1981- 82: More line-up changes
|The album "Obadeea"
came out in 1982. Tracks included "The Unst Boat
Song" – a very rare recording as it is one
of the last songs left in the old Norn language; also
"Ragtime Jane", by the late Jimmy Elliot of
Edinburgh, which involves Gary tuning the first string
of the mandolin down to C sharp.
1982, was another hectic year, the high points being the
Skagen, Tonder, and Roskilde festivals in Denmark, and
an amazing ten days in East Germany representing Scotland
– along with Dick Gaughan – at the "Festival
des Politischen Liedes" – the festival of political
During 1982, George decided to leave the band. As was
the usual, they came home for Christmas, having already
asked the great Shetland fiddler and composer Steven Spence
to join the band. This time they ALL decided to stay home.