Whirlie Records was founded by Aly Bain and features music from his solo projects, duets with Ale Möller and Phil Cunningham as well as from several TV series including The Transatlantic Sessions, The Highland Sessions, Aly Meets the Cajuns & Down Home
Aly Bain (MBE) is a Shetland fiddler who learned his instrument from the old-time master Tom Anderson. Bain is now considered one of the finest fiddlers in the Scottish tradition. He became nationally prominent as a founding member of The Boys of the Lough, with whom he played for over 30 years; receiving several honorary citizenships in the USA.
Aly has released three solo albums on Whirlie Records and a collaboration with the BT Scottish Ensemble. He also records and tours extensively with Phil Cunningham recording six albums with Whirlie.
Simultaneously to his solo and duet projects, Aly collaborated on television projects with Pelicula Films Director, Mike Alexander and Producer, Douglas Eadie, working on several international television series: ‘The Down home Recordings’, ‘The Shetland Sessions’, ‘Aly Meets The Cajuns’, and four series of the Transatlantic Sessions – in 2010 winning the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, “Good Tradition Award”.
The Transatlantic Sessions is now in its 5th series and over the years has featured over 100 artists including:
Ale Möller, Allan MacDonald, Allison Moorer, Aly Bain, Bruce Molsky, BT Scottish Ensemble, Cara Dillon, Cathal McConnell, Catriona Mackay, Dan Tyminski, Danny Thompson, Darrell Scott, Davy Spillane, Dezi Donnelly, Dick Gaughan, Dónal Lunny, Donald Shaw, Dougie MacLean, Eddi Reader, Emily Smith, Emmylou Harris, Fred Morrison, Guy Clark, Iris Dement, James Graham, James Taylor, Jay Ungar, Jenna Reid, Jerry Douglas, Jim Sutherland, Joan Osborne, John Martyn, Julie Fowlis, Karan Casey, Karen Matheson, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Kathy Mattea, Liam Ó Maonlai, Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh ,Mark O’Connor, Martha Wainwright, Martyn Bennett, Mary Black, Michael McGoldrick, Michelle Wright, Molly Mason, Niall Vallely, Paul Brady, Phil Cunningham, Rod Paterson, Ronan Browne, Rosanne Cash, Rufus Wainwright, Russ Barenberg, Sam Lakeman, Savourna Stevenson, Sharon Shannon, Simon Thoumire, Stuart Duncan, Tim O’Brien