These Are The Hands

by Alexander McCall Smith & James Ross

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Alexander McCall Smith and James Ross have joined forces to create These Are The Hands - a celebration of Scotland, the sea and the land. The songs are performed by singers Michelle Burke and Kathleen MacInnes.

    CD booklet includes poems by Alexander McCall Smith and stunning archive photographs from The Johnston Collection.

    Includes digital pre-order of These Are The Hands. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases May 1, 2019
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      £12 GBP or more 

     

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    Pre-order of These Are The Hands. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    Purchasable with gift card
    releases May 1, 2019

      £8 GBP  or more

     

1.
The Waves Bear The Saints
2.
On Clouds Over Mull
3.
4.
Forth Bridges
5.
The Vikings Sing Their Tribute
6.
Built On The Clyde
7.
You Are Far Away
8.
Miner
9.
Miner's Hymn
10.
Cutty Sark
11.
Corvette Returning
12.
Silver Darlings

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An album of new songs and music with words by Alexander McCall Smith and music composed by James Ross. These Are The Hands explores Scotland’s relationship with the sea and the land, including themes such as immigration, emigration, ship building, fishing and mining.

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releases May 1, 2019

James Ross – piano
Alexander McCall Smith - Narration
Michelle Burke – vocals
Kathleen MacInnes – vocals
Leo Forde – guitar
Liam Bradley – percussion
Angus Lyon - accordion
Patsy Reid – fiddle/viola
Ryan Young – fiddle (track 4)
Su-a Lee – cello/musical saw
Euan Burton - double bass
John Kenny – trombone
Ryan Quigley - trumpet
Mikey Owers – brass (track 9)

Produced by Calum Malcolm

All poems written by Alexander McCall Smith

All music composed by James Ross

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Track Name: The Great Michael
3. The Great Michael

I shall build myself a boat, I shall,
To carry Scotland’s fame;
I shall build her wide and high, I shall,
And Michael be her name;
Michael be her name, my friends,
Michael be her name,
The boat that I shall build myself
Will carry Michael’s name.

The ship that Michael is, she is,
Will rule upon the sea;
There is no other ship like her,
To windward or to lea;
And she will carry men, my friends,
She will carry men,
Off on that great crusade abroad,
Off on that great crusade.

Of good strong Scottish wood, we’ll build,
Of all the woods of Fife;
To make her strong and light, to fight,
To guard our nation’s life,
She’ll guard our nation’s life, my friends,
She’ll guard our nation’s life,
The Saltire she will fly on high,
The Saltire she will fly.

I shall build myself a boat, I shall,
To carry Scotland’s fame;
I shall build her wide and high, I shall,
And Michael be her name;
Michael be her name, my friends,
Michael be her name,
The boat that I shall build myself
Will carry Michael’s name.

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