Music for the games

Scotties and shortbread
Scotties and shortbread
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John Murray with a Scottish-themed

round-up this week

At last the Commonwealth Games are here along with Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle, Amy MacDonald, Nicola Benedetti, Kylie and others in the opening/closing ceremonies (delete as appropriate).

Not that this is a music fest but perhaps a showcase to the commonwealth of our Scottish talent.

Along with the mascot launch I half expected a single release like the World Cup efforts of the past.

Well there are several related shows from the East End Social in Bridgeton to Tea Dances in the Barrowlands Ballroom but no record yet.

Edinburgh based Music Kitchen have released Welcome To Scotland with 25 great Scottish songs and what a comprehensive set they have chosen. I expect visitors to Scotland will lap this up as it really is a snapshot of traditional Scotland.

There are pipe bands with Scotland The Brave, solo pipes on Dark Island, acoustic ballads like Over The Sea To Skye and Loch Lomond, rousing songs like Ye Jacobites By Name and Flower Of Scotland, movie themes like Braveheart and Local Hero, Scottish dance in Gay Gordons and Strip The Willow and of course Burns originals as in Trilogy and Auld Lang Syne.

It must have been difficult choosing standard hits in keeping with the theme but they settled with our own Jimmy Shand’s chart hit Bluebell Polka and two from Andy Stewart in Scottish Soldier and Donald Where’s Yer Troosers all remastered from the original recordings.

Nigel Stonier is best known for his production work with Joan Baez, and Fairport Convention but this week releases his fourth solo album Built For Storms (Fullfill).

As you would imagine some of Nigel’s musical mates like Thea Gilmore and Robbie McIntosh are on hand and with 11 well chosen compositions showing a way with lyrics and a vocal like Glenn Tilbrook.

I Hope I Always stands out as a new classic love song.