A musical interlude 2

A little over a year ago, although it seems like five minutes ago to me, I shared some music videos with you. In this blog I’d like to do the same again.

First of all, an artist I did not know until my wife Kathie Touin pointed me in her direction – Jo Hamilton and her song Think Of Me, from the album Gown. Her biography says Jo Hamilton comes from a nomadic family, with roots in Kenya and Jamaica, and was brought up in a house two miles from her nearest neighbour in northern Scotland. That might explain the wistful, Danny Boy feel about this beautifully arranged song, Think Of Me

Twelfth Day is a duo of Orcadian Catriona Price (fiddle/vocals) – yeah, let’s here it for Orkney! – and Esther Swift (harp/vocals), from the Scottish Borders. They have a unique sound, both in the interplay of the instruments and of their voices. From their new album The Devil Makes Three, this is Young Sir

I love the music of Twelfth Day so much, here is a second video. This time from their EP of covers, Speak From The Start, their version of Kanye West’s Street Lights

Moving across the Atlantic, have you come across Holly Williams? She is the grand-daughter of the great Hank Williams but, fear not, she is a wonderful singer-songwriter in her own right. Here is Holly performing a track from her latest album The Highway. This is Drinkin’

And, finally on this blog, the title track of a 2012 album. I recently heard this in full for the first time and it is really very good. It was a brief re-union of The Beach Boys – well, of those still alive, sadly Carl and Dennis Wilson are gone. But the genius Brian Wilson, who has produced great solo work in recent years, teamed up again with Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks. The spark and the beautiful harmonies are still there – this is That’s Why God Made The Radio

To find out more

An album to take through the pearly gates – a blog about Rosanne Cash –https://grahambrownorkney.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/rosannecash/

Hello Cruel World – a blog about Gretchen Peters – https://grahambrownorkney.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/gretchen-peters/

Musical interlude 1 – featuring Matraca Berg, Logan Wilson, Danny Kendall and Twelfth Day with Joy Dunlop –







Published by Graham Brown

I am Graham Brown, author of this blog, an Englishman living in Orkney since St Magnus Day 2010. I’m married to musician, singer and songwriter Kathie Touin. I am a member of Harray & Sandwick Community Council and a Manager (committee member) of Quoyloo Old School (community centre). I volunteer with the RSPB. I was on the committee which restored Orkney’s Kitchener Memorial and created the HMS Hampshire wall. I belong to the Radio Caroline Support Group, Orkney Field Club and Orkney Heritage Society. I spent nearly 24 years at the BBC in London. Remember: One planet, don’t trash it.

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