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Dagger Gordon and Colin Gordon - Like Father / Like Son

By Mandolin Cafe
October 20, 2011 - 8:30 am

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Dagger Gordon and Colin Gordon - Like Father / Like Son

Dagger Gordon and Colin Gordon - Like Father / Like Son

Veteran Highland mandolinist Dagger Gordon is joined by the distinctive guitar playing of his eldest son Colin to breath new life into a collection of their favorite old Scottish tunes in their just released recording Like Father / Like Son.

"We decided to concentrate on old Scottish material. There were several reasons for this. One reason is that there has been a tremendous amount of good Scottish tunes written in the last twenty years or so by composers like the late Gordon Duncan and several others. While it is absolutely great that we have so many good new tunes, I began to feel that some of the old ones weren't getting played enough and it would be good to give them an airing," said Dagger Gordon.

"For the actual recording, we played the tunes live in the studio. We only used two instruments: my Sobell mandolin and Colin's nice mahogany Martin guitar. Our music goal was simply to play these wonderful old tunes as well as we could. No overdubs or guest musicians, just us! Our arrangements are the result of many happy hours at home and on stage playing these old treasures, many of which are rare heard these days."

Colin and Dagger Gordon playing the opening set of Jigs: Kissed Yestre'en / The Favourite Dram / The Lads O' Dunse.

The Drummers
Wade's Welcome
Johnny Cope / The New Claret
Sitting In The Stern of a Boat
The Lasses
The Town Crier
Mackenzie's Farewell
2/4 Marches
Captain Macbean / Loch Earn
This Gloom On My Soul

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This recording discussed on the Mandolin Cafe forum
Dagger Gordon's Mandolin Cafe interview


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Paul Cowham
October 18, 2011 07:39 AM
Thanks for your post Kevin.

I was fortunate enough to hear a sneak preview of the album when Dagger kindly gave me a lift to Inverness train station. This was after a feis in Fort Augustus where he had been tutoring back in February. The playing on it sounded lovely, sweet sounding tone and good tunes.

As well as Dagger's mandolin, Colin's guitar sounded fantastic and fitted the music perfectly.

Jim MacDaniel
October 18, 2011 02:57 PM
Kevin -- thanks for the heads up; sounds like a great project.

Paul -- thanks for the link; it will soon be mine. smile
Dagger Gordon
October 18, 2011 07:18 PM
Thanks a lot guys. I really appreciate it.

Footstompin' seems to be the first on-line place to have it for sale. The discs only arrived last Monday, so it takes a wee while for my distributor to get them into the shops.

As regards getting a hold of them, I usually find it simpler for non-UK customers to buy from mail-order sites like Footstompin' (or others, once they have them up for sale). For UK customers, I am happy to mail directly if you want to send me a cheque. To do that, it's perhaps best to send me a private message or email me at

You should also be able to download from CD Baby quite soon, but that won't be ready yet.

Many thanks,


PS Paul. I was talking to guitar maker Ken Powell and his wife about you at the Ullapool Guitar Festival last week. They had a picture of your guitar on their stand. I really liked his guitars!
Jill McAuley
October 20, 2011 10:48 AM
Love the cover photo! Definitely looking forward to getting this one!

Jim MacDaniel
October 20, 2011 01:08 PM
Listened to the samples: great mando and guitar playing, and I love the ringing tone of that Sobell.

(I just added the CD to my Xmas wish list -- and I'll be buying it on December 26 if it isn't under the tree on December 25 ;) )
Dagger Gordon
October 26, 2011 02:16 PM
CD Baby seem to have it for download now.

Here's another Scottish mail order company now stocking it.

Getting some radio airplay in Scotland, particularly on Gaelic radio and The Iain Anderson show.


October 27, 2011 07:22 AM
I'm much enjoying it too - grab yerselves a copy or 5 - unique and delightful Christmas gifts! Far better than socks and pants!

Steve Baker
October 27, 2011 10:40 AM
I just got my copy - 5 days from Scotland to the Midwest via postal services! I second the comment on the tone from that mandolin; very sweet, even over car speakers. I'm really enjoying this one.

Niall Anderson
October 28, 2011 08:51 AM
Quote from Steve Baker: I'm really enjoying this one.

Steve End Quote

Ditto... 2 tracks in as I type, having just bought the last copy in Coda Music. Sorry about that, Dagger - you'll need to send them some more!

Well done to both you and Colin - it's sounding great.

Niall Anderson
October 28, 2011 09:01 AM
Oh, yes... and the Johnny Cope to New Claret transition is a thing of beauty!

(I now seem to be liveblogging the CD... oh well)
November 07, 2011 05:15 PM
The lads have a gig at Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival in January 2012, a wee bird tells me, so get along you mandoheads!

Dagger Gordon
November 12, 2011 01:26 AM
Our Celtic Connections gig is on 1st Feb at the Piping Centre.
Dagger Gordon
November 14, 2011 12:49 AM
Here's a review by Rob Adams in The Sunday Herald, a Glasgow newspaper.
David Surette
November 14, 2011 07:10 AM
Excellent job with the CD, you two. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, it would appear. Great tunes, nicely played.
Dagger Gordon
November 15, 2011 10:25 AM
Thanks David, nice to hear from you. No, I don't think the apple did fall very far from the tree.
Dagger Gordon
November 17, 2011 03:50 AM
We are having a CD launch this Sunday at Saltburn Hall, by Invergordon. If there are any Highland mandoliners lurking out there who might like to go, please let me know.

Tosh Marshall
November 22, 2011 03:35 PM
Great album Dagger, really love it.....
Dagger Gordon
November 23, 2011 12:18 AM
Delighted to hear it, Tosh. Thanks a lot.
Werner Jaekel
December 28, 2011 04:15 AM
yesterday they arrived, scottish mandolin tutor, like father like son and highland mandolin. Distinctively scottish, exactly what I want. And suberbly played. Very interesting open position "drone" playing. Listening closely there is alot to be learned, including the twiddly bits. Also interesting I find his approach to the slow pieces with a nice ringing sound. And the selection of the tunes, giving me an idea how to play "scottish" through the whole range. Very good. Plenty of work ahead of me. I find this music ideally suited for the mandolin. Thank you, Dagger Gordon and Colin Gordon
Dagger Gordon
December 28, 2011 12:53 PM
I am delighted to hear it. I hope you enjoy the music and find the book helpful.

Are you Scottish yourself? I understand you have a daughter in Edinburgh.

Thanks a lot,

Mo Soar
December 29, 2011 07:36 PM
Got my copy downloaded via CD Baby, enjoying it quite a bit!
Werner Jaekel
December 30, 2011 04:10 AM
hi Dagger, I surely wouldn't mind, but no, I am not scottish. Whilst residing in the southwest of Ireland for many years with my family, farming and landscaping, I adopted to the irish way of life and when we left, to facilitate a higher education for my 4 children, I was so much a countryside irishman that living in hi-tech Germany was and still is a bit difficult for me. So, to this day, I don't know what I am, neither here nor there. Naturally I love to play irish music until recently the social group "song a week" and especially John Kelly drew my attention to scottish tunes. Since than I browsed the web for more und discovered and a great number of most beautiful scottish tunes . There must be an great musical potential in Bonnie Scotland. I collect, print and play,collect, print and play ....Recently I asked in a thread about ornaments and someone suggested to have a look at your cds.

My daughter studies in Edinburgh for her master in arts, but I think she will stay for good. She grew up in Ireland and she is quite successful and has made so many friends in Edinburgh. Among other things she recently illustrated a video which I like very much.

I have one small point, though I am perfectly happy with cds and book. I can't listen to a nice tune without taking up my mandolin and try to play along. Whished I could find all the abc somewhere. Maybe (?) the abc s could be provided on some webpage for people like us.

Hope you will provide us with many more scottish mandolin cds , and more tuition in scottish playing, like ornamentation.
This minute listening to "highland mandolin " VERY NICE
Sheets Tae The Wind
March 16, 2012 05:14 PM
Hey all,
heard this on Bruce Macgregor's Traveling Folk last week on BBC Radio Scotland and had to get it. Awesome album with some great tracks on it. As I bought it through's mp3 site I didn't get the liner notes (one of the drawbacks of mp3 technology) and I'm wondering if there's a listing anywhere of the tunes being played on each track? I particularly like the arrangement on Mackenzie's Farewell, great stuff.
Thanks for the help
Dagger Gordon
March 17, 2012 01:44 AM
Hi there,

Interesting that you heard the show in Tasmania. Anyway, thanks for your very kind comments. The tracks are as follows. I apologise for seeming to use the forum for my own self-promotion, but this is probably the easiest way to deal with it and it might be useful to some more of you.

Regards, Dagger

1. Kissed yestre'en/ The favourite dram/ The lads o' Dunse

2. Sabhal Iain 'ic Uisdean (Iain Hugh's Son's Barn) / S ' Ioma rud tha dhith orm (Many a thing I lack)/ The drummers/ Stornoway Castle/ The Shetland fiddler

3. Crdh Cinn t-Sile ( The cattlefold of Kintail)

4. Wade's welcome to Inverness (Robert Meldrum)/ Murdo MacKenzie of Torridon (Bobby MacLeod)/The Bonawe Highlanders (D Bowman)

5. Johnny Cope/ The new Claret

6. Sitting in the stern of a boat. (Rev Wm. MacLeod)

7. The lass o'Corrie Mill/ Niel Gow's wife/ Captain Keeler/ Clydesdale lasses/ Torry Burn lasses

8. Miss Graham/ The town crier/ Sir David Davidson of Cantray (John Lowe)

9. MacKenzie's farewell/ Mo chuachag laghach (My gentle milkmaid)/ Hoch hey Johnny lad/ O'er Bogie/ Clean pea strae

10. The taking of Beaumont Hamel (John MacLellan)/ The 25th KOSB's farewell to Meerut (John Balloch)

11. Captain MacBain's reel/ Loch Earn

12. Tha m'aigne fo ghruaim (This gloom on my soul)
Sheets Tae The Wind
March 17, 2012 02:33 PM
That's great, thanks Dagger.

Through the wonders of the internet, I've been able to listen to travelling folk for years through the BBC's website. I should actually update my profile as I am now in California, but still listen on a regular basis.

Thanks again for making the music in the first place and for posting the tunes here.

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