Songs of Govan Old, Part 2
June 7, 2018
I’ll be singing the second set of commisioned songs about Govan’s heroines, heroes, and mystical places with the Glasgow Barons, Govan’s own orchestra, with arrangments by Aidan Teplitzky. Other performances on the evening will include music by Tchaikovsky, Britten and Nicolson. The evening will once again take place in the beautiful setting of Govan Old Parish Church.
Britten: Simple Symphony
Hamill: Songs of Govan Old part 2
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
Conducted by Paul MacAlindin
Songs of Govan Old, Part 1
April 25, 2018
I will be presenting three original songs and one poem set to music, alongside The Glasgow Barons, with string arrangements by Malcolm Lindsay.
I’ve been working in close contact with the Govan Reminiscence Group and mustered great inspiration from all I had the pleasure of meeting a few weeks back.
All songs performed on 3rd May will serenade illustrious characters of Govan old, who with time, some more so than others, seem to have been overlooked. These characters have braved the Antarctic, won Olympic Gold, serenaded natural beauty and fought for the people.
Watch my first meeting with the Govan Reminiscence Group, who inspired the original songs I’ll present on 3rd May at Govan Old Parish Church, 7.30pm.
Paisley 2021 – City Of Culture – New Video
August 7, 2017
With all the hype about Paisley in the running for City of Culture 2021, it’s been making me think on the city’s rich tradition, not only in industry, but also in poetry and music.
Here is a song myself and Alistar recorded a few weeks back at a rehersal, by one of Paisley’s Bards; Robert Tannahill
Born in Paisley, Tannahill worked as a weaver, while writing poems and songs about nature, love and topics of the time with which he sympathised, such as the plight of the Highlanders after the Jacobite rebellions and the Irish immigrants who flooded into Glasgow looking for work, both of whom were discriminated against.
Although this song was written sometime between 1774-1810, it still has relevance in the fast-paced world we live in. At some point, I think we all wish we could be at peace on a desert island, escaping daily life with the ones we love most.
Have a listen here: