Catriona's 21st birthday, a few years ago now.

5.  Mr. Fish (Olov Johansson)
Mr. Fish of Goskarlen, swimming in the lake Ekoln hasn't been caught by anyone so far.

6.  Stout's Trip / Olov's Polska (Catriona McKay)
Great friend and Shetland fiddler Chris Stout is a dynamic musical personality from Fair Isle. Chris took a solo trip round the world in 2008 and this tune was written to send him safely on his way. Catriona's first polska just had to be written for Olov!

7.  Astrids Vals (Olov Johansson)
Astrid, Olov's youngest daughter, loves to sing and dance and this is her waltz.

8.  The Harper's Dismissal (from the Angus Fraser Collection, based on a song melody by Roderick Morison, the Blind Harper who was Gaelic Scotland's last minstrel)
Catriona presented this old harp tune to Olov as a link to the ancient harp tradition of Scotland. This painfully beautiful tune stems from a time when the harp tradition was dying out in Scotland in the early 1700's.

9.  Early Sun Polska (Catriona McKay)
An early or a very late night.. both have their rewards! (and their challenges)

10.  Byss - Calle Vals (trad. Sweden)
A waltz played by one of the most famous Nyckelharpa players in Sweden. Byss-Cale (1783-1847) from Alvkarleby in Uppland.

11. In the Castle (Olov Johansson)
A Nyckelharpa reel that got it's shape and name from a trip to perform at Tulloch Castle in Dingwall, Scotland.

12. Toker / Korro (Olov Johansson)
Korro is a recently composed Scottish inspired by the dancing going on at the Korro festival where we played the hot summer of 2008. Toker has been around for a while.

13. The Foogy Set. The stolen Watch Reel (Catriona McKay) / Foogy (Olov Johansson) The First Mate Reel (Catriona McKay)
A set of 3 new reels written by Catriona & Olov, finishing with a tune written for Dougie Anderson of Edinburgh's top independent music store, Coda Music.

All arrangements by Catriona McKay & Olov Johansson.

Olov plays on: 3 rowed chromatic Nyckelharpa made by Esbjorn Hogmark
                      Kontrabasharpa made by Hans Gille
                      Oktavnyckelharpa made by Olle Plahn

Catriona plays a 'Glenco' Scottish Harp made by Starfish Designs

Produced by Catriona McKay & Olov Johansson
Recorded by Olov Johansson at Torpet Bjorkberget, Dalby, Uppsala Sweden 2008 & 2009
Mixed and Mastered by Martin Igelstrom and Olov Johansson
Photos: Liev Boussauw, Richard Owen
Design: Robert Hakalski/Visual Machinery

Thanks to:

Maggan, Clara, Vilgot & Astrid, also to Martin Igelstrom, Rob Simonds, Yoko, Mocke & Roger, Seamus Egan, Plankton, Douglas Anderson, Starfish Designs, Fiddlers' Bid and Robert Hakalski



Album Information

Title:     Foogy
Artists: Olov Johansson
Catriona McKay
Instruments:     Nyckelharpa & Harp
Genre: Scottish, Swedish / Celtic
Format: CD
Our Ref: A0306
Label: Olov Johansson Musik
Year: 2009
Origin: Sweden