About the Session
Transatlantic Sessions 6
Lodge On The Loch (2013)
For the new series of six half-hour programmes, Pelicula chose the Lodge On The Loch Hotel whose panoramic views out from the famously bonnie banks of Loch Lomond made it a truly inspirational location where top vocal and instrumental exponents of the Americana and Celtic traditions came together to rehearse and play with no audience except themselves and an all-star house band. As with previous series, music co-directors were Nashville’s Jerry Douglas and Shetland’s Aly Bain.
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Reviews of the Session
I previously bought and loved seasons 4 and 5 of this superb series. Season 6 is, in many ways, my favorite. It was shot in a beautiful house overlooking Loch Lomond, and the new scenery and lighting are striking. The camera work and audio engineering are, once again, first rate.
Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas have put together a superb house-band. Mike McGoldrick on pipes and flutes, Russ Barenberg on guitar, and Phil Cunningham on accordion are three of my favorites, but saying that misses the most essential thing about this band, which is how brilliantly they all play together as a group. Their guest musicians are extremely lucky to be supported by such a generous and accomplished band.
Every season I have seen has introduced me to guest performers that I knew nothing about before, or that I had not been exposed to enough to really appreciate. This season is no exception. My favorite “discovery” this time around is probably Maura O’Connell. What a magnificent voice! I don’t know how I made it this far without hearing her, but I’m already trying to catch up with her career. Cara Dillon is another belated find. Aoife O’Donovan, Julie Fowlis, Karen Matheson, and Mary Chapin Carpenter are all in excellent voice, and in addition to their solo turns also provide rich harmonies for other performers (including each other).
My only regret for Season 6 is that there are no DVD bonus performances this time around. Season 4 had 4 bonus tracks, and Season 5 had 5. I would have really enjoyed another song or two by Maura O’Connell, at least, but that’s a small gripe because what we have been given is so consistently excellent.
Bottom line: Season 6 of the Transatlantic Sessions is a treasure.
- 5/5 stars
- (January 19, 2014)
I’ve never run across this series till I saw 3 clips on PBS last week. I HAD to get Series 6! I am so happy I did. I’m rather new to folk and never really was drawn to Celtic music, but these performances have made me see what magic it is. Series 6 is an experience for all the senses. The musicians are absolutely brilliant, the scenery from the location filmed is beautiful, peaceful. The recording of the voices and music is perfect. I can’t rave enough about it. This is a must have. You absolutely will be captivated.
- 5/5 stars
- (June 15, 2014)
This is some of the most beautiful music that I have ever heard, and I am a musician. This is a front row seat to some of the greatest musicians in the world.The setting is perfect, the passion is unbelievable and the music is exquisite. There’s Irish,ballads,country all beautifully done in the acoustic fashion,except for Jerry Douglas using lap steel guitar on some cuts(if you know Jerry Douglas, it doesn’t matter what he plays, it’s great)! Believe me ,you will enjoy this video many times over! The video and sound quality is excellent.
- 5/5 stars
- (December 21, 2014)