Every week in the late 50s and early 60s The Scotsman published a traditional Scottish folk song: lyrics and melody alongside an explanatory article. Findlay’s Grandfather, Findlay Cumming, cut them out and pasted them into an old ledger. These articles, by folklorist Norman Buchan, were later published as both the 101 Scottish Folks Songs and eventually as The Scottish Folksinger. These books have become two of the most influential books on the Scottish Folk scene past and present. Featuring songs that became the core material for artists such as Dick Gaughan and Barbara Dickson and bands like The Battlefield Band and The Tannahill Weavers. The Ledger is a time capsule of the fledgeling Scottish and UK folk scene
and is brought to life by Findlay Napier, Gillian Frame and composer,
producer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Vass.
Findlay Napier is a singer songwriter based in Glasgow. His album VIP:Very Interesting Persons, a collection of songs sharing stories of real people including actress/inventor Hedy Lamarr and baseball legend Mickey Mantle, was #2 in The Telegraph's top folk albums of 2014. His album Glasgow is a love letter to the city he’s called home for over twenty years. Folk Radio UK described him as, "one of the finest songwriters and storytellers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene."
Findlay and Gillian met at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland while studying traditional music and formed the band “Back of the Moon”. They toured across Europe and North America, released three albums and won a number of music awards.
Gillian Frame is a fiddle player, singer and educator from the Isle of Arran. Her album Pendulum is a collection of her favourite fiddle tunes and folk songs. Gillian was the inaugural winner of the Young Traditional Musician of the Year and is in great demand as a session musician. She has featured on more than a dozen albums and worked as a session musician with acts such as The Unusual Supsects, Breabach, Treacherous Orchestra, Rachel Sermani, Deaf Shepherd, Mairearad and Anna and Duncan Lyall’s Infinite Reflections.