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Tommy Smith

Beasts of Scotland

Tommy Smith "Beasts of Scotland"featuring Tommy Smith (Tenor & Soprano Saxophones), Guy Barker (Trumpet, Flumpet, Flugel Horn), Andy Panayi (Flute & Alto Saxophone), Steve Hamilton (Piano & Synthesiser), Alec Dankworth (Bass), Tom Gordon (Drums & Percussion)

  1. Golden Eagle
  2. Salmon
  3. Midge
  4. Wolf
  5. Red Deer
  6. Gannet
  7. Conger Eel
  8. Spider
  9. Seal
  10. Wildcat

About the Music

Music by Tommy Smith
Commissioned by the Glasgow International Jazz Festival in association with the Scottish Arts Council

Poetry by Edwin Morgan
Commissioned by the Glasgow International Jazz Festival

Edwin Morgan
Edwin Morgan is one of Scotland’s leading poets today. He was born in Glasgow in 1920 and held the chair of Professor of English at Glasgow University until 1980 when he retired. His books include: Collected Poems (Carcanet, 1990; paperback, 1996); Cyrano de Bergerac (translation of Rostand’s play into Scots, 1992) and Sweeping Out of the Dark (Carcanet, 1994). He has also collaborated with various composers on opera librettos and his own poems have been set to music by (among others) Martin Dalby and Archie Fisher.


The Herald — The pairing of Tommy Smith’s compositional talents with Edwin Morgan’s poetry has produced a work that is, let’s not get all modest about this, absolutely wonderful.