Music Matters - with John Murray

John Murray
John Murray

Anyone who has attended one of the Gary Grace shows on his frequent Kirkcaldy visits will know him to be the consummate professional.

He has built up a fanbase to the extent of befriending the audience many of whom he now knows on first name terms.

So, his latest release will be snapped up by all who see him, and as he is so busy touring the UK, he has also made Tribute To The Kings Of Swing Volume 3 available through his website too. Gary excels in swing so when the ‘Summer Wind’ or ‘Almost Like Being In Love’ kicks in those vocals lifts it higher.

Not an impersonator, he has his own style, but if anything ‘If I Never Sing Another Love Song’ has never been bettered since Matt Monro himself. This massive 18-song set has Witchcraft, Save The Last Dance For Me and the impossibly held long last note on the ‘Impossible Dream.’

Actually I heard ‘Luck Be A Lady’ again this week as Markinch Amateur Operatic Society was finalising rehearsals for its show Guys And Dolls.

‘Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat’ and ‘A Bushel And A Peck’ are more showstoppers from the musical set among the gangsters of New York. Show runs Markinch Town Hall from March 19-23.

The fascinating Joe Corrie Project: A Cage Load Of Men (Birnam), is the brainchild of former Viewforth HS teacher William Hershaw. Based on the legendary poetry about mining by the late Joe Corrie from Cardenden the musical collaboration was completed with Erik Knussen and a host of local artists. Folk veteran Davey Stewart reads ‘It’s Fine Tae Keep In Wi The Gaffer’, Bill Hershaw sings The Pedlar to great effect in a Scottish accent, Jenn Knussen on clarsach adds loving character to ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’, Rosann Gooder and (Sangsters’) Fiona Forbes bring life to ‘I Took My Way To Chapel’ and Kelly Buchanan makes ‘O Lassie Will Ye Gang?’ into a gospel spiritual like Motherless Child as mitherless bairn. What a credit this album is to the heritage of Corrie.

Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy.