A Day A Month

Myself and Mike Vass have been playing music together in various projects over the years and we started a few years ago trying to meet up one day a month to write music together. This worked well some months but unfortunately we both have pretty busy schedules. Often with the best of intentions we didn’t

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

THE MAKING OF MY SUMMER ISLES ALBUM #9

25-28 MAY – Recording clarinet and Mixing I was delighted that clarinetist, Jo Nicolson who I’ve played with a lot in Matilda Brown’s ensemble, was able to come and record clarinet on Red Throated Diver and also on Stone and Struggle. I absolutely love the sound of the clarinet with the accordion and I hope

NEW MAIREARAD AND ANNA ALBUM!

Myself and Anna started recording ‘Best Day’ (Can’t quite believe it but our third album!) in January 2015 and we are delighted to have it for sale on our UK tour this November. We recorded it at Gran’s House Studio in Lamington in the peaceful and picturesque Scottish Borders with fellow accordionist and amazing engineer,

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