Monday, January 08, 2007

The Scottish Literary World Collides With The Scottish Musical World

Vashti Bunyan contributes a track to a unique project featuring collaborations between some of Scotland's finest writers and musicians.

The brainchild of Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble, Ballads Of The Book began as a simple idea to bring together the literary talents of Scotland’s writing community with a diverse range of new and established recording artists. Following Idlewild’s work with Edwin Morgan on their Remote Part album, Roddy wanted to explore the possibilities of more artistic collaborations with various writers providing original lyrics for recording artists to interpret in whichever way they saw fit. Having enlisted the enthusiastic support of the Scottish Arts Council and with Chemikal Underground onboard, it wasn’t long before the nascent idea and fledgling list of interested parties flourished into a brilliantly realized collection of songs: as musically eclectic as they were elegantly poetic.

Full tracklisting:

Mike Heron & John Burnside - "Song For Irena"
De Rosa & Michel Faber - "Steam Comes Off Our House"
James Yorkston & Bill Duncan - "A Calvinist Narrowly Avoids Pleasure"
Foxface & Rody Gorman - "Dreamcatcher"
Lord Cut-Glass & Alasdair Gray - "A Sentimental Song"
Aidan Moffat And The Best Ofs & Ian Rankin - "The Sixth Stone"
Norman Blake & John Burnside - "Girl"
Karine Polwart & Edwin Morgan - "The Good Years"
Sons And Daughters & A L Kennedy - "War On The Love Song"
Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson - "The Leaving"
Strike The Colours & Rody Gorman - "Message In A Bottle"
Aereogramme & Hal Duncan - "If You Love Me You'd Destroy Me"
Malcolm Middleton & Alan Bissett - "The Rebel On His Own Tonight"
Trashcan Sinatras & Ali Smith - "Half An Apple"
Vashti Bunyan & Rodge Glass - "The Fire"
King Creosote & Laura Hird - "Where And When"
Emma Pollock & Louise Welsh - "Jesus On The Cross"
Idlewild & Edwin Morgan - "The Weight Of Years"

The album Ballads Of The Book is out on 5th March 2007 on Chemikal Underground.

Vashti Bunyan
will be touring the UK and US with Vetiver throughout January and February.

01/12 Brighton, UK @ Corn Exchange
01/13 London, UK @ Roundhouse
01/14 Gateshead, UK @ The Sage
01/16 Glasgow, UK @ ABC
01/17 Birmingham, UK @ Glee Club
01/18 Bristol, UK @ St George's
01/19 Manchester, UK @ Bridgewater Hall
01/20 Leeds, UK @ City Varoities
01/31 Middleton, CT @ Eclectic Society/Wesleyan College (Without Vashti Bunyan)
02/02 New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall
02/03 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas
02/04 Charlottesville, VA @ Satellite Ballroom
02/05 Carrboro, NC @ The Arts Center
02/06 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
02/07 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
02/09 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
02/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Southpaw

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