Transatlantic Sessions II

Mike Alexander
BBC Scotland
16 Oct 1998

Second series, partly released on two cd's.
John participates in episodes 6 and 7 with Excuse Me Mister and He's Got All The Whiskey.
As late as September 2011 the official and complete release on DVD became reality.

The Transatlantic Sessions are a Scottish series of 30 minute films. "Musicians Aly Bain from Shetland and Jay Ungar from New York are joined by top country singers, musicians and songwriters from Scotland, Ireland and North America." The series was a Pelicula Films production for BBC Scotland, filmed at Raemoir House Hotel, Banchory, which is in Aberdeenshire on the east coast.

Program 1
Recorded August 1998, first broadcast 16 Oct 1998

  1. Waiting For the Federals (Michael Doucet)
  2. Who Knows Where the Time Goes (Nanci Griffith)
  3. The World Is What You Make It (Paul Brady, Karen Matheson, Fiona Kennedy)
  4. Evangeline (James Grant)
  5. Talk About Suffering (Michael Doucet, Jolie Blonde, Ricky Skaggs)

Program 2
Recorded 7 Aug 1998, first broadcast 23 Oct 1998
Good version of Excuse Me Mister, full of suspense.

  1. Trouble In The Fields (Nanci Griffith, Maura O'Connell)
  2. Bonaparte’s Retreat (Aly Bain)
  3. Footsteps Fall (Eddi Reader)
  4. Excuse Me Mister (John Martyn, Danny Thompson)
  5. Batchelor's Walk (Breda Smyth)
  6. Seven Year Itch (Roseanne Cash, Radney Foster, John Leventhal)
  7. There's Always Sunday (Karen Matheson, James Grant, Maura O'Connell)

Program 3
Recorded 2 Aug 1998, first broadcast 30 Oct 1998

  1. Hummingbird (Eddi Reader, Boo Herwerdine, Radney Foster)
  2. Urban Air (Ronan Brown)
  3. Ae Fond Kiss (Karen Matheson, Paul Brady)
  4. Storms Are On The Ocean (Sharon White, Ricky Skaggs)
  5. Dance De La Vie (Sharon Shannon, Michael Doucet)
  6. God Knows When (Roseanne Cash, Radney Foster)
  7. Road To Aberdeen (Nanci Griffith)

Program 4
Recorded 5 Aug 1998, first broadcast 6 Nov 1998

  1. Return To The Brandywine (Russ Barenberg)
  2. September When It Comes (Rosanne Cash, John Leventhal)
  3. Sanseptique (Karen Matheson, Fiona Kennedy, Tommy Hayes)
  4. Down By The Sally Gardens (Maura O'Connell, Karen Matheson)
  5. Mansion On The Hill (Sharon White, Ricky Skaggs)
  6. Puirt A Beul (Iain MacDonald)

Program 5
Recorded 2 Aug 1998, first broadcast 13 Nov 1998
Gloomy and slow version of Solid Air.

  1. Western Lilt/ Glass of Beer (Sharon Shannon)
  2. Cure For Life (James Grant, Karen Matheson)
  3. Solid Air (John Martyn, Danny Thompson)
  4. Nach Truagh Leat Mi Stunn Eirinn (Karen Matheson, Fiona Kennedy)
  5. Marriage Made In Hollywood (Paul Brady, Karen Matheson)
  6. Tribute To Peadar O'Donnell (Jerry Douglas)
  7. Godspeed (Radney Foster)

Program 6
Recorded Aug 1998, first broadcast 20 Nov 1998

  1. 40 Shades Of Green (Rosanne Cash, Paul Brady)
  2. Arthur McBride And The Sergeant (Paul Brady)
  3. Pass The Bar (Jerry Douglas)
  4. Les Veues De La Coulee (Russ Barenberg)
  5. My Father's Son (Ricky Skaggs)
  6. Always Will (Nanci Griffith, Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White)
  7. Nobody Wins (Radney Foster)

Program 7
Recorded 7 Aug 1998, first broadcast 27 Nov 1998
He's Got All The Whiskey has a Fleetwood Mac feel to it. Amusing four minutes with John singing and Eddi Reader behind him chasing ghosts.

  1. Blue Train (James Grant, Maura O'Connell, Nanci Griffith)
  2. A Simple Life (Ricky Skaggs)
  3. Piobaireachd Dhomhnaill Dhuibh (Ishbel MacAskill with Iain MacDonald)
  4. He Got All The Whiskey (John Martyn, Eddi Reader)
  5. Magic Foot (Sharon Shannon)
  6. Pibroch (Ishbel MacAskill)
  7. Boots Of Spanish Leather (Nanci Griffith)
  8. Eunice Two-Step (Michael Doucet, Sharon Shannon, Aly Bain and his 'house band')

These shows were rebroadcast in the US, 22 and 26 October 2002 on Ovation cable channel. And also on BBC Four, January 9 en 16 2004.

Hosts: Aly Bain, Jay Ungar
Production: Douglas Eadie
Director: Mike Alexander