"Besides the main title, 'Castle Leoch' marks the first time I incorporated traditional folk music directly into the narrative score," McCreary told Yahoo TV via email. "The track opens with a heartfelt rendition of 'Loch Lomond' and transitions to a viola da gamba playing 'Bonny Katherine Ogie.' [It is] arranged with a distinctly regal style to capture the feeling of Colum's court. I felt these tunes, songs that people of this era actually knew and sang, helped ground the story authentically."
The album also features "The Skye Boat Song" and "Dance Of The Druids," both of which showcase haunting vocals by Raya Yarbrough, as well as the wedding music and "The Woman Of Balnain," a collaboration with Gillebride MacMillan. Executive producer Ronald D. Moore, who worked with McCreary on Battlestar Galactica, hired the musician for Outlander because he had a passion for the folk music of Jacobean Scotland that predated this project. "When I first learned to drive, I was blasting bagpipes from my car speakers," McCreary has said. "I was awestruck by their ability to communicate tales of tragedy and triumph through lyrics with double meaning woven along deceptively simple melodic lines and evocative harmonic progressions. From the beginning, I wanted to draw predominantly from Scottish instrumentation and folk music. Instruments such as the fiddle, bagpipes, accordion, penny whistle, and bodhrán (a type of frame drum) form the backbone of the score."
embedding doesn't work so go here and listen -> https://tv.yahoo.com/video/listen-castle-leoch-off-outlander-202239160.html
It's so good, I'm totally buying it...
Bear interviewed by The Outlander Podcast. Bear part starts at 27:00 ends at 37:00
spoiler warning: they talk about 1b and S2 characters and settings.
(audio is not that great tho).
he talks about his creative process, how does he translate emotion from the screen, and build his scores [Spoiler (click to open)]he is still working on the end of season one. He found really challenging work at the dark scenes in 1b because he had to live all those emotions for days
BOO: they didn't asked my question about a separate Jamie and Claire theme...
Listen to "The Woman of Balnain" here: http://www.people.com/article/outlander-soundtrack-exclusive-premiere
"The Woman of Balnain" first aired at the end of the Starz show's third episode, when Claire (Caitriona Balfe) listened to a bard perform as Jamie (Sam Heughan) translated the nostalgic lyrics for her.
"It was actually the first piece of music I ever composed for the series," says McCreary, who's also written music for The Walking Dead and Battlestar Galactica. "This song tells the story of a woman who traveled mysteriously through standing stones, just as Claire experienced."
Adds the composer: "This revelation gives Claire her first glimpse of hope that she might find a way home."
But McCreary hopes the song is inspirational to fans of the show as well.
"My job was to write a song that sounds convincingly Scottish, hauntingly evocative and yet uplifting enough that it ends with a sense of hope, even urgency," he says. "I hope it inspires viewers to join Claire and venture out into the Highlands in search of home."