Commissions 2008​-​2009

by Calamateur

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Over the period 2008-2009 I was asked to write & record a number of songs and remixes. I've now put them all together as a collection entitled 'Commissions 2008-2009'.

The songs include one of the first Calamateur songs ever released, a remix for the folk/indie legend Iain Morrison, a children’s song about the hidden wonders of precipitation(!), an ambient soundscape inspired by one of the streets in Inverness city centre, a soundtrack and, lastly, a hymn!

Read more about the collection on my blog here:


released November 1, 2009

All songs written, performed, engineered, produced and mixed by Andrew Howie except:

Keyboards on 'Inhabit' by Mark Russell. 'Folklore & Distant Creed' written by Iain Morrison. Children's vocals on 'The Bad Weather Song' and 'Baron Taylor Street' by the 2008 P.5 & 6 class at Cauldeen Primary School, Inverness. Keyboards on 'The Bad Weather Song' and 'Baron Taylor Street' by Mark Hilditch.


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Calamateur was the name under which Scottish song-writer and noise-maker Andrew Howie released music from 2000 until 2013.

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Track Name: Inhabit
Afraid to walk when it’s not on water
Afraid to take the ground on again
And i want to say I will never leave her
I want the freedom to say I will stay


The signs are fading on the freeway
And the fear is catching up again
And I promise you that I won’t let it control me
If you promise not to ask me to explain


We caught the sea air in the early morning
Always knew it was there just stepped out of the car
Spirit unknown as we take a few steps ahead
Come all the closer and don’t let us down
Don’t let us let ourselves down
Track Name: Andrew Howie & Cauldeen Primary - The Bad Weather Song
I love the snow
It is so cold
I like to throw it at my friends
It is so cool
When it shuts the school
You'd be a fool
Not to love snow

There's no such thing as bad weather

I love to watch the rain
Through my window pane
And to watch it pour
Right down the drain
Won't hear me complain
You'd be insane
Must have lost your brain
Not to love rain

There's no such thing as bad weather
There's no such thing as bad weather

I love the sound of hail
In a winter gale
When it falls like nails
On my classroom roof
When it thunders down
It lifts up my frown
You'd be a clown
Not to love hail

There's no such thing as bad weather
There's no such thing as bad weather

I love the snow
I love the rain
I love the hail

There's no such thing as bad weather
There's no such thing as bad weather
There's no such thing as bad weather
Track Name: Baron Taylor Street
He sends his command to the earth
His word runs swiftly

He scatters the frost like ashes
And he spreads the snow like wool

And he hurls down his hail like pebbles
And he stirs up the wind and the waters flow.
Track Name: Andrew Howie - Love Come Down
Love come down
Come take our hearts and change each one
So we can have
Your healing hands in this world

Love come down
Fill us with the grace that abounds
Freeing us to
Give up our lives

Love come down
Tear down the walls all around
That keep us from seeing
The eyes of the poor in this world

Love come down
Come silence every sound
That drowns out the sorrow
That rings in your ears

Love come down
Where there is night, bring your sun
Shining into
The darkest corners

Love come down
Show us your King's rule has come
Help us to see where you already are
Help us to treasure the things of your heart
Help us to follow you into the dark

Don't take long
(Come on love)
Don't take long