The songs on "Where the Heart Is" tell stories of leaving, returning, and longing for the places and people that color our lives. Some are love songs, like Robin Laingâ€™s beautiful â€œThe Isle of Eiggâ€ and the poignant â€œLoch Tay Boat Song.â€
Others reflect the frustration of people who were forced from their homes and made to emigrate during the time known as the Clearances. â€œVoice of my Islandâ€ is the story of one manâ€™s thoughts as he prepares to leave his home on the island of Mull. From the other side of the ocean, â€œThe Canadian Settlerâ€™s Lamentâ€ tells of an Ã©migrÃ© who dreams of his homeland. And, in a more raucous and defiant style, â€œThe Highland Clansâ€ pays homage to the way of life that ended when the highlanders departed.
The joy of returning home is here as well. â€œRolling Homeâ€ is a rollicking tale of sailors returning home from the sea, and â€œYellow on the Broom,â€ tells of Scottish traveling people, eagerly anticipating their return to the road in the springtime.
Linda Dewarâ€™s vocals are top-notch, and â€œWhere the Heart Isâ€ is made even better with the addition of backing musicians who are some of the best in the business. Donnie Macdonald and James Keigher, who perform together as the duo Men of Worth, provide a variety of instrumentals as well as backing vocals. Scottish fiddler John Taylor proves once again that heâ€™s among the very best in the genre. And bassist Glenn Cornick (Jethro Tull, Wild Turkey, etc.) is a genius at knowing just what to play and when.
People who like to buy CDâ€™s instead of downloading because they enjoy having the inserts will like what they get with this album. All the lyrics are included, along with Linda Dewarâ€™s liner notes about each song.
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1. Voice of my Island
2. The Loch Tay Boat Song
3. Jamie Raeburn's Farewell
4. Yellow on the Broom
5. The Canadian Settler's Lament
6. Bay of Storms
8. The Highland Clans
9. The Isle of Eigg
10. Rolling Home