The House with the Windows and Where the Last Tide Runs were written and recorded by Sheila K.Cameron during her stay on Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, in the early nineteen seventies. Remembering MrT was written more recently during a return visit to the islands. The songs were arranged in Scotland by Wild Biscuit Music.
The songs on the EP belong with a large collection of mostly unheard material which has been written over a period of forty years.
There have been three stages to the work: an early one of auditions and occasional performances on radio, television and in clubs and theatres - and there were even a few weeks singing with a band in a Glasgow dance hall.
During the second stage the songs gave way to a different interest (see www.custtad.com). And as a consequence this third one has taken longer to get to than was ever anticipated.
How I came to be doing this at all can probably be traced back to a childhood of being sung to and of singing songs to a banjo and a vamped piano accompaniment. But with the exception of writing words for an evangelical chorus to the tune of ‘I See the Moon’, at the age of sixteen, the songs which I later performed in public were those of others.
These ranged from folk through folk blues to standards. But gradually – as happens to many - I began to focus on writing my own material. A major encouragement to do so came from the Scottish poet and playwright Joan Ure, just as I was hearing the songs of Bob Dylan and the Beatles for the first time.
The plan now is to get more of the accumulated material out there. And one of the projects is to prepare an EP of several of the songs written by Joan Ure. These will be chosen from the 'words only' selection which can be found by following the link on this web site.