Between River and Railway

by Claire Hastings

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Since winning the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year title in 2015, folk singer Claire Hastings’ debut album Between River and Railway has been hotly anticipated. The album features exciting arrangements of traditional folk songs alongside Claire’s self-penned material.

'Throughout the album, whether Claire is singing in the tradition, about her home, sharing life experiences or interpreting the works of Robert Burns and William Douglas, there’s an enduring sense of beauty, in both vocals and music.' (Folkwords)

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released April 29, 2016

Recorded at Carrier Waves, Glasgow

Vocals/ukulele: Claire Hastings
Guitar/BVs: Jenn Butterworth
Fiddle: Laura Wilkie
Accordion: Andrew Waite
Bass: Duncan Lyall
Percussion: Martin O'Neill

Producer: Ali Hutton
Recording engineer: Keir Long
Mixing engineer: Andrea Gobbi
Mastering by Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound studios.

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Claire Hastings Glasgow, UK

Scottish folksinger/songwriter

BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2015

DEBUT ALBUM OUT NOW

Hastings’ talents not just as a musician but as a compelling storyteller were obvious (The Herald)

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Track Name: The House at Rosehill
My great grandfather he worked on the land
Between river and railway with horse and by hand
A son and a grandson were eager to follow
They all called it home for a life of tomorrows
I remember it still, the house at Rosehill

My mother would collect all the apples from the garden
And all who stepped foot in the summer would have some
The door always open for neighbours and friends
Who’d arrive at midday but stay long after ten
I remember it still, the house at Rosehill

At Christmas time a man would appear by the clothes line
My sister and I being young at the time
Two pebbles for eyes and a scarf he would borrow
We didn’t stop to think he’d be gone by tomorrow
I remember it still, the house at Rosehill

And now all the shoes they have gone from the door
The Clydesdales and collies, they don’t work here anymore
Through four generations, many decades and milestones
We’ve all got our stories from the place we called home
I remember it still
We remember it still
I remember it still, the house at Rosehill
Track Name: The Bothy Lads
The Bothy Lads

For they’re awfy lads the bothy lads
Gin they get what they’re seekin
They’ll pack a kist an they’ll gang an enlist
An’ leave the lassies greetin

When a wis noo but sweet sixteen
Wi’ beauty just in bloomin
Little little did I ken
At nineteen I’d be greetin

For the plooboy lads are gey braw lads
But they’re fause an deceiving
For they’ll tak a’ an they’ll gang awa
An leave the lassie’s greetin

If I had kent what I dae ken
An ta’en my mither’s bidden
Ah winna be sittin by oor fireside
Cryin hushaby my bairnie

Hushaba for I’m yer ma
The lord kens wha’s yer daddy
I’ll tak guid care an I’ll be aware
O the young lads in the gloaming

When a wis noo but sweet sixteen
Wi’ beauty just in bloomin
Little little did I ken
At nineteen I’d be greetin
Track Name: Son of No One
Son of No One

I am the son of no one
Nobody’s for to claim
No father and no mother
To whom I owe my name
It’s a thousand times and over
I’ve paid for that woman’s shame
Still I’m waiting for that knock upon my door

I am the son of no one
There are others just the same
Past memories are tainted
By poverty and pain
No loved ones for to speak of
Only shadows that remain
Still I’m waiting for that knock upon my door
Still I’m waiting for that knock upon my door

Pray for me
Forgotten, nobody’s child
Pray for me
Nobody’s child

I am the son of no one
Nobody’s for to claim
No father and no mother
To whom I owe my name
It’s a thousand times and over
I’ve paid for that woman’s shame
Still I’m waiting for that knock upon my door

Pray for me
Forgotten, nobody’s child
Pray for me
Nobody’s child (rpt)
Track Name: I Missed the Boat
I Missed the Boat

I’m stuck stood where I stand
I’m stuck stood where I stand
Will need to find another way
Or I’m on dry land another day
I missed the boat today

I missed the boat today
I missed the boat today

I’ll sit and wait right here
I’ll sit and wait right here
I will sit and wait right here
Tomorrow it is drawing near
I missed the boat today

I missed the boat today
I missed the boat today

I missed the boat today
I missed the boat today
I missed the boat today
I missed the boat today

I won’t reach the other side (I won’t reach the other side)
No I can’t reach the other side (I can’t reach the other side)
I won’t reach the other side (I won’t reach the other side)
No I can’t reach the other side (I won’t reach the other side)
Track Name: The Posie
The Posie

O love will venture in where it daurna weel be seen,
O love will venture in where wisdom aince has been;
But I will down yon river rove, amang the woods sae green,
And a' to pu' a posie to my ain dear May.


The primrose I will pu', the firstling o' the year;
And I will pu' the pink, the emblem o' my Dear,
For she is the pink o' womankind, and blooms without a peer;
And a' to be a posie to my ain dear May.


The lily it is pure, and the lily it is fair,
And in her lovely bosom I'll place the lily there;
The daisy's for simplicity and unaffected air,
And a' to be a posy to my ain dear May.


The woodbine I will pu' when the e'ening star is near,
And the diamond draps o' dew shall be her een sae clear;
The violet is for modesty which weel she fa's to wear,
And a' to be a posie to my ain dear May.


I'll tie the posie round wi' the silken band o' luve,
And I'll place it in her breast, and I'll swear by a' abuve,
That to my latest draught o' life the band shall ne'er remove,
And this will be a posie to my ain dear May.
Track Name: Let Ramensky Go
Let Ramensky Go

There was a lad in Glesga town, Ramensky was his name

Johnny didnae know it then but he was set for fame

He did a wee bit job or two he blew them open wide
But they caught him and they tried him
And they bunged him right inside

Alley-ee alley-ay alley-oo alley-oh

Open up your prison gates 
and let Ramensky go



And when they let him out he said he'd try his best but then

He yielded tae temptation and they bunged him in again

Now Johnny hit the headlines, entertained the boys below

When he climbed up tae the prison roof and gave a one-man show


But when the war was raging the brass-hats had a plan

Tae purloin some information, but they couldnae find a man

So they nobbled John in prison, asked if he would take a chance

Then they dropped him in a parachute beyond the coast of France


And when the war was over, they shook him by the hand

For stealing secret documents frae the German High Command

So Johnny was rewarded for the job he did sae well

They granted him a pardon frae the prison and the cell


But Johnny was in error when he tried his hand once more

For they caught him at a blastin', and it wasnae worth the score

The jury pled for mercy, but the judge's voice was heard
“Ten years without remission, and that's my final word”

Ten years, my lord, that's far too long, wee Johnny cried in vain

For if you send me up for ten I'll ne’er come out again

Oh give me another chance, my lord, I'm tellin' you no lie

For if you send me up for ten I'll sicken and I'll die


Now Peterheid's a fortress, its walls are thick and stout

But it couldnae hold wee Johnny when he felt like walking out

Five times he took a powder, he left them in a fix

And every day they sweat and pray in case he makes it six

Track Name: When a Knight Won His Spurs
When a Knight Won His Spurs


When a knight won his spurs, in the stories of old,
He was gentle and brave, he was gallant and bold
With a shield on his arm and a lance in his hand,
For God (or love) and for valour he rode through the land.


No charger have I, and no sword by my side,
Yet still to adventure and battle I ride,
Though back into storyland giants have fled,
And the knights are no more and the dragons are dead.


Let faith be my shield and let joy be my steed
Against the dragons of anger, the ogres of greed;
And let me set free with the sword of my youth,
From the castle of darkness, the power of the truth.
Track Name: Annie Laurie
Annie Laurie

Maxwellton braes are bonnie,
Where early fa's the dew,
And 'twas there that Annie Laurie
Gave me her promise true.
Gave me her promise true,
Which ne'er forgot will be,
And for bonnie Annie Laurie
I'd lay me doun and dee.

Her brow is like the snawdrift,
Her neck is like the swan,
Her face it is the fairest,
That e'er the sun shone on:
That e'er the sun shone on,
And dark blue is her e'e,
And for bonnie Annie Laurie,
I'd lay me doun and dee.

Like dew on the gowan lying,
Is the fa' o' her fairy feet:
And like winds in summer sighing,
Her voice is low and sweet:
Her voice is low and sweet,
She's a' the world to me,
And for bonnie Annie Laurie,
I'd lay me doun and dee.
Track Name: The Gretna Girls
The Gretna Girls

We cam tae the factory when the war it was far from being over
Oor troubles we packed up, we would dae oor bit for a’ the boys a far
Big cities and wee toons and fae a’ the country roon
Here come the Gretna girls!

Lodgins we did share, in the hostels firm friendships they were founded
But for a’ the times o’ joy the 12 hour shifts were there tae keep us lassies grounded
For country and for king, ammunition we would bring
Here come the Gretna girls!

The labour it was hard, the cordite polluted oor lungs
Hair and cheeks once rosy the colour of yella often turned
But for ten times the pay we would work another day…
Track Name: Come Spend a While Wi' Me
Come Spend a While Wi’ Me

Dae ye see yon mountains rise 

'Neath the vast eternal skies 

An' the world turns roun’ an' the sun gans doon 

Afore your very eyes 

An' the clock will no' turn back 

So come on we'll hae the craic 

Aye we'll hae oor fun, e'er this nicht is done 

Come spend a while wi me

Chorus:
Come spend a while wi’ me 

For your ay’ guid company 

Aye an’ wha kens when we’ll meet again 

An’ wha kens whaur we’ll be 

We’ll lift oor hearts an’ sing 

While the pipes an’ fiddles ring 

And we’ll lift oor heels tae the jigs an’ reels 

Come spend a while wi’ me

Well Davie’s songs were braw 

Aye an’ Davie’s craic an’ a’ 

But there’s mony have gone as the years roll on 

An’ Davie’s noo awa’ 

An’ the circle never ends 

So we’ll drink tae absent friends 

Aye we’ll raise a glass tae them that’s passed 

Come spend a while wi’ me

We work and eat and sleep 

Just tae earn oor meager keep 

And the stress and strife o’ oor daily life 

Is the harvest that we reap
But ye only get one chance 

So come on and join the dance 

Come forget your woe, let the music flow 

And spend a while wi’ me