Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Fiddle virtuoso Bonnie Rideout celebratesChristmas with this enthusiastic holiday performance that she takes on the road each year, playing at performing arts centers and large theaters nationwide in November and December. Rideout performs along with the Scottish Christmas Ensemble - a group of internationally renowned musicians including the City of Washington Pipe Band and dancers from the Scottish Highlands! Rideout and crew perform with spirit and gusto.
"When selecting music for this recording, I considered two important factors. First, I sought compositions that fit well to both Maggie's evocative interpretations on the hammered dulcimer and Al's fluid contemporary guitar style. Their unique sounds combined with the Scottish fiddle, pipes and cello created a wide palette of textures." -Bonnie Rideout
Full performer name: Bonnie Rideout/Maggie Sansone/Al Petteway.
Personnel includes: Bonnie Rideout (fiddle, viola); Maggie Sansone (hammered dulcimer); Al Petteway (acoustic guitar); Abby Newton (cello); Eric Rigler (Highland bagpipes, Scottish smallpipes, Uillean pipes).
Recorded at Bias Studios, Springfield, Virginia. Includes liner notes by Bonnie Rideout.
Personnel: Al Petteway (acoustic guitar, cittern, bodhran); Maggie Sansone (hammer dulcimer); Bonnie Rideout (fiddle); Abby Newton (cello); Eric Rigler (Uilleann pipe, bagpipe); John Quigg (drums).
Audio Mixer: Jim Robeson.
Liner Note Author: Bonnie Rideout.
Recording information: Bias Recording Company, Springfield, VA; Bias Recording Studios, Springfield, VA.
Director: Bonnie Rideout.
Photographer: DeWitt Jones III.
Unknown Contributor Role: John Quigg.
Scottish Christmas is a collection of traditional Scottish Christmas songs as performed by Bonnie Rideout, Maggie Sansone, Al Petteway, and several other musicians. There are some excellent songs found here that are not typically included in holiday collections, including "Christmas Carousing/Ale Is Dear/New Christmas," "Baloo Lammy," "Gloomy Winter," and "All Songs of Adam." These songs have the same holiday spirit and sound as the more well known carols, but are simply not as well known. The musicians give this a proper performance, utilizing instruments that fit the genre well and basically just treating the material with respect. Anyone who is not a fan of bagpipes may want to hesitate, as there are several songs that utilize the instrument found here. But otherwise this is a quality album of holiday songs that represent a culture whose music is quite distinct. ~ Bradley Torreano