Picture this – It is a beautiful, crisp Highlands day and you are travelling along the North Coast 500… the radio is a bit fuzzy as you approach Berriedale so you need to put on a CD to accompany you as you approach Caithness…what do you choose? The Musical Map of Caithness CD, obviously!
The Musical Map of Caithness is the brand new CD written and produced by local musician Gordon Gunn and other musical talents from across bonnie Scotland and consists of 12 short narratives and 12 beautifully composed tracks! Let this CD be your map of Caithness and celebrate the local culture, history, nature and landscapes of the area through upbeat Celtic instrumental sounds.
Gordon Gunn is a local musician that is based in Wick and is a full-time professional musician of over 12 years. Gordon is also a founding member of Scottish fiddle group Session A9 who were voted best live act at the 2012 Trad Awards and have toured all over the UK & Europe. Session A9 have 4 CD's under their belt and a live DVD recorded at the Celtic Connections in Glasgow.
When asked about his motivations for creating a musical map, Gordon said,
“I wanted to highlight the amazing beauty of Caithness and through my passion of music, I come up with the idea of creating a musical map. I 've written eight instrumental tracks inspired by these stunning venues and co-written four songs along with the acclaimed Caithness writer George Gunn. The songs and short narrations are on attractions across the region, from Caithness Horizons to Dunnet Head which is the most northerly point in Mainland Britain – all attractions which I feel visitors would thoroughly enjoy and I hope that through music it will add further enjoyment to their experience.”
Eilidh Todd, the project manager of the Musical Map of Caithness project added,
“It is hoped that the CD will provide a ‘self-guiding resource’ to the county, allowing visitors freedom to explore the local tourism offering at their own pace. The development of the music is a modern take on the cultural heritage of the area and we hope this venture will support the local economy, as well as providing an unusual method of increasing visitor enjoyment and experience in the area.”
The CD is available for only £11.99 and can be purchased directly from www.northhighlandinitiative.co.uk
or from shops across Caithness;
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