The Story of the Hector is one of human endeavour and hardship upon the seas.
In early July 1773 207 passengers, mainly from Wester Ross, boarded the ship in the small Scottish village of Ullapool. The boat, in the end carrying only 180 passengers, finally came to port in the town of Pictou, Nova Scotia in mid-September. The landing was several weeks later than planned.
The journey between the two ports was one of great drama, hardship and suffering.
released September 20, 2016
All tracks composed and arranged by John Somerville apart from tracks 3 & 7 by John Somerville and Robbie Macleod. Musicians include: John Somerville, Anna Massie, Mischa MacPherson, Rachael Newton, Fiona Dalgetty, Lauren MacColl, Emily MacDonald, Louise Mackenzie, Ronan Martin, Lynsey Payne, Innes White, Ruairaidh Campbell, Alexander Levack, Conal McDonagh and Calum Barker.
Thanks to our funders Creative Scotland, Ullapool Harbour Trust and the Arts & Business Scotland New Arts Sponsorship grant scheme.
Thanks also to the Somerville Family, Robbie Macleod, Kevin Peach, Barry Reid, Chris Waite, Joan Michael, Garry Porch, Somhairle Macdonald, Arlene Petrie and all at Tulloch Castle, Joella Faulds, Dawn Beaton and all at the Celtic Colours Festival, Una McAlinden and all at the National Celtic Festival In Australia.
A very special thank you to all of the musicians who have been involved in this project from the outset.