I Burn But I Am Not Consumed

For such a relatively small country (population just over 5 million) Scotland has always had an enormous amount of musical talent. I’ll kick off with Annie Lennox and a track called Little Bird. This is from her 1992 solo début album, ‘Diva’, which was a commercial and critical success and got to No.1 in the UK charts. Annie Lennox is, arguably, one of the greatest singers of modern times…

A change of style now, with a piece by The Karine Polwart Trio called I Burn But I Am Not Consumed. This was first performed in January 2017 at the Celtic Connections festival, which took place in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The Karine Polwart Trio were the opening act and I Burn But I Am Not Consumed was the first song they played. The piece had been specially written for a certain Mr Trump, who was due to be inaugurated the following day…

If interested you can find the video of this performance here.

Next up, Edwyn Collins and a track called Falling And Laughing, which is one of my all-time favourite songs (it’s the guitar rift that always gets me). Released in 1980, it was the debut single by the band, ‘Orange Juice’. Incidentally, in early 2005 Collins suffered a brain haemorrhage and was rushed into the Royal Free Hospital in London. While in intensive care he had a second haemorrhage. The doctors said that Collins chances of survival were practically nil, but survive he did after undergoing a lengthy operation. He was left paralysed on the right hand side and had difficulty speaking. There followed years of rehabilitation that he is still undergoing. Edwyn Collins is now making music again and you can find my post about him here. The amazing thing is that although Collins could barely speak he could still sing perfectly well. The mysteries of the brain, ay.

I suppose I can’t let this post go without including some pipes. I don’t know much about Brighde Chaimbeul, beyond that she was born on the Isle of Skye, is barely out of her teens and hails from a very talented musical family. Oh, and in 2016 she won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award…

As part of the prize for winning the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Brighdie Chaimbeul got to play a set at Fairport Convention’s Festival, Cropredy. This sort of brings me onto the final track in this post. In 1969 Fairport Convention released their seminal album, ‘What We Did on Our Holidays’. The album contains a track called She Moved Through the Fair, which is a traditional Irish folk song of unknown origin that’s been covered by many artists. I would have liked to finish up with the very good Fairport Convention version, but in this post I have to keep to all things Scottish. So, here’s an equally good re-worked version by Simple Minds, called Belfast Child, which was released in 1989 and uses the tune of She Moved Through the Fair

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