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A gentle propositio. mble Skuse, David McGuinness and Alasdair Roberts in 2017. Photograph: Alex Woodward. To work well in folk music, you have to be an industrious soul, and there are few more industrious in the field than Alasdair Roberts. The Scot, who grew up around traditional song in a hamlet near Stirling, has been yomping without pause for more than 20 years, releasing more than 15 albums since he was a teenager. A collaboration with early music scholar David McGuinness and electronic sonologist Amble Skuse, What News is Roberts’ fourth album of entirely traditional material. It is a gentler proposition than that collaboration sounds on paper, the main instruments being a 19th-century piano and a fragile 1920s dulcitone (a keyboard instrument in which tuning forks on the inside are rung by gently pressed keys).

Alasdair Roberts follows an ancient and modern path of his own devising: he conjures up a deep past through his entirely new songs. Once in a while he also records an album of traditional songs - like What News, a set of sinister and bleak murder ballads rendered with haunting beauty and experimental musicianship. And increasingly, Roberts is engaged in collaboration. The albums that made his name in the early days of the 2000s folk revival involved just himself, his guitar and a selection of highly literate, urgent songs. David McGuinness is an early music keyboardist. He plays carefully chosen instruments, including a 1844 grand piano and, from 1920s Glasgow, a dulcitone - a keyboard instrument that plays tuning forks. These very particular sounds create a percussive baseline that is a departure from Roberts’ previous style.

On What News, Alasdair Roberts is joined by Amble Skuse & David McGuinness. Together they offer a set of minimalist music and vocal clarity that is starkly beautiful in all its boldness. I’m not sure what Alasdair Roberts‘ problem is, but the man seems very reluctant these days to just make a straight up folk album. That’s not to say that What News, Roberts’ fourth album to focus exclusively on traditional song, messes around with the tunes themselves, but it certainly throws a curve ball at the arrangements.

Each album has a distinct character, and Roberts songwriting has shifted in recent years from the relative economy of Farewell Sorrow and The Amber Gatherers to a much denser wordplay, filled with allusions to mythology, esoteric spirituality and gnosticism, on Spoils and other recent releases. What News - Drag City, 2018 (as Alasdair Roberts, Amble Skuse & David McGuinness). Contributions to compilations and collaborative releases. Roberts has contributed performances and recordings exclusive to the following releases.

A gorgeous collaboration between Scottish folk singer Alasdair Roberts, electronic composer Amble Skuse, and early music pianist David McGuinness, What News frames a set of historical . ballads within a minimalist context that is both powerful and immediate. Although the project originated from an idea of Roberts' and was released by his longtime label Drag City, this is undeniably the union of three peers combining distinctive but complementary disciplines.

Arriving two years later, Roberts' ninth album, Pangs, found him returning to the electric guitar and working in a power trio format with longtime collaborators Alex Neilson and Stevie Jones. Released in 2018, the ambitious What News was a collaboration with classical keyboardist David McGuinness and experimental electronic artist Amble Skuse. Together the trio tackled arrangements of ancient traditional ballads, using a mix of period and modern instrumentation.

Babylon Lyrics "Babylon" Track Info. Release Date January 1, 2018. What News Alasdair Roberts, Amble Skuse & David McGuinness.

Alasdair Roberts is a Scottish musician based in Glasgow. 8 January at 04:07 ·. Amble Skuse, David McGuinness and I have some gigs coming up next month, performing music from our album 'What News'. 8 January at 04:06 ·. Fri, 25 jan at 19:30 utc. For his part, McGuinness constructs the backbone of the album with rich and nuanced keyboard performances on a restored 1844 pianoforte and his own 1920s dulcitone, a melodious and quite beguiling tined keyboard endemic to Glasgow.


A1 The Dun Broon Bride 5:40
A2 Johnny O' The Brine 6:39
A3 Young Johnstone 6:18
A4 Rosie Anderson 6:26
B1 The Fair Flower Of Northumberland 4:42
B2 Clerk Colven 10:20
B3 Babylon 4:13
B4 Long A-Growing 5:45

Companies, etc.

  • Mastered At – Record Technology Incorporated – 28994
  • Lacquer Cut At – Golden Mastering


  • Artwork – Amy Whiten
  • Electronics – Amble Skuse
  • Lacquer Cut By – Golden*
  • Layout – Dan Osborn
  • Mastered By – Sam Smith
  • Mixed By – Calum Malcolm
  • Photography By – Alex Woodward
  • Piano, Dulcitone, Harmonium [Reed organ], Bass – David McGuinness
  • Recorded By – Neil McDermott
  • Voice, Electric Guitar – Alasdair Roberts


Recorded at the University of Glasgow and Victoria Road.
Mixed at Ferguson's Folly, Edinburgh.
Mastered at SJS Mastering, Glasgow.

Includes printed inner sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (on sticker): 7 81484 07001 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched): DC - 700 - A 28994.1...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched): DC - 700 - B 28994.2...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A and B runout stamped): GOLDEN

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DC700CD Alasdair Roberts , Amble Skuse & David McGuinness Alasdair Roberts , Amble Skuse & David McGuinness - What News ‎(CD, Album) Drag City DC700CD UK & Europe 2018
DC700 RLP Alasdair Roberts , Amble Skuse & David McGuinness Alasdair Roberts , Amble Skuse & David McGuinness - What News ‎(CDr, Album, Promo) Drag City DC700 RLP UK 2018