Label: Mayker Records - CMAYK 3 • Format: Cassette Album • Country: UK & Ireland • Genre: Folk, World, & Country •
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The descriptions below are from the original album sleeves of the LP's. The main reason for this being that she had the good fortune My Lad Is Fair - Moira Kerr - The Cottage On The Hill procure the services of the extremely talented Ian Lynn, who not only produced the album but played all the keyboards and that's a lot of keyboards! Moira met Ian at a concert of Barbara's and on that first meeting they talked about the possibility of doing an album together.
It has appeared in the form of this interesting and varied selection of Scottish songs, all given a fresh approach by Ian, with arrangements which are very much in sympathy with the atmosphere and tradition of each song.
The first track on side one, "The Island of Tiree", was written by Moira on the ferry returning to Oban from Tiree after being so impressed by the island and the friendliness of the people on her first visit there.
A song which is always very popular in her performances is "Amazing Grace", sung to the words of the 23rd Psalm. It makes for a very beautiful song, of which Moira gives a warm and heartfelt rendering. That, coupled with Ian's piano accompaniment, may just leave you with a tiny lump in your throat. Scotland is handsomely endowed with traditional songs My Lad Is Fair - Moira Kerr - The Cottage On The Hill relate to a particular incident or time in history.
This is a rich and lively arrangement guaranteed to set the toes tapping or even get you to your feet. The next track is also a foot-tapper despite the fact that it is a song about love. The lively and popular "Singing Bird", widely sung in Scottish folk clubs, probably originated in Ireland. The tempo slows again to finish with the lovely song, "My Ain Folk", Rammstein (Eskimos & Egypt Radio Edit) - Rammstein - 5/4 B-sides was written about the turn of the century.
Moira sings it with such warmth and sincerity. Add to that, the sensitive arrangement and playing of Ian and you have a version which has already been hailed as one of the best ever. The second side starts with a rather spectacular and imaginative rendering of "The Mingulay Boat Song". Any listener who can't picture a sailing ship on a rolling sea, doesn't have any imagination!
This is followed by "The Water Is Wide", an old traditional folk song still enjoying great popularity and which suits Moira's voice to perfection.
Judging by the reaction to the demo tapes, this is proving to be a very 'catchy' little song and should receive lots of "air" play on the various Scottish radio stations.
I'm sure that now she feels the right decision was taken and Ian's arrangement for piano and harp gives it a graceful and ethnic quality. Side two finishes as it started, with a sea-faring Cecile Ô - Makanda - Possession. This is My Lad Is Fair - Moira Kerr - The Cottage On The Hill by Ian who again has succeeded in producing a new and exciting sound.
I hope you find it as stirring as I do. In fact the whole album is a sheer delight. Our special thanks to Colin Tod who took a series of wonderful photographs at the harbour at Ayr and also to Alan McCreath on whose fishing boat "Ocean Gem" the cover photograph was taken. In the past year she has Keinen Tag Will Ich Mit Dir Versäumen - Hansi Süssenbach - Herzblicke herself as a regular TV performer in Scotland, and the warmth of her singing has reached out to a wider audience, It's not Moira's style to introduce herself with a fanfare.
The songs on this LP are designed for relaxation. There's more than a whiff of outdoor air. Listen and enjoy. Side 1 1. The Cottage On The Hill 2. The Queens Four Mary's 3. The Jeely Piece Song 4. Highland Fairy Lullaby 5. My Lad Is Fair Side 2 1. Scotland Again 2. Jock 0' Hazeldean 3. I'll Be Back There 5. I Know A Lad 6. Its countryside has been described as rugged, wild, breathtakingly beautiful, fabulously fertile, a venerable vastness of luxuriant vegetation with magnificent mountains, perfectly peaked and sinuously streaked with silver streams.
A poet's paradise, an historian's haven, an artist's awakening, a climber's calling, a dreamer's dream, a singer's song, a publican's shangri-la, and a tee-totaler's dead loss!! Scotland has many attributes but most of all, like the people, it has genuineness. There are five, or should I say four and a half of my own compositions on this album - one of them "Wee Laddie" is a joint effort.
The lovely melody was written by none other than Jim McLeod with whom I have worked on many occasions and Jim asked me to write a lyric, which I did.
Jim has also recorded this popular little song. So it almost didn't make it, but I'm glad that it did, as I think it's one of the nicest songs I have ever written. It turned out to be a lively, catchy little tune which sets people's feet tapping and even puts a smile on their Goodnight Girl - Various - Greatest Hits 92 which can't be bad!
That's the best way I know of expressing it, but perhaps the words of the song convey it a little better. Its lively arrangement was given fuel by the band's fiddler, but unfortunately the name of this well known and much appreciated band cannot be published because of contractual rights. However, I will give credit to Jerry Hamerf acoustic guitar and banjo who has featured on my last three albums. Jerry plays guitar with Northern Star - Hole - Celebrity Skin feeling and sensitivity that it never fails to bring a lump to my throat, especially on tracks like "Wild Mountain Thyme".
I think you'll hear what I mean, and I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my selection of songs. I would like to give my sincere thanks to Chris Worrall who produced the album 4:30 A.M. - Egadz* - Monotony to Colin Nicholson who engineered it. The lovely cover photograph was taken by Ian K.
My final thank you goes to Frederick Mayer, my partner in Mayker Records, and of course, to you.
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