Listen to Ian gab with Ross from 12 noon and 12 midnight Saturday 12th May and Monday 14th May from 6pm.
Ian Bruce & Victor Besch – Above Wild Water: Ian Bruce is a fine Scottish singer/songwriter and guitarist who plays traditional expressive folk songs with contemporary influences. On this CD he is joined by multi-instrumentalist Victor Besch. The tracks include Ian’s ‘Burnsong Suite’, ‘Fly Like an Eagle’ and ‘Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy’.
It is difficult to identify where, precisely, Ian assimilated his stylistic knowledge of the Scottish folk tradition: perhaps from his dad, Pipe Major John Bruce of the London Scottish Regiment; from his older brother with whom he formed the Fraser & Ian Bruce Duo early in his career; perhaps merely from performing and mixing with traditional singers right across every major folk festival, folk club and venue in Scotland, England and Wales over several decades now.
Whatever the source, it cannot be denied that Ian Bruce has emerged one of the great singer / songwriters of the Scottish Folk Movement. He was the obvious choice, alongside Tony Cuffe, Rod Paterson and Billy Ross, to give new impetus to the 12 volume Linn series “THE COMPLETE SONGS OF ROBERT BURNS” with his now classic renderings of Ye Jacobites By Name, The Soldier’s Return, Lassie Wi The Lintwhite Locks, etc.. Linn Recordings recognised this outstanding achievement with a solo CD of his own – “ALLOWAY TALES” – directly based upon his contributions to the project.
And that is not the end of it. Recent years have seen his appearance in numerous Concerts of The Jolly Beggars and The Merry Muses (Burns And A‟ That Festival, Ayr); performances of the Burns songs at the Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow, The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen (Rootin Aboot Festival), Dundee Rep Theatre, to name a few, alongside myself, Marc Duff, Ian Lowthian, Tony McManus and other stalwarts of the Scottish folk scene. He has made quite a reputation for himself undertaking primary school workshops, on Burns, Ramsay and modern song-writing, throughout East Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway and South Lanarkshire.
Through it all he has continued to develop as a song-writer, more than realising the promise of his splendid early compositions – Child On The Green, Too Far From She, Gone For The Day, Hungover Morning and more. His recent songs include haunting and compassionate compositions like Sweet Fallen Angels and Brown Eyed Baby.
Auch Victor Besch wuchs mit keltischer Musik auf, und widmete vor und nach seinem Psychologiestudium dem Dudelsack, der Concertina und anderen traditionellen Instrumenten viel Zeit. Als es ihn beruflich nach Bremen verschlug, gründete er dort die Dudelsackkapelle „Crest Of Gordon‟ und spielt schon seit vielen Jahren in der hiesigen Folk-Band „Big Matten‟, die gerade ihre neue CD „Back to Front‟ eingespielt haben.
Listen to Ian gab with Ross from 12 noon and 12 midnight Saturday 12th May and Monday 14th May from 6pm