Mairearad Green, renowned musician, composer, artist and long-time collaborator of mine, is about to release a series of limited edition vinyl records under the collective title of Hearth. They record and celebrate Mairearad’s forebears, the women of Coigach who have walked the same land she walks today.
Most of the lyrics were written by me in collaboration with Mairearad, or by me alone, so I am particularly excited to see this project come to fruition. Of course, the music is all Mairearad’s own, as are the sumptuously expressive paintings she has created for the vinyl sleeves.
Each record is individually numbered and is accompanied by a free booklet of lyrics and images. They are available to buy individually, or as a collection. Visually, the covers are rich and highly evocative of the Coigach landscape and the sound of each recording is ethereal and many-layered. What a privilege it has been for me to be involved, in a small way, in the making of such an immersive piece of art. To find out more, or to buy, please visit the shop page of Mairearad’s website.
Sounds of the Summer Isles
Mairearad Green, the talented and award-winning musician and composer, is bringing out a new album called "Summer Isles". I am thrilled to tell you that she has used three of my poems, all written during annual retreats on Tanera, as lyrics. The album is mesmerising: each track, in turn, conjours up the history, the wildlife and the spirit of the place. The Summer Isles provided the physical backdrop to Mairearad's childhood on the nearby mainland peninsula of Achiltibuie, and this album displays both the lightness of touch and depth of knowledge only to be found in the work of someone with such a strong sense of place.
If you would like to order a copy of the album, please go to Mairearad's own website.
Movement within the Natural Landscape
The Washing Line(35 seconds)