Project Blue

Hello,

I thought I would give you an update on how things were progressing on my latest project.  As this project doesn’t have a title at the moment, I’m simply referring it to as “Project Blue.”  When I first came up with the idea a few years ago, it was going to be called “Hebridean Blue”, named after the beautiful blue-green colour of the sea on many of the beaches in the Hebrides.  I don’t feel that the music I’m writing really reflects the beauty of the Hebrides, so Project Blue will have to do for now!

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Writing Project Blue is going very well.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever felt more creative than I do just now.  It seems every time I go to work on Project Blue, more and more ideas keep coming. I’d say I’m about halfway through writing the initial ideas, which is still only a small part of the finished album as it will still need to be arranged, produced, mixed, mastered…the list goes on, but at least now I have a picture in my mind of how I want it to sound.

At the moment, Project Blue will be in two parts (which may be split into several tracks), each with a different feel/theme, but which ultimately are linked together.  I have written two new songs, one of which, “Joy”, will definitely be in the album as I feel it would make a great ending for Part One, which starts quite dark/sad, but will end a lot brighter and happier.  My hope is it will take the listener on an emotional journey from sadness to “Joy”.

The main theme of Part Two is based on a short instrumental I wrote that I used as the introduction to the “Wee County Sessions” video blog I did a few years back.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how I’ve been able to expand this short piece of music into something wonderful.

So, that’s how things are with Project Blue at the moment.  I’ll give you another update once things have progressed further. logo

Dougie Maclean’s “Turning Away”

Hiya,

The snow is falling and it’s cold outside, so here’s a wee video to keep you occupied.

This is probably my favourite song by Dougie Maclean, “Turning Away”, and I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoy singing it!

My session on Celtic Music Radio on Friday went really well, I hope you were able to tune in.  I performed my new song “Please Don’t Take My Smile” alongside “In The Glen, Stan Rogers’ “White Squall” and the song in this video, “Turning Away”.  Huge thanks to Celtic Music Radio for having me and to the audio department at Glasgow Caledonian University for making me sound great.

Out of Hibernation…

I hope you had a pleasant Christmas and New Year!

Well, it’s been a while hasn’t it? 2015 I decided to put everything music related on the backburner, as it was a very important year for me…I finally got married! However, I’m now re-booting the musical brain cells.

I have started writing again. It kinda feels like opening a new musical chapter in my life as the music I’m writing is quite different from “Travels”. I blame a shift in musical tastes for this as I have been reacquainting myself with the music of Mike Oldfield, one of my first true musical inspirations.

Although I have written six new songs since “Travels” was released, which I will probably make an EP out of eventually, I am currently writing a mostly instrumental piece. I’ve always loved music that starts with something simple and gradually builds up to a full, beautiful, dramatic climax. Mike Oldfield is of course the master of this type of music, however it’s probably the Treacherous Orchestra’s latest album “Grind” which has planted the seed in my mind.

Although it will never be to the same scale as Treacherous Orchestra or Mike Oldfield, the piece I am writing is inspired by them in that I aim to have a theme running through the music, starting with little instrumentation and building up to something a lot bigger. It is, of course, still in the very early stages. I do have a very rough draft of an opening track, which will be the basis for the rest of the music, but it’s way too rough to even let you hear a sample. I will, of course, be trying to keep it folky and with my own style. I suppose in a way I’ve already dabbled with this type of idea with my recording of “Johnny O’ Braidislee”. There will be songs in it too, but the primary focus will be instrumental.

In saying all of this, I have no idea how this will turn out. These things often grow arms and legs, and in a way, that’s what I want to happen and is how I am writing this new music.

I hope this is enough mystery to keep you interested for now, and I apologise for my lack of communication over past year or so.

My first musical adventure this year will be on Friday, where I will be performing a short set on Celtic Music Radio during their Celtic Connections broadcasts. Be sure to tune in on Friday 15th January from 3pm at www.celticmusicradio.net and across Glasgow on 95FM. I will be performing one of my new songs “Please Don’t Take My Smile” on the show, as well as a few other songs, so I hope you can tune in.

I suppose I can’t finish this email without posting a picture from my wedding! We had an absolutely perfect day, 4 years in the making, followed by an equally fantastic honeymoon travelling around Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal and then New York City!

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Supporting Skerryvore

Just when I think that 2013 is all wrapped up, an excellent opportunity pops up.  I’m delighted to be supporting fantastic folk-rock band Skerryvore at Stirling’s brilliant venue The Tolbooth, this Saturday (21st December).  I supported them a few years ago in Glasgow, and it’s gonna be great supporting them again!

The gig is sold out, which is quite ironic as I was on the waiting list for tickets!  So, any of you that already have tickets, I look forward to seeing you at the gig.  Gonna be a BELTER!

“Staff Christmas Party” – Available Now!

Well, it’s here!  My first ever Christmas song “Staff Christmas Party” is now available. Having been to many a Christmas party, I felt it was time that I captured my observations and experiences in a song.  I’m sure if you’ve been to one, you’ll be able to associate with the events in the song.

So have a wee listen and enjoy!  If you want to buy it, you can download it for only 50p in my shop.

BBC Radio Scotland’s “Travelling Folk”

I am delighted to have been ask to appear on BBC Radio Scotland’s flagship folk music show “Travelling Folk” this Thursday!  I’ll be nipping along to the studio on Thursday night and having a chat with Bruce MacGregor and Vic Galloway about music…they’re even gonna play a track or two from “Travels”!

Listen in on Thursday night on BBC Radio Scotland from 8-10pm on 92-95FM and online at bbc.co.uk/radioscotland.  I believe the show will be available on BBC iPlayer for 7 days after the show too.

Happy chappy!

Video – Sense Of Freedom

The next video is here!  This week, I’ve performed my song “Sense Of Freedom” for you.  I hope you enjoy it, it’s one of my earlier songs and one of my favourites!

Coincidentally, if you join my Kitchen Party, you will receive a free download of this song from my album, as well as regular updates, monthly newsletter and more!

 

“Meetings and Partings” New Blog

This year is going in very quick don’t you think? Just over a year ago Alan Grant offered his services as my manager and promoter…where has the year gone? This time last year I was preparing for my first appearance on Celtic Music Radio, as well as getting my plans together for yearly pilgrimage through the Hebrides to the Hebridean Celtic festival. In a weeks time I head off!

Whilst making my plans for the journey, I’ve decided to start a new regular blog on WordPress to follow my journey, but I plan to keep this going after the trip too. You can read the blog by visiting meetingsandpartings.wordpress.com. I have also started using WordPress to update my NewsBlog, which will continue to feed through to my official site. If you would prefer to read my news there, the link is andrewhuggan.wordpress.com.

In keeping with the island-hopping theme of this post, it’s now only 2 days until the HitchHop guys head off on their fundraising adventure. I would just like to wish them both the very best of luck. They have already raised over £600 for RNLI. You can read more about HitchHop at hitchhop.wordpress.com.

Remember, “In the Reek of the Smouldering Peat” is available to download from my website for £1. All of the proceeds go to RNLI and well help to save lives around UK coastlines.