We are so excited to bring you a taster of our latest album Aurora Wonder, with the title track Aurora Wonder (Northern lights)! Last year we went right up north in Finland, to Lapland, to chase the Aurora and record our new set of songs, following on from our last release ‘Northland’. You will see here the beautiful snowbound chapel we used to lay down 11 songs again featuring co-writes with our phenomenal partner – master luthier and genius songwriter Anders Liljeström, expressing some of the exacting tolls of the health challenges and loss of precious loved ones we experienced over the last 4 years.
The great Teemu Viinikainen is again on guitars, along with Anders, and also our band comedian and chef Matti Rantala is on bass. Producer Manku Vainiomäki expertly leads our journey again, and his portable drum kit works a treat, with the bass drum being his suitcase! Talk about a multi-tasked?!
Enjoy! The journey is greater than the destination. We continue to seek God’s miraculous light in deep darkness…
In a former life, I was heading towards being a Developing World Water Engineer! I had completed a Masters degree in Fiji, and nearly signed on to a Doctorate at Loughborough University to lead a project in Zanzibar, but my baptism in the UK and music passions took over.
Whenever I have been able to connect our music with this type of work, it has been a huge privilege and pleasure, eg touring with Tearfund and World Vision.
When sitting by a fountain with my great Finnish mate Jussi Miettinen at his home one European summer, we came up with the basic premise of ‘Well of life’, that we come to draw living water from Jesus, like the woman at the well in the Bible story, and we may be well when we drink deep.
Once we had cut the track on our Endlessly album featuring amazing playing from Teemu Viinikainen, again the legendary Nikki Denholm set her staggering photos to the track, both from her adventures in Africa and Asia.
Drink deep and be well!
We celebrated 20 years of marriage a few years back, and I wanted to write something to capture Liz’s extraordinary life.
I began playing a beautiful bouzouki which my co-writer and master luthier Anders Liljeström had hand made in Helsinki. As I jammed in his loft studio and workshop one day, the riff came quickly and the song grew from there.
Our good friend Nikki Denholm offered to take some pics of Liz and the family, and she and her team at Exposure in Auckland cut those with historic shots of her Glasgow upbringing.
We presented the song at our marriage dedication service, and then the full AV track at Liz’s 50th. I didn’t realize when i wrote the final verse – ‘she’ll dance in to the night, on heaven’s wings she rides’, Liz was about to embark on a huge journey with cancer, treatments including very invasive chemo and multiple operations…by God’s grace she is alive and well a further 8 years on! That’s my Caledonia Girl!