The critically-acclaimed multimedia production of a Scot’s journey to the Western Front in World War One in songs, music and poems. This concert was recorded in front of a capacity audience in the Victoria Halls, Selkirk on Sunday 5th August 2018.
Devised, written and directed by Ian McCalman. The concert is narrated by BBC Radio Scotland presenter Iain Anderson. The entire cast:
Barbara Dickson MBE * Mairi MacInnes * Siobhan Miller * Fiona Forbes * Anne Murray MBE * Mary Weatherston * Carol Prior * Mairearad Green * Dick Gaughan * Ian McCalman * Iain Anderson (narrator) * Ian Bruce * Stephen Quigg * Stevie Palmer * Professor Gary West * Brian Miller * George Archibald * Charlie Milne * Tom Ward * Allan Prior * Kenny MacDonald * John Blackwood * Jim Weatherston * Dennis Wilson * Gordon Stewart * Peter Heywood (overhead slide projection) * Norman Gore * Donald Hay.
The cast of twenty-seven includes members of Sangsters, Ragged Glory, Soopna and more.
A series of concerts around Scotland, sponsored by WW100 Scotland, Poppy Scotland, Legion Scotland and Creative Scotland was arranged for 2018 and Greentrax Recordings produced this DVD from the first of these concerts. The production has been presented in several venues across Scotland, including a sell-out return visit to Celtic Connections in the Glasgow Concert Hall.
The project arose out of the Greentrax double CD Far, Far From Ypres - Songs, Poems & Music Of World War One, however the DVD should not be regarded as simply a duplication of the double CD content, but as an independent production.
“A lengthy standing ovation ended an evening brilliantly presented with quite stunning singing. A very emotional concert but a really wonderful experience.”
“A standing ovation raised the roof for several minutes after the show had finished. It was a stirring end to a night that left the entire audience moved and sombre, but strangely elated.”
First half: Battle Of The Somme (pipes) * Last Mile Home / Mademoiselle From Armentiers / We’re Here * Your King And Country Need You * Victory Parade * Geordie McCrae * Hush! Here Comes A Whizz Bang / Bombed Last Night * Dulce Et Decorum Est (poem) * Black Is The Sun * Hallowe’en * Fritzy Boy / The Old Battalion * Keep The Home Fires Burning * And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda * Tha ar ‘n ainm ard air Menheim (Our Names Upon The Menin Gate) * Victory Parade * Childhood’s End * Look For A Silver Lining * It’s A Long Way To Tipperary.
Second half: Farewell To The Creeks (pipes) * Goodbyeee * In Flanders Fields (poem) * Jimmy’s Gone Tae Flanders * Proof That We Are Winning The War (story) * Whiter Than The Whitewash / I Want To Go Home / I Don’t Want To Be A Soldier * The Only Girl In The World * The Bells Of Hell / Raining * Roses Of Picardy * The Devonshire Carol * I Wore A Tunic / Far, Far From Wipers / When This Bloody War Is Over * An Eala Bhan (The White Swan) * Victory Parade * The Bells Of Hell * Keep Right On To The End Of The Road / It’s A Long Way To Tipperary / Pack Up Your Troubles * Only Remembered.
Please note that the format of this DVD is PAL only (not NTSC). Region-free (playable in all regions).