Scots Singer of the Year, Lori Watson 5th single from her 'Yarrow Sessions' project

Scots Singer of the Year, Lori Watson is a fiddle player, singer and composer. She has drawn on the rich tradition of the Scottish Borders throughout her artistic life and over the last few months has been releasing a series of singles from her latest project called Yarrow, an evolving collection of traditional and original songs.

Yarrow is an exploration of human connections to nature and one another, through time, inspired by the Yarrow valley in the Scottish Borders. The project centres on the development of a contemporary album that carries these themes beyond conventional folk sounds, and as part of the exploration a series of acoustic singles will be released (Yarrow Acoustic Sessions).

Regarding the project Lori said : “With Yarrow taking place over a couple of years, I can give more time and space to allowing the music to develop towards the final album and share the experience as we go in the monthly acoustic singles: so yeah there’s an element of risk in that I don’t quite know what’s going to evolve.”

Today we have added her fifth monthly Yarrow Acoustic Sessions single to our Tradconnect archive of close to 300 tracks. It’s called Fine Floors in the Valley.

“This is a beautiful version of the traditional song shared with me by Anne Neilson. Anne’s interpretation of traditional song, the way she develops a personal connection with songs, stories, people, perspectives has been an important inspiration to me over the years.”

“Birth, death, vulnerability, violence, deep sorrow, bitterness: a newborn baby is murdered and buried, the mother is tormented. This is a Scottish variant of The Cruel Mother (Child 20). But we as humanity are responsible for this. There are several versions of the story; some published in broadsides in the late 1700s and more taking place today. The chorus lines gain weight through each verse of the song as the tragedy of the child and the mother’s situation sink in. The melody is one of the most beautiful I have ever heard.”

“This arrangement was created with Fiona Black. If you haven’t already, you can hear her playing with the Outside Track and various other collaborations. She writes brilliant tunes too.”

Traditional arr. Lori Watson and Fiona Black

Vocal and fiddle by Lori Watson

Accordion by Fiona Black

Recorded and mixed by Duncan Lyall at Red Deer

Mastered by Iain Hutchison at Glo Worm Studios


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