A quick note about Alasdair’s recent performances in London.
Thursday’s show was curtailed by the late arrival on Alasdair and his Glaswegian friends, following a travel nightmare. Robin Robertson opened with a half-hour reading of his poems, including By Clachan Bridge and Leaving St Kilda. The second set comprised largely a performance of the rest of Hirta Songs, minus the harp and in a slightly different order (I think the first two songs were switched), with each song introduced by Robin. This was followed by two fiddle and guitar tunes by Alasdair and Neil McDermott and a band performance of Waxwing before the venue curfew brought an end to proceedings.
Friday’s Furrow Collective show was all (I think) of the songs from At Our Next Meeting, again slightly reordered, plus, as an encore, a performance of Light of the Moon, from the singing of Packie Byrne (Spotify), accompanied by Marry Waterson and Neill MacColl.