This is Hector's 4th album with Wildgoose and he has returned to his Scottish roots with most of the songs coming from Scotland. All of the accompaniments are provided by Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer and Moira Craig provides some lovely harmony singing.
Hector Gilchrist: vocals, guitar.
Jonny Dyer: guitar, accordion, piano, harmony vocals.
Vicki Swan: flute, nyckelharpas, double bass, harmony vocals.
Moira Craig: harmony vocals.
Hector has a very fine tenor voice with a most incredible range. His interpretation of traditional and modern songs, mostly with a Scottish flavour, are second to none. He has an extensive repertoire of Burns’ songs and has included just one on this album since he has recorded a complete album of them in the past. He has been singing in venues of all descriptions for the last 50 years and is an experienced performer which shows through on this album.
Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer are two of the most wide ranging accomplished musicians around in the folk world today and Hector has chosen them to do most of the accompaniments on the album. A wise choice resulting in a very varied album with very inventive backings.
The selection of tracks in this album is mostly comprised of songs which are part of my regular performances and some which should have been. There is at the end of the day, always a difficult choice and a better song.’
The realisation that it was fifty years since I first performed at the “Sing Out” Folk Club in Crewe Cheshire, founded by Dave and Gwenna Carless and friends and seven years since my last recording on Wildgoose, prompted me to record this album of mainly Scottish material. In 1961 I had arrived in England to work in Further Education and brought with me a varied collection of songs ranging from Traditional Scottish song, Skiffle, Calypso and anything else which might be the fashion of the day and could be played with the old four chord, guitar technique.
I had always sung from a young age, aided no doubt, by genetic good fortune inherited from both parents who regularly hosted their siblings and friends who would descend on occasional week-ends from Glasgow, on our small Ayrshire farm- holding, in the post war years. From this singing environment there was no retreat and we were all pressed into service, with my cousin playing the piano and party pieces performed. The “Heidie” of my local Coylton school, was also keen to encourage the singing and recitation of the works of Burns and to that end there was the annual so-called, competition where I had my first success. Today, I am grateful for these introductions to the traditional and popular songs of the day. I will continue to sing at Clubs and Festivals whilst I am still invited, but my family and friends have been well primed to let me know when it is time to stop embarrassing them!
The selection of tracks in this album is mostly comprised of songs which are part of my regular performances and some which should have been. There is at the end of the day, always a difficult choice and a better song.