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In the week of the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, Scottish-American singer-songwriter and folk musician, David Ferrard, releases an album of finely-crafted original songs marked by a strong social conscience. In his most autobiographical album to date, Edinburgh-based Ferrard takes the listener on a musical journey, from the elliptical opening song of reconciliation and hope (Bridges) to the haunting closing number (The War Carries On - Turn, Turn Turn), in which he interweaves the legendary Pete Seegers 1960s anthem with his own contemporary lyric. With a fine sense of melody and feel for a chorus hook, Ferrard explores personal issues of identity, childhood, relationship & family break-ups, with those which transport him and the listener far from his native shore: genocide in Bosnia (Wildflowers), AIDS-ravaged Africa (The Father Says), and the legacy of war both at home and abroad (The War Carries On Turn, Turn, Turn). Raised in Scotland to an English-Italian father and an American mother, Ferrard gives an insight into the albums most autobiographical song, I Am An Immigrant (Im From Here): Ive spent my whole life explaining to people that despite my accent and my last name I am in fact Scottish. This song deals with three stories: my Italian grandfather who was interned in Scotland during World War Two and afterwards changed his name from Ferrari to Ferrard to be more accepted; my American mother who did her junior year abroad in Glasgow and then settled in Scotland a few years later to be with my father; and myself a Scot of mixed origins who embraces open borders and who feels more at home in a diverse, multicultural Britain. Ferrard recorded Journeyman in a small studio in the Scottish Borders with producer Mattie Foulds (LAU, Karine Polwart, Kris Drever). A handful of Scotlands finest folk musicians (Kevin McGuire, Steven Polwart, Kim Edgar, Adam Sutherland, and Su-a Lee from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra) have contributed to the albums warm, acoustic sound. Davids previous album of 2009, Across The Troubled Wave, received critical acclaim with 5 and 4 star reviews throughout the UK press. His debut album of 2008, Broken Sky, was named Album Of The Week by The Sunday Herald, BBC Radio Scotlands Iain Anderson Show, and Celtic Music Radio. Also avaialble ARRCD001 'Across The Troubled Wave'


  1. Name
  2. Bridges
  3. Childhood Days
  4. I Want To Be With You
  5. I Am An Immigrant (I'm From Here)
  6. Broken Bones
  7. Wildflowers
  8. My Father's House
  9. The Father Says
  10. Without A Daddy
  11. By The Wayside
  12. Till Death Do Us Part
  13. The War Carries On (Turn, Turn, Turn)
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