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The Best Of 365 (2CD)

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The Best Of 365 (2CD)
The Best Of 365 (2CD)


The Best of 365 is a masterpiece of new Scottish fiddle music from one of the folk worlds boldest innovators. Steeped in tradition, restlessly breaking new ground, ORourke is renowned for the rich grain of his fiddle sound, for the stripped-back lyricism of his phrasing and for penning boundary-defying tunes that are full of ancient truths and off-kilter wit. In this project, ORourke collaborates with celebrated jazz pianist/harmonium player Kit Downes (ECM) to create a unique new duo sound. While in some hands the meeting of folk melody and jazz harmony strays into questionable fusion and risks undermining the integrity of both genres, in the hands of ORourke and Downes an extraordinary new language emerges that is exploratory, fresh and profoundly emotive. The Best of 365 also sees ORourke going back to his traditional roots with Edinburgh harpist Esther Swift and Mull guitarist Sorren Maclean. The albums 30 tracks are an unparalleled showcase of artful fiddle playing and distilled musical storytelling. ORourke says: This Best of is the culmination of a gargantuan four-year mission which has pushed me in so many new directions. Working with Kit, Sorren and Esther has teased out multiple aspects of my playing. James Robertson's way with words his wise concision, his tenderness, his rootedness in old Scottish folk tales and deftness as reworking them has been an endless source of inspiration. Ive emerged out the other end of this project a different player and composer, no question. Certainly Ive gained a strong instinct that less is more ironic, yes, given the absurd number of tunes! If not in quantity, in terms of the power of brevity. Perhaps Jamess writing encouraged me to leave more space around notes. And for me, that space has provided an essential antithesis to the noisy political backdrop we find ourselves in. About 365 In 2013, Scottish author James Robertson wrote a short story every day for a year. What began as a personal writing exercise (each story was to contain exactly 365 words) became a boundless collection of fairytales, memories and provocations, published by Penguin. A couple of years later, ORourke matched the endeavour by composing a fiddle tune every day in response to Robertsons stories, and the result is a vast new body of tunes a major addition to the Scottish traditional music repertoire. Praise for 365 SCOTTISH NEW MUSIC AWARD WINNER 2020 365 is a huge undertaking by an obviously dedicated artist determined to realise an ambitious vision. Sky-high quality and a strong sense of artistic progression - an excellent piece of work ALBUM OF THE MONTH : FOLKRADIO.CO.UK It's as if Debussy and Ravel were orchestrating Scottish Folk - truly beautiful **** SONGLINES Stories become music with the same succinct, meaningful style THE SCOTSMAN Exquisite fiddle and thoughtful arrangements on a whole heap of intriguing new music - ORourke has significantly raised the bar LIVING TRADITION A huge range of textures - new and unusual - you have to admire ORourke as a composer for being so prolific without resorting to repetition or minor variation LONDON JAZZ NEWS An interesting exercise in music responding to James Robertsons short stories, inspiring some beautiful nuggets from ORourke and piano/harmonium player Kit Downes THE GUARDIAN The musicianship is exquisite and each track weaves its tale with ease and creates little sparks of magic along the way - challenging, inspiring and ultimately hugely rewarding, a triumph BLUES AND ROOTS RADIO Sometimes the tightest parameters inspire the best work THE FOUNTAIN An interesting, and more importantly, successful experimentation in the relationship between literature and music BRIGHT YOUNG FOLK Credits Produced by Aidan ORourke Fiddle - Aidan O'Rourke Piano/harmonium - Kit Downes Harp - Esther Swift Guitar - Sorren Maclean Artwork by Dalziel + Scullion Sequenced by Tom Rose Recorded and mixed by Mattie Foulds at Caribou Recordings Additional recording by Gordon Maclean at An Tobar Additional mixing by Calum Malcolm Mastered by Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound Studios


  1. Name
  2. They Were Sitting Against The Back Wall Of The Pub
  3. She Put On The Headphones, Selected Shuffle
  4. Some Stories Are So Good That They Deserve Repeating In Every Generation
  5. Is That What Brought You All The Way Up Here?
  6. Where Did He Come From, That Man With The Shining Smile?
  7. This Morning You Take A Stroll Out To The Pictish Stone
  8. She Picked Up The Letter Again
  9. leon! He Called, Not Loudly
  10. We Drove Down The Road, Saddened By My Fathers Decline
  11. We Would Never Have Gone Out If We Had Not Intended To Return
  12. When I Was Appointed To My Present Position Three Years Ago
  13. In This Film From 1950
  14. That Braggart Has It Coming To Him
  15. Dinner Was Over
  16. Nobody Could Be A Hundred Per Cent Sure About The Last Tiger
  17. There She Stood In Her Finery, Taking The Air, Tall, Handsome, Proud
  18. My Father And I Are Reading The Papers
  19. I Remember Daft Davie Standing At The Top Of The Hill
  20. It Was An Afternoon Of Possible Magic
  21. Jack Was Walking By The Lochside
  22. I Used Not To Be Able To Read On Buses
  23. The Room Is In Darkness
  24. Once, When I Was About Thirteen
  25. Do People Still Do This?
  26. Theyd Start Their Calling Around Midnight
  27. I Met Him Only Once
  28. Before The Beginning There Was Nothing
  29. See That?'
  30. Jack Was Walking By The Sea
  31. Now Here Are Our Main Stories Again
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