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Transatlantic Sessions

Transatlantic Sessions brings together the best of Nashville, Ireland and Scotland in a format developed by director Mike Alexander that affords, in the words of one critic, "a unique insight into the sheer joy of making music" and represented, as another more pithily put it, "the greatest backporch shows ever".

For this series, a beautiful old hunting lodge at the entrance to Glen Lyon near Aberfeldy in the Perthshire Highlands was chosen and top vocal and instrumental exponents of country and celtic traditions gather to rehearse and play together.

Leavening the intimacy of the music-making through each of the six programmes in the series is a strong element of spectacular Highland scenic photography while the informality of "backstage" conversation and stories serves to highlight the series' genuinely historic qualities of collaboration and performance

Music co-directors were Nashville's Jerry Douglas and Shetland's own Aly Bain.

Transatlantic Sessions
  • RT One, Friday 15 January, 7.30pm