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Encyclopedia > John McCusker

John McCusker is a Scottish folk musician. He was born in 1974, and began playing the fiddle at the age 7. He became a regular in local youth orchestras and ceilidh bands and formed the band Parcel O'Rogues (named from Robert Burns' Rogues In A Nation) with some schoolmates when he was 14. A couple of years later he gave up a place at the Royal Scottish Academy in Glasgow to go on the road with the Battlefield Band.[1] This article is about the country. ... Folk music can have a number of different meanings, including: Traditional music: The original meaning of the term folk music was synonymous with the term Traditional music, also often including World Music and Roots music; the term Traditional music was given its more specific meaning to distinguish it from the... “Fiddler” redirects here. ... Céilí (Irish reformed spelling), or Ceilidh (Scottish and older Gaelic spelling), pronounced Kay-Lee in either case, is the traditional Gaelic social dance in Ireland and Scotland. ... For the chain gang fugitive and author from Georgia, see Robert Elliott Burns. ... RSAMD The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD), founded in 1845 by the Glasgow Educational Association, is a university of music and drama in Glasgow, Scotland. ... For other uses, see Glasgow (disambiguation). ... For 30 years the Battlefield Band has been a training ground for some of the greatest Scottish musicians. ...

He was in the Battlefield Band for 11 years and by the time he left he was one of the top traditional musicians in the land, also composing a rich fund of original tunes. McCusker also guested on albums with many musicians including Teenage Fanclub, Danny Thompson, Eddi Reader, Tim O'Brien and Linda Thompson. By then he was already involved with folk singer Kate Rusby. He joined her band, became her producer and married in August 2001. They later divorced. Teenage Fanclub are a Scottish alternative rock band from Bellshill, near Glasgow, formed in 1989. ... Daniel Henry Edward Danny Thompson (born 4 April 1939) is an English double bass player. ... Eddi Reader is a Scottish singer, known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and for her solo career. ... Tim OBrien can refer to: American author Tim OBrien American bluegrass musician Tim OBrien Irish-born cricketer Sir Timothy (Tim) Carew OBrien (5 November 1861 - 9 December 1948), who played 5 test matches for England and captained England in one test in 1895/6. ... Linda Thompson is a British singer. ... Kate Rusby (born December 4, 1973) is an English folk singer and songwriter from Barnsley, South Yorkshire sometimes known as The Barnsley Nightingale. ...

McCusker is mainly known for his virtuoso fiddle playing, but is also a skilled player of other instruments including whistles, piano and cittern. In recognition of his contribution to Scottish Music he was presented with the Spirit of Scotland Award for Music in 2000. The tin whistle, also called the tinwhistle, whistle, pennywhistle, or Irish whistle, is a simple six-holed woodwind instrument. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... A woodcut of a Cittern The cittern is a stringed instrument dating from the Renaissance, having evolved considerably since that time. ...

He also worked with Rusby on the music for the Miramax movie Heartlands, directed by Damien O'Donnell. It went on general release in 2003 distributed by Buena Vista. Miramax is a Big Ten film distribution and production company. ... For other uses, see Heartland (disambiguation). ... Damien ODonnell is an Irish film director and writer. ...

As a producer he has been involved in some of the best-selling and most critically-acclaimed folk albums in recent years, including Kate Rusby's Mercury Music Prize-nominated Sleepless, plus releases by Eliza Carthy, Linda Thompson, Cathie Ryan and Blazin' Fiddles. The 2006 debut solo album by Idlewild lead singer Roddy Woomble was also produced by John and featured Kate Rusby and Karine Polwart on vocals. A new Woomble record is being worked on for a possible 2008 release. The Mercury Music Prize, now officially known as the Nationwide Mercury Prize, is a music award given annually for the best British or Irish album of the previous 12 months. ... Sleepless is a single by the band King Crimson, released in 1984. ... March 2005, at the Junction, Cambridge Eliza Carthy (born August 23, 1975) is an English folk musician known for both singing and playing fiddle. ... Linda Thompson is a British singer. ... Cathie Ryan is a singer and bodhrán player from Detroit, Michigan. ... Blazin Fiddles are a contemporary Scottish fiddle band from the Highlands and Islands. ... Karine Polwart (born 1971) is a Scottish singer-songwriter. ...

In an interview with newspaper The Scotsman, McCusker said he's going to produce an album with Radiohead drummer Phil Selway later in 2007 The Scotsmans offices in Edinburgh The Scotsman is a Scottish national newspaper, published in Edinburgh. ... Radiohead are an English rock band that formed in Oxfordshire in 1986. ... This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ...




  • John McCusker (1995)
  • Yella Hoose (2001)
  • Goodnight Ginger (2004)

Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


  1. ^ Glasgow goes green

External links

  • Official website

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Scottish music from John McCusker (432 words)
John McCusker is one of Scotland's foremost traditional musicians.
John was awarded the Spirit of Scotland Award for Music in 2000 and is BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year 2003.
John's already formidable reputation was enhanced with his highly acclaimed solo album Yella Hoose in 2000, with its strong array of guest musicians, -"Superlatives can barely do his playing - or writing - justice" - Hot Press; but feels he's gone one better with his new one Goodnight Ginger, recorded at his home studio.
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McCusker is one of the brightest shining stars of the new folk music generation.
There is McCusker the musician, mostly on the fiddle, but also on keyboards, assorted whistles and cittern.
When there is just the two of them, McCusker and Carr, they reach the same heights as Alisdair Frasier and Tony McManus did on their album earlier this year.
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