Here’s me performing “The Real Pity” (which was recently published in Angle, Issue 1) for my first-year class on 9th May.
The first issue of Angle has just been published. I’ve got two pieces in it, “The Real Pity”, a tribute, albeit somewhat critical, to Wilfred Owen, and “A Giraffe Among Jackals”, a tribute to Mark Allinson. There are also sung versions of both pieces.
I sang both songs today for my first-year class, as well as the rest of the set of 12 songs I intend to perform later this year during the Edinburgh Festival – see my latest post. I didn’t make too many mistakes, but 0 mistakes is the aim. It’ll help when I’ve learnt them all by heart. My performance was recorded on video. So I may be posting some of that later on.
Edinburgh 2012, George Mackay Brown, Just Rain, Margaret Griffiths, Michael Boyd, My Naked Heart, Snakeskin, Streets of Gold, The Bard that Sang Stromness, The Festival of Spirituality and Peace, The Fringe 1980, The Story So Far, The Wanderer, Wilfred Owen
I’ve been booked by the Festival of Spirituality and Peace to play four concerts in Edinburgh on 6th, 8th, 10th & 12th August at 4pm each day.
They will be printing 10,000 programmes, where my event, “My Naked Heart”, will be described as follows:
“Melodic and melancholic songs on acoustic guitar by Scottish singer/songwriter, Duncan Gillies MacLaurin, who has now lived in Denmark for over two decades. He portrays the natural beauty of where he resides on the west coast of Jutland, pays homage to poets such as George Mackay Brown and Wilfred Owen, and paints the contours of his own personal vision. A complimentary pamphlet of his lyrics will be provided on entry.”
Hope to see you there then!
P.S. My friend, Michael Boyd, turns 50 on the day of my final concert, and he features in a poem/song I wrote called The Fringe, 1980, published in Snakeskin, October 2008. He can’t be there unfortunately, but I’ve promised to dedicate “My Naked Heart” to him.
P.P.S. I’m only planning to sing two of my sonnets, but one of those is “Just Rain”, my sonnet for Maz, aka Margaret Griffiths.