Why 'Kailyarders', anyway...?
Collin: Ok, 'Kailyarders' is a bit of an odd name, but there IS a reason for it. Sorry, unlike The Beatles with their man on a flaming pie, our story is more prosaic.
I was researching an idea for a song in a very old publication called the "Scot's Book" and they mentioned 'The Kailyard School' in what I was reading. 'What is this?' I asked. I searched the reference and according to Wikipedia........"The Kailyard school of Scottish fiction (1880-1914) was developed in the last decades of the 19th century as a reaction against what was seen as increasingly coarse writing representing Scottish life complete with all its blemishes. It has been considered to be an overly sentimental representation of rural life, cleansed of real problems and issues that affected the people, but proved for a time extremely popular." 'Kailyarder' writers included J. M. Barrie (of 'Peter Pan' fame), Ian Maclaren, J. J. Bell, George MacDonald, Gabriel Setoun, and S. R. Crockett. For more info... http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/ScotLit/ASLS/SWE/TBI/TBIIssue4/Kailyard.html
I likened the Kailyard School to what the American painter Norman Rockwell was trying to do in early 20th century America. As a lot of my songs harken back to simpler times, I saw a kinship between them, Rockwell and the Kailyard School. After doing a Google search proved that NO one else was using the name, I decided to run with the band name Kailyarders.