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Ged Brockie (Guitar)
Nigel Clark (Guitar)
Malcom MacFarlane (Guitar)
Kevin Mackenzie (Guitar)

1. Near The Circle  
2. One More Day  
3. Denial  
4. Ice  
5. This Is Just To Say/Green Fields Under The Snow  
6. Forget Me Not  
7. Silver Hills  
8. Pools In Sunlight  
9. Reaching Forth  
10. Wes  
11. Twisted To The Four  
12. New Beginnings  
13. Near The Circle (edit)  
14. Ice (alt. Take)  
Scottish Guitar Quartet
'Near the Circle'
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Album Notes :

This CD features four of the best guitarists in the UK. Near the Circle is a truly original collection of tunes that explore the sonic possibilities of 4 acoustic huitars, groovy, gorgeous, and guitar-tastic but also at times majestic, haunting and delicately beautiful. The music has celtic influences and some ver catchy tunes.

Artist Information:

Ged Brockie left Leeds City College of Music with a First Class Graduate Diploma in Jazz and Contemporary Music and the Eric Kershaw Memorial Award for 'most promising guitarist'.

Now, one of Scotland's busiest professional guitarists and educators, Ged is involved in an active career both playing and teaching. He has worked in many diverse musical situations including West End shows on tour; Scottish National Opera; Scottish National Orchestra; jingle work for TV and radio; recording of albums; recording for other artists; recording of educational material; television broadcasts; Jazz festivals; cover bands; touring; as well as regular organising and playing for corporate businesses.

Nigel Clark is from Glasgow and has contributed his talents to a wide range of artists and idioms. From the Django Reinhardt influenced Hot Club, through Carol Kidd and Hue and Cry, to his own quintet who produced the 'Worldwide Sound' CD that reached the Top Ten in the major UK Jazz Charts.

Malcolm MacFarlane is an experienced musician who is also a prolific composer. Malcolm also plays with The Watercolours and the jazz-fusion band, the Mulford - MacFarlane Group. Other recent projects include working with the Royal Opera and Ballet, and commissions for the Scottish Arts Council and the WIG.

Malcolm is a prize winning graduate of Leeds College of Music and has also studied with Barney Kessel, Howard Roberts and Tal Farlow. He was a member of Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia for many years where he contributed on many tours and albums as a featured soloist and composer.

As well as playing with pop groups such as Shakatak and Matt Bianco, he now co-leads the jazz-fusion band, the Mulford - MacFarlane Group. Malcolm also plays with The Watercolours. Other recent projects include working with the Royal Opera and Ballet, and commissions for the Scottish Arts Council and the WIGF.

Kevin MacKenzie's current projects include the Trio AAB with their CD 'Cold Fusion' which was Jazz on Three's CD of the Year 1999. He is also leader of his own jazz/fusion/drum¹n¹bass/house outfit OSwirler¹ and tours frequently with leading folk musician Simon Thoumire. A graduate from the Guildhall in London, he is very in demand in jazz, pop, and folk scenes in Scotland. He has played with many musicians including Blackanized, Julian Arguelles, Hue & Cry, Keep it Up, the John Rae Collective, and Benny Carter.

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