The Passage of the years goes ever on, from spring, with its promise of things to come, to winter with its warm, wood fired ries of what has gone before. As you sail the sea of life the wind always blow on your back.
The Passage album was recorded at Farmsound Studios, Heelsum, Holland in April 1983. On this album we have chosen to play, not only music from our native Scotland, but also a few of the many songs we have heard and fllen in love with, on our travels to North America.
Many thanks to those very gifted and imaginative writers, whose songs have a permanent residence in our hearts. Particularly Stan Rogers and William "Grit" Laskin whose talents are astounding. Thanks also to the "wee man" Tod MacLeod for drumming on at "At the end of a pointed gun" and "Marie Christine". To use your own words "just brill man". Finally, to all our friends, both Golda Silver, who have helped us over the years by simply being there. We thank you one and all.
ROY, PHIL, ALAN & BILL
Over the years many Scots have left their native soil and set off for North America. Some were forced, as in the times of the Highland clearances; some left for the adventure and/or the work; and some saw the commercial DRINK CANADA DRY. We're not sure that we're in any of these categories, though some would undoubtedly say the last. But we have found ourselves touring more and more on this side of the Atlantic over the last four years. In fact, these notes come to you direct from somewhere in darkest Alberta.
During these various tours it has been our pleasure to meet and hear many of the fine singer-songwriters who live here and all too seldom, if ever, come over to our side of the water. On this album we have decided to include, as well as songs from home, a few of those we have "picked up" over here.
We have been more that ably assisted by Zan MacLeod, from the very talented group Touchstone, playing with us on two tracks. We sincerely hope that beneath this cardboard wrapping you will find more than a little of what you fancy.
Special thanks are due to the Moloney family of Philadelphia. Phil, I hope your ears, nerves and neighbors have recovered from our rehearsal sessions in your front room. Mick, thanks for all the help and encouragement. Fintan, thanks for the fun.
To the Rafferty family of Louisville and the McCarty family of Dayton, thanks for many nights of hospitality.
To everyone in Langley, Washington state, we will always remember being with you for three days one night.
Finally, to all our friends, both gold and silver, thanks for every kindness.
PS: To Steve of TGS Studios in North Carolina … you made recording the pleasure it should be.