An album of songs inspired by the poems of the Perth poet William Soutar.
In 2011 Debra Salem, Kevin MacKenzie And Paul Harrison were commissioned by the Friends of William Soutar Society to turn eighteen Soutar poems into songs as part of a music and theatre collaboration.
The album has a mix of musical styles, with the musicians bringing their backgrounds in folk, jazz and classical music interpreting each poem in a unique way.
Debra Salem is a Jazz singer and music teacher from Northern Ireland who has lived and worked in Perth for many years.
William Soutar (1898-1943) was a twentieth-century poet who wrote in Scots and English. Critically acclaimed during his lifetime, he is now better known for his courage and good humour under extreme diversity. He suffered from ankylosing spondylitis, a form of spinal arthritis, which kept him bedridden for the last thirteen years of his cruelly shortened life. During this time, he drew on memories, the conversation of his many visitors, and the view through his sickroom to inspire the poetry he wrote.
Includes a booklet of the original poems from which the song settings have been drawn.
Musicians: Paul Harrison (piano/organ), Kevin MacKenzie (guitar), Patsy Reid (violin/viola/cello), Andrew Robb (double bass) and Signy Jakobsdottir (percussion).
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