Double Album – The Best of 365 released Dec 18, 2020
In 2013, James Robertson – one of Scotland’s leading authors – wrote a short story every day for a year. It became an enchanting, roaming collection of fairytales and memories and provocations; that was only the beginning.
Aidan O’Rourke wrote a tune every day in response to the stories. The result is a major new body of 365 tunes – a significant addition to the Scottish traditional music canon. Aidan’s playing and writing are renowned for deep lyricism and off-kilter twists, here paired with kaleidoscopic harmonies of Kit Downes on harmonium and piano.
Produced by Aidan O’Rourke
Fiddle – Aidan O’Rourke
Piano/harmonium – Kit Downes
Harp – Esther Swift
Guitar – Sorren Maclean
Artwork by Dalziel + Scullion
Sequence by Tom Rose
Recorded and mixed by Mattie Foulds at Caribou Recordings
Additional recording by Gordon Maclean at An Tobar
Additional mixing by Calum Malcolm
Mastered by Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound Studios
- They were sitting against the back wall of the pub
- She put on the headphones, selected shuffle
- Some stories are so good that they deserve repeating in every generation
- Is that what brought you all the way up here?
- Where did he come from, that man with the shining smile?
- This morning you take a stroll out to the Pictish stone
- She picked up the letter again
- ‘Leon!’ he called, not loudly
- We drove down the road, saddened by my father’s decline
- We would never have gone out if we had not intended to return
- When I was appointed to my present position three years ago
- In this film from 1950
- That braggart has it coming to him
- Dinner was over
- Nobody could be a hundred per cent sure about the last tiger
- There she stood in her finery, taking the air, tall, handsome, proud
- My father and I are reading the papers
- I remember Daft Davie standing at the top of the hill
- It was an afternoon of possible magic
- Jack was walking by the lochside
- I used not to be able to read on buses
- The room is in darkness
- Once, when I was about thirteen
- Do people still do this?
- They’d start their calling around midnight
- I met him only once
- Before the beginning there was nothing
- See that?
- Jack was walking by the sea
- Now here are our main stories again