TRANSATLANTIC SESSIONS 6 (Pelicula Films Ltd for BBC Scotland, BBC4 and RTE) 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".
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.
The award-winning show - acclaimed as "probably as close as television can come to live music" - returns for a sixth series. Music co-directors, Shetland fiddle virtuoso Aly Bain, dobro ace Jerry Douglas and their all-star house-band, host a gathering of the cream of Nashville, Irish and Scottish talent in a spectacular new location overlooking the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.
This first programme in the new series features not only established favourites Karen Matheson, Cara Dillon and Andy Irvine but also exciting newcomers such as Boston's Aoife O'Donovan, Teddy Thompson, son of the legendary Richard and, from Scotland, Ewan McLennan.
Three greats of their respective traditions grace this second programme of a new six-part feast of music - Virginian Mary Chapin Carpenter, Maura O'Connell from County Clare in Ireland and Hebridean Julie Fowlis. Tim O'Brien adds Appalachian bitter-sweet.