Chris Connelly & Monica Queen Chris Connelly & Monica Queen

Tae the Poets/My Father Took Me Everywhere

Jnana Records

Out Now

Ahead of the release of The Birthday Poems album later this month, a faultless collaboration between Chris Connelly and Monica Queen, the second single and video is now available for your delectation and delight.

The album is a “song cycle” about the relationship between Orcadian poet George Mackay Brown, his muse Stella Cartwright, and their friend Stanley Roger Green. A review of this frankly stunning album will appear on the site very soon.

Tae the Poets

The first single, Tae the Poets, gives voice to George Mackay Brown and his adventures with like minded souls in Edinburgh’s Rose Street, the Abbotsford Bar to be precise. Wider than that this invigorating and intoxicating song is a celebration of all Scottish poets and writers.

My Father Took Me Everywhere

The second single introduces us to Stella Cartwright and the story of her and her father, who, as the title suggests, took her everywhere, including the pubs and bars where she would ultimately meet the great and good of Scottish culture and writing. Voiced by the honeyed vocals of Glasgow’s very own chanteuse, the very much in demand Monica Queen, this is another slice of perfection from the album.

The video is also a joy to behold. Produced by Iain W Mutch (Walker and William) it features Monica and her equally sought after guitar slinger partner, Johnny Smillie, as they reproduce scenes from a short film called Palindrome from 1964. The original version of this film featured rare footage of the real Stella Cartwright.

If these songs have whet your appetite for more, you can one-order the album from the dedicated The Birthday Poems site.

Chris Connelly – website – Facebook

Monica Queen – Facebook


All words by Neil Hodge. More writing by Neil on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. You can also find Neil online at his blog thegingerquiff.


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