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1986-2020: Celebrating Scotland's Music for over 30 Years

news article for March 2020 Album News

Posted: 28th February 2020

Brian McNeill’s album No Silence is now in stock and orders placed through this website are being despatched. The album will be officially released on 1st April. Brian will launch the album with an extensive European tour.

Stevie Palmer’s new album (untitled as yet) is now being mastered, and the mixes make it quite something, with different sounds from track to track. Stevie sang his song Black Is The Sun at the Far, Far From Ypres stage shows and his performance received much praise.

Scottish piper Eddie Seaman will record his debut album for Greentrax in the Summer. Eddie studied at The Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland and already has wide experience as a soloist and as a member of several bands.

Dr Fred Freeman is currently preparing for and will be producing a Hamish Henderson Tribute Album vol 2 for release later in the year. It will include songs by Hamish, as well as other singers with their interpretations of his songs, including John Morran (Deaf Shepherd). The first Hamish Henderson tribute album A’ The Bairns O’ Adam was released on Greentrax in 2003.


news article for May 2020 release from Stevie Palmer

Posted: 4th February 2020

Stevie Palmer, who wrote Black Is The Sun, one of the most popular songs in the Far, Far From Ypres stage presentation of 2018, has finished recording his new album, scheduled for release on 1st May 2020.

Stevie has written a clutch of wonderful new songs and his guest artists include Karine Polwart and Phil Cunningham.

The album was recorded by Ian McCalman at his Kevock Digital Studio, with production assistance from Dick Gaughan.


news article for Christine Kydd performances in 2020

Posted: 9th January 2020

​Christine Kydd’s forthcoming performance dates in 2020 include:

  • Saturday 1st February - Drygate Brewery, GLASGOW (Celtic Connections) - with all the musicians that sessioned on her Shift and Change CD
  • Wednesday 5th February - Edinburgh Folk Club, EDINBURGH (with Gillian Frame)
  • Saturday 29th February - Christine will be Tutor Of The Day at the TMSA Muckle Sing, LINLITHGOW
  • Tuesday 17th March - Almondvale Folk Club, WEST CALDER
  • ... see more current live performance dates on Christine Kydd’s website.

Christine is working on a project at Kirrie Connections over three years, funded by the RS Macdonald Charitable Trust. She is also running an inclusive singers project based on folk and trad songs at Kirrie Connections: Kirrie’s Singin’.

See Christine’s February 2019 Greentrax album release Shift and Change.



news article for Duncan McCrone - Resurrection Road (A Clydeside Carol)

Posted: 21st November 2019

Play or download Resurrection Road on Apple Music or iTunes.

This single is taken from Duncan McCrone’s acclaimed 2018 CD album Land Of Gold, and Greentrax is taking the unusual step of releasing the song as a Christmas single this month. The track includes special guest vocalist Rab Noakes and is being released by Greentrax as a single for Christmas 2019.

Duncan McCrone writes:

“To those of us lucky enough to be safe, warm and well-fed and with a roof over our heads, it seems unthinkable to be sleeping in a cold shop doorway or alley, alone with few if any friends and, often, no prospect of things improving. All of our cities are filled with men and women whose lives are a constant, miserable struggle, and whose deaths are often hardly mourned. Every year, though, Christmas comes around again, and decent, kind people notice the homeless a bit more, giving their time, their thoughts and often a bit more of their money to hide who have had a much worse ride through life than themselves. It adds to the general feeling of wellbeing and the sense of Christmas spirit. A fiver handed over, rather than just a pound or fifty pence; a community or church initiative to provide warm festive dinners for a few days; a pause to make human contact, even for a short while… and so on and so forth.

Then January arrives, and the festive season is over. The weather becomes colder still, the nights are darker, and for various domestic and economic reasons, the ranks of the homeless have swollen yet again. Sadly though, Christmas has cost everyone a fortune, and there isn’t the spare cash to hand out, and folk just want to batten down the hatches and face down another uncertain year.

Glasgow, like other big cities, wasn’t always like this, though. Back in the day, there was always poverty, of course, and squalid living conditions for those with no work or poorly-paid jobs. There was always unemployment and hardship, but often hope that things would improve. The city streets were always very festive at Christmas, and the atmosphere warm and, for the most part, unthreatening. Beggars plied their trade, and there was a roaring trade in cheap booze to help struggling folk on their way.

It was nothing like the feeling of hopelessness there is today, though.”

Duncan McCrone and his co-writer and bandmate Cy Jack wrote their poignant Christmas carol Resurrection Road to gently point out that the problem of homelessness is around us all year round. Its alternative title is The Clydeside Carol and, while it’s set in McCrone and Jack’s hometown of Glasgow, it’s appropriate to every city and large town around the country.

The track features a stand-out guest vocal from legendary Scottish singer-songwriter Rab Noakes, who sings lead on the second verse and shares backing vocals with Duncan and Cy, and also a beautiful instrumental version of In The Bleak Midwinter by star traditional musicians Chris Stout (fiddle) and Finlay Macdonald (low whistle).

A portion of the revenue from the download sales will go to the housing and homelessness charity Shelter.

Play or download Resurrection Road on Apple Music or iTunes.


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