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Malcolm Wray

The Life Of A Man: A Collection

Black Lake Recordings

Released: 27th April 2021

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Malcolm Wray - The Life Of A Man: A Collection
(Green Atom Records, Glasgow)

"My father passed away in 2015 leaving a gaping hole in my heart. From a bag of CDs, reels, minidiscs and mp3s I have spent the time since then rebuilding a picture of him, in an attempt to better understand him as much as to try and memorialise his music. From out of that sometimes overwhelming legacy I have pieced together a collection of nineteen tracks spanning almost thirty five years. Painstakingly restored from a variety of sources by Tommy Duffin at 16 Ohm Studios in Glasgow, I’ve reassembled this selection in a sequence of which I think my da would have approved.

One of the brightest lights of Derry’s burgeoning folk scene of the 1970’s, Malcolm was well known for his work as a musician and singer with Saoirse Folk and Bog Butter before forming the innovative and tireless Quilty with Ian Stevenson in the latter half of the decade. Regular headliners in the folk festivals of Pontardawe, Swansea and Brittany, Quilty featured a revolving cast of intimidatingly talented musicians with Malcolm its sole constant member.

Despite notable exclusions from his time with Derry’s Thundering Down and some lost BBC sessions, the included work with Quilty, Bog Butter and Trebog provides a compelling, if loosely sketched, picture of a career and a man that are worth remembering. Balanced with home recordings that have been unreleased until now, this collection is an attempt to in some way bring back the voice and the man for many, and to say “here is who he was” to the uninitiated.

A celebration of a life, of folk music, and of Ireland’s bardic tradition, these nineteen tracks represent a letter of love from the song collector to the people who he sang these songs for - from Derry to Orkney, Donegal to the Isle of Man, Clare to Poitiers, and beyond." - Noel Wray.

Limited cd release on Glasgow’s Green Atom