At long last the new album from Duncan and Cy was released on Greentrax Recordings (CDTRAX398) on 1st July.
Featuring six new songs from Duncan and Cy, one reimagining of their long-established favourite ‘The Surf and the Silver Fishes’ and six carefully-chosen covers, the album has been incredibly well-received, and is without doubt the strongest release so far.
As always, the album features virtuoso playing by some of the very finest traditional musicians to be found anywhere, all friends as always. Duncan, Cy and Jim are joined by :
Stevie Lawrence : guitar, bodran, percussion, sitar, mandocello, bouzouki, cittern.
Chris Stout : fiddle, viola and piano
Catriona McKay : Scottish Harp
Finlay Macdonald : highland and small pipes, whistles.
Ray Laidlaw : percussion.
Kathleen Macinnes : guest vocals and backing vocals.
Rab Noakes : guest vocals and backing vocals
Jim Jack : backing vocals
Fraser Speirs : harmonica, blues harp.
Sandy Brechin : accordion
Paul Savage : drums
Kristan Harvey : fiddle
Land of Gold was co-produced by Cy, Duncan and Paul Savage, and recorded, mixed and mastered by Paul Savage at Chem 19 Studios, Blantyre between March and June 2018.
For a full track listing and to purchase the album, please go to www.greentrax.com. It can also be purchased via the shop section on this website.
It’s been a while since I last wrote on here – nothing unusual about that! I’d like to say it was because I’ve been so busy gigging, but things have been quiet over the summer.
Cy and I played our first-ever house concert at a friend Janice’s house in the lovely village of Dullatur, which was great fun. Janice had invited friends and family from home and abroad, and guest of honour was her childhood friend Janilee, who was returning home to Scotland from Canada for a holiday. Lovely people, and everyone joined in the spirit of the evening. It’s got me thinking about offering this kind of gig more widely. I don’t know if there would be a huge demand, but it might be worth a thought. Contact me through the website here if you know anyone who would be interested.
At the time of writing, I’m really looking forward to our next gig at Glenfarg Village Folk Club in Kinross on Monday 7th August. It’s our first visit to the new venue ‘Backstage at the Green’ in Kinross, and we’ve heard it’s a fantastic set up. After that, Fintry in October, so not exactly deluged with work, but there are a few irons in the fire, so keep an eye out on the gigs section.
There seems to be a real growth in the number of venues offering gigs on the basis of the artists receiving the lion’s share of the door money, which is fine in venues we know we can expect to be well supported, but it’s a bit risky in areas where we’re less well-known. I see it from both sides, though – it’s hard to take a risk if it’s a less well-known artist in your locality, but it’s equally hard for a three-piece band to appear for less than petrol money. It’s a tricky one.
Anyway, I hope this summer has been fun for everyone, despite the disappointing weather. Two weeks’ holiday for us in the West of Scotland in early July and the temperature only hitting 20 degrees twice!
Keep safe and well, and it’s always nice to hear from anyone who wants to drop me a line – other than those promising to ‘drive traffic’ to the site for a fee. They can take a hike!
All the best