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Ballads Of The Book

Various Artists

Ballads Of The Book

...Scotland's finest writers and musicians combine forces
CHEM098DD (Chemikal Underground)
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1
Song For Irena by Mike Heron & John Burnside

Song For Irena by Mike Heron & John Burnside

Composer Mike Heron
Writer John Burnside
04:50 Play $1.70
2
Steam Comes Off Our House by De Rosa & Michel Faber

Steam Comes Off Our House by De Rosa & Michel Faber

Composer De Rosa
Writer Michel Faber
03:56 Play $1.70
3
A Calvinist Narrowly Avoids Pleasure by James Yorkston & Bill Duncan

A Calvinist Narrowly Avoids Pleasure by James Yorkston & Bill Duncan

Composer James Yorkston
Writer Bill Duncan
02:21 Play $1.70
4
Dreamcatcher by Foxface & Rody Gorman

Dreamcatcher by Foxface & Rody Gorman

Composer Foxface
Writer Rody Gorman
02:42 Play $1.70
5
A Sentimental Song by Lord Cut-Glass & Alasdair Gray

A Sentimental Song by Lord Cut-Glass & Alasdair Gray

Composer Alun Woodward
Writer Alasdair Gray
03:00 Play $1.70
6
The Sixth Stone by Aidan Moffat and The Best-Ofs & Ian Rankin

The Sixth Stone by Aidan Moffat and The Best-Ofs & Ian Rankin

Composer Aidan Moffat
Writer Ian Rankin
02:43 Play $1.70
7
Girl by Norman Blake & John Burnside

Girl by Norman Blake & John Burnside

Composer Norman Blake
Writer John Burnside
06:01 Play $3.40
8
The Good Years by Karine Polwart & Edwin Morgan

The Good Years by Karine Polwart & Edwin Morgan

Composer Karine Polwart
Writer Edwin Morgan
05:03 Play $3.40
9
The War On Love Song by Sons And Daughters & A. L. Kennedy

The War On Love Song by Sons And Daughters & A. L. Kennedy

Composer Sons And Daughters
Writer A. L. Kennedy
04:05 Play $1.70
10
The Leaving by Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson

The Leaving by Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson

Composer Alasdair Roberts
Writer Robin Robertson
04:40 Play $1.70
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Message In A Bottle by Strike The Colours & Rody Gorman

Message In A Bottle by Strike The Colours & Rody Gorman

Composer Strike The Colours
Writer Rody Gorman
04:21 Play $1.70
12
If You Love Me You'd Destroy Me by Aereogramme & Hal Duncan

If You Love Me You'd Destroy Me by Aereogramme & Hal Duncan

Composer Aereogramme
Writer Hal Duncan
04:51 Play $1.70
13
The Rebel On His Own Tonight by Malcolm Middleton & Alan Bissett

The Rebel On His Own Tonight by Malcolm Middleton & Alan Bissett

Composer Malcolm Middleton
Writer Alan Bissett
04:41 Play $1.70
14
Half An Apple by Trashcan Sinatras & Ali Smith

Half An Apple by Trashcan Sinatras & Ali Smith

Composer Trashcan Sinatras
Writer Ali Smith
03:51 Play $1.70
15
The Fire by Vashti Bunyan & Rodge Glass

The Fire by Vashti Bunyan & Rodge Glass

Composer Vashti Bunyan
Writer Rodge Glass
03:03 Play $1.70
16
Where And When? by King Creosote & Laura Hird

Where And When? by King Creosote & Laura Hird

Composer King Creosote
Writer Laura Hird
03:08 Play $1.70
17
Jesus On The Cross by Emma Pollock & Louise Welsh

Jesus On The Cross by Emma Pollock & Louise Welsh

Composer Emma Pollock
Writer Louise Welsh
02:39 Play $1.70
18
The Weight Of Years by Idlewild & Edwin Morgan

The Weight Of Years by Idlewild & Edwin Morgan

Composer Idlewild
Writer Edwin Morgan
03:24 Play $1.70
Total Running Time 69 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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A rare project which combines the talents of Scotland's finest writers and musicans on a single album. The idea was simple: the author provides the words and the musicians transform them into a song.

The resulting record covers everything from plaintive folk and scuffed pop to epic rock and rattling lo-fi.  

Download includes - cover art, inlay
Aereogramme

Aereogramme

Aereogramme were an alternative-progressive rock band from Glasgow. They were in many ways the unsung heros of the post-rock; quietly releasing some of the genre's most influential albums.
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Aidan Moffat & The Best-Ofs

Aidan Moffat & The Best-Ofs

Aidan Moffat is perhaps best known for his work a front-man of now ledgendary Arab Strap; famous for his grimey de-construction of the male psyche through clever, dry and witty prose.

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Alasdair Roberts

Alasdair Roberts

Alasdair Roberts is a Scottish folk musician. He released a number of albums under the name Appendix Out, and following the 2001 album The Night is Advancing, under his own name.
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De Rosa

De Rosa

De Rosa were a wonderful indie folk-rock band from Scotland. Signed to Chemikal Underground they released two albums and collabotated on many more.
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Emma Pollock

Emma Pollock

Emma Pollock is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Scotland and was a founding member of The Delgados.

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Foxface

Foxface

Foxface are an indie-folk act from Glasgow, Scotland. They have collaborated with, and are often compared alongside, acts such as Sons & Daughters, King Creosote, Electric Magnolia Company, My Latest Novel and Idlewild.
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Idlewild

Idlewild

Dissonant scottish indie rockers who draw comparisons with Gang of Four, Pavement, R.E.M and Blur.

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James Yorkston

James Yorkston

To call James Yorkston a folk singer is to miss the point by some distance; he is often compared to Adrian Crowley, Can, Jacques Brel, Dick Gaughan and Linton Kwesi Johnson - such is the diversity of his innovative approach to musical form.
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Karine Polwart

Karine Polwart

Karine Polwart is a Scottish singer-songwriter. She writes with a strong folk and roots feel; her songs dealing with a variety of issues from alcoholism to genocide and has been most recognised for her solo career, winning several BBC Folk Awards.
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King Creosote

King Creosote

King Creosote is the name used for current solo releases of the musician Kenny Anderson, formerly lead singer of Skuobhie Dubh Orchestra and Khartoum Heroes. To date, Anderson has released over forty albums.
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Lord Cut-Glass

Lord Cut-Glass

Sometimes bashful, occasionally imbued with curmudgeonly bluster, and yet always lifted by humorous life-learned truisms, Lord Cut-Glass strikes a dashing figure of musically inventive bravado.
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Malcolm Middleton

Malcolm Middleton

Malcolm Middleton is a singer-songwriter, best known for being one half of Scottish band Arab Strap.
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Mike Heron

Mike Heron

Formerly a member of The Incredible String Band, Mike Heron is a one of Scotland's finest songwriters.
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Norman Blake

Norman Blake

Norman Blake is a singer-songwriter in the Glasgow based band, Teenage Fanclub. He also formed part of The Soup Dragons, BMX Bandits, and has collaborated with many more artists including Trashcan Sinatras and The Pastels.
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Sons and Daughters

Sons and Daughters

Roughcast folk-rock, in the vein of Smog and Cat Power.
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Strike the Colours

Strike the Colours

To strike the colours at sea is to accept defeat, to surrender, to give up. As far as nom de guerre’s go, Reindeer Section alum Jenny Reeve has picked one laden with dramatic possibilities and inherent poeticism.
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Trashcan Sinatras

Trashcan Sinatras

The Trashcan Sinatras are a Scottish treasure and should be mentioned in the same breath as bands such as Teenage Fanclub and The Go-Betweens.

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Vashti Bunyan

Vashti Bunyan

Bunyan has been labelled "the Godmother of Freak Folk" for her role in inspiring the new generation of folk experimentalists including Devendra Banhart and Adem.
profile & recordings >>

The brainchild of Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble, Ballads Of The Book began as a simple idea to bring together the literary talents of Scotland’s writing community with a diverse range of new and established recording artists.  Following Idlewild’s work with Edwin Morgan on their 'Remote Part' album, Roddy wanted to explore the possibilities of more artistic collaborations with various writers providing original lyrics for recording artists to interpret in whichever way they saw fit.  Having enlisted the enthusiastic support of the Scottish Arts Council and with the Glasgow label Chemikal Underground onboard, it wasn’t long before the nascent idea and fledgling list of interested parties flourished into a brilliantly realised collection of songs: as musically eclectic as they were elegantly poetic.

From the literary world, the list of those involved reads like a who’s who of the great and the good in Scottish literature.  The giants of Edwin Morgan and Alasdair Gray rub shoulders with cutting edge, contemporary writers like Ali Smith, A. L. Kennedy, Louise Welsh and Ian Rankin.  Esteemed poets like Robin Robertson, Bill Duncan and Rody Gorman feature alongside successful writers and novelists like Michel Faber, Alan Bissett, Laura Hird, Rodge Glass, Hal Duncan and John Burnside.

From the musical world there is a rich collection of both established artists and upcoming, even unsigned acts.  Idlewild, James Yorkston, Norman Blake, Sons And Daughters, Karine Polwart, King Creosote, Alasdair Roberts and Trashcan Sinatras contribute tracks alongside Chemikal Underground acts Aereogramme and De Rosa.  There are rare appearances from Vashti Bunyan as well as The Incredible String Band’s Mike Heron as well as solo performances from Emma Pollock and Malcolm Middleton.  First time incarnations also feature for ex-Arab Strap frontman Aidan Moffat and ex-Delgado Alun Woodward as Lord Cut-Glass in addition to the (as-yet) unsigned talents of Strike The Colours and Foxface.

The album cover is an original, specially commissioned artwork by Alasdair Gray and the genesis of the project was the subject of a film documentary due by Scottish Television at the time of release. To read more on the history of the project, and see parts of the film, you can visit the Ballads of the Book microsite

In short, Ballads Of The Book is an extraordinarily ambitious and original piece of work: simplistic in its origins and imaginatively executed, it’s hard to imagine an album with more impeccable credentials.

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