offramp Posted December 4, 2008 Report Share Posted December 4, 2008 interesting music promotions presentDREVER, MCCUSKER, WOOMBLE plus special guests BOO HEWERDINE with HEIDI TALBOTWednesday 4th February 2009The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street, Aberdeen AB24 5AT. Doors 8.30pmTickets 15 subject to booking feeAvailable from Aberdeen Box Office (His Majesty's Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct or the Music Hall, Union Street) Phone 01224 641122 or http://www.boxofficeaberdeen.com http://www.myspace.com/interestingmusicDREVER, MCCUSKER, WOOMBLEAs the old adage goes, if you want something done, ask someone busy. And if you want to hear some of the freshest, savviest, sweetest and most original songwriting around, look no further than three of the busiest musicians in Scotland, newly in cahoots as a trio: Kris Drever, John McCusker and Roddy Woomble. "Our paths had all crossed in various ways over the past few years - working with Kate Rusby, and on Kris and Roddy's solo albums - and our starting-point was basically just that we all really liked each other's stuff," says McCusker, equally renowned as a producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist.For Woomble, who recently marked ten years as lead singer of Idlewild, the new trio project is a natural onward step from his acclaimed 2006 solo debut, My Secret Is My Silence. "Being in the same band for that long, you get used to writing songs in that context," he says. "The solo record was the first time I'd really pushed myself in other directions, and that's given me the confidence to take it further: Kris and John each have such a different take on things like melody and lyrics, but we're all working equally on the songs together, so the whole thing feels totally new."That forthcoming fresh yet seasoned debut, named simply for its authorial triumvirate, was written over the course of just six or seven afternoons in McCusker's Edinburgh living-room, demo-ed on a laptop, then transferred to the studio with judiciously minimal embellishment. "It was amazingly quick," says Drever, the Orcadian singer-guitarist who won a 2007 Radio 2 Folk Award for his own first solo album, Black Water, and is a member of firebrand folk trio Lau. "We had a target number of songs we wanted to record, and we really didn't discard many. A lot of them have stayed quite stripped-down, keeping that rawness."An array of stellar guests from both the folk and rock spheres contribute to the album, entitled Before The Ruin, including Radiohead drummer Philip Selway, Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake (vocals) and Francis MacDonald (drums), Capercaillie bandmates Donald Shaw (keyboards), Mike McGoldrick (flute/whistles) and Ewen Vernal (bass), plus Irish singer Heidi Talbot. http://www.drevermccuskerwoomble.comhttp://www.navigatorrecords.co.ukhttp://www.boohewerdine.nethttp://www.heiditalbot.comKRIS DREVEROrkney-born Kris, emerged from the ferment of the late-90s Edinburgh session scene as a member of bands including Fine Friday and Session A9, and an increasingly sought-after accompanist, working with artists including Eddi Reader and Julie Fowlis. Fast building his name both as a guitarist of exceptionally eclectic talent, and a singularly eloquent interpreter of traditional and contemporary songs, he released his debut solo album, Black Water, in October 2006 for Reveal Records, going on to win the Horizon prize for best newcomer at the following years Radio 2 Folk Awards. Doubling as a founder member of the electrifying folk trio Lau, alongside fiddler Aidan O Rourke and accordionist Martin Green, he spent much of 2007 taking the international festival circuit by storm. http://www.krisdrever.comhttp://www.myspace.com/krisdrevermusicJOHN McCUSKERWas born in the same Bellshill hospital as most of Teenage Fanclub and Sheena Easton, John McCusker formed his first band, Parcel ORogues, at fifteen, and joined top Scottish folk act the Battlefield Band two years later, remaining with them until 2001. During this time he also began a twelve-year partnership with celebrated Yorkshire folk-singer Kate Rusby, producing several of her award-winning albums and anchoring her live band. Johns film and TV soundtrack credits include the Damien ODonnell movie Heartlands, Jennifer Saunders BBC1 sitcom Jam and Jerusalem, and Billy Connollys World Tour of New Zealand. He has recently recorded on Mark Knopfler and Paul Wellers latest albums, and is current producing the forthcoming debut solo release by Radiohead drummer Philip Selway. In between working with Kris and Roddy, John has spent much of 2008 in private jets and stadiums, as a guest on Mark Knopflers world tour before releasing another album and tour from his Under One Sky commission in the early Autumn.http://www.johnmccusker.co.ukRODDY WOOMBLEA native of Irvine small-town Scotland writ large Roddy co-founded Idlewild in 1995, naming the band for the quiet haven featured in his then-favourite book, Anne of Green Gables. Given that the NME likened their early punk-fuelled sound deftly revisited on their latest album, 2007s Make Another World - to a flight of stairs falling down a flight of stairs, the quiet haven part was initially somewhat ironic, but gradually came closer as Idlewild meanwhile progressed through sweeping melodic rock to rootsy, melodic sparseness. Extending that softer lyrical vein of Roddys songwriting, 2006 saw his first solo release, My Secret Is My Silence, winning rave reviews across both the rock and folk press. He was also a key instigator behind the acclaimed 2007 album Ballads of the Book, bringing together leading Scottish poets and musicians to collaborate on new songs. After extensive recent touring with Idlewild, Roddy has spent much of 2008 as every other year scribbling observations and lyrics in his notebook while out on walks.http://www.roddywoomble.comhttp://www.myspace.com/rwoomble Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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