A live recording was made at last year’s Orkney Folk Festival when Ivan was invited to get together a group of musicians to perform at “The Gathering”, an annual event in Orkney. This recording, “Live In Orkney” by Ivan Drever & Friends has now been released on Ivan’s own Orcadian Recordings label.
Recorded at Stromness Town hall, the album features the Kirkwall City Pipe Band, The Orkney Song Shop Singers and a host of Orcadian musicians of note, including Andy Cant, Stewart Shearer, Iain Tait, Billy Peace, Graham Peace and Dylan Pepper. There are guest appearances by Hazel and Jennifer Wrigley and Colin J Nicholson.
“It was a great honour for me to go back to a place I still regard as home and to perform with the cream of Orcadian musicians and some very good friends. We had a wonderful time.
In January 2017 the exercise was repeated with a sell out concert at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections. The album will be available in April via Ivan’s website and at Ivan’s live performances.
The full track listing is: Close it Down, Rose Of St Magnus, The Fisherman, Ivan Drever’s Compliments to the Kirkwall City Pipe Band, Waiting, Roll Over Stonehaven, Leaving Stoer, Brave Souls, The Dark Haired Ruby, Tall Ships, A Peedie Heart and Cleveland Park.