Clan MacRae Music CD, the first ever for a Scottish Clan!
Jimi McRae's eagerly awaited tribute to the music and great piping tradition of Clan MacRae has been completed. It will be available to purchase from June and will be officially released at the Homecoming Gathering in Holyrood Park in July.
Jimi has spent the last three years researching, rehearsing and recording the project. He has also composed several new pieces of music especially for the album.
Jimi is well known to many MacRaes around the world following his involvement in the Clan Gatherings of 2000 and 2005. Indeed, it was at the latter that Scottish Society members Fraser and Jim McRae first broached the idea of a Clan CD. 'I thought, why not?' said Jimi. 'I've made a few albums so why not produce one for my Clan? What an honour to be asked! I knew that there were a few great tunes out there either written by MacRaes or referring to MacRaes and many more came to light once research commenced'.
As far as Jimi is aware, this will be the first ever music CD made specifically from the music of one Scottish Clan. The album will be called 'Global Gathering-Ceol Cloinn Mhich Rath, the music of the Clan MacRae' and will include ancient piobaireachd, jigs, reels and marching tunes from the 19th and 20th centuries and modern compositions by Jimi. He will be using his full piping arsenal including Highland, Lowland, electronic and arabic, four different drummers including a rock specialist and an African percussionist, and a top didjeridu player. 'I am very keen to reflect the international identity of our Clan in the 21st century' he added. 'Hopefully people will enjoy listening to it for many years to come'.
Jimi has been in demand on the live music scene lately having hooked up with West African percussionist Sam Okoo at the Edinburgh International Festival. Their latest video, to be found on youtube, is a colourful adaption of popular tunes Highland Cathedral and The Black Bear. It features views of Edinburgh from Arthur's Seat and the surrounding area with which many MacRaes who attended the Gatherings in 2000 and 2005 will be familiar.