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  • Alistair Braidwood

Room To Roam: The SWH! Podcast Talks To Debra Salem...

For the latest SWH! podcast Ali spoke to singer/songwriter, composer, and arranger Debra Salem about In A Sma Room, the musical project inspired by the life and poetry of William Soutar.

The two talk about what drew Debra to Soutar's work, how the project began, its theatrical roots, the involvement of writer Ajay Close, the incredible musicians Debra brought on board, adapting poetry to music, and a lot more.

They also discuss Soutar's part in, and influence on, the Scottish literary renaissance of the early 20th century, and why he isn't better known. It's an entertaining and enlightening conversation which is a must for all music and poetry lovers.

To get your own copy of In a Sma Room, both CD & songbook, go to You can find out more about Debra and her work at

If you are new to the Scots Whay Hae! podcast there is quite a substantial back-catalogue for you to discover. If you aren’t yet a subscriber you can do so, (or simply listen) at iTunes, on Podbean, with Spotify,by RSS (but you’ll need to have an RSS reader to do so) or on MixCloud.

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We will continue to bring you many and varied SWH! podcasts over the coming weeks and months in 2021.

In the meantime you can always check out our back catalogue of over 190 interviews with some of the most interesting names in Scottish culture.


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