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.
Barbara 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.
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.
Founder 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.
Sinsheen – Lift
Christine 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).
Buy Sinsheen’s “Lift” and Barbara’s album “Hilbert Hotel” together at a special price