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Written for Forvie Nature Reserve as part of the ‘In Tune With Nature’ competition, a collaboration with Nature Scot and Fèis Rois. Part of Scotland’s year of coasts and waters 2020.
Gaither reflects the changing role Forvie has played over the course of history in supporting its inhabitants and visitors. People have been living and harvesting along this coastline since at least the mesolithic period. In the 12th century Forvie was a thriving farming village until advancing sands made it unsustainable to live there. During the World Wars locals would forage on the dunes for rabbits, shellfish and plants to supplement their rations. It is an important habitat for birds such as arctic terns, Curlews and oystercatchers as well as other animals including seals, insects, deer and more. Not far from the Forvie coastline are the north sea oil reserves, yet another important human resource.
The piece features a bed of audio which I recorded at the Forvie shoreline a few years ago whilst visiting my family in Inverurie. The melody and orchestration aim to reflect the shifting sands, the movement of the sea and the constant change of visitors to the area. The writing and production process took place during lockdown with each contributor recording/engineering from home.
released November 13, 2020
James Lindsay - Composer, Bass, Guitar, Synths
Jack Smedley - Fiddle
John Lowrie - Keyboard
Scott Mackay - Drums