Live at the Brackley Beach Ceilidh
|Live at the Brackley Beach Ceilidh (2012)
This highly-anticipated CD+DVD package is a true representation of Cynthia’s longtime-running series, the Brackley Beach Ceilidhs. Filmed and recorded over two nights in September 2010, this album features many popular PEI entertainers performing with Cynthia on the Brackley Beach stage, as well as the dynamite fiddle medleys that Cynthia has become renowned for.
The DVD is hosted by Cynthia, who tells the story behind the music, the artists and the ceilidh itself. Accompanying the DVD is a CD containing the live cuts from the two nights, as well as three bonus tracks.
On the DVD & CD…
1. Memories of Fr. Angus MacDonnell / Traditional Strathspey / Jean’s Reel / Down The Broom / The Olive Branch
CD bonus tracks…
1. Orangedale Whistle / Sheehan’s Reel (ft. Jon Matthews)
“Riddle” marks a giant leap forward for Cynthia MacLeod, from “prodigy” to “Master”; from “energetic girl” to “dynamic, strong young woman”. With its soaring and unique arrangements, exquisite musicianship, and broad and varied influences, “Riddle” shows a sophistication and artistry earned by Cynthia over her decade as one of Canada’s premier entertainers.
From straight-up dance hall sets to comical Acadien reels to heart-wrenching ancient Scottish laments, “Riddle” is more than a series of fiddle tunes; it is an emotional journey with Cynthia as your guide and some of the East Coast’s finest performers as your travelling companions. She can still drive ‘er as hard as any, but in “Riddle” we see a new finesse, subtlety, and maturity that adds heart and strength to every tune.
1. King of the Fairies / Kid on the Mountain / The Winning Ticket / Calliope House
2. Brucie and the Troopers / Pigeon on the Gate / Green Meadows
3. Washington Square Park
4. Growling Old Man & Old Woman
5. Red Sky (ft. Dave Gunning)
6. Top of Cork Road / Gallagher’s Jig / The Star of Munster / Trip to Ballyshannon
7. Laddie With The Pladdie / Jenny Dang The Weaver / The Lion’s Den / Judique Consolidated High School 1991 Grads
8. Niel Gowʼs Lament for James Moray of Abercarney
9. Vega Mandolin / Pierreʼs Right Arm
10. Devil Went Down To Georgia / Orange Blossom Special / Maple Sugar (ft. Jon Matthews)
11. Charlieʼs Aunt / Regina Stubbert’s Jig / Geordie MacLeish / The Flagon / On A Hot Piano / Michael Rankin’s Reel
12. Dublin Airport
Hot Of the Floor
Hot Off The Floor (2007)
Cynthia’s 3rd recording. This album is a kicker with plenty of both traditional and newer tunes, as well as 3 great live tracks to round the mix out. Recorded at Big Grey Sound Studio by Jon Matthews and mastered by Jamie Foulds at SoundPark Studios. Guest musicians include Brien McCarthy, Brad McNamara, Jeff Matheson, Gordon Belsher, Jon Matthews, and Eddy Quinn.
1. The Warlocks / Bog An Lochan / Cooleyʼs Reel / The Banshee / Spootiskerry
2. Glenora Falls / Whaʼll Be King But Charlie / Juanita
3. Live at the Brackley Beach Ceilidh ft. Eddy Quinn: Whiskey In The Jar / Maid Behind The Bar
4. In Memory of Herbie MacLeod
5. Traditional Strathspey / The Braes of Marr / John Howat / Johnnie Finlay / Frank Gilruth
6. The Way To Judique / Swinging On Home / The Tar Road To Sligo
7. Live in Massachusetts: Harvest Home / The Boys of Bluehill / Homeward Bound
8. Glen Grant / Calum Breugach / Miss Shepherd / Johnny Muiseʼs Reel / Peter & Doreenʼs Reel
9. Balkan Hills / The Farmerʼs Daughter / Southern Melodies
10. The Hearty Boys of Ballymote / Paddy Whack Jig / Dillon Brown / Timour The Tartar / The Weasel
11. Faded Love
12. Live at the Brackley Beach Ceilidh ft. Jon Matthews: Wasnʼt That A Party / St. Anneʼs Reel
13. The Picnic / Elmer Briandʼs Favorite / Angus Smiley / Foxhunterʼs
Out of print
Cynthia’s 2nd album, recorded at Soundpark Studios, Cape Breton, this disc offers an excellent blend of tradional and modern fiddle tunes, played as only Cynthia can play. Her hyper-energetic style is further fueled by such backup musicians as Gordon Belsher, Alan Dowling, Jamie Foulds, Ryan MacNeil, John MacPhee, Eddy Quinn, and Jeff Matheson.
1. Sheldon MacNeilʼs Reel / Traditional Reel / The Drunken Landlady
2. Chapel Bell Jig / Ownyʼs Best Jig / MacArthur Road
3. Road To The Isles / Back of the Changehouse / Silver Spear / Paddyʼs Trip To Scotland / Fairy Dance
4. Tennessee Waltz (ft. Eddy Quinn)
5. Princess Reel / Flowers of Edinburgh / Miss MacLeodʼs Reel / McNabbʼs Hornpipe
6. Corey Veldʼs Jig / Traditional Jig / The Black Hoe
7. Live at Myronʼs: Space Available / Stumpie / Heather On The Hill / Sally Gardens / The Dismissal
8. Stoneʼs Rag
9. The Tinknocker / December 2nd / Father Charlie Cheverieʼs Reel
10. The Sailorʼs Wife / Friday Harbor / Rodney & Lori Annʼs Wedding Day Jig
11. Fingalʼs Cave / Cutting Ferns / Lochielʼs Awaʼ To France / Sunday Morning Mojo / Birdʼs Nest
12. If Ever You Were Mine
13. Boyʼs Lament For His Dragon / Spookyʼs Strathspey / Joey Beatonʼs Reel / Julia Delaney / Olive Branch
Head Over Heels
Head Over Heels (2002)
Cynthia’s debut disc. Captures the lively character of her fiddling. Cynthia is accompanied by Rémi Arsenault, Bruce MacEwen, Jeff Matheson, Ellen MacPhee, and Gordon Belsher. Every track is a musical masterpiece and is sure to be a big hit among fiddle fans.
1. Ann MacQuarrieʼs Reel / Arthur Muiseʼs Reel / Cape Breton Fiddlersʼ Visit To Shetland
2. Darlaʼs Jig / Morrisonʼs Jig / Down The Broom / Hullʼs Reel
3. Dan Collinʼs Fatherʼs Jig / Pebble & Gooseʼs Jig / The Idle Jig
4. Margaretʼs Waltz
5. Lord MacDonaldʼs Reel / Sheehanʼs Reel / Masonʼs Apron / Millerʼs Reel / Big John MacNeil
6. Lime Hill / Dusky Meadow / Brenda Stubbertʼs Reel / Miss Wedderburnʼs / Sleepy Maggie / Kay Girroir
7. Mucking of Geordieʼs Byre / Trippinʼ Up The Stairs / The Irish Washerwoman
8. Live at the BIS: Molly Rankinʼs Reel / Rannie MacLellanʼs Reel / Jackie Colemanʼs Reel / St. Anneʼs Reel
9. Niel Gowʼs Lament For The Death Of His Second Wife
10. Miss Shaw / Jessie Smith / Cameronʼs Got His Wife Again / Dot McKinnonʼs Reel / John Morris Rankin / Whereʼs Ma Mace?