Karine Polwart’s “Wells for Zoë” video
By the time I get to this third track on the album, I feel like a small boy in a sweet shop, where every choice is beyond my imaginings. I was musically introduced to my third artist by Éamonn, and when I heard Daisy, I was totally smitten. It was love at first listen and what I’m missing is that I still haven’t heard her live or met her yet.
It was the words, the sound, the passion and understanding, and the little touches of Scottish accent, that wowed me: all seeming easily appropriate and truly fascinating. I thought: this is the one to salute my Malawi women (little did I know). Karine Polwart is unique, a one off, who has a way with words and a voice that can talk the talk!
I asked Éamonn if we could get the loan of a song from her, but he said no, she will write one, and so she did, a most amazing tribute to not only my Malawi women, but also to Zoë, the late and only daughter of Richard and Sue Cansdale, to whom the Charity Wells for Zoë is dedicated. This is a kind of, bespoke anthem, with all the emotion and feeling of our approach to development in remotest Northern Malawi, where some of the most fascinating women in the world live.
The track is called Well for Zoë and Tim O’Brien (again), does his own super stuff, AND, I feel that when you hear the inimitable Stuart Duncan on fiddle, weaving so sensitively through the fabric, you will feel the emotion too.