Welcome to Dun Vegas

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Welcome To Dun Vegas
Studio album by Peatbog Faeries
Released 24 April 2003
Recorded 2003
Genre Celtic fusion, alternative rock
Length 53:29
Label Peatbog Records
Peatbog Faeries chronology
Faerie Stories
(2001)
Welcome To Dun Vegas
(2003)
Croftwork
(2005)

Welcome To Dun Vegas is the third album by Scottish Celtic fusion group Peatbog Faeries, recorded in a cottage on the banks of Pool Roag, near Dunvegan, on the Isle of Skye, and released in 2003 on the band's own Peatbog Records label. The album was seen as an experimental work, like their previous album Faerie Stories. The album was composed and created by Peter Morrison (pipes, whistles), Innes Hutton (Bass guitar), Thomas Salter (Electric/ Acoustic guitar), Leighton Jones (keyboards) Roddy Neilson (fiddle) & Iain Copeland (percussion).

The song "Wacko King Hako" was often played live at the band's 2008 live shows. The song was also included in the 2013 compilation album Larry Kirwan's Celtic Invasion.[1]

The album also saw the first appearance of vocals on a Peatbog Faeries album, although a small amount is featured.

The opening page of the booklet gives the album an alternative name, More Faerie Stories.

Release, background and reception[edit]

The album was released in 2003 by Peatbog Faerie's own label Peatbog Recordings as the first album on the label.

The album was recorded in a cottage on the banks of Pool Roag near Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Scotland. The band installed a studio in the cottage and recorded the album over three months.

The vocal band The Veganites make guest appearances on the songs "Skeabost Monsoon" and "A Taste of Rum". Peatbog Faeries would later do a track, "Vegaintes", for Croftwork.

The album has been well received. Jane Brace of Living Tradition reviewed the album, noting "This album from the Isle of Skye sextet (their third after Mellowish [Mellowosity] and Faerie Stories) fuses their own brand of Hebridean music magic with the sounds of Africa - and is the first Peatbog album to feature vocal tracks, albeit in an inimitable way! The Faeries openly admit the album was recorded during a whiskey-enhanced protracted stay in a Skye cottage near Dunvegan. They set up a recording studio there for three months and Welcome to Dun Vegas − a play on Dunvegan − is the stimulating result".

Tafetta Punk reviewed the album for www.rootsreview.co.uk. "Personally I adore this album. It reeks openly of that fun and even smacks of a little whiskey (shh!). A good time was apparently had by all in this recording, and it comes highly recommended by me. It's fabulous."

Track listing[edit]

  1. Wacko King Hako (5:52)
  2. Fear Eile (4:32)
  3. Phat Controller / The Red Bee (4:53)
  4. Ironing Maiden (4:22)
  5. Welcome To Dun Vegas (5:34)
  6. Shifting Peat and Feet (3:55)
  7. Gibbering Smit (4:34)
  8. Morning Dew (5:47)
  9. Teuchstar (5:11)
  10. Skeabost Monsoon (4:13)
  11. A Taste Of Rum (4:31)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Larry Kirwan's Celtic Invasion". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 

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