Skail – it’s an old Scots word meaning to disperse, scatter and sail over water, it’s also the title of Malcom MacWatt’s new EP, which contains songs of the emigrant links between Scotland and America. ‘The Widow and the Cruel Sea‘ tells a story of hardship in a fishing community, the forging of compromised bonds and the beckoning light of hope across the Atlantic.
Hailing from the North of Scotland, Malcolm MacWatt has worked on the North Sea offshore oil platforms, as a newspaper journalist, in education and now lives in London. On the ‘Skail EP‘ he plays guitar, fiddle, resonator guitar, banjo and bodhran as accompaniment to the perfectly crafted stories of hardships and dreams of better lives.
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