Gavin Sutherland

Gavin Sutherland

Musician and Songwriter

wirelessleeveA Traveller's Tales . . . .

A work in progress.

With musical friends old and new I'm busy right now on 'A Traveller's Tales', a collection of songs I've been working on for sometime now.
Joining me on this one are a couple of folks I haven't had the pleasure of working with before. the lovely Heidi Browne on fiddle and fellow clansman Dave Sutherland on double bass. Dave McGarry is playing piano on this tune, an old pal from way back. Terry Butters will also be providing pianoforte accompaniment on a tune or two while Nick Zala does his pedal steel guitar thing and Steve Watts' vintage synthesizer lines weave in and out of it all. But, meanwhile . . . . .

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Hit the dial for a taste of what we're up to. It's a quick mix of "The Weary Traveller" from the latest sessions.

A Traveller's Tales

The Weary Traveller

Fiddle - Heidi Browne
Piano - Dave McGarry
Double bass - Dave Sutherland

You came here, a weary traveller.
You came here with trouble on your mind
You came here empty handed
But you're leaving here with hope and good things in your heart

There'll be times when you feel lonesome
There'll be times when it all goes wrong
There'll be times when dreams are broken
But you're leaving here with hope and good things in your heart

You crossed that troubled ocean
Now there's no going back
You came here a weary traveller
But you're leaving here with hope and good things in your heart

Righteous Road

Piano - Terry Butters
Fiddle - Heidi Brown
Harmonies - Heidi Browne, Gillie Nicholls
Double bass - Dave Sutherland

In the palace of wonder they made their way
A museum of greatness from a distant day
The painters and poets put a mark on me
A light in the darkness, a calm on a restless sea

They're rolling down the righteous road following their destiny
Rolling down the righteous road, the way it has to be
Rolling down the righteous road, a star to guide the way
Rolling down the righteous road to a better day

No-one can temper a young man's dreams
Lost days of madness and wayward schemes
When time stood still and let the dream unfurl
A silent conversation with a changing world

Bright Like The Sun

Piano - Carl Damiano
Double bass - Dave Sutherland
Korg MS20 - Steve Watts
Pedal steel guitar - Nick Zala

You got something on your mind you're not sure about
Maybe we could find some time and work things out
If we walk and talk things through
In a way that only good old friends can do
And let the worry wash away in the summer rain

When it's hard to find the words you need to say
We can look out for each other and find a way
If we walk and talk things through
In the way that all those friends and lovers do
And let it all shine down
Bright like the sun in the summer rain

All the time we threw away, confused and down
Dark and distant days but a new day's come around
Now we can walk and talk things through
In a way that only good old friends can do
And let it all shine down
Bright like the sun in the summer rain

In The Eye Of The Storm

Piano - Dave McGarry
Double bass - Dave Sutherland

I believe in something but I don't know what it is
Maybe somebody can help me out with this
I see the same old dog barking up the same old tree
We're all in the same boat
Drifting on the same sea

I see more hope than glory out there right now
Same old story, got to hang on somehow
The book is written, what will be will be
We're all in the same boat
Drifting on the same sea

Lord have mercy on this fragile craft
She's taking water fore and aft
With a crew of isolatoes and misfits
Bad to the bone
We're all in the same boat
In the eye of the storm

The Wheels Keep Rolling

Double bass - Dave Sutherland

Oh my Lord, I must confess
I was out there in the wilderness
A little mixed up it's fair to say
The wheels were rolling, but I lost my way

Been thinking things over for some time now
I want to turn it around but I don't know how
A word of comfort might get me through the day
I need some words of comfort but the words won't come my way

Just got word from a friend of mine
He was lost out there but he's doing fine
He got a little messed up, yeah he crossed that line
But the wheels keep rolling, now he's doing just fine

Oh my Lord, I must confess
I was wandering in a wilderness
It's a long hard road but I'll be there one day
The wheels keep rolling, now they're rolling my way

The Voice of Reason Calls

Piano - Terry Butters
Double bass - Dave Sutherland
Pedal steel guitar - Nick Zala

I watch the silver river sparkle as she flows down to the sea
I hear the rumble of the ocean, crying out me
When I look out there I see no borders, no boundaries, no walls
From somewhere in the distance the voice of reason calls

The moonlight holds so many secrets, what a story it could tell
The good and bad and where the blame sits, an ever giving well
Now here's the thing, the bells will ring and one day bring us all together
The night has spoken and now gives way to the rising of another
Precious day

Pocket Full Of Dreams

Double bass - Dave Sutherland

With a pocket full of dreams, you may wander
Down the open road to the wild blue yonder
But if you get that call, you'd better heed it
If you don't hear it, maybe you don't need it right now

You got your whisky and fine old wine
Dig a little deeper and you just might find
Words of wisdom that say it all
Yeah you better answer when you get that call

We've been running on empty for sometime now
The ball keeps rolling, but I don't know how

With my pocket full of dreams, now I wander
Down the open road to the wild blue yonder
But if I get that call, I will heed it
If I don't hear it, maybe I don't need it right now

The Minstrel's Song

Double bass - Dave Sutherland

The minstrel came my way
His song was sung
Now the birds have flown
And the rabbit's on the run
The trials of the day are going down with the sun
One by one

Some may see you as a stranger
Some will take you as a friend
You may feel a danger
On the road that never ends

Sometimes the road ahead is uneasy
Sometimes the going can get rough
But you must trust what you believe in
And that's enough

The minstrel came my way
His song was sung
The birds have flown
Now the rabbit's on the run
The trials of the day are going down with the sun
One by one
Now the minstrel's gone.

Gull With A Broken Wing

Double bass - Dave Sutherland
Piano - Terry Butters

There's a gull out on the rocks with a broken wing
I think we know what the night will bring
Mother Nature, running wild
Mother Nature plays a hard game

There's a mother on the shore, a child at her hand
Still a long way to go to that promised land
Human nature, running wild
Human nature plays a tough game sometimes