HEYWOOD -"Lassies Fair and Laddies Braw"
The Living Tradition LTCD1007
Yet another fine addition
to the Tradition Bearers series, this album is in its way a tribute to the
singers from which Heather Heywood learned many of her songs. Though she
comes from a singing family, her sources for this recording range from Belle
Stewart to Dick Gaughan. As any good singer would, she makes these songs
her own, and they in turn have become part of her life. She has a silvery,
silky voice that rings out strong and clear across the notes in such songs
as "The Bonny Wee Lassie Who Never Said No". All the classic folk song themes;
love, treachery, tragedy and disaster, are present in abundance here. "The
Auchengeich Disaster", for example, is not long, yet it conveys the sense
of shock and loss with hair-raising imagery of a coal mine in which the
"flames of hell below were burning". On a much happier note is the gorgeous
"Queen Among the Heather" with its flowing melody and lovely pastoral impressions.
Most of the songs are unaccompanied, though a few tracks feature the tasteful
guitar accompaniment of Tony McManus. One of these is "The Lichtbob's Lassie"
a slightly defiant song, sung from the point of view of a girl who's left
the comforts of home to follow her lover, the soldier. She also uses the
slightest touch of vocal overdubbing to great effect on the rousing opener
"Up and Awa' wi' the Laverock". An altogether charming collection of treasured
songs, lovingly sung.
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