Star rating: ****
Venue: The Hub
The resulting documentary Where You’re Meant to Be has become a tender requiem for Sheila Stewart, the last of a long family line of bothy balladeers who first appears on screen skinning a rabbit and quickly objects to Moffat’s mission to modernise and urbanise her tradition.
It’s a warm, affectionate, bittersweet film with ample good humour derived from Moffat’s city slicker bemusement at countryside culture and the nonplussed reaction of his rural audiences to his repurposed folk songs.
A trio of featured traditional singers, Geordie Murison, Joe Aitken and Danny Cooper, kicked off the post-screening gig with their unvarnished storytelling before Moffat and band zipped through a selection of the songs featured in the film, from the rambunctious likes of I’m A Rover and The Ball of Kirriemuir – the X-rated language always liberally leavened with wit – to the haunting ballads Jock McGraw, Abduction Lullaby and Stewart’s own heartfelt version of The Parting Song.