The MacMath Collective - MacMath: The Silent Page

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(November 2016)

13 Tracks: The Corbie And The Craw * Johnie Scot * The Lochmaben Harper * Queen Of The Fairies * The Laird O' Drum * John Blunt * Lord Ronald * Hynd Horn * Linkum * Queen Jeanie * I Saw The Snail * The Golden Vanitee * The Earth Says To The Earth.

An innovative piece of work from seven talented local musicians who have restored the songs collected from Galloway singers in the late 1900s by William Macmath of the Glenkens.

This project Macmath: The Silent Page was commissioned by Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival culminating in performances as part of the 2015 Festival.

William Macmath (1848–1922) grew up in Galloway before moving to Edinburgh as a young man and his huge and largely unacknowledged legacy was in helping the American ballad collector and academic Francis Child with his definitive publication, English and Scottish Popular Ballads (1882–1898). Although working entirely in his spare time, Macmath worked tirelessly and meticulously over a period of almost thirty years, to track down and verify details relating to the Scottish ballads included in Child's collection. The National Trust for Scotland’s Broughton House and Garden Kirkcudbright—holds many of the letters between Macmath and Child written over their long association. More pertinently to this project there are two books of mostly unpublished songs and song fragments written down by Macmath, which have been used here.

Aaron Jones (vocals, bouzouki, cittern), Claire Mann (flute, fiddle, whistle), Emily Smith (vocals), Jamie McClennan (guitar, fiddle, whistle), Robyn Stapleton (vocals), Wendy Stewart (harp, concertina), The Feral Choir (backing vocals).

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