"Become aware what is in you. Announce it, pronounce it, produce it and give birth to it." - Meister Eckhart

10 November 2011

Voices in Scotland - Folktales, Music & Ballads


I'm pleased to announce the release of "Voices in Scotland - Folktales, Music & Ballads" on Brechin All Records (www.brechin-all-records.com). I am so honoured to be included along with some of Scotland's most talented storytellers, musicians and singers, including the late great Stanley Robertson. Kudos go to storyteller and musician Marion Kenny who produced this lovely double CD set. Thanks also to the Scottish Storytelling Centre and to Creative Scotland for their support. I would also like to thank the musicians Jean-David Cailloet (guitar/xylophone), Marion Kenny (flute/harmonium) and Joel Sanderson (cello) for their sensitive and imaginative accompaniment.

CD Tracks
Vol. 1
1. Prelude
2. The Angel of Death - Stanley Robertson
3. The Baobab Tree - Mara Menzies
4. The Piper and the Maker - Mairi Campbell
5. The Curious Girl - Michael Williams
6. Silver Dust Gold Dust - Mio Shapley

Vol. 2
1. Finn and the Hero's Children - Claire McNicol
2. O Are Ye Sleeping Maggie? - Stanley Robertson
3. Black Hair - Marion Kenny
4. Mees Kees - Laurence Tulloch
5. Nanabush and the Butterflies - Chuck Warren

May these stories warm your heart, kindle your imagination, and soothe your soul.

Testimonials

"We have received only very positive reports of your workshop, and must thank you for being so flexible and responsive both before and in the course of implementing the workshop. It has been lovely to work with you. . . . We are hopeful this project will give rise to future storytelling endeavours, and would be very happy to work with you again if the opportunity arises!" Muireann Crowley, At Home in Scotland, University of Edinburgh, May 2014 ("Storytelling, Research and Public Engagement" workshop)

Michael Williams is a a storyteller of compelling skill. He is also a fine human being who engages in all situations and draws people into the warmth of communication and shared experience." Donald Smith, Director, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Scotland

"Michael's understanding of storytelling within a leadership and business context has helped us provide a great service in helping leaders determine their personal and organisational destiny and legacy. Working with Michael is inspiring and fun; and pulls you to be fully engaged from start to finish." Norton Bertram-Smith, Managing Director and Leadership Consultant for On Purpose.

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