Sung by Monica Queen as Stella As a young girl attending Mary Erskine School for Girls in Edinburgh, Stella would ravenously devour literature, art and music. On many nights her father would take her to bars, parties, the theatre and other social and cultural events where she would meet and charm Scotland's cultural elite.
THE BIRTHDAY POEMS is a song cycle based on the relationship between the celebrated Scottish poet and author GEORGE MACKAY BROWN and his muse STELLA CARTWRIGHT. It also addresses the platonic relationship between Stella and the Edinburgh born poet STANLEY ROGER GREEN. It spans three decades, from the mid 1950s until Stella's tragic and untimely death in 1985.
Performed by Chris Connelly & Monica Queen
Produced by Chris Bruce
Released June 15th 2021 on Jnana Records
Hailing from Edinburgh but residing in Chicago, Chris Connelly only moves forward. His forty years in the music industry have seen him release over twenty solo albums and collaborate with a wide range of bands. He is also the author of four books.
Monica Queen is a singer from Glasgow. She and partner Johnny Smillie are Tenement and Temple. Monica has also collaborated with Belle & Sebastian, Chris Coco, James Grant and Jim White.