Monday, March 30, 2009

Arms of Mary - Naisen verran

Seppo Närhi recorded "Naisen verran" (Womanful) in 1977 on his album "Enkelit on harvinasta riistaa" (Angels are a rare game). We have heard one finnpick from that album already (see this entry). The lyrics were written by another Finnish singer Irina Milan (see this entry). The original song was written by Scotsman Iain Surherland and performed by the group Sutherland Brothers and Quiver. Sutherland Brothers (Gavin and Iain) originally performed as a folk-rock duo in the early 1970s, In an effort to diversify and expand their folk based sound, they joined forces with a Scottish rock band known as Quiver. This song "Arms of Mary" was their most succesful offering and came from their 1975 album "Reach for the Sky". The song reached number 10 in UK charts. I'd like to add that this song is one of my personal all-time favourites.

Here's the pair:

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