The funeral of tragic Cleland youngster Caden Beggan inspired a musician to collaborate with a group of people who have lost a loved one to produce a new album.
Yvonne Lyon’s album, Held, contains a track called Till We Meet Again which she wrote with Angela Beggan, mum of six-year-old Caden, whose funeral she attended in November 2012.
A contradictory mix of upbeat and poignant, Till We Meet Again, has been described by Angela as being like a ‘treasure’ to her.
Another song, See It Through, has been co-written by Yvonne with Wet Wet Wet guitarist Graeme Duffin whose younger brother, Malcolm, died in a motorbike accident in 1987.
At the time, Graeme was in the recording studio with his bandmates working on what become the hit debut album, Popped In Souled Out.
When he received the news, Graeme was improvising on the guitar with a musician playing on a traditional Japanese koto. See It Through features Graeme and Yvonne improvising in a similar way, with Yvonne on piano and vocals.
Held started life as a single element of Yvonne’s coursework for a Masters degree in Songwriting and Performance at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).
After working intensely with ten different people all affected by grief, the project gradually grew into the collection of songs which has become Held.
Yvonne said: “Caden Beggan was the inspiration behind this whole project and it was a privilege to have the opportunity to work with Angela and have her take part.
“My husband, David, played in bands with Caden’s aunt and uncle, Aileen and Scott Pattison, for years. In the beginning, we knew them rather than Angela and her husband David, who is also a musician. That’s really how I got to know the family.
“At Caden’s funeral, I was struck by how important the music was to everyone who attended – and there must have been around 1,000 people in the church. Singing carried Angela and David and the rest of their family through that day.
“Angela loves to sing and loves to listen to music and it was important that the song we wrote together was something she could hear herself singing.
“I gave Angela the musical idea as a framework to express her feelings in lyrics. I then developed them further.
“The verses of Till We Meet Again rock back and forth as though on a sea of grief; sometimes lighter and more positive, sometimes darker and more complex in feeling and expression.”
Held is launched on Saturday at 8pm in the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock featuring a host of top musical guests, search ‘Yvonne Lyon’ at Eventbrite