watt next?
2002, Minuit dans la cuisine, MIN-WATT0302, minuit@vizou.com
Distribution: Ozone (514) 5700-2223; www.ozonemusicgroup.com

“Watt Next?” asks the title of this brand new recording. Good question, since most people would raise an eyebrow at a collection that includes songs by Robbie Burns and Bob Dylan, The Battlefield Band and The Eagles, traditional Scottish tunes and four noteworthy originals by the singer and his collaborator, Toronto performer and club talent booker Holmes Hooke.

In addition to the moving “Remembrance Day,” Watt and Hooke wrote a gentle country love song, “Hold Me Close”; “Paddy Donovan” is the tale of a fixed verdict at a pipe band competition (shades of Canada’s ice skaters at the Winter Olympics!). “You’d Never Sing the Blues” is a touching tribute to Jackie Washington, the 81-year old Hamilton-based singer and entertainer.

“Watt Next?" is a summary of the full and productive life (to date) of a man who has become the master of two separate professions, and who somehow manages to make the touch of stone and the heart of music as permanent as time itself.

Produced by Bobby Watt and James Stephens (who also adds fiddle, mandolin, harmonium, kazoo and backing vocals) at Stove Studios in Chelsea, Québec, the album also features the fine playing of guest musicians Danny Artuso (pedals steel), Kevin Evans (guitar), Duncan Gillis (whistles, small pipes), Ben Grossman (percussion), Vince Halfhide (National steel guitar), Don Kavanagh (harmonica), Tom Leighton (accordion, piano), Andy Moore (Highland pipes), Peter Von Althen (drums) and David Woodhead (bass). Watt backs himself on guitar, bouzouki and tribal drum.

on the cd audio samples

Factory girl

Hold me close

Lads of the Fair

Both sides the Tweed

You'd never sing the blues

I once loved a lass

A man's a man


Father Mallory

Westlin' winds

Tonight I'll be stayin' here with you

Paddy Donovan | Donald McLean's farewell to Oban

Remembrance Day | Flowers of the forest

The Inverary Inn

Father Mallory  648K
Tonight I'll be
stayin' here with you  
The Inverary Inn  784K
Westlin' winds  1.2MB




the critics

" …a welcome return… " Sing Out

" This is his fourth CD, and good enough to make me rather wish I had come across his previous three. Clearly, if they are anything like this one, that was my loss. his warm voice and capable backing musicians engage you from the start." Dai Woosnam, Living Traditions

" …great singing, fine backing, and an interesting collection of material, all handily produced. This CD shows Watt expanding beyond the traditional and folk sound, including some blues and counry influences." Ivan Emke, Dirty Linen

to order

To order by mail (the artist makes a better profit!) please contact us for shipping rates to your address, or calculate shipping yourself at the Canada Post web site. Canadian residents may send personal check or money order (Canadian funds only, $20 per CD, plus shipping) to: Bobby Watt, 15 du Parc de la Pêche, Ste-Cécile-de-Masham, Québec, J0X 2W0 Canada. American residents send international money orders only please.

Please contact us by e-mail for overseas orders.