Irena tells a story of a little boy saved by Irena Sendler, a Polish nurse who smuggled more than 2,500 Jewish children from the German-occupied Warsaw ghetto during World War II.
2. SKELETON WOMAN
This song was inspired by ‘Skeleton Woman’, a tale of the Inuit people I found in a book by Clarissa Pinkola Estés called Women Who Run with the Wolves.
A folk tale from the Hebrides that tells of a courageous journey to wisdom (The Dreammaker), told by David Campbell.
I wrote this song in the most strenuous days of my life – to soothe myself and all the women from the hospital ward, trembling between life and death. And also for Frida Kahlo.
An Orkney folk tale (Ursilla and her Selkie Lover) depicting a rather unusual and bold way to find love, told by Tom Muir.
6. SISTER SUN
This song depicts an Inuit legend ‘Sister Sun Brother Moon’ that was collected by the German-American anthropologist Franz Boas and published in his monograph The Central Eskimo (1888).
7. SVARILO JANEZU
This Slovenian-Scottish version of a Scottish song called Mickey’s Warning/Blue Bleezin’ Blind Drunk was arranged by Karine Polwart and Katarina Juvančič. Abuse of women knows no linguistic barriers and neither does the courage to leave.
Shetland folk tale (Mallie and the Trow) about kindness of heart in the midst of great poverty, told by Lawrence Tulloch.
Rosa is based on the book The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg and it pays a tribute to her feisty, passionate, sparkly, proud, untameable and profoundly sensitive spirit.