Boys With No Love
So good….back in my head all day – when it comes down to it you have great tunes and phrasing. Ezra Pound of all people: ‘What lasts is emotion.’ Andrew Greig Scottish writer and poet
'Brilliant songs...' Andy Donnelly The Celtic Show, CKUA Radio Network Edmonton, Alberta.
Jenny and the Cold Caller ‘One of the best songs ever written…’ Ricky Ross Deacon Blue
'Just perfect. His music does explore the darker side and doesn't gloss over anything and I think that's one reason I love the lyrics, the pace and the musicality, but I also feel he evokes the voice of Scott Walker and Nick Drake and there's a kind of forever young uncertainty and doubt that I find appealing. ' Martha Richler (aka Marf) Radio Winchcombe.
Layers of Blue ‘A wonderful late night song…’ Iain Anderson BBC Radio Scotland
Linger and Go ‘A masterpiece of songwriting…’ Tom Morton The Scotsman
Featured as one of her 'Me in 3' tracks on The Roddy Hart show, BBC Radio Scotland and in interview on Radio Croydon.
'I just love his voice... Mary Erskine (Me For Queen)
Oxford Street in the Blackout It gives you the feeling you’re walking through the streets (of joy) in the door openings…’
Rootstime Radio Belgium
I'm Watching Rosanna. ‘An insightful song....beautifully written and observed…’ Iain Anderson. BBC Radio Scotland
‘Gorgeous. I just love this song…’ Cherrie McIlwaine The Late Show BBC Radio Ulster
My Edinburgh Picture ‘A beautiful brilliant song…’ Ricky Ross Deacon Blue
'My favourite track from this evening's show. A very beautiful and moving song...'
Guest presenter Kathleen MacInnes on The Iain Anderson Show
The Traitor’s Kiss ‘A truly wonderful song. There’s perfection in that performance..’
Tom Morton, Radio Scotland
The Love Song of the Republic
'Could I also ask for a reprise of The Love Song of the Republic. I spent the whole of the Christmas and New Year period with that great riff rolling round my head. It's worn off now and my shakes have come back...' Penang listener on The Iain Anderson Show BBC Radio Scotland.
'What a great song...' Gary Clark (Danny Wilson)
‘A beautiful album in every respect…’ Stewart Cruickshank Senior Music Producer BBC Radio Scotland
‘Songs made to last. Delicate and full of diffident power…’
It’s an inspiring, emotional experience listening to this album. Because it retains the questioning, deep belief and eternal doubts I remember, matured in a hard, hard world. The cool delivery remains, somewhere between Al Stewart and Nick Drake, the unexpected guitar runs. The lyrics you can’t quite pin down, but which echo around your brain, shifting meaning, ornate yet direct, complex and with an overwhelming sense of Edinburgh in winter….’
Tom Morton The Scotsman
THE AUTOMATIC EYE Produced by David Scott
‘The production is gorgeous sounding as you would expect from the Pearlfisher’s David Scott…’
Mary Ann Kennedy BBC Radio Scotland
‘A beautiful song on today’s programme by David Heavenor called Dreaming Adam from his new album Fall. Swoon people…’ Sunday Morning with Ricky Ross BBC Radio Scotland
‘Such insightful songs…’ Cherrie McIlwaine The Late Show l BBC Radio Ulster
Last time Andy Donnelly’s Celtic Show played David Heavenor I was in heaven and purchased a new CD! Lee Bale
Really lovely song. Very atmospheric. Really took me there (to Jamaica)
Cherrie McIlwaine BBC Radio Ulster
RACHEL WILL RISE Singer songwriter Rachel Ries comments on the song written about her
This really made me a bit tearful! very clear-eyed and close to the mark, what you wrote about me / the show / the shaking off. thanks for sending it on. I'm honoured to have inspired. I know that rare feeling - leaving a gig and feeling the blooming need to create. Such a good feeling.
Thanks again for coming to the gig and for listening with clear eyes and an open heart.
onward & upward! -Rachel
In Northern Towns Like These Lance Stone on the lines in the song:
Where the light on the river is much more forgiving than light on steel. '
Alistair McIntosh's writings: 'McIntosh is a wonderful writer and thinker who I’ve been enjoying recently. He was involved in a campaign to halt the construction of a superquarry in Harris a few yeas ago and brought over from Canada an indigenous native ‘warrior’ who helped with the campaign. McIntosh is basically writing about how spirituality is a more powerful weapon than weapons of iron and steel. As he looks out over Harris from the mountain where the quarry would have been he writes:
‘Hermits may have lived in these places, alone with God and nature: anchorites interceding in the ‘busy haunts of base mankind’, wielding axes no heavier than the breath of their song. Such is the warriorship necessary where steel is too blunt to cut the darkness, and where steel is much too unforgiving.’
Isn’t that weird? McIntosh would say that your lines came from the same place as his campaign. I love that song and somehow this has given it an extra dimension.