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Leaf an’ Thorn
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1. THE GAUGER 2.12 (TRAD/TONY CUFFE)
2. AULD MAN 3.03 (TRAD/ARR. DYMOCK/MARRA)
3. BROCKIE LADS 3.00 (LOWE)
4. THE HEID HORSEMAN 4.21 (MARRA/JACOB)
5. KATY CRUEL 2.55 (TRAD/ARR. DYMOCK/MARRA)
6. EARL OF ERROL 3.27 (TRAD/ARR. DYMOCK/MARRA)
7. THE BRIG 4.14 (MARRA/JACOB)
8. TIBBIE FOWLER 3.10 (TRAD/ARR. DYMOCK/MARRA)
9. LORD YESTER 3.58 (WEIR/WILLIAMSON)
10. DAINTY DOONBY 2.41 (TRAD/ARR. DYMOCK/MARRA)
11. THE BANKS OF INVERURIE 4.11 (TRAD/ARR. DYMOCK/MARRA/EGGLESTONE)
12. USHER’S WELL 6.01 (DIAWARA/TRAD)
13. HELEN OF KIRKCONNEL 4.44 (TRAD/ARR. DYMOCK)
Leaf an’ Thorn is the second album from Scots singer Barbara Dymock, following on from the well-received album Hilbert’s Hotel, released in 2011.

Collaborating with multi-instrumentalist Christopher Marra on all but one unaccompanied track, and using a sprinkling of musicians from multiple genres throughout, the album’s 13 tracks crackle with an air of diversity.

There are Child Ballads, songs from the collections of Robert Burns, Greig-Duncan and Ord, from The American War of Independence and more contemporary offerings, including original music by Christopher which gives prominence to the words of Angus poet Violet Jacob, and an intriguing combination of African rhythms with 17th century lyrics.

DSC_5938 copy.jpegBarbara and Christopher are a pair with many and varied musical collaborations behind them and a vast experience of performing. On stage their shows have been described by the Herald as “a musically enjoyable, mischievously entertaining performance from a well-matched duo” and they have brought the same energy to the studio.

It came as a shock to Barbara during her time as a student, as she was singing with the band Ceolbeg, that people were interested in hearing her granny’s “auld sangs”. She has been pleasing crowds with her traditional songs ever since and in 2011 was nominated as Scots Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

Chris has been a musician since his teens, working in many distinct fields from bighair rock to sophisticated pop with Danny Wilson via London’s Theatreland. The majority of his time was spent recording and performing with his brother Michael Marra, producing albums for Michael and the legendary Saint Andrew.



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Hilbert’s Hotel

Hilbert'sHotel-CoverFounder member of Ceolbeg and one of the finest Scottish revival singers, Barbara has re-emerged from her life as a doctor and mother with this, her finest recording. She’s set Scots traditional, Jacobite songs, Bothy ballads, gypsy songs alongside lyrics by Brooksbank, Burns, Dylan and producer Michael Marra (quite a few to unusual but well-married tunes) with the imaginative, skilful modesty of her acoustic band. A moving album full of great songs and timeless character.



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1. BONNIE HIELAND LADDIE
2. EDWARD
3. THE CAULD CAULD WINTER’S GANE LUVE
4. LET ME IN THIS AE NICHT
5. BILLY TAYLOR
6. GEORDIE DOWNIE
7. WHEN FORTUNE TURNS THE WHEEL
8. OCH HEY JOHNNY LAD / I’M O’ER YOUNG TO MARRY YET / NAEBODY COMIN’ TO MARRY ME
9. THE UNQUIET GRAVE
10. MUGGIE SHA’
11. FAREWELL ANGELINA
12. THE BEEFCAN CLOSE
13. THE GALLANT WEAVER / BLYTHE WAS SHE
14. STO ME E MILO
15. A PLACE CALLED HOME

Sinsheen – Lift

liftcdcoverChristine Kydd (previously of Chantan and other Scots vocal groups) and Barbara Dymock (original singer of Ceolbeg) sing potent re-workings of traditional Scottish material, plus contemporary songs from Scotland and beyond. Two great voices in harmony. Their symbiotic vocal fusion brings light, life and lift to their material. Produced by Michael Marra (piano).



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1. AS I WAS A WAND’RING
2. WEARY WAITING
3. LOCH LOMOND
4. HARRIET TUBMAN
5. MOTHER GLASGOW
6. DUSTY MILLER SET
7. CANAAN’S LAND / WHY WALK WHEN YOU CAN FLY
8. TIBBIE FOWLER O’ THE GLEN
9. MARTINMAS TIME
10. THE SLAVE’S LAMENT
11. THE COOPER O’ CUDDY SET
12. FAREWEEL TAE TARWATHIE

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Buy Sinsheen’s “Lift” and Barbara’s album “Hilbert Hotel” together at a special price



Price for one copy of Lift and Hilbert Hotel, plus shipping