on roads to the harbour

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On Roads to the Harbour is a cycle of ten songs written and performed by Ramsay Mackay and John Bayer in Edinburgh during 1989.

A sense of uprooted wilderness in these songs owes something to the experience of two colonial boys transplanted. Ramsay grew up in South Africa, and the influence of that country through landscape, musical style and language is clear.

A four-track tape machine was used in an earthy fashion for the recording. Here are two of the songs.

ghost song

so dark a blue