My friend Martyn McQuade, whom I met in P1 at St. Mary’s Primary School in 1965, runs a studio near Longniddry. He recently offered me some free recording time. I thought it would be nice to capture a few of the songs in which I’d recently accompanied Zoe, of NBHS, in various public appearances.

She Moved Through The Fair she-moved-through-the-fair-2010-01-0

Ca’ The Yowes ca-the-yowes-2010-01-04

Ae Fond Kiss ae-fond-kiss-2010-01-04

John Anderson My Jo john-anderson-2010-01-04

Zoe will be appearing, along with seven guitar pupils, in two further Burns’ Songs at the NBHS PTA Burns Supper this coming Friday (29 Jan). Featuring the Robert Black Ceilidh Band, speeches from senior pupils, piping and highland dancing, this is always a great night.

Thanks to Martyn for his recording and mixing savoir faire. Having a pair of trustworthy ears at the desk is priceless.

11 thoughts on “Recordings”

  1. She moved through the fair is one of my favourite songs Alan.
    Thank you again for this recording.

  2. Fantastic – I’m working on an arrangement of ‘She Moved throught the Fair/Bizaar and have been listening to versions by Davey Graham and Richard Thompson and now yours.

    Great work my friend.


  3. Alan, these are wonderful recordings.

    She Moved Through The Fair is sounding marvellous (beautifully ‘pingy’, as I would say in my non-muso terminology). You give Jansch and Graham a run for their money.

    I found Ca’ The Yowes and Ae Fond Kiss very moving too. I am in Dumfries this year for Burns’ Night and will listen again to these.


  4. These are lovely thank you!
    No disrespect to the wonderful and melodious Zoe, but I’d really like to hear more of just your guitar, like Come westlin’ winds, which I often play.

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