"GALATIA"…by Leigh Cline
A REVISITING OF TWO CULTURES
CELTIC MUSIC MEETS BLACK SEA/CAUCASIAN PONTIC GREEK MUSIC (AGAIN!)
Separated by time and now distance, "GALATIA" is a coming together of
two sets of musicians whose distant ancestors (Galatian Celts and Black Sea Greeks) once were neighbours.
To quote Alain Danielou of the International Institute for Comparative Music Studies,
(in liner notes for a UNESCO Recording): “The structure of these (Pontic) songs is quite different from those we meet in ancient Greek music or Turkish music as we know them. They seem to belong to an archaic culture related to the Celtic family.”
Leigh Cline, a guitarist who has played both Celtic and Pontic music for many years, has brought together both Celtic & Pontic musicians in a CD single recording called "GALATIA" that combines similar melodic and rhythmic structures from both cultures. It features slow and fast Jigs and Pontic/Caucasian dances including the Tik in 5/8 and Tash/Lezginka in 6/8.
"GALATIA" is written and produced by Leigh Cline.
"GALATIA" (Long Version) starts with a bagpipe introduction of MacCrimmon's "Lament for Mary MacLeod"
Leigh Cline…………… Guitar, saz, tambura, zils, synthesizers
Mihalis Kaliontzidis …..Black Sea upright fiddles - kemane, kemenche and zil kemenche
Mark Kelso…………….Bodhran, drums, darabukka
Bob Worrall……………Scottish border pipes
Recorded and Mixed at Canterbury Music, Toronto, Canada - Jeremy Darby, Engineer
Mastered at João Carvalho Mastering, Toronto, Canada - João Carvalho, Engineer