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Although essentially solo performers, Alison and Geordie have developed a joint repertoire based on a fine sense of personal harmony.

"A stunning display of how powerful tradition bearers can be presenting the experiences of people and the rich mythology of Scotland with a skill and unadorned passion for their cause."

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Alison's close working relationship with Elizabeth Stewart, (one of Scotlandís foremost ballad singers), has now culminated in the publication (July 2012) of 'Up Yon Wide and Lonely Glen', a substantial collection of travellers songs, stories and tunes of the Fetterangus Stewarts.

Alison's book on the songs and lifestory on the Border shepherd Willie Scott, entitled Herd Laddie O The Glen was shortlisted for the 2007 Ratcliffe Prize in Folklore and Folklife - 'yearly award for important contribution by an individual to the study of Folklore and Folklife in great Britain and Ireland'.

Geordie was profiled in the Jan 2006 Scots Magazine article 'Deep Roots'.

Visitors to Historic Scotland's Smailholm Tower (by St Boswells) will hear Geordie and Alison's ballad soundtrack and story of Sir Walter Scott, with narration by Billy Riddoch.



     

Alison McMorland

Alison was born in Renfrewshire into a musical family. Since then she has enjoyed a long involvement in traditional music on various levels: singer, collector, broadcaster, author and tutor on the Scottish Music course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow.

Alison came to wider public notice in the 1970s through her recordings and published song collections having come, initially, under the inspirational guidance of the late Hamish Henderson. In working closely with and learning from traditional singers,such as Willie Scott and Lucy Stewart, he was to say of her 'Alison stands out as one of the principal modern interpreters of a ballad singing tradition... uniting scrupulous traditional fidelity with versatile creative and resourceful artistry'.

Since 2001 she has recorded a solo album 'Cloudberry Day' followed by and in partnership with Geordie McIntyre 'Rowan in the Rock', 'Ballad Tree, classic Scots ballads' and most recently the highly acclaimed 'White Wings'.

Alison particularly enjoys working with young singers and introducing them to the rich Scots song tradition.

Geordie McIntyre

A Glaswegian of Highland and Irish descent, his lifetime involvement in song, ballad and poetry is reflected in his singing, collecting and songwriting.

His early years as a radio and television technician and later as a Modern Studies teacher, coupled to his passion for the outdoors have in diverse ways fueled and complemented his central interest in folk music.

He has an extensive repertoire and has sung at clubs and festivals in most corners of Britain and Ireland as well as Italy and the USA.

Geordie has also produced the book 'Inveroran', a collection of 22 original songs with music in the traditional idiom. Many have already been recorded by Geordie as well as other artists.

     

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