The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 14 September is from the legendary Mick West and his new album A Scots Chorus.
A Scots Chorus is a joint venture between veteran Scots singer Mick West who runs the Partick Folk Club in Glasgow and the fantastic a cappella group Muldoon’s Picnic. Ross Macfadyen talks to Mick about his music and the Scots Chorus project.
In mid 2012, Mick and Muldoon’s started exploring the different harmonic possibilities of a body of the most interesting and representative Scots chorus songs they could find and having decided that some of these songs would benefit from instrumental arrangements too, asked well known arrangers Frank McLaughlin and Stewart Hardy to arrange, manage and perform on the project.
It is hoped that the CD and booklet will not only be enjoyable in their own right, but also provide a portal for those who wish to explore the great Scots song repertoire further, and be a motivation and inspiration for all singers and musicians to take this materiel and develop to use it to make their own music.
You can ‘raise your voices’ with Mick West and Muldoon’s Picnic at an informal ‘sing out’ and CD launch on Sunday 22 September at 6.00pm in the Scottish Traditional Music Centre, St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow. The event is free and all are welcome.
Mick West is a well known, respected and much loved traditional style singer who emerged as a unique talent from the burgeoning Glasgow folk scene of the early 1980s based in the now legendary ‘Vicky’ (Victoria Bar) which was the local pub for the ancient fishmarket in ‘The Briggait’ (Bridgegate) by the Clyde.
As part of the folk group Molendiner, he was part of a wider movement of artists such as Ossian, Silly Wizard, Battlefield Band and Kentigern who continued the popularisation of traditional music at that time.
It was whilst regularly gigging in Scotland and touring in Europe with the band that he developed a persona and delivery that, although powerfully expressive, managed to capture the convivial intimacy of those now legendary sessions in The Vicky.
Album of the Week, Saturday 14 September 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 16 September at 6.00pm.