John Murray on a new CD from one of Fife’s most enduring singers
Around 170 music lovers crammed into Rothes Halls at the weekend to see Glenrothes singer songwriter Bruce Davies rush through a 30 year professional music career which began with the Clydesiders and of course the legendary Beggars Mantle. His long term musical friends from Glenrothes Amateur Musical Association (GAMA) Chorus joined him on stage too for some long term favourites. Timely too as this week the release of the CD and download Road & Miles (Rothes Recordings). Drawing from an impressible back catalogue and with new recordings this new release celebrates 21 songs of Scotland and Scots around the world. I imagine it was a difficult task knowing what to leave out a collection like this but the CD has been packed to almost capacity with handpicked recordings. Deep from the archive comes ‘The Red Yo-Yo’, ‘Green Grow The Rashes Oh’, ‘The Hills Of Caithness’ and Burns’ ‘Address To The Haggis’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne’. A new recording of Dougie MacLean’s ‘Caledonia’ opens the album and continues with ‘The Hills Of Scotland’ appropriately from Bruce’s hero Tom Paxton. The GAMA Chorus lend support to ‘Flower Of Scotland’, a new anthem surfaces from Rich Davies on ‘Don’t Weep My Bonnie Lassie’ with a contemporary feel and ‘The Road To Fife’, specially written for Bruce and at last on CD closes the album with warm string accompaniment. In April he returns to Jamie’s Scottish Evening at the King James Hotel in Edinburgh the longest running show in Scotland. Finally it has been a blast contributing to FFP 100 Bands over the last month but at last we now can see the bands from all decades that will stand the test of time and will be remembered years from now (so cherish your supplement).