Songs by us
Cuckoo and Thorn
Written by Andrew in his sleep. He dreamt we were at a music festival and heard someone singing this song. When he woke, he could still remember it, but no-one he sang it to had heard it before, so it must be an original. Performed in Coity woods about 5 minutes from where we live. Recorded during lockdown. No viruses were encountered in making this video. To contact Andrew and Carole, visit https://www.cranedrivinmusic.com/
The Gower Grey Mare
A 'new song for an old custom' written and performed by Andrew McKay & Carole Etherton. The Midwinter Horse is an old Welsh tradition, called ‘Mari Lwyd’ in Cymraeg, or the ‘Grey Mare’ in English-speaking parts. She is represented by a decorated horse-skull set atop a pole, the carrier hidden by sheets, and attended by singers and musicians. This song sets out to explain what’s going on, and that your donations ‘buy’ you a share in the Good Luck the Horse brings. The seasonal aspects are also important – in the depths of winter, it’s comforting to know that even a dead horse can come back to life, if the right songs are sung. This is a 'new song for an old tradition', written and performed by Andrew McKay & Carole Etherton. The video is illustrated by photos gleaned from t'internet in the traditional way. We're happy for anyone going out with a Midwinter Horse to sing this, provided they give us credit. We're using it with the newly-resurrected Loughor Grey Mare.
A while back, we had a week on a tall ship, including going up the mast, handling sails and assisting on the bridge. The main thing I learnt was that I'm too old for that sort of thing. Keeping watch through the night, watching the first light appear in the eastern sky, I thought "I'm ready for bed". So I wrote a song, as one does, called "Last Watch". Carole and I recorded it in our local church (hence occasional 'noises off') and here it is, with some suitably relevant photos. As always, we're happy for others to sing it, but we'd like to know if you do. Words and music © A McKay 2015 Sung by Andrew McKay & Carole Etherton see www.cranedrivinmusic.com