The third monthly digital single release of the Yarrow Acoustic Sessions, part of Lori Watson’s latest project Yarrow, has arrived and ‘Fause, Fause’ is a minimalist delight:
Freedom, it’s curious how quickly we can erode our own freedom responding to the world around us, the actions of others, and the beliefs we form as a result. This beautiful song from the traveller tradition aches with betrayal but there’s a kick of determination to remain carefree.
Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger picked up on the ‘impossible natural phenomenon’ in this and related versions of the story/song in their Travellers’ Songs from England and Scotland (1/1977). This theme can be found in lots of traditional songs and is something that has always sparked my imagination: ships sailing in forests, the sun rising in the West, rocks melting with the sun, ravaging the white snowflake’s nest…
Traditional song arranged by Lori Watson
Vocal and fiddle by Lori Watson
Recorded and mixed by Duncan Lyall at Red Deer
Mastered by Iain Hutchison at Glo Worm Studios
Bird illustration by Jennifer Austin
Dark and brooding, windswept, contoured, joyful, turbulent, sparse: Yarrow is an evolving collection of traditional and original songs and new music by Lori Watson.
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 centers 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).
“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.”
“I’m interested in unfinished works and fragments, whether traditional or original. They’ve always been inspiring starting points for me. In Yarrow I’m creating and interpreting fragments; crafting something that expresses the connections between us and our environment spanning hundreds of years: and then it’s filtered by what inspires and resonates with me right now.”
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, including experimental works and a PhD thesis and creative folio exploring innovation and contemporary traditional music practice.
A folk musician with considerable pedigree, Lori is touring and recording with Boreas, Iain Morrison and a range of other solo and collaborative projects, and has six albums in circulation, including two critically acclaimed albums with her trio Rule of Three. But this is Lori’s first significant song work and she aims to let us in on the process as well as the finished products.