Back in August, I attend Glasgow Songwriting Festival – a weekend of songwriting workshops with Findlay Napier, Karine Polwart, Emma Pollock and Jim Hunter. I had been struggling with “writer’s block” and basically didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do next with my music. My grand ideas for “Project Blue” remained just that…ideas. I had been to a concert with Findlay Napier & Boo Hewerdine at the Tolbooth in Stirling and heard about the festival then and signed myself up for it…I am so glad I did!
At Glasgow Songwriting Festival, I learned some skills to help come up with new ideas and I found them to be very useful…I have so many ideas and have written 3 new songs since then! One of these songs I have now recorded and present to you for your listening pleasure. This song is called “Down The Railway Line” and was actually written during the festival in Jim Hunter’s workshop.
There is a path that stretches from Alloa in Clackmannanshire to Dunfermline in Fife. This path used to be a railway line used to transport coal and other freight from the coal mines in Clackmannanshire and Stirling to Fife. Growing up in Fishcross, I used to play down the Old Railway Line and I still often go walking along this path to this day. Every time I walk there, I think back to when I was a child and also imagine the trains storming down the track, shaking the miners working in the tunnels below. “Down The Railway Line” is all about thinking back to my childhood and imagining all the industrial goings on that used to fill the area.
This version of “Down The Railway Line” will feature in an app being developed at Stirling University for a project called “Landscape Legacies Of Coal Mining“. The aim of the project is to raise awareness of Clackmannanshire and Stirling’s rich industrial history and will eventually include guided tours and information about the area. You can find more information here and I will share more details when the app becomes available.
Until then, enjoy listening to “Down The Railway Line”. If you like the song and want download your own copy you can do so here.