The Highland Sessions (DVD)

The Highland Sessions

The Highland Sessions

From the Transatlantic Sessions producers, the complete BBC Highland Sessions series on DVD, featuring 32 Scottish and Irish artists.

In its original Gaelic-presented version Comhdhail Cholm Cille (Columba Sessions), The Highland Sessions appeared after the first two series of Transatlantic Sessions, in which the same director Mike Alexander had developed his uniquely intimate and award-winning approach to recording music for television.

The Highland Sessions differed from these predecessors in two important respects – there was no North American element, and the singing languages were almost exclusively Irish and Scottish Gaelic.

Six half-hour programmes presented by Mary Ann Kennedy, with music director Steve Cooney and music producer Allan MacDonald.

Featured artists from Ireland: Mary Black, Dermot Byrne, Karan Casey, Steve Cooney, Trevor Hutchinson, Laoise Kelly, Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich, Triona Ni Dhomhnaill, Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Mick O’Brien, Éamon Ó Donnchadha, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Liam Ó Maonlái, Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and Niall Vallely.

Featured artists from Scotland: Alasdair Codona, James Graham, Allan Henderson, Neil Johnstone, Mary Ann Kennedy, Rona Lightfoot, Allan MacDonald, Iain MacDonald, Iain MacFarlane, Kathleen MacInnes, Donnie Murdo MacLeod, Karen Matheson, Donald Shaw, Mary Smith, Margaret Stewart and Jim Sutherland.

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The Highland Sessions


  1. Hugh Rowlings
    Posted November 17, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I was so excited when I saw that the Highland Sessions was coming out on DVD. I have all the Transatlantic Sessions and they are my favourite DVDs. I can’t tell you how sad I was to see that while the Transatlantic Sessions came out on the PAL Region 0 format which I can play on my DVD player here in Canada, the Highland Sessions are PAL Region 2 which I don’t think my player will recognize. Why would those sessions be put out for only Region 2 thus denying others the pleasure of such wonderful music???

  2. Hugh Rowlings
    Posted November 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks for the reply Kenny. I will check it out and post back. It’s just the greatest music and I’d hate to have to miss out on it. I’ve got my fingers crossed!!

  3. Hugh Rowlings
    Posted December 4, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Permalink | Reply


    I had to look twice when I dropped in on the site but it looks like the Format code has changed from Region 2 to Region 0 which my player will play. When was it changed? I’ll be ordering the Highland Sessions for Christmas after all! Fantastic!

    • Posted December 4, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Hugh – yes, the production people confirmed with us this week that this title will have the same Region encoding as the Transatlantic Sessions DVDs, so you shouldn’t have any problem with compatibility.

  4. Joe Ferguson
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Does this mean i can play this dvd here in California?

  5. Posted May 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wonderful songs and music. Difficult to know whether some songs are being sung in Irish or Scots Gaelic as Celts from both countries are participating. However, this is no problem and it is wondrous to see and hear songs being sung in languages which, in former centuries, English Governments have sought to completely extirpate. One hopes that more folk, young and old, will learn these languages in order that they may regain something of their former glory and geographical territory. In addition, one hopes that the Manx language will prosper and rejoin its c lose relatives in terms of the spoken word and song. Long may these wonderful revivals prosper and gain in strength.

  6. Patrick Dirickx
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I ordered a copy of this DVD together with Transatlantic Sessions 2 DVD, and you know what, I like these sessions even more. This is such great music, coming straight from the heart ! Everyone should go out and buy at least one copy !
    Does anyone know if there are more sessions like this planned ?

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