Discography

The Water of Life

The Water Of Life
Greentrax CDTRAX246 - 2003
Robin follows on from his 1997 album dedicated to "The Angel's Share" with another collection of fourteen songs from the book on the subject of whisky.

Tracks: A Wee Drappie O't - Shining Clear - Jock Geddes And The Soo - Lochanside - The Devil Uisge Beatha - The Best O' The Barley - The Wag At The Wa' - Bruichladdich - A Cogie O' Yill - The Queer Folk In The Shaws - The Barley Bree - The Ghost Ai' The Squeaky Wheel - The Gulls Of Invergordon - A Wee Drap O' Whisky.

Imaginary Lines

Imaginary Lines
Greentrax CDTRAX185 - 2001
This is a fine album to add to Robin's extensive catalogue of thoughtful and thought-provoking songs.

Tracks; Where Did the Morning Go, The Wife of Usher's Well, Cyclops, A Nation's Heart, Carmichael Mill, Watershed, Closer to Heaven, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Michigan Skies, Heavy Horses, Born in the Wrong Time, Venezuela, Black Clothes, The Sectret Song of Time

The Angel Share

The Angels Share
Greentrax CDTRAX137 - 1999
This album has most of the songs (and a few short poems), from the one man show, "The Angels’ Share", devised by Robin as a light-hearted examination of the cultural side of Scotch whisky. Most of the songs are traditional, but not all! The Angels’ Share is the name given to the whisky lost through evaporation as the spirit matures for years in oak casks. Best listened to with a wee dram, but that is not compulsory.

Tracks;More Than Just a Dram, Our Glens, Piper MacNeil, Willie Brew’d a Peck o’ Maut, The Parish o’ Dunkeld, Tak Aff Your Dram, Twelve and a Tanner a Bottle, Whisky and Women, Nancy’s Whisky, The Deil’s Awa wi’ th’ Exciseman, A Bottle o’ the Best, John Barleycorn, Tongue Discipline, Tall Tale, Whisky You’re the Devil, Tak’ a Dram/A Wee Deoch an Dorus

Walking in Time

Walking in Time
Greentrax CDTRAX072 - 1994
This album has more of a balance between traditional songs and self-penned. The theme of the album is the re-working of traditional and historical material. This might be new versions of old song lyrics or traditional tunes or the historical subjects of some of the songs.

 

Tracks:The Soldier Maid, Kilbowie Hill, The Summer of ’46, Punters, The Unquiet Grave, The Lass o’ Paties Mill, El Punado de Centeno/Jamie Foyers, Billy Taylor, The Forth Bridge Song, The Loose Noose/Deacon Brodie, When Two hearts Combine, Lament on the death of his Second Wife, Calypso’s Island, Experience

Edinburgh Skyline

Edinburgh Skyline
Greentrax CDTRAX021 - 1989
Robin’s first recording. All but two of the songs are written by Robin. The two which are not are a Scots ballad, "Andrew Lammie" and "Icarus" by Anne Lister. Robin’s own songs have settings that range from Cornwall to Edinburgh and to the inner Hebrides. The dominant theme, to quote from Hamish Henderson’s sleeve notes is "a preoccupation with the transitory nature of things – with time, the passing of the seasons and the annual resurrection and rebirth which the folksong of the world celebrates". This album has two of Robin’s most frequently sung and recorded songs, "Isle of Eigg" and "Ulysses".

Tracks: Edinburgh Skyline, Burke and Hare, Love is Born, The Union Canal, Leaving Today, Icarus, Ulysses, Isle of Eigg, Day by Day, Andrew Lammie, Spring Song, Passing Time.