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Saturday afternoon was one of those where it outdid its billing. Assai Records in Broughty Ferry or ‘the’ Ferry as native Dundonians tend to call it were hosting singer musician and choir director Alice Marra performing a short acoustic set from her new album ‘Chain Up the Swings’ Alice is the daughter of the late Michael Marra one of the great bards Dundee has produced. She is too chanteuse with The Hazy Janes and Choir Director with Loadsaweeminsingin now Choir in residence at the McManus Galleries Dundee. Hence she’s both talented and busy!

It was variously funny emotive and poignant music sung in a beautiful voice backed by some members of the Gaels Blue Orchestra. ‘Frieda Kahlo’s Visit to The Tay Bridge Bar’ ‘Australia Instead of the Stars’ ‘Mother Glasgow’ and ‘Taking the Next Train Home’ from ‘Chain Up the Swings’ were all movingly performed. ‘The Lass Wi the Flax in Her Hair’ another beautiful song of Alice’s father’s from the album was not performed on this occasion but.. it’s one of the songs she and Loadsaweeminsingin are going to perform as part of yours truly’s ‘O Halflins an Hecklers an Weavers an Weemin’ at the High Mill Verdant Works this June.

It might perhaps be germane to point out that after listening to such fine music in the heart of Dundee’s favourite urban village and seaside resort I was persuaded by a wild woman of my acquaintance to retire to one (ok three) of Broughty’s excellent hostelries to consume some libations into the afternoon. A very good day in ‘the Ferry’!

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