Transatlantic Sessions 2 - Volume 2

Various artists
25 Oct 1999
The Bottom Line:

More great sounding live music from Scottish film.

He's Got All The Whiskey with a Fleetwood Mac-like rhythm.

"Filmed on the Atlantic Coast of Scotland", at the Montgreenan Mansion House Hotel, Kilwinning, Ayrshire.

The Transatlantic Sessions were two series of 30 minute films, hosted by Shetlander Aly Bain and New York's Jay Ungar. It was a Pelicula Films production for BBC Scotland, directed by Mike Alexander and produced by Douglas Eadie.

There were two series, but only the second series produced two CD releases.

nr artist(s) title author(s) time
01 Jerry Douglas Passing The Bar (J. Douglas) 3:32
02 Nanci Griffith Boots Of Spanish Leather (B. Dylan) 6:09
03 Paul Brady Arthur McBride And The Sergeant (trad. arr. P. Brady) 6:22
04 Various Sanseptique Set [four traditionals] 2:51
05 Aly Bain Bonaparte's Retreat [trad.] 3:36
06 Maura O'Connell Trouble In The Fields (N. Griffith) 3:18
07 Radney Foster God Knows When (R. Foster) 4:15
08 Ishbell MacAskill/ Iain MacDonald Piobaireachd Dhombhnaill Dhuibh [trad.] 3:52
09 Ricky Skaggs My Father's Son (R. Skaggs/ G.M. Green) 3:18
10 Sharon Shannon Magic Foot (R. Barenberg) 2:32
11 John Martyn He's Got All The Whiskey (B. Charles) 3:57
12 Eddi Reader Footsteps Fall (B. Hewerdine/ Bjergfeldt) 3:41
13 Michael Doucet Jolie Blonde (trad. arr. M. Doucet) 3:21
14 Sharon White Mansion On The Hill (H. Williams) 3:30
15 James Grant Evangeline (J. Grant) 2:39
16 Iain MacDonald Puirt-A-Beul (four trad. arr. I. MacDonald) 3:08

The first series were recorded 1995 and aired spring 1996. They were nominated but did not win the BAFTA Scotland Awards 1997 for Best Entertainment Programme.

The second series were filmed 2, 5 and 7 August 1998 and broadcast from 23 Oct through 27 November of the same year.
Excuse Me Mister featured in show #6 and went on air 20 November 1998.
Show #7 (27 November) had Solid Air by JM and Danny Thompson but they selected He's Got All The Whiskey for the second CD.

The two show were rebroadcast in the US 22 and 26 October 2002 on Ovation cable channel and also on BBC Four, 9 and 16 January 2004.

Line-up for the John Martyn track:
Eddi Reader - backing vocals;
Jerry Douglas - [mandolin];
Russ Barenberg - guitar;
Danny Thompson - bass;
Tommy Hayes - percussion.

Musical directors: Aly Bain, Jay Ungar
Production: Douglas Eadie
Director: Mike Alexander
Engineers: Brian MacNeill, Jon Turner
CD: Iona records IRCD 064