Back O' The North Wind
songs, images, histories..
|SS Metagama the boat Uncle Jim sailed on|
|Brian McNeill's ambitious stage venture is a
show based on the histories of Scotland and America.
It's a unique audio-visual presentation which couples song, story, information and image. Called The Back o' the North Wind (the title comes from the European legend that Britain was the land behind the wind) it deals with the wanderlust that has been the single most enduring characteristic of Scotland's people over the centuries. Brian examines that phenomenon through the lives of individual Scots who have come to the American continent over the last two hundred and fifty years
The rest of the list includes missionaries, environmentalists, and members of Brian's own family -remarkable people all. Each of their tales has inspired him to write a song, which will be presented along with their story. Slides and instrumental music from the relevant period are also used to put their lives and endeavours into their proper context. The first verse of the show's title song asks the question that ties it all together.
In the grey o' the gloamin' there sits an auld man,
Wi' a glint in his eye and a glass in his hand,
And he drinks tae the new day when the auld day is done,
Cryin' "Where are my daughters and where are my sons?"
The Back o' the North Wind is an attempt to answer that question, to examines the impact of America on Scottish lives -and the impact of Scottish lives upon America.
Among them are: