Release Date: 01/15/21
'FOLK SONGS ARE JUST STORIES SET TO MUSIC'. For over 60 years, Fraser Bruce has had an interest in singing folk songs, preferably with a storyline, a chorus and a strong melody.
His recording career began with his first LP Record released by Nevis Records in 1971.
In the 1980s, Fraser teamed up to create a very successful duo with his younger brother, Ian Bruce. They released three LPs with Klub Records. They became known affectionately by their fans as 'Mrs Bruces Boys'.
His own songs on this CD cover the time that he and his friend, Alan Morris, reckoned they cheated death by staying in the Scotia Bar for a session rather than go to the New Year's Old Firm game at Ibrox in 1971. Sixty-six fans were crushed that day. The song explains the story.
Other subjects he has written about include the tragic sinking of HMY Iolaire only 100 yards off shore in 1919 with the loss of over 200 men. Also featured is the slaughter of young men in the Great War, now their bodies 'lie alone, amongst the boys who never made it home'.
'Every Song's a Story' and those written by others recall the migration to Australia on the 'ten pound ticket'.
There is the poignant story of the young Celtic Goalkeeper, John Thomson, who died playing in a match against their old rivals Rangers.
It is hard to avoid a story of love and this CD has three of them: one when lovers part as he leaves for war; one about a couple meeting up at University; the third an old traditional song often heard at Scottish Folk Festivals.
Following the closure of their coal mines, many communities faced poverty - but possibly the greatest threat to us all is the complete disregard of the human race to protect our planet and it's many species. 'The Last Leviathan' will make you think about this.
ALL OF THE SONGS ON THIS CD TELL A STORY. Fraser Bruce is ably backed by fine musicians and the excellent production by his brother Ian.
|Run Time: 56:27 mins|
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