Capercaillie

New Album Announcement: ReLoved

It’s here! We’re so happy to announce our new album ReLoved, a special collection of symphonic arrangements featuring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. We celebrate our 40th anniversary in 2024, so to record with the incredible BBC SSO and hear the music come alive in a new way is a dream come true.

ReLoved will release on double vinyl on 10th May and streaming platforms on 31st May. You can pre-order the album and listen to the first single Tobar Mhoire now via https://absil.one/reloved.ofp

Full Press Release:

Celtic music trailblazers Capercaillie celebrate 40 years with Re-Loved, new symphonic album featuring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

  • Credited with being the major force in bringing Celtic music to the world stage, Capercaillie celebrate 40 years in 2024 with new symphonic album Re-Loved
  • Featuring the BBC SSO with new arrangements from Greg Lawson (Grit Orchestra), Donald Shaw and Kate St John 
  • Re-Loved will be released on double vinyl on 10th May, and CD & streaming platforms on 31st May 2024

Celebrating 40 years in 2024, Capercaillie have announced Re-Loved, an album of new symphonic arrangements recorded with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. With new arrangements from Greg Lawson (Grit Orchestra), Donald Shaw, and Kate St John, the album will be released on double vinyl and streaming platforms on 31st May 2024.

Widely respected trailblazers of Celtic music, Capercaillie are credited with being the major force in bringing Gaelic music to the world stage and inspiring the great resurgence so evident today. From their homeland roots of Argyll in the highlands of Scotland, the band’s musical journey has seen them tour 30+ countries, sell over a million albums, perform in Rob Roy (1995) alongside Liam Neeson and Jessica Lange, and enter the pop charts with Coisich a Ruin – the first Gaelic single to reach the Top 40. The band named themselves after the Capercaillie (a large, rare, and very beautiful Scottish bird) to symbolise a winning battle against extinction, an echo of their proudly distinctive Gaelic repertoire.

Despite their roots in traditional Scottish music, Capercaillie have explored musical terrains from electronica and sampling to jazz and global music influences. However, this will be the first time that they have fully realised their dream of creating full symphonic arrangements for their music – an apt and rewarding moment for their 40th year.

Comprising of material from their much-loved repertoire, Re-Loved encapsulates the spirit of Capercaillie – with strident waulking songs collected from the Hebrides such as Hi Ri’m Bo and Mile Marbhaisg; hypnotic groove infused instrumentals; epic modern ballads such as Manus Lunny’s Servant to the Slave; and poignant love songs like Iain Ghlinn Cuaich.

Re-Loved was recorded in the City Halls and Gorbals Sound studios, Glasgow and features band members Karen Matheson (vocals), Donald Shaw (accordion & keyboards), Charlie McKerron (fiddle), Manus Lunny (bouzouki & guitar), Michael McGoldrick (flutes & pipes), Ewan Vernal (bass), David Robertson (percussion) and special guests Sorren McLean (guitar) and James Mackintosh (drums).

Donald Shaw said: 

“This project has been a long time coming for us, maybe even since schooldays when we sat in the school orchestra and experienced the beauty and dynamism of an orchestral setting. It was therefore an incredible experience spending time with the great BBC SSO and hearing our music come alive with the power and eloquence of their players. It is well recognised that the great symphonic composers of the last few hundred years were influenced by folk melodies (including Beethoven who even arranged Gaelic songs himself early in his life), so it’s felt like a very natural journey to take with these traditional songs and tunes.”

Re-Loved will release on double vinyl on 10th May and streaming platforms on 31st May. Pre-sale available on April 19th along with release of the first single from the album Tobar Mhoire. 

For press enquiries please contact Orla Noble, Premier Scotland – orla.noble@premiercomms.com / 07808 282795

Preview Re-Loved

Capercaillie live dates include select festival appearances, including Féile Oriel, Ireland (5th May), Cambridge Folk Festival, England (26th July), and Tønder Festival, Denmark (23rd August).

Release timeline

19th April – Single 1 Tobar Mhoire available on streaming platforms

17th May – Single 2 At the Heart of it All available on streaming platforms and Re-Loved available on Vinyl

31st May – Re-Loved available on streaming platforms & CD

CD Track listing 

1 Tobar Mhoire 

2 Boules Et Guirlandes 

3 Nil Sí I nGrá 

4 Hi Ri’m Bo 

5 Alasdair’s Tune 

6 Port Na Caillich

7 God’s Alibi 

8 MacLeod’s Farewell / The Earl’s Chair 

9 Oran Do Loch Iall 

10 Iain Ghlinn’ Cuaich 

11 David Glen’s Jig 

12 Famous Last Words / Through the Roof 

13 At the Heart of It All 

14 Calum’s Road 

15 Mile Marbhaìsg Air a’ Ghaol 

16 Servant to The Slave

Vinyl Track listing

SIDE A

1 Tobar Mhoire 

2 Boules Et Guirlandes 

3 Nil Sí I nGrá 

4 Hi Ri’m Bo 

SIDE B

5 Alasdair’s Tune 

6 Port Na Caillich

7 God’s Alibi 

8 MacLeod’s Farewell / The Earl’s Chair 

SIDE C

9 Oran Do Loch Iall 

10 Iain Ghlinn’ Cuaich 

11 David Glen’s Jig 

12 Famous Last Words / Through the Roof 

SIDE D

13 At the Heart of It All 

14 Calum’s Road 

15 Mile Marbhaìsg Air a’ Ghaol 

16 Servant to The Slave

Album credits

Produced by Donald Shaw, Capercaillie & Andrew Trinick

Recorded in the City Halls and Gorbals Sound Studios, Glasgow.

Orchestra recorded by David Donaldson 

Additional recording by Kevin Burleigh & Manus Lunny.

Mixed by Iain Hutchison at Glo Worm Studios

Mastered by Peter Beckmann at Technology Works

Photography by Sandy Butler (Front) and Seán Purser (Live images)

Sleeve design by James Morrison

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Greg Lawson

Karen Matheson – Vocal

Donald Shaw – Accordion & Piano

Charlie McKerron – Fiddle

Manus Lunny – Bouzouki, Guitar & Vocals

Michael McGoldrick – Flute, Pipes & Whistles

David Robertson – Percussion

Ewen Vernal – Bass and Vocals

Sorren MacLean – Guitar

James Mackintosh – Drums