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Alison McMorland and Geordie McIntyre
WHITE WINGS

Greentrax Recordings Ltd (2007)
  1. White Wings
  2. The Rocks O Gibraltar
  3. The Virginia Maid
  4. The Shoreheid Boat
  5. Time Wears Awa
  6. Here's A Health To All True Lovers
  7. The Gairdner
  8. John Barleycorn
  9. The Shira Dam
  10. MacCrimmon's Lament
  11. Farewell To the Bens
  12. In Freenship's Name
  13. Our Ship Is Ready
  14. Last Farewell Tae Stirling
With Alison (banjo) and Geordie (guitar)

also featuring:
Kirsty Potts (vocals), Derek Hoy* (fiddle, viola), Norman Chalmers* (concertina, whistle, mouth organ, jaws harp).

* - both members of Jock Tamson's Bairns.
Includes full texts and informative notes.

Alison and Geordie's selection of songs and ballads demonstrates their individual involvement in the Scottish Song Tradition over a 40 years span.

Represented here are Geordie's songwriting - White Wings - to his settings of poems and song texts; Farewell To the Bens, The Virginnia Maid and John Barleycorn. The Shira Dam is a poem written by his close friend, the late Helen Fullerton. Over the years Geordie's own songs have been recorded by others and most recently White Wings by the Johnson Girls, a New York based 'maritime' group.

Alison's close association with Willie Scott and the Stewarts of Fetterangus connect her directly to the older singing style and repertoire such as The Rocks O Gibraltar sung here.

The CD features Alison singing Time wears Awa and In Freenship's Name, both songs learnt from her old friend Willie Scott, the late, great shepherd, crookmaker and singer.

MEDIA COVERAGE

The Scotsman (Fri 4th May) - [ editorial ]
The Herald (21st April) - [ review ]
Scotland on Sunday (15th April) - [ review ]
The Scotsman (20th April) - [ review ]

 
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Alison McMorland and Geordie McIntyre
with Kirsty Potts
BALLAD TREE

The Tradition Bearers (2003)
  1. The Wife of Ushers Well
  2. Lamkin
  3. The Two Brothers
  4. May Colvin
  5. Braes o' Yarrow
  6. Lover's Ghost
  7. The Wee Toon Clerk
  8. Tam Lin
  9. Clerk Saunders
  10. The Daemon Lover
  11. King Orfeo
also featuring:
Rob MacKillop (Lute), Bill Taylor (Psaltery, Bray Harp) and Steve Sutcliffe (Concertina)

Includes full texts, a select bibliography, glossary and notes.

The traditional ballads of the classic form have been decribed by some scholars, but not singers, as the aristocrats of folk song.

In 1950 the American ballad scholar Evelyn Wells wrote with remarkable insight and bouyant optimism. "The ballad tree, rooted in the past, living today will send forth its branches into tomorrow"

We are indebted to the song carriers, past and present, who have nourished the carrying-stream of what surely is the democratic muse.

Alison & Geordie



An outstanding example of how great singing and a light hand with accompaniment really can make a moss-backed ballad come alive for a new generation. .... will inspire others to explore and learn the 'auld tunes'.

Sing Out, Winter 2005 vol 48

 
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Alison McMorland and Geordie McIntyre
with Kirsty Potts
ROWAN IN THE ROCK
SONGS OF LOVE, LAND AND NATURE

The Tradition Bearers (2001)
  1. The A83
  2. Wild Geese/Norland Wind
  3. Backies
  4. Inveroran
  5. Seven Men of Knoydart
  6. Westlin' Winds
  7. The Silkie of Sule Skerry
  8. Joy of Living
  9. Another Valley
  10. Braes o' Balquidder
  11. Quiet River
  12. Mother Earth
  13. John Muir
  14. Rowan in the Rock
also featuring:
Norman Chalmers (concertina, moothie, bodhran, whistle and Jew's harp), Derek Hoy (fiddles) and Patsy Seddon (clarsach)

Includes full texts, a select bibliography, glossary and notes.

Two of Scotland's most passionate singers whose wealth of knowledge and experience of traditional song is legendary.

On this album they have blended older songs with recently written songs including several from the pen of Geordie himself.

.... a testament to the writers and singers and their place in a long unbroken tradition.

Living Tradition



Geordie's strong bold ballad style serves the robust outdoor themes excellently, while his versatility allows him to also address more tenderly, the poignant ...

Hector Christie

 
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Alison McMorland
CLOUDBERRY DAY
SCOTS SONGS AND BALLADS

The Tradition Bearers (2000)
  1. Traiveller's Joy
  2. Sailin's a Wearie Life
  3. Edom o' Gordon
  4. Be Guid Tae Me
  5. The Twa Sisters (The Swans Swim Sae Bonnie)
  6. Twa Years Ower Young
  7. Hap and Row
  8. The Flyting o' Life and Daith
  9. The American Stranger
  10. Skippin' Bar'fit Through the Heather
  11. Belt wi Colours Three
  12. Pullin Hard Against the Stream
  13. Cloudberry Day
also featuring:
Kirsty Potts (vocals), Norman Chalmers (concertina, imbira) and Derek Hoy (fiddles)
Alison McMorland demonstrated yet again that she is one of the most riveting interpreters of the Lowland ballads.

Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman


Alison is one of Scotland's finest living ballad singers .... who unites scrupulous traditional fidelity with versatile and creative artistry.

Hamish Henderson


"This collection of songs represents a constant inspiration interwoven through my life, and a love and commitment to the Scots song tradition.

The songs and ballads here are full of association and meaning for me: they evoke a sense of family, many fine singers and collectors, past generations and their history, children (including my own), times and occasions in my own life and love of the land into which I was born."

Earlier Recordings

Alison McMorland
BELT WI' COLOURS THREE

also featuring Aly Bain (fiddle) and Rab Wallace (pipes)
Tangent Records Ltd (1977)

ALISON MCMORLAND AND PETA WEBB
Topic (1980)

Placed in the Top 10 in the Melody Maker's Records of the Year, 1980.

Alison McMorland
with the Excelsior Band
THE FUNNY FAMILY
Big Ben Records (1977)
Alison McMorland
with Frankie Armstrong, Sandra Kerr
and Kathy Henderson
MY SONG IS MY OWN
SONGS FROM WOMEN OVER THE CENTURIES

Fuse Recordings (1980)

Albums with Various Artists

Alison

OUT OF THE STONES
Music inspired by the Archaeology and History of Orkney

Produced by Bob Pegg
Orkney Museums and Heritage (2005)

THE ROUGH GUIDE TO SCOTTISH MUSIC
SECOND EDITION

World Music Network (2003)

REAL, THE SCOTTISH BORDERS
Real Scotland

A' THE BAIRNS O ADAM
HAMISH HENDERSON TRIBUTE ALBUM

Greentrax Recordings Ltd (2003)
SCOTS WOMEN
Greentrax Recordings Ltd (2001)
GLASGOW HORIZONS
Produced by Geordie McIntyre
Lismor Recordings (1990)
(Sunrise in South Africa, Lament of a Working Class Hero's Wife, Out by the Isle, Time Wears Awa)
NUCLEAR POWER NO THANKS
with Leon Rosselson, Frankie Armstrong, Roy Baily, Sandra Kerr, Chris Foster.
Fuse Records (1981)
THE GOOD OLD WAY - BRITISH FOLK MUSIC TODAY
with Martin Carthy, Dick Gaughan, The Watersons, Battlefield Band et al.
Topic Records (1980)

FREEDOM COME ALL YE - POEMS AND SONGS OF HAMISH HENDERSON
Claddagh Records (1977)

SONGS AND RHYMES FROM LISTEN WITH MOTHER
BBC Enterprises (1977)

SCOTS SONGS AND MUSIC - LIVE FROM KINROSS
Springthyme Records(1975)

Geordie

GLASGOW HORIZONS
Produced by Geordie McIntyre
Lismor Recordings (1990)
(Inveroran, The Leaving Song)
THE STREETS OF GLASGOW
Produced by Geordie McIntyre
Topic Records (1973)
(The Sports o' Glasgow Green, O'Reilly and the Big MacNeill, Three Nights and a Sunday Double Time, The Works Outing)