Ballads of the Book
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The album cover is an original, specially commissioned artwork by Alasdair Gray.









Ballads of the Book

"Chemikal Underground Records are proud to announce the release, in March 2007, of Ballads Of The Book, an elaborately ambitious project featuring some of Scotland’s best writers and musicians.

The brainchild of Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble, Ballads Of The Book began as a simple idea to bring together the literary talents of Scotland’s writing community with a diverse range of new and established recording artists. Following Idlewild’s work with Edwin Morgan on their Remote Part album, Roddy wanted to explore the possibilities of more artistic collaborations with various writers providing original lyrics for recording artists to interpret in whichever way they saw fit. Having enlisted the enthusiastic support of the Scottish Arts Council and with Chemikal Underground onboard, it wasn’t long before the nascent idea and fledgling list of interested parties flourished into a brilliantly realised collection of songs: as musically eclectic as they were elegantly poetic.

From the literary world, the list of those involved reads like a who’s who of the great and the good in Scottish literature. The giants of Edwin Morgan and Alasdair Gray rub shoulders with cutting edge, contemporary writers like Ali Smith, A L Kennedy, Louise Welsh and Ian Rankin. Esteemed poets like Robin Robertson, Bill Duncan and Rody Gorman feature alongside successful writers and novelists like Michel Faber, Alan Bissett, Laura Hird, Rodge Glass, Hal Duncan and John Burnside. ... [more]"

Please visit this Website: 'Ballads Of The Book'

5th March 2007 - Release Date
9th March 2007 - Free event at Glasgow's CCA featuring documentary screening and acoustic performances and DJ sessions from special guests.
29th April 2007 - 'Ballads Of The Book' all day festival as part of Glasgow's Triptych Festival


Mike Heron & John Burnside - Song For Irena
De Rosa & Michel Faber - Steam Comes Off Our House
James Yorkston & Bill Duncan - A Calvinist Narrowly Avoids Pleasure
Foxface & Rody Gorman - Dreamcatcher
Lord Cut-Glass & Alasdair Gray - A Sentimental Song
Aidan Moffat And The Best Ofs & Ian Rankin - The Sixth Stone
Norman Blake & John Burnside - Girl
Karine Polwart & Edwin Morgan - The Good Years
Sons And Daughters & A L Kennedy - The War On Love Song
Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson - The Leaving
Strike The Colours & Rody Gorman - Message In A Bottle
Aereogramme & Hal Duncan - If You Love Me You'd Destroy Me
Malcolm Middleton & Alan Bissett - The Rebel On His Own Tonight
Trashcan Sinatras & Ali Smith - Half An Apple
Vashti Bunyan & Rodge Glass - The Fire
King Creosote & Laura Hird - Where And When
Emma Pollock & Louise Welsh - Jesus On The Cross
Idlewild & Edwin Morgan - The Weight Of Years



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