THE ORCADIAN POET GEORGE MACKAY BROWN READS HIS POEMS AND A STORY (CEIRNINI CLADDAIGH - CLADDAGH RECORDS CC A6 LP). Recorded in Stromness, Orkney, July 1971. Original Claddagh vinyl.
SIDE A: Poems 1. The Old Woman 2. The Death of Peter Essen 3. The Stranger 4. Hamnavoe 5. Elegy 6. Chapel Between Cornfield & Shore 7. The Poet 8. Old Fisherman With Guitar 9. Hamnavoe Market 10. Country Girl 11. The Sailor, The Old Woman & The Girl 12. Stations Of The Cross 13. Taxman 14. Fiddlers At The Wedding 15. Foldings 16. The Laird's Falcon 17. A Child's Calendar 18. Girl 19. Fisherman's Bride 20. The Coat 21. Sea Orpheus 22. Tinkers 23. Runes From The Island Of Horses 24. Kirkyard
SIDE B: Short Story: 1. from ‘Witch’
George Mackay Brown (17 October 1921 – 13 April 1996) was a Scottish poet, author and dramatist, whose work has a distinctly Orcadian character. He is considered one of the great Scottish poets of the 20th century.
Brown's poetry and prose have been described as characterised by "the absence of frills and decoration; the lean simplicity of description, colour shape and action reduced to essentials, which heightens the reality of the thing observed. While "his poems became informed by a unique voice that was his alone, controlled and dispassionate, which allowed every word to play its part in the narrative scheme of the unfolding poem".
Mackay Brown gained most of his inspiration from his native islands, in poems, stories and novels which ranged through time. Seamus Heaney said that he passed everything "through the eye of the needle of Orkney"