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Sandy Bell’s Ceilidh

Various Artists: Sandy Bell’s Ceilidh (Greentrax CDGMP8010)

Sandy Bell’s Ceilidh
From Edinburgh’s famous Folk Bar
Celtic Collections Volume 10
Various Artists

Dara Records LPA021 (LP, UK, 1977);
Alba Records MAR056 (LP, UK, 1979);
Greentrax Recordings CTRAX015 (cass., UK, 1988)
Greentrax Recordings CDGMP8010 (CD, UK, April 2006)

Produced by John MacCinnon;
Recorded by Colin Nicolson at Forrest Hill Bar (Sandy Bell’s), and at Pan Audio Studios in Edinburgh in 1977, assisted by Davie Grieve and Sandy Wilkie;
Re-mastered by Peter Haigh at Pier House Studios;
Original sleeve notes by Hamish Henderson;
Original sleeve design by Pan Graphics;
Photography by Scott Ballantyne;
Design by John Slavin at DesignFolk


See the individual tracks, plus:
The Bell’s Big Ceilidh Band: Jimmy Elliot: mandolin; Jimmy Greenan: whistle; Jock Brown: tenor banjo; Adam Jack, Ian Hardie, Peter McClements: fiddles; Norman Chalmers: concertina; Iain McNair, Allan Johnstone: guitars; Roy Martin: bass; Rod Paterson: bones; John Croall, David Baillie: bodhráns
Bell’s Chorus: thirty regulars of Sandy Bell’s Bar in good voice


  1. Bell’s Big Ceilidh Band: An Comhra Donn / The Galway / The Strand hornpipes (4.29)
  2. The McCalmans: John Barleycorn (Roud 164; G/D 3:559) (2.54)
  3. Aly Bain: Fort Charlotte / Calum Donaldson (2.21)
  4. Chorda (Rod Paterson, Norman Chalmers, John Croall, Adam Jack): The Lea Rig (Roud 8516) (3.38)
  5. Dick Gaughan: The Cruel Brother (Roud 26; Child 11) (5.40)
  6. Bell’s Chorus: Lowlands (Away) (Roud 681; Henry H469) (2.11)
  7. Liz and Maggie Cruikshank: Sandy Bell’s Man (3.54)
  8. The McCalmans: Kirsteen (2.57)
  9. Aly Bain: Crossing the Minch (2.45)
  10. Chorda: Johnny Sangster (Roud 2164; G/D 3:407) (2.38)
  11. Dick Gaughan: Sleepytoon (Roud 3775; G/D 3:356) (3.35)
  12. Bell’s Chorus: Doon in the Wee Room (Roud 41102) (2.59)
  13. Bell’s Big Ceilidh Band: The Lilting Fisherman / Loch Gowna / Sweet Biddy Daly jigs (3.17)

All tracks trad. except
Track 3a G. Stone;
Track 3b R. Cooper;
Track 7 S. MacGregor;
Track 12 Daniel McLaughlin