Black is the Colour

Live at The Station 22.02.2018

Sound engineer Rob Peters


Railroad Boy

Recorded 31.06.2017 in Noltland Castle, Westray

A version of the myriad ‘tavern in the town’ songs in which a young woman laments the fact that her lover has been enjoying the company of a ‘strange girl’ in some undoubtedly unsavoury pub. I find this iteration of the story particularly powerful due to the role the girl’s parents play, especially that of her father finding her hanging body.

The Death of Queen Jane

Recorded 31.06.2017

The Henry of this song is the infamous King Henry VIII, the death that of his third wife Jane Seymour, and the birth that of his only son King Edward VI. While the song is not entirely accurate (Jane Seymour didn’t die during childbirth, but several days later of related complications), I think it manages to convey the mixed emotions of the event very well; birth and death occurring simultaneously, as the castle both celebrates and mourns. Jane Seymour was reportedly Henry’s favourite wife and he asked to be buried beside her, despite having had three further wives after her death. Inspired by the beautiful film Inside Llewyn Davis, I compiled my own set of verses from the many different versions available. I think this more complete version allows for better context in the story and more pathos at Henry’s great sadness. I recorded this in Noltland Castle, Westray. The part of the castle you can see in the video was built in around 1560, only twenty-three years after this song is set.

The Old Man from Over the Sea

Recorded 31.06.2017

Yesterday I arrived home having spent the past week at the Orkney Folk Festival with Edinburgh University Folk Society. Much wonderful music was made, but this is definitely my favourite thing to have happened during my trip to the Orkneys. This was filmed in Noltland Castle on Westray during the fifteen minutes we had before we had to leave for our bus.
Beautiful harmonies provided by Lara Arnason, Adam Dahmer, Paul Sinclair and Caity Hainsworth.