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by Malcolm MacWatt

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    7" single on transparent saltire blue vinyl. Produced by Brian Brinkerhoff & Frank Swart. Mixed by Frank Swart. Mastered by Justin Perkins at Mystery Room Mastering, Milwaukee WI.
    Artwork by Lamar Sorrento, Memphis TN
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I’m standing here in Dalton, Georgia Looking back and looking east I know there’s a big wide ocean With the Blue Ridge Mountains between My family roots run back to Scotland Poor and hungry looking west They sailed across the sea to Portland And drifted south on another quest Red mud of Georgia in my veins Blood of the red man runs there too Reservations …… relocations The lies of the red white and blue ​CH: The crofter and the Cherokee Pushed out forced down on their knees The clearances and the Trail of Tears The crofter and the Cherokee ​Burns said “a man’s a man for a’ that” This state had ideals just the same To treat all men fair and equal and a’ that I hope someday we will again A man who’s suffered to extreme ends All too soon forgets his pain He’ll justify profit by all means He’ll keep a slave for his own gain The Appalachian Trail is waiting From Georgia up the coast to Maine 2000 miles of wild walking To retrace my steps home again
The boat comes in and she’s sitting low They’ve had a good day’s fishing with a catch to show But something’s wrong I can clearly see Two fishermen when there should be three Oh please god let it not be me A widow made by the cruel sea At last the oars touch the sand I run up looking for my man But all my fears were realised They said a big sea pulled him ow’r the side We’re heartfelt sorry for your loss He was a fine young man as ever was ​CH: I wish that I could leave this place Break free of my widow’s chains In the new world across the sea An American I’d like to be ​But I’ve one bairn he’s just one year And a woman can’t do what she wants round here My dead man’s brother holds the key To what life has in store for me When the men would talk I’d hear him say How he would leave if he could one day So I became a brother’s wife I can’t complain for he treats me right I know his heart he knows my mind And he’s promised we will leave in time And I use the gifts that god gave me To keep him sweet as a man can be ​Two years on and we crossed that sea Where I lost my boy to a malady We settled here in Portland Maine And soon I’ll have a child again Scotland is from where we came But now we’re all Americans ​CH: I wished that I could leave that place I broke free of my widow’s chains In the new world across the sea An American I will always be
I soldiered for John Company I killed for them and they paid me A Highlander ‘neath a British flag I served my time then packed my bags ​The Appalachians marked the line Where I lived free on the western side I’ve killed white and I've killed red To sleep at home in my Tennessee bed CH: From the icy north of the Hudson Bay To the southern shores of the Everglades Peaks and valleys, fields and lakes Where Old World rules and empire takes ​I took oaths to king and queen Promises I could not keep For tyrant crown I do not stand Now I’m an Overmountain Man ​So when Ferguson marched his men I joined and rode with Shelby then In Carolina we fought and died Loyalty on either side ​My musket ball was one of seven To claim the life of Ferguson In Caroline we fought and died The Battle of Kings Mountainside
Song Notes 02:43
Tinkers Tartan My girl’s pale as pale can be Eyes of grey like the cold north sea And she always looks so fine to me Wearing tinkers tartan She loves the north wind in her hair A morning frost in the autumn air And when her arms and legs are bare She’ll be wearing tinkers tartan CH: She hides away from the summer sun When the heats turned up she turns and runs And the most I’ve ever seen her tan Is a shade of tinkers tartan She's got hair like a fairy queen She's the prettiest thing I ever seen She's a bonny lass in anything But braw in tinkers tartan A winter sunrise in her skin With a hint of morning blue and pink She's warm as wool and soft as silk She’ll be wearing tinkers tartan She wears the colours of her clan All dressed in tinkers tartan And I know that I’m a lucky man When she's wearing tinker’s tartan


SKAIL - an old Scots word meaning to disperse, scatter and sail over water - sees MacWatt weaving traditional Scottish yarn into the fabric of Americana for his third 2020 studio release.

“...superbly crafted compositions that skillfully combine elements of folk and country...it’s intelligent and absorbing, reminiscent of Steve Earle’s The Mountain” RnR Magazine

“While not an American, Scottish Malcolm MacWatt perfectly encapsulates Americana music, particularly the voice and sound of the Appalachian region” Tiffani Perkins, Americana Highways

“Some exceptional Scottish storytelling” Iain Anderson, BBC Radio Scotland

“A very strong three-track EP...MacWatt once again showing his skills as a songwriter, a singer and an overall musician” Maverick Magazine

“Great EP Malcolm” Blues and Roots Radio (Track of the Week Crofter and The Cherokee)

“I keep going back to SKAIL and with good reason because it is one of those works that once heard you find you need to go back to again and again and each time you pick up a little nuance that you’ve missed before” Neil Vessey, The Folk Pilot

"Malcolm’s sound is definitely American with fiddle, banjo and steel guitar but its roots are in Scottish balladry." Folking.com

“I was taken by surprise with this one and totally captured by the stories and the Celtic Americana Vibe of this wonderful EP” Mary K Burke, Celtic Radio

“It’s an excellent EP with some powerful and well sculptured lyrics and with an engaging series of melodies. He is unashamedly an old fashioned storyteller and I like that. Have a listen.” Bob Ford, Folk and Roots Show, Abbey FM
“Elegant musicianship at work, a folk masterpiece” Advosound Edinburgh

“A perfectly self-contained release that further underscores MacWatt’s skill as a storyteller as well as a musician, check it out on Bandcamp and work back through his other fine, country-infused releases on the site too” Mike Davies Folk Radio UK

“Wow - these tunes are a joy” Fergus O’Keefe, The Celtic Show WRFG Atlanta GA

“What can I say but ‘wow’. These are truly fantastic stories weaved to a soundtrack that really transport you to another time and place - a really well done series.” Darren Thomas 21CC

“Malcolm further showcases his wonderful musical abilities and proves that even in lockdown, nothing will stop him from making amazing music!” Dom Crooke Country Chat UK

“Skail will get a lot of attention across the world of Country & Americana” David Dodsworth Cletus & Co Radio Show


released July 4, 2020

Mixed & Mastered by Phil Dearing at L Sound Studio London


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Malcolm MacWatt London, UK

“MacWatt will doubtless be considered among the best of the new breed of folksingers and songwriters, who speak of the past as a way to perhaps understand it and move forward” Stephen Rapid, Lonesome Highway

“He shines as a singer and he shines as an interpreter of the eternal folk songbook,” Tom Brosseau, The Great American Folk Show, North Dakota
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