Buy ‘Urram’ now at Vertical Records

The old family photographs shown here on the sleeve were the inspiration for this album. The recent loss of my parents sent me on a journey of discovery, which has been both eye opening and healing. The hardships their people endured, the tales of poverty, the losses of war and emigration – all the more poignant when able to connect a face to a name. The title ‘urram’ sums it up – respect.

  1. Gura mise tha gu dubhach
  2. A Bhirlinn Bharrach
  3. Ca na dh’fhag thu m’fhichead gini
  4. Ci an Fhidheall/Cubair thu, tailear thu
  5. Urnaigh a Bhain Thigreach
  6. Cha teid Mor a Bharraigh bhronaich
  7. Maol Ruanidh Ghlinneachain
  8. Saoil a mhor, am pos thu
  9. Taladh Throndairnis
  10. Chuir iad an t-suil a Pilot
  11. Eilean Fraoich
  12. S’i nochd a’ chiad oidche ‘n fhoghair
  13. Cadal cha dean mi

Click on the titles to find out more about the story behind the songs.

Thanks to;
Jane Skinner & Vertical records, Creative Scotland, all at Gorbals sound studios, Alasdair MacLean pianos, Tobar an Dualchais, School of Scottish Studies, Aonghas MacNeacail, Callum & Rhoda MacNeil of Nask in Barra for filling in the family blanks, and Charles and Blanche Crossan for ‘salvaging’ the family pics!

A huge thanks to all the musicians who contributed, it’s been a joy. To my late parents for providing such a colorful backdrop to my creative life, and special thanks to Donald for not only his musical vision but for his unswerving patience! Le gaol, KAREN x

Donald Shaw – Piano & Accordion
Innes White – Guitar & Mandolin
Ewen Vernal – Double bass
Sorren MacLean – Acoustic & Electric guitar
Matheu Watson – Bouzouki & Fiddle
Signy Jacobsdottir – Percussion
Seckou Keita – African Kora & percussion
Soumik Datta – Indian Sarod
Brendan Power – Harmonica
Mr McFall’s chamber – Strings (arranged by Robert McFall)
James Grant – Guitar (track 8)
John Doyle – Bouzouki (track 8)
Alyn Cosker – Drums (track 8)
Anna Massie – Guitar (track 8)
Michael McGoldrick – Flute (track 9)

Album recorded and Mixed at Gorbals Sound Studio, Glasgow
Engineered by Kevin Burleigh
Additional recording at An Tobar, Mull by Gordon MacLean and Glo-Worm studios by Iain Hutchison

Produced by Donald Shaw
Mixed by Kevin Burleigh & Donald Shaw
Mastered by Iain Hutchison
Artwork by James Morrison

All tracks traditional – arranged Shaw/Matheson except the following;

Track 5 – Montgomery/Shaw – arranged by Robert McFall. Track 9 – Neil Matheson – arranged by Robert McFall. Track 10 – Duncan MacDougal. Track 11 – William MacKenzie.

All tracks published by Vertical Music.

  • Beach on Eriskay
  • Our Lady, star of the Sea statue, overlooking Castlebay, Isle of Barra.
  • And out to sea
  • Climbing Heaval. Stunning views of Kissimul Castle.
  • Tape machine – Gorbals studio, Glasgow
  • Recording, Gorbals Sound Studio, Glasgow
  • Recording, Gorbals Sound Studio, Glasgow
  • Gordon MacLean, An Tobar, Isle of Mull
  • With Seckou Keita
  • With Soumek Datta