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on 18 April 2014
I bought this after reading a piece in The Guardian by Robin Robertson about how the project came about. This triggered memories of a visit to Lewis and Harris, talking to people there about their family histories, visiting a local museum and its displays about the diaspora, and subsequent readings about The Clearances...
The album itself, being settings of Robertson's poems inspired by a visit to St Kilda arranged by Alisdair Roberts and played and, mostly, sung by him and a selection of excellent Scottish musicians (including an appearance by Robin Williams), is wonderful, very sensitively played and sung throughout.
The stand out, the centre piece of the album, its emotional heart, is Robertson himself reciting Leaving St Kilda. For me this one alone is worth the price of admission: no eye in the house left dry...
Beautiful and moving modern folk music.
ETA I have just returned from the Outer Hebrides, which included sitting on a shore on North Uist looking out at St Kilda and Boreray off on the horizon...The closing lines of "Exodus" ran through my head as I looked out..."We are all sure-footed, But we fall"