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Elevate LP

Fiona Mackenzie

Elevate LP

...evocative new songs in Gaelic and English
AKH 364 (Linn Records)
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180 gram vinyl $40.00
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1
When the sunny sky has gone

When the sunny sky has gone

Soloist

Fiona Mackenzie - vocals

Band

Fiona Mackenzie - acoustic guitar, Calum Malcolm - piano

Writer

Fiona Mackenzie

Arranger

Calum Malcolm, Fiona Mackenzie

02:34 Play
2
In Between

In Between

Soloist

Fiona Mackenzie - vocals

Band

Calum Malcolm - electric piano, Hammond organ, Brian O hEadhra - vibrato guitar, Stuart McCredie - electric guitar, Quee McArthur - bass, Dave Stewart - drums, John McCusker - fiddle

Writer

Fiona Mackenzie

Arranger

Calum Malcolm, Fiona Mackenzie

03:25 Play
3
Bye Bye

Bye Bye

Soloist

Fiona Mackenzie - vocals

Band

Brian O hEadhra - acoustic guitar, Mairi Campbell - strings

Writer

Fiona Mackenzie

Arranger

Calum Malcolm, Fiona Mackenzie

02:47 Play
4
A Little While Longer

A Little While Longer

Soloist

Fiona Mackenzie - vocals

Band

Calum Malcolm - electric piano, bass, Dave Stewart - drums, Matt Backer - vibrato & wire guitars, Julien Arguelles - saxophone

Writer

Fiona Mackenzie

Arranger

Calum Malcolm, Fiona Mackenzie

05:25 Play
5
An Roghainn

An Roghainn

Soloist

Fiona Mackenzie - vocals

Band

Calum Malcolm - piano, accordian

Writer

lyrics: Sorley Maclean, music: Fiona Mackenzie

Arranger

Calum Malcolm, Fiona Mackenzie

03:33 Play
6
At the Bottom of the Sea

At the Bottom of the Sea

Soloist

Fiona Mackenzie - vocals

Band

Stuart McCredie - electric guitars, Matt Backer - electric guitar, Dave Stewart - drums, Calum Malcolm - bass, Brian O'hEadhra - bouzouki

Writer

Fiona Mackenzie

Arranger

Calum Malcolm, Fiona Mackenzie

03:32 Play
7
Elevate

Elevate

Soloist

Fiona Mackenzie - vocals

Band

Brian O'hEadhra - acoustic guitar, Calum Malcolm - piano

Writer

Fiona Mackenzie

Arranger

Calum Malcolm, Fiona Mackenzie

02:44 Play
8
Lots of People

Lots of People

Soloist

Fiona Mackenzie - vocals

Band

Brian O'hEadhra - acoustic guitar, bouzouki, Calum Malcolm - bass, Mairi Campbell - strings

Writer

Fiona Mackenzie

Arranger

Calum Malcolm, Fiona Mackenzie

02:58 Play
9
Duisg Mo Chridhe

Duisg Mo Chridhe

Soloist

Fiona Mackenzie - vocals

Band

Brian O'hEadhra - acoustic guitar

Writer

lyrics: Eilidh Mackenzie, Fiona Mackenzie, music: Fiona Mackenzie

Arranger

Fiona Mackenzie

02:31 Play
10
Hi o Hè

Hi o Hè

Soloist

Fiona Mackenzie - vocals

Band

Cameron Malcolm - harmonic guitar, Calum Malcolm - programming & keyboards, Stuart McCredie - acoustic guitar, Brian O'hEadhra - bodhran, Julien Arguelles - saxophone

Writer

lyrics: Eilidh Mackenzie, music: Fiona Mackenzie

Arranger

Calum Malcolm

04:42 Play
11
Everybody Knows

Everybody Knows

Soloist

Fiona Mackenzie - vocals

Band

Calum Malcolm - bass, all other instruments

Writer

Fiona Mackenzie

Arranger

Calum Malcolm, Fiona Mackenzie

02:44 Play
Total Running Time 37 minutes
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The captivating debut solo album on 180g vinyl from singer / songwriter Fiona Mackenzie featuring self-penned compositions in Gaelic and English.

'Magnificent and often hauntingly evocative...very highly recommended.' Audiophile Audition

Download includes - cover art, inlay, booklet

Produced by Calum Malcolm

The captivating debut solo album by Scottish singer/songwriter Fiona MacKenzie.

These are songs with a distinct, northern European character. Her writing and singing technique are affected by a spectrum of influences spanning Hungarian folk music, Nick Cave, Kate Bush, Cocteau Twins and Bjork, as well as the Scottish and Gaelic traditions.

Co-produced by The Blue Nile producer Calum Malcolm, traditional acoustic instruments and electronic elements blend to create a forward-thinking music that remains rooted in heritage. Mackenzie's emotive self-penned lyrics paint a picture and the sound at times is hauntingly Celtic.

Born and raised on the Isle of Lewis, off the west coast of Scotland, she has been writing and performing songs in English and Gaelic since her early teens.

File alongside such artists as Solveig Slettajhell and Julie Fowlis. "Elevate" was launched at Celtic Connections 2008 in Glasgow.

Fiona Mackenzie - vocals, acoustic guitar; Calum Malcolm -piano, electric piano, Hammond organ, accordian, bass, programming; Brian O hEadhra - vibrato guitar, bouzouki, bodhran; Stuart McCredie - electric guitars; Quee McArthur - bass; Dave Stewart - drums; Mairi Campbell - strings; Matt Backer - vibrato and wire guitars; Julien Arguelles - saxophone;

All songs recorded by Calum Malcolm at Carlekemp
Sleeve design by The Art Surgery, Knaresborough
Photographs by Reaaz Mohammad


A Little While Longer
just a little while longer
is all that I'll need
then by tomorrow I'll be
much better you'll see
I know that it's harder
much harder to see
how things ought to happen
without him beside me
I didn't say all I could say
they tell me I'm stronger
than they ever could be
but then why does my heart feel like
it's no longer here
he didn't say all he could say
my friends come to see me
they tell me I'm brave
but every time they leave it's like
I've lost him again
I didn't say all I could say
he didn't say all he could say
you didn't say all you could say
he didn't say all he could say
just a little while longer...
a little while longer...
I didn't say all I could say
he didn't say all he could say
we didn't say all we could say
we didn't say all we could say


An Roghainn / The Choice
choisich mi cuide ri mo thuigse
a-muigh ri taobh a' chuain:
bha sinn còmhla ach bha ise
a' fuireach tiotan bhuam
an sin thionndaidh i ag ràdha:
a bheil e fìor gun cual
thu gu bheil do ghaol geal àlainn
a' pòsadh tràth Di-luain?
bhac mi'n cridhe bha ‘g èirigh
‘nam bhroilleach reubhte luath
is thubhairt mi: Tha mi cinnteach;
carson bu bhriag e bhuam?
ciamar a smaoinichinn gun glacainn
an rionnag leugach òir,
gun beirinn oirre ‘s cuirinn i
gu ciallach ‘na mo phòc.
cha d' ghabh mise bàs croinn-ceusaidh
ann an èiginn chruaidh na Spàinn,
is ciamar sin bhiodh dùil agam
ri aon duais ùir an dàin?
cha do lean mi ach an t-slighe chrìon
bheag ìosal thioram thlàth
is ciamar sin a choinnichinn
ri beithir-theine ghràidh?
ach nan robh ‘n roghainn rithist dhomh
‘s mi 'm sheasamh air an àird,
leumainn à nèamh no iutharna
le spiorad ‘s cridhe slàn.


English Translation
I walked with my reason
out beside the sea:
we were together but it kept
a little distance from me.
then it turned saying:
is it true you heard
that your fair beautiful love
is marrying early on Monday?
I checked the heart that rose
in my torn, swift breast
and said: Most likely;
why should I lie?
how should I think I would seize
the radiant golden star,
that I could catch it and put it
prudently in my pocket.
I did not take a cross's death
in the sore extremity of Spain,
and how then should I expect
the one new gift of fate?
I followed only a way that was small,
mean, low, dry, and lukewarm:
and how then should I meet
the thunderbolt of love?
but had I the choice again,
and stood on that headland,
I should leap from heaven or hell
with a whole spirit and heart.

At the Bottom of the Sea
I couldn't light a fire
but I'd see the coral glow
I couldn't paint a picture
but I'd see the coloured waves
I couldn't have the wind
Press solid on my skin
but I'd still feel your touch
at the bottom of the sea
I couldn't write a letter
but I'd know the words I'd say
I couldn't telephone you
but I'd hear you calling me
I couldn't watch the stars
fall quietly to the moon
but I'd still see your face
at the bottom of the sea
I would still see you
I would still feel you
I would still hear you there with me
I would still see you
I would still feel you
I would still hear you there with me
I couldn't watch a film
but I'd have a different view
I couldn't have a sleep-in
but I'd still dream of you
I wouldn't hear the songs
of everyone I've heard
but I'd still hear your voice
at the bottom of the sea
I would still see you
I would still hear you
I would still see you
I would still feel you
I would still hear you there with me
I would still see you
I would still feel you
I would still hear you there with me
I would still see you
I would still feel you
I would still hear you down there with me

Elevate
elevate; up, up, up and away and free
I miss your face, and the cheerfulness that it dictates
stoniness; there are tiny stones everywhere
circling me up here, keeping me company
in case I should feel... feel fear
of myself; but I actually quite like myself
why should I harm me... that other time doesn't count
I was just feeling... a little left out
round and round; round and round and upside down
and inside out, that's why I wear my hair
this way upon... my head

Lots of People
lots of people turning their heads away
from the picture so nobody sees
"it's not real" I heard a man say
"you can't trust an eye if the eye isn't yours
and if it's your eye it's best to be blind"
lots of people quietly talking
whispering softly so no one can hear
"it's not happening" I heard a man say
"you can't trust a mouth if the mouth isn't yours
and if it's your mouth it's best not to say"
too many people turning their heads away
from the picture, so nobody sees
"it didn't happen" I heard a man say
"you can't trust a mind if the mind isn't yours
and if it's your mind it's best not to know"

Duisg Mo Chridhe
duisg mo chridhe
o mo chridhe
‘s ruisgt' mo chridhe
‘feitheamh ri buaidh
chiall mo chridhe ghlan
chridhe sìor thàmh
‘dhiol mo chridhe
‘s e nam smuain English Translation
Awaken my Heart
awaken my heart
o my heart
and naked my heart
awaiting victory
my pure heart's darling
heart of perpetual rest
my heart's fate
and he in my thoughts

Hi o Hè
hi o hè mo ghille ruadh
hi o hè mo luaidh
o hi o hè mo ghille ruadh
tuiginn còmhla rium, ‘s nam bhuaidh
laigh sinn sìos ‘s bha d' anail blàth
gam bhriodaladh le cagar gràidh
chuala mi faclan làn brìgh
Iain Ailean, dìon mo chridh

English Translation
Hi o Hè
hi o hè my red-haired lad
hi o hè my love
o hi o hè my red-haired lad
come with me in my victory
we lay down and your breath was warm
caressing me with a whisper of love
I heard words full of substance
John Alan, protect my heart

Everybody Knows
we all just keep going round
we all just keep going round and round
we all just keep going round ‘til we're blue
if you could love me
if you love me too
if you could love me like I love you
do you think they would notice?
do you think they would notice this?
and do you think we would call it a day, a day?
everybody knows
that's just how life goes
everybody knows it's the way, it's the way
we all just keep going round
we all just keep going round and round
we all just keep going round ‘til we're blue
I swear I don't know now
I swear I don't know now at all
I swear I don't know now what I know, what I know
everybody knows
that's just how life goes
everybody knows it's the way, it's the way

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