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David McGuinness

David McGuinness divides his time between historical Scottish music and contemporary work. As director of early music ensemble Concerto Caledonia he has made thirteen albums, mostly of newly-rediscovered repertoire. The group has also collaborated with musicians in a variety of genres, including punk cabaret mavericks The Tiger Lillies, the late Dundonian songwriter Michael Marra, and English folk pioneer Martin Carthy. The group’s Revenge of the Folksingers project brought together early music improvisers with singers Alasdair Roberts, Olivia Chaney, Jim Moray and Mairi Campbell.

David has been a music producer and composer on several seasons of E4’s TV drama Skins, including collaborations with Gabrielle Aplin, Rae Morris, and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.  In 2007 he produced John Purser’s 50-part history of Scottish music for BBC Radio Scotland and co-ordinated the station’s observance of No Music Day with the artist Bill Drummond.

He is Senior Lecturer in music at the University of Glasgow, and was principal investigator on the AHRC-funded research project Bass Culture in Scottish Musical Traditions. He is currently working on the music for the forthcoming edition of Allan Ramsay's works for Edinburgh University Press.

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selected discography

with Concerto Caledonia -

  • Nathaniel Gow's Dance Band (ConCal 2016)
  • Purcell's Revenge (Delphian 2015)
  • Captain Tobias Hume: A Scottish Soldier (Delphian 2014)
  • Robert Mackintosh: Airs Minuets Gavotts and Reels (Delphian 2013)
  • Revenge of the Folksingers (Delphian 2011)
  • Late Night Sessions (Delphian 2010)
  • Lion (Boxwood 2007)
  • Fiddler Tam (Linn 2005)
  • The Red Red Rose (Delphian 2004)
  • Spring Any Day Now (Marquis 2003)
  • Mungrel Stuff (Linn 2001)
  • Colin's Kisses (Linn 1999)
  • The Lion of Scotland (Hyperion 1998)
  • Alasdair Roberts, Amble Skuse & David McGuinness What News (Drag City 2018) fortepiano, dulcitone
  • Matt Kivel Janus (Driftless 2016) piano, VCS3
  • Mairi Morrison & Alasdair Roberts Urstan (Drag City 2012) harmonium, piano, dulcitone, glockenspiel
  • Alasdair Roberts The Wyrd Meme (Drag City 2009) harmonium, harpsichord, arrangements
  • Iain MacInnes Sealbh (Macmeanmna 2009) harpsichord, harmonium, piano
  • Alasdair Roberts Spoils (Drag City 2009) harpsichord, harmonium, arrangements
  • The Tiger Lillies Love and War (Misery Guts 2007) harpsichord, organ
  • Suzie LeBlanc Tout Passe (ATMA 2007) harpsichord, melodica, harmonium, arrangements
  • Alison McGillivray Geminiani cello sonatas, Pièces de Clavecin (Linn 2005) harpsichord
  • Chris Norman Ensemble In the Fields in Frost and Snow (Boxwood 2004) harmonium, piano, melodica
  • Suzie LeBlanc La Mer Jolie (ATMA 2004) harpsichord, melodica
  • Mychael Danna (Original Soundtrack) Vanity Fair (Decca 2004) piano, fortepiano
  • Paddy McAloon I Trawl the Megahertz (EMI 2003) string arrangements
  • Chris Norman Ensemble The Caledonian Flute (Boxwood 2002) harmonium, melodica
  • Mr McFall's Chamber Upstart Jugglers (MMC 2001) piano, hammond, harmonica, producer