Album progress and new promo shots

Spring is here and with it comes a wee update on my new album and other news…

Album title revealed!

I can reveal the title of my new album – “Down The Railway Line”.  The songs that will feature in “Down The Railway Line” are based on my memories of growing up in the small village of Fishcross, my experiences of both exciting adventures and the mundane weekly routine as well as a glimpse of what the future holds.

I grew up in Fishcross and spent uncountable hours playing down along the path that used to be the old railway line that ran from Alloa to Dunfermline.  “Down The Railway Line” is a fitting title for the album, the railway line being symbolic of the journey we all take through life.

“Down The Railway Line” will be available to pre-order through Crowdfunder from 2nd April, with some exciting rewards in return for making a pledge.  Check back here on 2nd April for the full details and link to my Crowdfunder page.

Photos in the rain

Just over a week ago, I met with my friend Kevin Ross who is a member of Loch Lomond Camera Club.  Having been 7 years since my photo shoot with John Lamont, I figured it was time for a refresh of my promo photos and Kevin kindly agreed to take some new shots for me.  So we head off, in the cold rain, into some of the historic parts of Fishcross including, of course, the old railway line, the miner’s memorial and Auchinbaird Doo’cot.  I think you’ll agree that Kevin has done a tremendous job as you can see from the two photos below.  You can find the full gallery of photos here.

Status report…

I suppose you are wondering how “Down The Railway Line” is progressing?  Well, wonder no more!  The album is progressing very well and 7 out of the 9 songs that will feature on the album have been arranged.  Once the other two are arranged, then it’s recording time!  I should be able to commence recording within the next two or three weeks.

I’m thrilled with how the songs are sounding and it always amazes me how much songs evolved during the arranging process.  In fact, most of the songs are sounding quite different to how I initially heard them in my head and I think they are all the better for it.

Expect some gentle, thoughtful songs mixed in with some of the more upbeat, big sounding songs.  Overall, the songs are a bit more serious (except “The Sweetie Song” – that one is a lot of fun!) than the ones that appear on my first album “Travels”, but the few people that have heard some of them have all agreed one thing – you can’t get them out of your head!






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