Notes from Drever

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FOLK legend Ivan Drever makes the long trip from Orkney to Yarrowford village hall this month.

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

Ivan was previously a member of Wolfstone, touring worldwide with the Celtic rock band and performing alongside Duncan Chisholm. The pair went on to play as a duo, writing a song which featured in Robin Williams’s hit film Good Will Hunting.

Ivan, below, 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.”

Drever is in concert at 7.30pm on Thursday, May 26, and support will come from Dere Street. Tickets cost £10 and are available from, phone 01750 725480 or visit Merlin Music in Melrose.