PROBABLY the one problem Lanark folk singer Shelagh McDonald HASN’T faced during her long career is over-exposure!
In fact, the highly-talented songstress, first tipped for stardom back in the Seventies, practically disappeared from the music scene entirely for FORTY years until her recent, very welcome return.
If anything, the long `disappearance’ of Shelagh led to her acquiring something of a legendary status in the folk world but, unlike so many others, she actually lived up to that legend when she belatedly re-emerged to take up her guitar and started gigging again.
And after just a few gigs, the lost legend was offered her first record deal in four decades.
“When the opportunity to record the new album transpired, I jumped at it.”
That album, Parnassus Revisited, seems to be well worth the long, long, long wait.To promote the album, she is mounting a `mini-tour’ with her new musical collaborator Nigel H. Seymour.
They will perform separately but also plan a few numbers together when they play first at the Graham Institute in West Linton on Friday, September 20 and at Biggar Corn Exchange the next night, Saturday, September 21, 7.30pm both nights. Tickets, £10, at the door.
For the full story, pick up a copy of this week’s Carluke and Lanark Gazette.