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:
First Helensburgh Folk Club
September 11, 2016
Tomorrow (Monday 12th September) is the first Helensburgh Folk Club, in association with ‘Hands Up for Trad’. Our headline act will be Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal.
Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal are a Scottish duo who are in great demand in the UK and abroad. Their performances combine many of their own tunes and songs along with old traditional music on fiddle, guitar and vocals. With many influences from Argyll and the West Coast of Scotland. They have toured extensively around Europe with concerts in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at Celtic Connections, outdoor gigs to over 4000 people in Verona, supported the pop band Madness and have been the backing band for actor/singer Ewan McGregor.
Myself and Ryan Young couldn’t be happier with the wonderful venue where the club will take place. The Tower Digital Arts Centre, Helensburgh was know to us as a unused church, but has been transformed in to a wonderful venue/cinema that values and showcases local talent. The venue supports local businesses by selling a few select products before and during the show, including alcoholic and soft drinks, as well as tubs of Helensburgh’s famous Dino’s Ice Cream.
Myself and Ryan Young will be opening the evening with a few songs and tunes at 7.30pm.
Please come along and support our new venture!