It’s been a glorious day here in Alloa, even better than a lot of days through the summer! Having no featured artists available for The Wee County Sessions, I stepped in and did a song. I chose Robert Burns’ “Rantin’ Rovin’ Robin”, a song I have added to my set for this year and have been playing recently at the open mic nights at the Oakwood Lounge in Sauchie. The video can be found below:
As I did with “Johnny O’ Braidislee” and “The Galway Shawl”, I have gave this a light mix and made it available to download free from SoundCloud by clicking here. My fiancee was off work today and as we don’t often have weekends off together, we decided to record a duet. We covered the song “Let’s Duet” from the film “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” and you can listen to it here 🙂
It appears that spring is finally here! I’ve seen some trees around here starting to blossom, and my own bonsai tree seeds have started to grow rapidly! I’m becoming green-fingered with my latest interest in growing things…is that what happens when you get your own place?
This weeks “Wee County Sessions” video is now up and available to view. I have chosen a cover song this week, the beautiful “Galway to Graceland” by Richard Thompson. I first head this sung song at Elphin Drift and since then it’s been stuck in my mind and is one of my favourite songs to sing.
If you are enjoying “The Wee County Sessions”, please feel free to share the videos with your friends and spread the music!
It’s a beautiful day today in Alloa and I have just uploaded the latest video for “The Wee County Sessions”. This week I have chosen my own song “Meetings and Partings” as this has never been recorded and I thought it was about time you were able to listen to this song.
It seems to be that the more I think about “The Wee County Sessions” the more ideas I seem to be getting for it. I am now hoping to feature the occasional special guest from the Wee County on the blog. Hopefully I should have a guest video in the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Thanks again to everyone who has shared the previous videos, it really means a lot!
Thank you so much to everyone who has watched and shared my last video “The Galway Shawl”. This weeks video is the very dark traditional Scottish song “Johnny O’ Braidislee”. I’ve been singing this one for a couple of years now, so I’m glad I’ve been able to get a video of it uploaded.
I’ve decided the name “Video Blog” was a bit boring, so I have named this new weekly blog “The Wee County Sessions”.
Thanks to Ursula Elmquist for her song suggestions, I’m already looking into your suggestions and enjoying tinkering around with them. If anyone has any song suggestions, please let me know!
In my last email I mentioned that I was toying with the idea of starting a regular video blog. Well, today I have just made the first video for my blog! Yay! I will be performing one song with each post This weeks song is the traditional Irish ballad “The Galway Shawl”.
I am looking for songs to expand my repertoire, so if there is a song you would like me to sing, leave a post on my Facebook, Twitter, website etc and let me know your suggestions. If it is a song I can do, you may see it featured in a video one day! I can’t guarantee to be able to do everyone’s suggestions, but all ideas will be appreciated, particularly traditional songs.
It’s been a wee while since I last posted to you! Things have been a bit quiet of late, but I am now building up for my annual island hopping holiday! I’m really looking forward to going back to the Hebrides; Mull, Barra, the Uists and of course finishing with the Hebridean Celtic Festival in Lewis!
This takes me to the main subject of this post. My friends Brian Ferguson and Jim Campbell, who I usually travel with/party with while island hopping have set themselves a challenge – HitchHop. They will be hitch-hiking for two weeks to try and get to as many islands as possible! With this challenge, they will be raising funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. Anyone who lives at the coast or has visited the coast will be well aware of how vital the RNLI is to saving lives in coastal communities.
To help with their fundraising efforts, I have made my song “In the Reek of the Smouldering Peat” available as a single download for £1. All of the money raised from this single will be donated to the HitchHop fundraiser which will then be sent on to RNLI. You can purchase the single by visiting the shop at www.andrewhuggan.com. Alternatively, you can make a donation on the HitchHop fundaiser page. You can find out more about HitchHop and follow Brian and Jim’s journey by visiting the HitchHop blog.