In the words of the great Spinal Tap (almost) "I hope you like my new direction!" Having built up an established reputation as a button accordion player I've decided to concentrate more on my song writing, guitar and piano playing and singing for a while. I'll still be playing box gigs as part of Cara Dillon's band at festivals and venues throughout the UK and Europe and for performances of Mathue Watson's and my New Music Biennial piece New World Drovers. But starting in May with my Songs of the Scottish Enlightenment project and then in July through the Highlands & Islands Touring Network I'll have the opportunity to perform and develop my new songs repertoire with the help of some great musicians such as Matheu Watson, Patsy Reid, Ross Ainslie and Signy Jakobsdottir. I've also recorded a new album called What's Here What's Gone, signed with a new manager Laurence Aston with whom I'm working on an autumn release date and UK tour to promote it. I'm extremely happy with the way this record has turned out and working with producer Paul Savage and Abbey Road Studios where we had the final mixes mastered was a definite highlight in my career to date. I feel the songs have a broadly positive message that I'm looking forward to sharing with audiences this year.
For now though, I've been advised to share only an instrumental version of the opening track at this stage which can be heard via the link below. Anyone desperate to hear my pipes (as if!) will have to wait a bit longer. However the production quality alone, courtesy of producer Paul Savage, makes it worth a listen.