Click player below to hear 'I Shall Be Glad" from 'Sing Me A Song- The Robert Louis Stevenson Project'
Neil started his professional musical career with renowned Scottish folk band Silly Wizard in the 1970s. Whilst they went on to great international fame, he emigrated to Australia, where he and Judy met. Well known on the Australian folk circuit, their musical life has included the founding of the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club http://www.melbournescottishfiddlers.com/, one of the most flourishing fiddle groups in the world, and concert performances with many bands and as a duo. This project, the culmination of a long time passion for Robert Louis Stevenson’s writing, involved them in constructing a show based on his poetry, put to music and arranged by Neil and Judy.The CD features beautifully arranged and recorded settings of these songs, some with the 30 fiddlers of the fiddle club, others with smaller groups. In the show, live performances of the songs are juxtaposed with extracts from RLS’s writing (including letters and diaries) and beautiful contemporary photographs. mostly taken by his family, of the fascinating life of one of Scotland’s greatest writers of the 19th Century. The combination of beautiful music and the obvious genuine affection of this husband and wife team for another makes for a heartwarming, interesting and engaging event. Click here https://sites.google.com/site/itstherobertlouisstevensonshow/about-the-show to see reviews of shows from the Scottish tour in 2014. In 2015 Neil and Judy spent time in Scotland with the fiddle club on a tour which saw concerts all over the north of Scotland and in Shetland, as well as a performance in St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.
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