Ben Robertson - The Sweetness of Mary (Joan MacDonald Boes) - Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar
Last October I went to the beautiful coastal town of Ullapool in the North West Highlands of Scotland. I attended the Ullapool Guitar Festival, where I first met this guitar, and also had one of the best music sessions of my life in a pub called The Arch. It was at this session that I first heard this beautiful strathspey, The Sweetness of Mary, from the playing of Mairearad Green. It seems fitting that this is the first tune I have arranged on this guitar!
Ben Robertson - High Flying Seagull (Dougie MacLean Cover) - LIVE
A few weeks ago I had the joyous experience of attending a tune and song session for the first time in a very, very long time. A very uplifting experience after a very dark year. We played lots of tunes, sang lots of songs, and this is one of them - a song written by Dougie MacLean, with excellent fiddle accompaniment by Clare "Fluff" Smith. Thanks to Chris Lee and Fluff for the video and editing!
Ben Robertson - The Workers Song (Ed Pickford arr. Dick Gaughan)
Here's my cover of The Workers Song by Ed Pickford, as arranged by Dick Gaughan. I realised I have spent most of lockdown arranging and recording instrumentals and completely ignoring songs! So here is something to remedy that. I hope you enjoy.
Phoebe Rees & Ben Robertson - The Ship in Full Sail, The Pattern Day, The Ashplant
Here's a little set of tunes me and Phoebe Rees (www.phoeberees.co.uk) have been working on recently. The first tune, The Ship in Full Sail, is a jig I've known most of my life from a Full House recording on their album Spaciously Deceptive. The second, The Pattern Day, is a tune I heard only recently, recorded by Daimh on The Hebridean Sessions. And finally the last tune, The Ashplant, is just one of those melodies that pops up in sessions everywhere, no idea where I first heard it! Thanks to Phoebe Rees for her fabulous fiddle playing in this collaboration, it was a pleasure! My website: www.benrobertsonmusic.co.uk My facebook page: www.facebook.com/BenRobertsonMusic Phoebe's website: www.phoeberees.co.uk Phoebe's facebook page: www.facebook.com/PhoebeReesMusic
Ben Robertson & Phoebe Rees - Tingler's Jig, Morgawr
Yesterday me and the fantastic Phoebe Rees ( https://phoeberees.co.uk/ ) debuted our latest collaboration at The Raven Folk Club Online. Here it is in case you missed it! It's a set of two tunes - Tingler's Jig, and a reel called Morgawr. If you listen on speakers/headphones with good bass/low end, you'll hear my octave pedal and stomp pedal coming in throughout the piece. Visit my website: www.benrobertsonmusic.co.uk and on facebook: www.facebook.com/BenRobertsonMusic
Moonshiner - Ben Robertson and Ellie Gowers
Really enjoyed collaborating with Ben the first time round so we decided to do another. No one seems to know where this song came from. Some believe Ireland, others: America. I have always known the Bob Dylan version with the very lovely melancholic harmonica, but The Clancy Brothers and The Punch Brothers have also done stellar versions. Here we are singing our own version. Enjoy and please share!! :)
Ben Robertson - Hobed o Hilion / MacLeod's Farewell
This is my arrangement of two celtic tunes. The first, Hobed o Hilion, is an old Welsh tune, who's title roughly translates as "The Bucket of Grain". The second, MacLeod's Farewell, is a stunning tune written by Donald Shaw. It's often played faster than this as a reel in sessions.