Held

by Yvonne Lyon

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Caden Riley Beggan tragically lost his brave fight against meningococcal septicaemia in November 2012. His battle had been sudden and unwelcome, ravishing his fragile six-year-old body mercilessly. As we gathered to mourn his loss, I became acutely aware of how powerful song is in bringing some small measure of hope and healing in the face of unspeakable horror.

This collection of songs was written during one to one sessions with people who had experienced bereavement. It is the culmination of the artistic work for my Masters Degree in Songwriting and Performance from the University of the West of Scotland.

We poured our stories into metaphor and discovered that lyric and melody provided a safe place to share fears and experiences. This creative process often became life affirming as we expressed a difficult yet universal phenomenon and watched as our songs became vessels to hold our grief.

My research examined how songwriting could encourage meaning reconstruction through narrative in grief, a theory originally posited by Professor Robert Neimeyer of the University of Memphis. To survive the trauma of loss is a difficult task for any of us however death and grief can lead to the rediscovery of life and living.

All the proceeds from this album will be donated to the Caden Beggan Memorial Fund at Yorkhill Children's Charity.

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released November 1, 2015

Produced by Sandy Jones, Graeme Duffin and Yvonne Lyon
Recorded at The Foundry Music Lab
Mixed by Sandy Jones and Graeme Duffin
Mastered by Graeme Duffin
Artwork by Raine Clarke
Design by Design Leaf

Yvonne Lyon - vocals, backing vocals, piano, guitars and percussion
Sandy Jones - programming, percussion, guitars and bass
Graeme Duffin - guitars, programming, bass and backing vocals
Seonaid Aitken - fiddle
Pete Harvey - cello
Fiona J Mackenzie - vocals on The Warp And The Weft
Stephen Fischbacher - vocals and guitar on Right There
David Lyon - accordion and guitars

Written by:
Significance (Yvonne Lyon/Alastair Cook)
Held (Yvonne Lyon/Alison Wilson)
Learning To Live Again (Yvonne Lyon/Margaret Allan)
Already Made (Yvonne Lyon/Katrina Brown)
See It Through (Yvonne Lyon/Graeme Duffin)
Till We Meet Again (Yvonne Lyon/Angela Beggan)
The Warp And The Weft (Yvonne Lyon/Fiona J Mackenzie)
The Things Unsaid (Yvonne Lyon/Thomas Waldron)
Right There (Yvonne Lyon/Stephen Fischbacher)
Speke Road Gardens (Yvonne Lyon/Lynne Knott)

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