Hamish and Dick’s groundbreaking album was originally released in 1990, when this unique fusion of folk and jazz burst forth on the Scottish music scene.
At the time both Hamish and Dick were independently experimenting with other musicians and line-ups, and there are items included on this album which represent the then Hamish Moore Band, Fuaim, Dick Lee’s Chamber Jazz and of course Hamish and Dick as a duo.
The album was hailed as a classic by listeners and was the forerunner to their equally unique Farewell To Decorum.
BOTH as a piper and as a pipemaker, Hamish Moore has had a vital influence on the Scottish piping scene over the past three decades, particularly in what has become known as the “cauld wind revival” – the renaissance of Scotland’s hitherto forgotten bellows-blown bagpipes.
A time-served piper from a family of pipers, since the mid-1980s, Hamish has been producing – latterly with the help of his son, Fin – high quality sets of Scottish small pipes and Border pipes, with such success that the firm has closed its order books until it catches up with its waiting list. In concerts and recordings, Hamish’s playing has carried the torch for a revival of interest in bellows-blown pipes which has seen them become commonplace on the piping and wider folk scene, compared to 30 years ago when they seemed the arcane, antiquarian interest of a few enthusiasts.
Hamish Moore was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame 2014.
Artist website: http://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/hall-of-fame/hamish-moore/
Single title: Thunderhead/The Easy Club Reel/
Album title:The Bees Knees
Single artist: Hamish Moore
Single duration: 3:18
Record Label: Greentrax
Catalogue No: CDTRAX202
Writers: Grey Larson / Jim Sutherland