Robin sings many of his own songs, most written in a traditional style. He also sings traditional songs and songs by other modern writers. In a live performance you may hear more of his humorous songs than you will hear on his albums, but his album track listings give a fair indication of his current repertoire.
Robins 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. Robins own songs have settings that range from Cornwall to Edinburgh and to the inner Hebrides. The dominant theme, to quote from Hamish Hendersons 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 Robins most frequently sung and recorded songs, "Isle of Eigg" and "Ulysses".
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.
The Angels Share
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.