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Album Review

Another fine album. "Song for Ireland" is a classic. Features Brian McNeill, Phil Cunningham, and Stewart Isbister. Voted Album of the Decade of the '80s by Folk Roots magazine, A Handful of Earth is Gaughan's best blend of traditional and contemporary songs. ~ Chip Renner & Stephen Winick, Rovi

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Handful of Earth

I'm Irish but this album is the only Irish related music I can listen to all the time. It is simply heartfelt, straightforward lyrics that make it work. He is as soulful as Van Morrison and as eclectic as Nick Drake but different than both. I recommend the album.

an enduring gem

One of the great classics of Scottish folk, never long out of the playlist since first hearing it on the radio in 1984. Very spare production, mostly Gaughan's elegant fingerstyle guitar and expressive vocals, with a little help on a track or two from (if memory serves) Brian McNeill on fiddle and Phil Cunningham on whistle. Runs the gamut from Leon Rosselson's barnburner "The World Turned Upside Down" to the absolute most brilliant version of Robert Burns' "Now Westlin Winds" ever.

Quintessential Celtic Music

This is a brilliant album. Every track is amazing in it's own right which is why just about every one has been covered by other musicians.


Born: May 17, 1948 in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Sc

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Though primarily steeped in the traditions of folk and Celtic music, Scottish singer/songwriter Dick Gaughan has enjoyed a lengthy and far-reaching career in a variety of creative pursuits. Born Richard Peter in 1948, he first picked up the guitar at the age of seven, and issued his debut solo LP, No More Forever, in 1972. Gaughan then signed on with the folk-rock group the Boys of the Lough, releasing a 1973 self-titled LP before returning to his solo career with 1976's Kist o Gold. However, he...
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