Drever to go distance for valley gig

FOLK legend Ivan Drever takes the long trip from Orkney to Yarrowford village hall next month.

The veteran singer-songwriter has recorded a whole host of albums both as a solo performer and with other artists.

Ivan was previously a member of Wolfstone and toured worldwide with the Celtic rock band.

He performed alongside Duncan Chisholm in Wolfstone and the pair went on to play as a duo, writing a song which featured in Robin William’s hit film ‘Good Will Hunting’.

Ivan also composed the songs and music, and performed for the Californian dance-based company Celtic Fusion.

His latest release, ‘Notes From An Island’, is a reflection of his rich Orcadian heritage.

Ivan said: “When I started writing the songs for this album I realised there was a common thread amongst them – Orkney.

“So, what you have is a few songs and tunes that reflect where I come from, and what it means to me.”

A spokesman for the artist said: “Drever’s voice cuts incisively through the lyrics, rendering the poetry distinctive.

“With its deep bass sound, perfectly-crafted lyrics – carefully peppered with nostalgia –and pure musicianship, ‘Notes From an Island’ is not only the former Wolfstone front man’s finest album, but is, quite simply, faultless.

“On listening to it my mind drifted back to the solid folk sounds of the 1960s and the country sounds of the 1980s. There’s an echo of Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, and strands of gospel music in the fusion of sound it creates.”

Drever is in concert at 7.30pm on Thursday, May 26, and support shall come from Dere Street.

Tickets cost £10 and are available from www.borderevents.com/boxoffice, phone 01750 725480 or visit Merlin Music in Melrose.