Tracks include: The 51st Highland Division’s Farewell to Sicily * Mouth Music * Gillie More * The John MacLean March * Pipe Laments * Rivonia (Free Mandela).
Poet, songwriter, soldier, collector, academic - none of these pigeon-holes do justice to the late Hamish Henderson, one of the great cultural figures of 20th century Scotland.
Most of the tracks were recorded specially for this album by artists who were personal friends of Hamish, or greatly admired his work.
Artists include Dick Gaughan, The Laggan, Fred Freeman, Alison McMorland, Gordeanna McCulloch, Adam McNaughtan, Geordie McIntyre, Rod Paterson, Jim Reid, Allan MacDonald, Margaret Bennett, The Corrie Folk Trio and the Eurydice Choir.
Session musicians who contributed to the newly recorded tracks were Sandy Brechin (accordion), Angus Lyon (accordion), Rod Paterson (guitar), Alison McMorland (banjo), Frank McLaughlin (smallpipes) and Malcolm Stitt (guitar and bouzouki). Produced by Dr Fred Freeman (producer of the Linn Records Robert Burns series).
Hamish died in Edinburgh on 8th March 2002, but at the celebration of Hamish’s life (which followed one of the largest Edinburgh funerals in recent times), the idea of a tribute album was already being suggested. The finished album consists mainly of Hamish’s songs and poems and is accompanied by extensive sleeve notes and song lyrics.
Three tracks were gleaned from The School of Scottish Studies archives - a spirited version of Hamish singing his own song The 51st Highland Division’s Farewell To Sicily and a piece of mouth music, plus a track from the wonderful Jeannie Robertson.
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