The Dawning is Highland fiddler and composer Graham Mackenzie’s second studio album inspired by the beauty of the Scottish landscape, and showcases influences from Scottish, Irish and Cape Breton styles of fiddle playing. It combines self-penned tunes with the music Graham has played throughout his career that has shaped him as a musician. Graham also draws on his experience of performing with the cross-genre group the Grit Orchestra by including brass in the line-up of the album.
Following his critically acclaimed debut album Crossing Borders, written for the New Voices series at Celtic Connections 2015, Graham is joined on this record by Mike McGoldrick on flute, Innes Watson on guitars, James Lindsay on double bass and bass guitar, Jim Molyneux on piano, keyboards and snare drum, Neil Yates on trumpet, saxophones and flugelhorn and Matt Carmichael on saxophone.
The Dawning was recorded at Gorbals Sound, produced by Mike McGoldrick and mixed by Kevin Burleigh. The record was mastered by Jim DeMain who is based at Yes Master Studios in Nashville and has worked with the likes of Dolly Parton and Robert Plant.
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