Bill Adair, Scottish singer and songwriter, will be in concert on Friday 12 July, 7:30 p.m., at our Orewa church (St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 107 Centreway Road, Orewa). This is a great opportunity to hear one of Scotland’s finest folk singers and song writers on his 2013 New Zealand tour. Bill’s website www.billadair.net has the details of this tour. The concert will include traditional ballads as well as some of Bill’s own songs. Tickets cost $20, which includes a light supper, and can be obtained from Ron Mills, phone 09 424 2764.
Bill has had a life-long love of music, but he has only been a full-time musician since 2007 after careers in the police force and in the commercial world: see Bill’s biographical details at http://billadair.net/index.php?id=3. His music combines influences from folk and blues and addresses universal themes of love, work, loss and redemption.
Bill is much in demand at festivals and folk clubs all over the United Kingdom. He is widely recognised as a renowned interpreter of the poems and songs of Robert Burns. He is currently working with Glasgow University on some new recordings of the songs of Robert Burns for the 21st century. A collection of six songs performed by Bill was released in celebration of Burns Night 2013. You can find out more about this project and listen to some of Bill’s recordings at http://burnsc21.glasgow.ac.uk/song-and-music/?did=11.
In 2008 Bill released Along the Miners’ Rows. The CD was commissioned and recorded to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Auchengeich Colliery mining disaster on 18 September 1959. It was Scotland’s worst mining disaster of the 20th century and 47 men lost their lives in the underground fire. The CD features a range of songs written by Bill especially for the album. You can listen to Bill singing the title track at http://billadair.net/tracks.php.
Bill released the CD Dusty Boots on a Gravel Road in 2010. This CD contains both new songs by Bill and some fresh interpretations of works by Robert Burns, Ewan MacColl, Billy Edd Wheeler and Robin Laing. You can also hear the title track of this CD at http://billadair.net/tracks.php .
Bill’s talents are not confined to music. He published a collection of 26 humorous poems for children, An Alphabet of Animal Limericks, in 2013. It is available on Kindle from Amazon Books: see http://www.amazon.com/An-Alphabet-Animal-Limericks-ebook/dp/B00BB00B34.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Bill on his New Zealand tour.