Capercaillie, GRACE AND PRIDE, The anthology 2004 – 1984

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Britain’s leading Celtic band, Survival Records release on the 13th September, the double CD anthology “Grace and Pride”. The album has 38 tracks taken from each of the band’s 15 albums, including previously unreleased, ultra rare and long deleted tracks.

Throughout their career Capercaillie have drawn on two great strengths to inspire them. The first of these is the astonishing musical dexterity of the various fiddle, whistle, flute and pipe players who have performed with them over the years, lead by the accordion and keyboards of band founder Donald Shaw. The other foundation of the band has been the peerless voice of co-founder Karen Matheson, described by Sean Connery as having “a throat that is surely touched by God”. Universally recognised as one of the finest Gaelic singers alive today, Karen’s exquisite voice has been at the centre of the band’s music, whether breathing new life into 400-year old Gaelic songs or bringing her luscious vocals to the band’s contemporary compositions.

There have been many milestones for a band who have sold over a million albums world wide. These include three silver and one gold album in the UK, the first Gaelic Top 40 single, writing the music for, and appearing in the Hollywood movie “Rob Roy”, and performing in over thirty countries including Iraq, Macedonia and the Sudan. Capercaillie have been credited with being the major force in bringing Celtic music to the world stage, and their unique fusion of Gaelic culture and contemporary sound has always stretched boundaries in their quest to keep the music evolving.

On “Grace and Pride” the track listing follows the band back in time from last year’s “Choice Language” to their debut release in 1984 “Cascade”, taking in every album they have released along the way. This is a fascinating journey through the creative evolution of one of Scotland’s and roots music’s most enduring and successful bands.

It is a mighty long way from Oban High School to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in Baghdad, but Capercaillie have made this journey and stopped off at many other exotic locations along the way. However, their greatest achievement has been to mould a central strand of their Gaelic heritage into a fresh, new sound, capable of reaching out to the ears and hearts of people all over the world.“Grace and Pride” is a celebration of this.

Release information

Release date: 13 September 2004
Record label: Survival Records
Catalogue No: SURCD 030
Distribution: Pinnacle

Track Listing

CD One

  1. Who Will Raise Their Voice?
  2. Mile Marbhaisg
  3. Homer's Reel
  4. Mo Chailin Dileas Donn
  5. Rob Roy Reels
  6. Tighinn Air A'Mhuir
  7. Hoireann O
  8. The Snuff Wife Jigs *
  9. Breisleach (live)
  10. Co Ni Mire Rium
  11. Beautiful Wasteland
  12. Am Mur Gorm
  13. Finlays
  14. Clo Mhic Ille Mhicheil **
  15. Claire In Heaven
  16. Ailein Duinn
  17. Fear-Allabain
  18. Eastern Reel

CD Two

  1. Stinging Rain
  2. Alasdair Mhic Cholla Ghasda
  3. Miracle of Being
  4. Bonaparte
  5. Grace and Pride
  6. Silver Spear Reels
  7. Dean Cadalan / Servant to the Slave
  8. Pige Ruadh
  9. Waiting for the Wheel to Turn (12" mix) #
  10. Dr Macphail's Reel
  11. Heart of the Highland
  12. Coisich a Ruin (12" mix) #
  13. Fisherman's Dream
  14. Sidewaulk Reels
  15. Fosgail An Dorus/
  16. Oh Mo Dhuthaich
  17. Calum's Road
  18. Fear a'bhata
  19. An Ribhinn Donn
  20. The Little Cascade ‡
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*previously unreleased track
**previously only available on mail order
#long deleted single mixes
available for the first time on CD

Sound samples

Download MP3 sound samples of the following tracks from the album:

Stinging Rain
Grace and Pride
Co Ni Mi Rium?
Rob Roy Reels

Or why not buy the album here

Visit the Capercaillie website at

Tour dates

Karen Matheson will be on tour in September / October:
Sept 21The Stables, Milton Keynes8 pmBox Office 01908 280 800Tickets £15
Sept 22Robin 2, Wolverhampton7.30 pmBox Office 01902 401 211Tickets £13.50 (£12.50 adv.)
Sept 23Norwich Arts Centre8 pmBox Office 01603 660 352Tickets £14 / £12 concs.
Oct 2Eastgate Arts Centre, Peebles7.30 pmBox Office 01721 725 777Tickets £10 / £9 concs.
Oct 8Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock8 pmBox Office 01563 554 900Tickets £10 / £8 concs.
Oct 9The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen8 pmBox Office 01224 642 230Tickets £13 / £9 concs.
Oct 10Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline7.30 pmBox Office 01383 314 000Tickets £14
Oct 13Eden Court, Inverness8 pmBox Office 01463 234 234Tickets £12 / £10 concs.
Oct 14The Tolbooth, Stirling7.30 pmBox Office 01786 274 000Tickets £15
Oct 15Smarden Village Hall, nr Ashford, Kent8 pmBox Office 01233 770 628Tickets £13


Some information taken from a press release, provided by 'John Crosby and Mick Bovee, Press / Promotions'. The press release is available as a pdf file. To read PDF files you will need Adobe® Reader ® software.