A Scottish Journey
Coreen’s Scottish Journey
Press release – 29 April 2010
East Lothian singer, Coreen Scott, is launching her debut solo CD – A Scottish Journey – at a concert at Lennoxlove House on Thursday 3 June at 7.30pm.
Well known to many as the lead singer with popular band Laverock, this CD is Coreen’s first solo CD and marks her own personal musical journey. “The album has a very Scottish theme,” she explains, “I wanted to include some of my own favourite Scottish songs both old and new. The CD represents my musical adventures over the last few years and includes some modern favourites as well as traditional songs. I have been lucky to work with some talented musicians who have brought their own creativity in arrangements. The musicians too are a blend of old friends and new collaborators.”
Among the musicians featured on the album are long-term musical partners Bill Crook and Alasdair Morrison from Laverock, joined by Aislinn Faulkner on harp, Gavin Pagan on viola and mandolin, Peter Fielding on cello, Cathy Wood and Johnny Gibbs on guitar and Jenny Swan and Caroline Wright on backing vocals.
The tracks on the CD include old favourites such as Robert Burns Lea Rig, Now Westlin Winds and Bonnie Moorhen to traditional favourites like Loch Lomond and Killiecrankie, to more modern classics like Wild Mountainside by John Douglas and Follow the Heron by Karine Polwart.
The CD also includes Lady Gardiner’s Lament – a poem written by John Lindsay of Prestonpans which Coreen set to the old Burns’ melody for Lord Gregory. This came from the project about the story of the Battle of Prestonpans which culminated in a play by BAFTA-winning playwright Andrew Dallmeyer which had a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
And Coreen will be performing again at the Fringe this year with two shows based on her CD in St Marks and St Johns church venues in Edinburgh The exact details of times programmes are still to be finalised but the dates will be available on her website www.coreenscott.co.uk.
Coreen concludes: “In many ways this CD brings together the many different strands of my work, from performing in a band with Laverock, solo singing at weddings and events and collaborations in theatre work like The Battle of Pots and Pans and the Homecoming Show, The Mother of All Burns, which I was involved in. It’s an interesting coincidence that Burns’ mother, brother and family lived only a few miles from my home in East Lothian where Burns’ brother Gilbert worked on Lennoxlove Estate, so it’s fitting that my album is launched at Lennoxlove.”