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Life Goes On...

by The Tubby Horse Company

Thoughtful, uncomplicated lyrics, beautifully expressed through unspoilt vocals, inspired guitar parts with fiddle, whistle, keyboard, drums, mandolin and mouth organ adding to a really satisfying folky pop sound.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Between the Plans
3:28 $0.99
2. Lead On
3:27 $0.99
3. Flowers in the Windows
2:47 $0.99
4. Life Goes On
5:10 $0.99
5. Luska
2:47 $0.99
6. Listen
2:27 $0.99
7. Borders Railway
3:31 $0.99
8. 'Til Death Do Us Part
2:50 $0.99
9. Hope
3:16 $0.99
10. Years Gone By
4:04 $0.99
11. Driving Home
2:59 $0.99
12. Spirit of Scotland
4:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
The second album written by Singer Songwriter Catherine Duguid recorded by The Tubby Horse Company in 2015/16. The debut album "Sharing the journey" was an inspired one woman project which has gained momentum as the then guest musicians Callum and Dave Clement are now on the road, as well as recording in the studio, with Catherine.

On Hogmanay 2013 Catherine decided not to go to bed at 10.30pm as in earlier years but to “make it count”. She asked the local pub landlord if she could take her guitar over to play with her friends, which she did. The response from the customers was overwhelming - she was asked for a CD, which she did not have. Over the evening the enthusiasm for her cover songs kept going. The next day in another local bar, her story was retold from the night before to a friend, she stated she would make a CD. It was suggested Catherine write a song for Lew, a recently departed mutual friend.

Lew used to tinker with computers and Ford Capris, he upgraded Catherine's old PC a number of times and would tell her all about it but she wasn’t really interested. Lew was really ill and time was measured. Catherine wanted to make him dinner and “fixing her computer” was just an excuse to make him mince and tatties, or stovies, which he loved.

Two years after Lew died Catherine noticed a box popped up on her computer with “This product is licensed to The Tubby Horse Company”. It made her smile, Lew must’ve installed something and given it the name. Catherine decided to use this name at some point in her life. Hence the name for the band, it’s in Lew’s memory.

Over the next couple of days Catherine wrote and composed “Song for Lew”. Within a couple of days “Star Grazing” came to be, inspired whilst looking up at the stars when grazing her horse on the grass verge. It was early January and the songs just kept coming. “Skeleton of Metal” was inspired at the same spot later that week, when looking at the electricity pylons she imagined if they were human what sort of personality would they have? “Tall and strong but cold at heart”.

“Nick of time” was inspired by the experience of meeting her partner Tomasz - by chance, on the street, outside her flat in Edinburgh; she was tired, fed up and had given up. He came along just in the “Nick of time”. These songs can all be heard on the debut album "Sharing the journey".

Each of Catherine's songs has a story to tell, more recently less about her own life experiences, increasingly inspiration comes from observation but still clearly influenced by life, loss and love. Her songs can be “felt” and are naturally written from the heart.

In the summer of 2014 Catherine ventured over to Barra in hope of some guidance from her friend Donnie, drummer with the Vatersay Boys; his parting words the day she spent with him were “Just keep doing what you're doing, it’s all about the lyrics”. She started to write “Barra Song” on the ferry leaving Castlebay on the ferry that August. It can be heard on YouTube with holiday pictures to illustrate her history with the island, and the islanders, which she holds with deep affection.

Later that week Catherine attended the funeral of Marie Brewer, she was a lead guitarist and founding member of the Dalkeith Guitar Club. A club Catherine found by chance in 2004. The club had all but fallen apart for various reasons but at Marie’s funeral old musical friends came together again to mark Marie’s passing and to support her husband Pat through his loss. He had looked after her until the end at home, he would tell me later she died in his arms. Their time together was always going to be short but she didn’t suffer or die alone. Pat is a true gentleman.

At the tea following Marie’s service Catherine shared her musical journey with others, she had written a number of songs but was unsure how to proceed, Howden Sound recording studio was suggested and later that week she started her recording career with Andrew Howden at the helm. Catherine was “green” to the recording process but Andrew felt encouraged by her voice and said he could work with her.

The master audio CD for "Sharing the journey" was completed on Hogmanay 2014, the ten track debut album of original material involved old friends and new, invited to contribute. A year earlier she had no idea she could do it.

Dave Clement was the Chairman for Dalkeith Guitar Club for many years. He had faced hard times and had been through his fair share of challenges, bringing up his son Callum as a single parent. He had been good friends with Marie Brewer and was deeply shocked to hear of her passing. I suggested to him at her funeral service I may be looking for a bass player for my debut CD project.

Dave’s seventeen year old son Callum is an incredible musician, he only played bass on one track - “Skeleton of metal” on the first album but plays the most impressive lead guitar on most of the tracks on “LIFE GOES ON…” he is evolving as a musician at breathtaking rate.

The launch gig for “Sharing the journey” held at the Canons’ Gait on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in April 15, inspired the motivation to keep going, songwriting was such a natural activity by now there was no hesitancy in producing the material. A regular opportunity in a local Open Mic session gave Dave, Callum and Catherine the opportunity to play together on a weekly basis. Friends of the guitar club were notified and came out of the woodwork again. Catherine took the opportunity to invite Pat along as he had been notably absent from the scene. Catherine was astonished to hear him play mouth organ, tambourine and guitar so well, she hadn’t realised he could do it!

This Open Mic opportunity came to an abrupt end when the hotel cancelled the session for no apparent reason. Dave and Catherine quickly met up and agreed a new home was needed to rehearse as a band and Dave was keen to get the Dalkeith Guitar Club up and running again. Corner Pocket Snooker Centre provided the lifeline that was sorely needed.

Over the Summer of 2015 "four of us" performed a couple of gigs covering Pop songs and some of Catherine's but her heart was really in developing The Tubby Horse Company. The cover band was parked to focus on recording the second album, Dave and Callum were committed to play with Catherine as a band.

By October 2015 the band was back in the studio again. Catherine invited her friend Fiona to contribute on her fiddle and whistles. Catherine met Fiona over twenty years ago when they both ran Art and Music groups in a Community setting for Adults in Edinburgh. Fiona is truly brilliant but doesn’t have much time to spare. She has performed for many years and is now focusing on her own business so doesn't have time to play.

Rhona is a friend from both the music and horse world, she can play keyboard and mandolin. Catherine needed a mandolin player to represent her granny’s unfulfilled desire to learn to play it as a young woman, she was denied time off her work from her boss. “til Death do us Part” is in memory of Catherine's grandparents; her granny died in May 2015 almost thirty years a widow, her granda died on his seventieth birthday. She wrote the song soon after her grannie's funeral in May 15 and can be heard on the new album "LIFE GOES ON..."

Catherine remembered Pat’s “moothie” skills when starting to record the “Borders Railway” song; she texted him from the studio and he was eagerly on board. He recorded bass, acoustic guitar along with mouth organ for the outstanding track representing Catherine's time studying, living and working in the Scottish Borders. Catherine has made friends with Pat. Marie would have been pleased he is part of the “LIFE GOES ON…” project.

The song material is generally more confident now, with a fuller sound and there are more upbeat songs in comparison with the more reflective songs on the first album. Catherine has found a very satisfying medium for self expression.

Dave, Callum and Catherine are the hard core members of The Tubby Horse Company. Pat and Rhona come along to the weekly practice sessions in the Snooker Centre in Dalkeith when they can and perform with the band when they can. It has been a truly surprising journey; from one woman’s inspired idea to a really satisfying recording and performing band, keen to get out there and play.



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