The Making of my Summer Isles Album #11

I have to say that getting to the performance stage of such a personal project has been one of the most rewarding aspects of doing this album. As my previous blogs have already said, I have been so invested in the Summer Isles since December 2014.  Sharing the music via the CD is one thing

THE MAKING OF MY SUMMER ISLES ALBUM #10

Artwork So, all the music is recorded, mixed and mastered! Throughout the whole process I have been taking many photographs and sketching as a visual record of the journey. I also spent a day at Eleanor White’s Bridgehouse art studio in Ullapool developing some of these ideas. As this has been such a personal project

Summer Isles Festival 2015

It really was an extra special 4th year of the Summer Isles Festival! Thank you so much to all the volunteers, the musicians and everyone who came along to enjoy such an amazing weekend. This year, the additional funding from Highland Seashore Biodiversity project allowed us to host so many extra daytime activities. This made

THE MAKING OF MY SUMMER ISLES ALBUM #7

FIRST WEEK IN THE STUDIO! The week before going into the studio, I had only just finished writing the final two tracks so I was quite anxious about making a start on the recording process. Normally with other band projects I have been involved with we tend to rehearse and perform a lot of the

THE MAKING OF MY SUMMER ISLES ALBUM #6

February week I was so busy in January recording at Gran’s House studio for Sarah Hayes solo album, also for mine and Anna’s third album and of course gigs at Celtic Connections!  This did not leave any spare time to think about my Summer Isles Album. Fortunately I had scheduled one more week at home

THE MAKING OF MY SUMMER ISLES ALBUM #4

Week 3, 15th-19th December I listened to a beautiful Maria Kaleniemi (Finnish Accordionist) track on Monday morning. It was so inspiring that I went straight up to Grandpa’s house(my studio!)and wrote an Eb reel called The Smugglers. The anchorage at Tanera and Priest Island is so good that it was often used to smuggle whiskey

THE MAKING OF MY SUMMER ISLES ALBUM #2

Week 1 1st-7th December Having been on tour for most of October and all of November I was in need of some rest before getting right down to writing. Thursday the 4th of December was my official album start date.  The first few days were spent setting up all my gear and establishing my work