I've been wondering this for a while. Do you know where the name "Cottars" came from?
A cottar is a Scots word for a tenant farmer or labourer occupying a cottage with or without land attached to it, or a married farmworker who has a cottage as part of his contract. These people became the backbone of Highland Scots society and culture for centuries. During the Highland clearances in the late 18th century, thousands of cottars were forced to abandon their farms and homes to make way for large scale sheep farming. Many found their way to North America.Their traditions and spirit remain strong, especially in the Atlantic provinces of Canada.
I've just created a proboards forum dedicated to The Cottars. This idea went back almost a year ago and I talked about it w/ Keith. But I was hesitant and had no forum experience. Since becoming a mod here I've learnt a lot.
This will, in NO WAY, detract from info on this sub-board.
The Cottars' Un-official Forum goes live on 15th January...see the link in my signature and see what you think!
I am so pleased that you have discovered the Cottars. I was introduced to them by Keith and subsequently greatly encouraged to listen to them by Joe. I now have all three of their CDs (the Cottars, not Keith and Joe's!) and I think there brilliant.
If you want to try just one, I would particularly recommend the second album entitled 'On Fire'. It is really exciting stuff.
My forum for The Cottars is celebrating it's second anniversary tomorrow.
This is a group I have liked ever since their first album was released back in 2002.
They are exceptionally talented in the performance of Celtic music forms. I am looking forward to their potential visit to Europe (hopefully including the UK) next year.
My inspiration to even create a forum came from a suggestion made by one of HWI's founders, Keith Sheel. There I was, posting news about The Cottars, and the man already had their CD's and may have been in contact with the group!
I chose my forum's official launch on January 15, which was Keith's birthday.