It is a wonder to see

We all must rain now

I i a w t s

It is a wonder to see is a DIY record label and brand that aims to approach the study of early plucked instruments outside the walls of academic institutions. While our values are steeped in the historical traditions of these instruments, our feet are placed firmly in the creative freedom of the 21st century.

Gypsies Lilt

Released in 2020, Gypsies Lilt is a selection of 17th Century Scottish lute music that spans the life of the entire repertoire. Recorded one year after the undexpted death of a close friend, fleeting memories brought joy, tears, and contemplation to this recording. Gypsies Lilt, in my loving memory of my dear friend, Nia Swem.

We all must rain now

 Recorded in 2017 We All Must Rain Now is a meditative single featuring music of the Balcarres Lute Book. The music is arranged for the seldom heard 6-course soprano lute, and accompanied by sound samples of a gentle rain storm, taken by Ryan P. Worthley. The work is made up of 5 pieces. From the Fair Lavinion Shoar, A New Scots Measure, I Love My Love In Secret, The Lasse of Petties Mill, concluding with Gypsies Lilt, from the Rowallan Lute Book.

Still raining

Rob Mackillop's albums The Flower of the Forest, and The Healing have been long time favorites of mine. Early on they inspired me to committed study of the Scottish lute repertoire. His book, The Scottish Guitar is filled with wonderful arrangements from The Balcarres Lute Book, which are also present in these album titles. For this work I have selected a few of Rob's arrangements that I have held close in past years. This self-titled suite, Still Raining, has served as a tool to help in personal rebalancing in mind, body, and spirit. The works heard are: The Chancellor's Farewell, Port Atholl and The Lord Aboins Air. The fourth piece, I wish I were where Helen Lyes, is an arrangement from Ronn McFarlane's book The Highland King.