John Watt & Davey Stewart
Shores of the Forth
Fife’s Got Everything according to the song by John and Davey. A slightly exaggerated claim perhaps, but the two Fifers from Dunfermline and St Andrews respectively go a long way to prove it. Comedy songs, serious songs and recitations paint both a contemporary and past picture of this beautiful part of Scotland from two of the finest entertainers to come out of the ancient ‘Kingdom of Fife’. The title song Shores of the Forth is one of the few songs on the album that was not written by John. Some of John's songs such as Kelty Clippie and Pittenweem Jo have become classics and have been recorded by several other singers since John and Davey first recorded them in 1976.
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John Watt & Davey Stewart: Shores of the Forth
Shores of the Forth on springthyme/sound cloud
King James VI of Scotland described Fife as a ‘beggar’s mantle fringed with gold’ and this inspired the name of the band who provide the instrumentals and the backings - Jock Ritchie from Inverkeithing on fiddle, Jock Mullen from Kelty on accordion, Robin McKidd from Glenrothes on guitar and bass and Brian Miller from Penicuik on guitar and mandolin.
Credits: Recorded at sessions during the weekend of 13, 14, 15 February 1976 at Balcanquhal Farm Cottage, Gateside, Fife. Recorded with a microphone stereo pair direct to 15ips Revox and produced by Peter Shepheard. Additional recordings (overdub of mandolin and kazoo) and mixing by Ian Sinclair at GRF Studios, Glasgow. Cover photograph by Kenny Thomson. Thanks to Artie Trezise and Cilla Fisher for use of Balcanquhal, Auchmuty High School for use of the bass, Mary Stewart and Cathy Watt for food and drink. Sleeve notes by John Watt and Peter Shepheard. Remastered for digital CD release by David Cunningham of Thane Multimedia, Cupar, Fife. Drawings illustrating the song pages on the website and the Online CD Booklet (and used in the original LP song sheet insert) are by Lynn Sheridan.