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Alex Hodgson - The Brig Tae Nae Where


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  • Model: TN1960-G
  • Shipping Weight: 0.125kg
  • 10 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Greentrax

The Brig Tae Nae Where (The Bridge To Nowhere) is the second Greentrax album by the Prestonpans singer Alex Hodgson. Twelve tracks on this album were written by Alex, plus one each by Robert Burns and Ewan MacColl.

This new album is based on family memories of summer days past, some spent at Belhaven Bay near Dunbar. It takes a different approach from his debut album and touches on a nautical theme which weaves its spell through traditional and original material.

His previous album Jeelie Jars ‘n’ Coalie Backies was released in 2010 and received fabulous reviews and attention globally, whilst also making its way into The Queen’s own music collection.

Born, raised and still residing in Prestonpans, East Lothian, it’s no wonder Alex’s songwriting has been influenced by his surroundings. Just a stone’s throw away from the famous Jacobite battlefield, along with the many other captivating landmarks around East Lothian, he has never been short of inspiration. Full to the brim with stories, history and myths, his fascination of his home town’s past has been captured and shared with us in his poignant song writing capabilities.

Alex achieved high acclaim on the folk stage as a Scottish singer/songwriter after twice winning Burnsong, an international competition held to celebrate the art and power behind composing a song. The competition also led him to represent Scotland in Toronto, Canada, at Folk Alliance 2012, within a new band named Kilmarnock Edition which is made up entirely of Burnsong contestants, including the fine Gaelic singer Fiona J Mackenzie.

Alex is a hugely popular singer and entertainer in Scotland and has on several occasions sung for the Queen at Balmoral Castle. He has also sung at the Scottish Parliament, on BBC Radio Scotland and further afield in South Africa and Malaysia. He has appeared in many amateur stage presentations and also has a great interest in storytelling. An all-round professional with a huge following, particularly in lowland Scotland. The eye-catching front cover painting is by Alex himself.

CD Review by Grem Devlin

The second Greentrax album from AH has been four years in gestation, but it has been well worth the wait.

Ten original compositions, (one of which is reprised twice) along with Ewan MacColl’s Shoals 0’ Herrin’ and Burns’ My Luv’ Is Like A Red Red Rose, mostly delivered with just his own guitar accompaniment - or one or two additional contributions, most significantly from Kenny Hutchison on keyboards.

Must be something about the Prestonpans twang, but I can close my eyes and imagine Davy Steele multiple times - none more so than on the Burns’ song.

The title track, which refers to a bridge in Belhaven Bay (Dunbar) which appears to be emerging from the water when the tide’s in, is a delightful re-imagining of childhood days on the shore.

I was astounded to find a lovely song about the mining village where I was born (Valleyfield) - I didn’t know anyone cared enough...

Other songs deal with the return of the trams to Edinburgh, the Battle of Pinkie, fishing and the spooky Mary Kings Close (Edinburgh again).

I know it’s all localised material, but written with care and lovingly produced by the afore-mentioned Kenny Hutchison.

The glue which binds all this is The Herring Road, which describes the inland route by which the fishwives carried their fish down to the Borders, A Summer Tale also harks back to childhood.

Jam packed with nostalgia this yin...

Great songs, and brilliantly packaged with extensive notes and illustrations - including Alex Hodgson’s own wonderful illustration of the bridge which features on the cover.

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 15 October, 2014.