Ossian

Scottish folk. Formed 1976. Disbanded 1997
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Ossian

Ossian Biography (Wikipedia)

Ossian are a Scottish traditional music group, formed in 1976.

The initial line-up brought together Billy Ross and former members of the group Contraband, Billy Jackson, John Martin, and George Jackson. One of their earliest gigs was at the 1976 Kinross Folk Festival.

Each of the members was a multi-instrumentalist and singer. Their arrangements of songs, slow airs and dance tunes were meticulous, almost a chamber music approach to Scottish Music. They sang in English, Scots, and Gaelic.

Billy Jackson's wire-strung harp, the clàrsach, featured in most pieces but he also played Uilleann (Irish) pipes and whistles. John Martin, who played fiddle and cello went on to become a member of The Tannahill Weavers. George Jackson (brother of Billy) played guitar, cittern, mandolin, fiddle, whistle and flute. Billy Ross was the main singer who played guitar, dulcimer and whistle.

Their first two LPs were remarkably popular and influential; Ossian (1977) and St Kilda Wedding (1978). Billy Ross left the band and was replaced by Tony Cuffe as lead vocalist also playing guitar and whistle. Iain MacDonald joined playing highland pipes, flute, and whistles. They broke up in 1989 when Tony Cuffe and William Jackson moved to the U.S. In 1997, William Jackson reformed the band with the original singer, Billy Ross, and the group made a CD and performed some gigs for a time.

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More Grog Coming / Tilley Plump / Da Foostra
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More Grog Coming / Tilley Plump / Da Foostra
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Blustering Home / Flora MacDonald / David Glen's Jig
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Blustering Home / Flora MacDonald / David Glen's Jig
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Mull Of The Mountains
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Mull Of The Mountains
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The Road To Drumleman
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The Road To Drumleman
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Will Ye Go To Flanders? / Lord Lovat's Lament
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Will Ye Go To Flanders? / Lord Lovat's Lament
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Johnny Todd / Far From Home
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Johnny Todd / Far From Home
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My Love Is The Fair Lad / The Forth Bridge / Pretty Pegg
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My Love Is The Fair Lad / The Forth Bridge / Pretty Pegg
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Mrs. Stewart Of Grantully / Be Sud An' Gille Truagh / Calum Johnston's....
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Mrs. Stewart Of Grantully / Be Sud An' Gille Truagh / Calum Johnston's....
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Gala Water / Major David Manson
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Gala Water / Major David Manson
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Rowing From Islay To Uist
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Rowing From Islay To Uist
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Duncan Johnstone / The Duck / The Curlew
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Duncan Johnstone / The Duck / The Curlew
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Dèan Cadalan Sàmhach
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Dèan Cadalan Sàmhach
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Maighdeanan Na H-Airidh
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Maighdeanan Na H-Airidh
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The Sound Of Sleat / Aandowin' At The Bow / The Old Reel
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The Sound Of Sleat / Aandowin' At The Bow / The Old Reel
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Rory Dall's Sister's Lament
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Rory Dall's Sister's Lament
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Drunk At Night, Dry In The Morning
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Drunk At Night, Dry In The Morning
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's Gann Gunn Dirich Mi Chaoidh
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's Gann Gunn Dirich Mi Chaoidh
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