Albannach is Scots-Gaelic for “Scottish” or “Scotsman”, and that’s exactly what Albannach are. All born and bred in Scotland and their purpose in life is to share Scotland’s culture, history and heritage with us by means of their music. In a folk scene dominated by pipe and drum bands Albannach are breathing new life into Scot’s music. Their first self titled LP came out in 2005 and has been followed by 2 more studio and 2 more live albums and a handful of EP’s.
The ‘Independence’ EP was first released in 2012 to lend support to the campaign for an independent Scotland. Albannach are proud supporters of the YES Campaign for Scottish Independence. Something we at London Celtic Punks are totally backing as well. The EP has been re-released as a free download for all supporters of an independent Scotland. Consisting of five of Albannach’s most popular, rousing, and thought provoking tracks – these songs are guaranteed to get your blood pumping and your pride flowing!
Five tracks clocking up at just over 22 minutes beginning with ‘The Uprising’ a spoken word tribute to William Wallace over a slow daunting orchestral tune. Then begins ‘Scotland Is Her Name’ starting with some expert flute playing and the hardcore nationalist lyrics bely the beauty of the singing and the song. I must say its great to hear such angry pissed off words as Scotland has suffered greatly at the hands of various London governments and surely it must now be time for Scotland to be a independent nation. Third track ‘Kishmuls Galley’ is a traditional instrumental with the bagpipes flowing away over drums. Made famous by 70’s folk band The Corries it’s very tribal and if you close yer eyes and you could imagine it being played into battle against the English! ‘1320’ is another ballad telling the story of the Declaration Of Arbroath in which Scottish bishops, earls and barons declared Robert The Bruce as King and independence from England.
“Yet, even the same Robert, should he turn aside from the task and yield Scotland or us to the English king or people, him we should cast out as the enemy of us all, and choose another king to defend our freedom; for so long as a hundred of us remain alive, we will yield in no least way to English dominion. For we fight, not for glory nor for riches nor for honour, but only and alone for freedom, which no good man surrenders but with his life.”
The EP ends with ‘Hornpipes’ a live track which demonstrates accurately Albannach’s live sound pretty damn well. More tribal drumming and bag-piping guaranteed to get you bouncing round your living room… check the video at the bottom to see exactly what I mean! It’s over far too quickly but what can you say it is a freebie after all but don’t worry there’s plenty more over at their web-site so support the band by having a wee look!
This EP is FREE to all supporters of an independent Scotland, so don’t forget to share with your friends ! You may download and redistribute the EP (free) as you wish.
Yes Scotland is the all-party and no-party campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum on Scottish independence to be held on 18 September, 2014.
It is an alliance of the Scottish National Party, Scottish Green Party, Scottish Socialist Party and other groups and individuals who believe that it is fundamentally better for all of us if decisions about Scotland’s future are taken by the people who care most about Scotland – that is by the people of Scotland.
vote YES on Thursday 18 September 2014.
for all yer rebel Scots gear there’s some great merchandise here from Scotland Rising
UPCOMING GIGS AND STUFF (see the 'WHATS ON' page for more details)
FLOGGING MOLLYJune 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 11:00 pmLondon Forum, 9-17 Highgate Rd, London NW5 1JY, UK
THE POGUE TRADERSJune 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:30 pmThe Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, London NW1 7AN, UK
SAORJuly 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm – 11:00 pmNambucca, 596 Holloway Rd, London N7 6LB, UK
THE IRISH BRIGADEJuly 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:50 pmMannions Prince Arthur, 158 Broad Ln, London N15 4QJ, UK
THE DEAD MAGGIESAugust 10, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Cricketers, 20 Fairfield S, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2UL, UKwith MATILDA'S SCOUNDRELS and BENNY MAYHEM
THE DEAD MAGGIESAugust 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Stags Head, 55 Orsman Rd, London N1 5RA, UKwith MATILDA'S SCOUNDRELS and BENNY MAYHEM
WILLIAM WALLACE MEMORIAL RALLYAugust 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pmSaint Bartholomew's Hospital, W Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE, UK
THE REAL MacKENZIESSeptember 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 10:30 pmThe Underworld Camden, Camden High Street, London
RETURN TO CAMDENOctober 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm – October 30, 2017 at 11:00 pmIrish traditional folk festival
FLATFOOT 56November 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 11:00 pmKingston upon Thames, UK
Any dead links leave a comment and we'll do our best to fix. If you need to ask us or share anything please use the Contact Us page
ABSOLUTELY NO COPYRIGHT... DO WHATEVER YOU WANT WITH THIS BLOG
SAMPLE IT COVER IT OR STEAL THE WHOLE FeCKING THING!