13 tracks: Baker Street * Where I Belong * Family Tree * As Wise As A Serpent * The Light Of Love * Steamboat Row * Look At The Moon * Over My Head * Mary Skeffington * Waters Of Forgetfulness * To Each And Everyone * The Ark * Another World.
As a multi-million selling recording artist with an equally impressive Olivier Award-winning acting career, Barbara Dickson OBE has established herself as one of the most enduring and popular artists in Britain today. She tours throughout the UK in major venues to packed houses.
This is Barbara Dickson’s second album for Greentrax Recordings and is a collection of the songs of Gerry Rafferty. Barbara was both a friend of Gerry’s and a great admirer of his songs, which comes across in this tribute album. It is again produced by the amazing multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley.
Born in Dunfermline, Scotland, Barbara’s love of music was evident from an early age - she began studying piano at the age of five and by twelve had also taken up the guitar. She developed an interest in folk music whilst at school which led to floor spots singing at her local folk club. After relocating to Edinburgh she went on to combine a day job in the Civil Service whilst steadily pursuing her first love, music, in local pubs and clubs.
The watershed moment came in 1968 when, after being refused leave from her job for an overseas singing engagement, Barbara resigned, determined to pursue a career for herself in the burgeoning folk scene of the late 1960s. The next few years saw Barbara gradually ‘paying her dues’ on the Scottish and English folk circuit, steadily building a reputation and working with the likes of Billy Connolly, Rab Noakes, Archie Fisher and importantly from the point of view of this album, Gerry Rafferty. Early folk albums, which she recorded for Trailer and Decca Records, were well received.
Barbara readily admits that she would have been happy to continue her life as a travelling folk musician, but a meeting with an old friend, musician and playwright Willy Russell, in Liverpool in the early 70s was to change the course of her career completely. Barbara’s stage career then took off, followed by her first hit single Answer Me in 1976 and a guest residency on the BBC’s hugely successful The Two Ronnies show later that year brought Barbara into the homes of more than 15 million viewers on Saturday evenings.
Other hit singles followed and Barbara’s many stage and other successes have been well chronicled. Awards include an MBE, an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Pride of Scotland award at the Scottish Music Awards. Barbara’s autobiography A Shirt Box Full Of Songs was published in 2009.
In 2011 Barbara signed to Greentrax and released her album Words Unspoken which furthered her desire to explore the music of the British Isles, presenting a selection of favourites from her ‘shirt box’ that she had always wanted to record. The album was produced by Troy Donockley, with whom she had already developed a successful working partnership involving previous albums and live tours.
In early 2013 Barbara and Troy set to work on this studio album for Greentrax, featuring a collection of songs by her late friend, the songwriter Gerry Rafferty who died in 2011. This album is very important to Barbara to keep alive the memory and awareness of the prodigious talent that was Gerry Rafferty, the fundamental motivation behind this album and the hope that it would come to fruition.
Ian Green of Greentrax was immediately excited by the project and gave full support to Barbara and Troy. Troy Donockley absolutely dedicated himself to the project and not only produced the album but also played a host of instruments on it.
Session musicians were Christine Waldock, Frank Van Essen, Neil Drinkwater, Nick Holland, Brad Lang, Russell Field and Andy Dinan.
The selection of songs is impeccable and features a total of thirteen songs. The beautiful front cover was painted by John Byrne.
Troy and Barbara dedicate the album to Gerry Rafferty’s memory and we feel sure that Gerry would approve of what Barbara and Troy have done with this selection of his songs.
“Gerry Rafferty was, for me, amongst the best songwriters of his generation. This is subjective of course, but his catalogue stands to attention when his name is called, in the pantheon of great artists of the last fifty years, and Baker Street alone made him a worldwide household name…“ (Barbara Dickson)