CD A0345: About Time 2

About Time 2
Wendy Stewart

CD coverWendy, a member of Ceolbeg, is one of the best clarsach and electro-harp players in Scotland. On this, her second solo album for Greentrax, she is again assisted by Ceolbeg members past and present. 'Excellent playing, delicate arrangements.' (Folk Roots)

Buy this album now    CD: £12.00 + p&p  



Wendy Stewart: profile & index of recordings and sheet music

Track Listing & Audio Samples

About Time 2

1.  a. Macleod Of Mull
     b. The Kitchen Piper
2.  The January Man
3.  Rachael Rae
4.  Fish Feis
5.  a. Probabobably
     b. Maggie's Pancakes
     c. Break Yer Bass Drone
6.  a. Fotheringay
     b. Pavane
7.  a. Barbara Grigor
     b. The Little Cascade
8.  Dances With Friends
9.  a. The Dusty Miller
     b. Love And Whisky
     c. Bobbing Joan
10. a. An Caiora
     b. Carolan's Welcome
11.  Drummond Castle 

CD Notes

CD Sleeve Notes

1. a.   Macleod of Mull - P.M. D. MacLeod; pub. MCPS & PRS
    b.   The Kitchen Piper - Neil Dickie; Copyright Control

A favourite 6/8 march of mine by P.M. D. MacLeod followed by a suitably harping version of the popular Niel Dickie reel.

2.  The January Man - Dave Goulder; pub. Robbins Music Corp.Ltd

I first met Dave when he lived at Big Sand, Gairloch and remember the wonderful Annie Briggs singing this song there. The strength of its imagery has never dimmed.

3.  Rachael Rae - Trad. arr. Wendy Stewart; pub, Grian Music

A slower arrangement than usual, brought about by my younger son's penchant for messing about with mum's harp blades - thus the original D major reel became a D minor elegy!

4.  Fish Feis - W.Stewart; pub.Grian Music

Written as a piece for mixed ability classes at Feis an Earraich 1990 in Plockton - the idea comes from the waulking song tradition of call and reply. The title? - a shortened version of the kids' idea 'A feis called Wendy'.

5.  a. Probabobably - W.Stewart & Gary West; pub.Grian Music
     b. Maggie's Pancakes - Stuart Morrison; Copyright Control
     c. Break Yer Bass Drone - Gordon Duncan; pub. Grian Music

The opening march of this set was inspired by a somewhat drunken attempt at composition by committee (4 members of Ceolbeg) - the finished product being declared as "probabobably the best tune in the world" by the drummer. Followed by a reel I learnt from Gary and finishing off with a Gordon Duncan classic.

6.  a. Fotheringay - Sandy Denny; pub.Warlock Music/Island Music
     b. Pavane - Trad, arr. Jean Campbell; pub. Clarsach Society

An old Fairport Convention song (showing my age here!) linked with an even older melody from the Skene manuscript-music collected in Scotland only 30 years after Mary Queen of Scots' execution at Fotheringhay Castle.

7.  a. Barbara Grigor - Rab Purves; pub. Grian Music
     b. The Little Cascade - P.M. G.S.Maclennan; Public Domain

Many years ago I was asked to add harp to the soundtrack of a Highlands and Islands Development Board film deplicting the beauties of Sutherland and featuring the up and coming 7:84 actor Bill Paterson. The first tune here was written for the film by Edinburgh fiddler Rab Purves and originally entitled O.T.-Own Tune. Followed by The Little Cascade, a pipe tune recordedby many a harp player.

8.  Dances With Friends - W. Stewart; pub. Grian Music

For the wonderful women in my creative dance group.

9.  a. The Dusty Miller - Words by Robert Burns, Pub Domain; arr W.Stewart, pub Grian Music.
     b. Love And Whisky - Trad, arr.W.Stewart; pub. Grian Music
     c. Bobbing Joan - Trad, arr. W.Stewart; pub. Grian Music

I first heard this song sung by Rod Paterson and added two more 3/2 hornpipes from the Winder family manuscripts. These collections of late 18th to mid 19th century tunes were discovered still in the same family in Wyresdale, Lancashire by friends of mine in Lancaster.

10. a. An Caiora - Trad.arr. W.Stewart; pub Grian Music
      b. Carolan's Welcome - T.O'Carolan, Pub Domain; arr. W.Stewart

The Caiora is a Lewis song about  a fishing boat of that name. Paul Guppy, my harp maker (so nice to have one's own!) gave me the idea of playing the Carolan 3/4 tune in 5/4 - my apologies to the purists.

11. Drummond Castle - Trad. arr. W.Stewart; pub Grian Music.

CD Credits

CD Credits

Wendy Stewart - vocals, gut strung harp, electro-harp, concertina
Gary West - Scottish small pipes, low whistles
Colin Matheson - guitar
Jim Walker - snare drum, percussion.

Recorded at Pier House Studios, Edinburgh
Engineer - Peter Haigh
Producer -Jack Evans
Mixed by Jack Evans & Peter Haigh
Original photographs - Rebecca Marr
Digital design & manipulation - John Haxby, art surgery

Heaps of thanks are due to all involved in the production of this recording. Also to Norman Chalmers for the concertina loan and Gary & Wendy for the bed. But most of all to Alan, Colin, Ricky and my lovely mum, Jean, for holding the fort in deepest Dumfriesshire

Cockenzie Business Centre
Edinburgh Road
East Lothian
EH32 0XL email:

© 1997 Greentrax Recordings Ltd

Album Information

Instruments: Wendy Stewart - vocals, gut strung harp, electro-harp, concertina
Gary West - Scottish small pipes, low whistles
Colin Matheson - guitar
Jim Walker - snare drum, percussion.
Genre: Traditional / Scottish
Format: CD
Our Ref: A0345
Label: Greentrax Recording Ltd
Year: 1997
Origin: Scotland (EU)