Madison Gate Records is proud to announce the release of Outlander - Original Television Soundtrack, Vol. 1 in digital and CD formats on February 10, 2015. The album features original music composed by Emmy Award Winner Bear McCreary along with period-accurate songs adapted by McCreary for the television series, including the main title theme, "The Skye Boat Song," performed by Raya Yarbrough. The album was produced in collaboration with McCreary's Sparks & Shadows label.
Composer McCreary has been fascinated with the folk music of Jacobean Scotland from an early age. "When I first learned to drive, I was blasting bagpipes from my car speakers," he jokes. His fascination quickly became a passion: "toward the end of high school, I began researching folk songs of the Jacobite uprising. 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," McCreary notes. Outlander Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore, who had also collaborated with McCreary on Battlestar Galactica, knew of McCreary's passion for the period's music, and turned to him for the series, so much of which is set in the era.
McCreary was ecstatic about the chance to head to the Highlands for musical inspiration. "From the beginning, I wanted to draw predominantly from Scottish instrumentation and folk music," he explains. "Instruments such as the fiddle, bagpipes, accordion, penny whistle and bodhrán (a type of frame drum) form the backbone of the score, supported by orchestral strings, haunting vocals and larger percussion."
"Outlander has given me the opportunity to write the kind of score I have been dreaming about for my entire life," says McCreary. "I am thrilled that Madison Gate Records and Sparks & Shadows have collaborated to release this soundtrack from the first eight episodes, but we're just getting started; more drama and music await!"