Sonntag, 3. März 2019

Colin Wilkie - Empty Chairs (1996)

The folk revival of the 1960s came to Germany through the playing of British-born singer/songwriter Colin Wilkie and his guitarist/vocalist wife Shirley Hart. The composer of hundreds of songs and stories, Wilkie spent 11 years as resident songwriter for SWF show "Telekolleg" and seven years as host of his own weekly radio show.

He passed on his unique fingerstyle approach to the guitar to influential German guitarist Franz Josef Degenhardt. Wilkie's songs, which reflect on family, friends, and political and ecological themes, offer only a hint of his warm, intimate stage persona.

Wilkie has recorded at a prolific rate. His more than 30 albums include 1970's "Sunflower Seed" (recorded with Hart, bassist Eberhard Weber, and pianist Milcho Leviev), 1972's "Morning" and 1974's "Outside the City" (reissued together as a compilation by the Pläne label in 2006), 1980's "Echoes of Old Love Songs", and 1996's "Empty Chairs".

Wilkie and Hart's first album, released in 1965, was recorded with Scottish folksinger Alex Campbell. Musical theater has provided another outlet for Wilkie and Hart's talents. Their appearance as street singers in a production of John Arden's "Life and Death" at the Württemberg National Theater in Stuttgart helped to make the show so successful that it ran for several years. Wilkie's songs have been covered by a lengthy list of artists including the McCalmans, Werner Lämmerhirt, and Peter Ratzenbeck. An album of Wilkie's tunes interpreted by German singer/songwriters Hannes Wader, Lämmerhirt, and Degenhardt, "I Wish I'd Written That Song: A Tribute to Colin Wilkie", was released in 1996.       

The album "Empty Chairs" was released in 1996 on "Pläne". Colin Wilkie dedicated the album to the memory of his od mates Martin Winsor and Redd Sullivan.     


1 Empty Chairs 4:31
2 Painfully Sad 3:59
3 Autumn Is Knocking At Our Door 3:42
4 Old Movies Makes Me Cry 3:54
5 The National Seven 2:57
6 The Shearing's Not For You 4:40
7 Tomorrow's Turned Into Yesterday 3:13
8 Even Oak-Trees Fall 4:14
9 We Don't Inherit The Earth 5:52
10 Glencoe (Bitter Cold) 4:25
11 Captain Of The O & O Line 4:08
12 Time Does Not Return 4:09

Colin Wilkie - Empty Chairs (1996)
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6 Kommentare:

Anonym hat gesagt…

Ich kenne Colin und seinen musikalischen Output recht gut. Das mit Alex Campbell 1965 erschienene Album ist nicht sein erstes. Siehe seinen Wikipedia-Eintrag mit der von mir überarbeiteten Diskographie >

Viele Grüße

zero hat gesagt…

Hi Andreas, thanks a lot for the correction and the wiki link. Best wishes!

Cri hat gesagt…

Link is dead

Cri hat gesagt…

Can you please re-up?

zero hat gesagt…

It is re-freshed... Best wishes!

Cri hat gesagt…

Thanks a lot Zero!

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