The Yellow Lights of Moray

It has been a while since I have highlighted a local musician. Today, a song by Winnipeg, Canada’s Scott Nolan.

Nolan is a talented individual with a good heart, who supports the local music scene and musicians, and has exposed Winnipeg to talent from other places. A great example of this was the playbill he shared with American singer-songwriter Samantha Crain last year (see this post on a song by Crain, which Guy Garvey of Elbow played on his BBC 6 Music broadcast, Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour; he’s since played more of her music and raves about her talent). Nolan has also brought us Watermelon Slim, whose album Golden Boy he produced in his studio, The Song Shop. He’s also produced recordings by artists including Corin Raymond (Dirty Mansions), William Prince (Earthly Days and Reliever) and one of our lads’ earlier projects, Kieran West & His Buffalo Band (Fort Garry C.C.).

Before lockdown, Nolan played several live shows, including an innovative in-the-round show at the West End Cultural Centre with Winnipeg composer and musician Glenn Buhr with full band and a chamber orchestra. Nolan’s longtime performance partner is drummer, singer and whistler-extraordinaire Joanna Miller (who was also mentioned in this post). He has also been a mentor and support to local musicians. Nolan cares about people, and his city, which he often writes about in his songs and poetry. “The Yellow Lights of Moray” is one such piece; a poem he wrote, then set to music. I read the poem last week at a poetry circle Sweety and I participate in on Zoom.

Today’s song doesn’t appear on any of Nolan’s albums and I usually only post songs I own or that are available for purchase, but I hope to see it on a release sometime. In the meantime, he does have several albums available through his website. I encourage you to check out his music; it can also be found in the iTunes Store on Apple Music.

I consider Nolan a friend, though I haven’t seen him in quite some time, I think since the show he did with Buhr. He’s a likeable fellow with a lot of talent, sincerity and humour.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here is a video of a live performance of the song from Scott Nolan’s YouTube channel. Please remember to click on the “thumbs up” on the video if you appreciated the artist’s work. And why not, subscribe to his channel… it’s another way to support an artist.

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