I had a chance meeting whilst on holiday in Orkney. One morning in Pierowall I had to kill some time while I waited for the shops to open. When I alighted from the bus that was taking everyone else to the ferry I fell into conversation with a lady standing at her gate saying goodbye to her guest boarding the same bus. "Where could I go for an hour?" I asked her. "Come in to our house and wait" she said.
Pierowall by the harbour.
She and her husband very kindly offered me a cup of tea and some of her home-made oatcakes (very impressive as I have tried making these and never had success).
I spent a very pleasant hour with them before heading off to make enquiries about someone I was trying locate in Peirowall. They were very helpful in my search and I .... eventually ... made contact.
However, as we chatted I learned that these good folks are involved in writing and performing music. Their style is sometimes gospel, sometimes country and western in flavour and sometimes rock music ... or a combination of all three. They had recently produced a CD "Hardship and Hope" which can be seen on their website here. This Orcadian singer/songwriter on the CD is Michael Harcus. The harmonies are done by his wife Teenie and/or a friend Mairi Warren, from Glasgow, who also plays piano.
As this CD was recorded both in Westray, Orkney and Nashville, Tennessee I have pulled together a couple of my photos that show the Orkney side of the one thing Orkney and Tennessee might have in common: fences!