Ceol More


Following up on the highly acclaimed 1998 recording Pourquoi Quebec?, the breadth of Tony McManus’ mastery and vision is now revealed with his third album, Ceol More.

Featuring accompaniment from Capercaillie’s Ewen Vernal (bass) and Salsa Celtica’s Guy Nicolson (tablas), the album reflects the extent of McManus’s musical explorations both within and beyond the Scottish tradition.

The title is a pun on the Gaelic phrase ceol mhor, or ‘big music’, referring to the noble piobaireachd tradition of the Highland bagpipes, a form rendered here in Lament for the Viscount of Dundee. Other tracks range from Robert Burns’ Ye Banks and Braes to Charles Mingus’ Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, with Breton and French-Canadian material again featuring prominently alongside Scottish and Irish tunes.