Band Of Burns announces first studio album

Band Of BurnsRecorded by the twelve members of the band in Watercolour Studios last year, The Thread is a true representation of the band’s international influences, and their poetic endeavour to interpret the works and philosophies of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns.

The Thread is the first studio album by Band Of Burns, releasing two years after their critically acclaimed album Live From Union Chapel.

The messages of equality, love, and common human objectives championed by Burns were the higher links beyond music, the thread that bound the musicians together. This binding Thread inspired the title of the album.

Comprising thirteen tracks, the music is a mixture of the band’s own interpretations of Burns songs and poems, some of which have been set to music for the first time, as well as a few original songs inspired by the ideologies that Burns upheld.

Built by twelve established internationally touring musicians, The Thread will take you on a winding journey from the driving high energy of The Langan Band and Honeyfeet, and through the exotic middle-eastern time signatures of The Odd Beats. You’ll be transported around the intricate traditional English and Irish tunes of Mikey Kenney, and held in a melting pot of traditional Scottish music from 58* North, finished with the sumptuous vocal harmonies from balladeers Adam Beattie, Dominie Hooper, and BBC Folk Award Nominee Ríoghnach Connolly.

Artists’ website: https://www.bandofburns.com/

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Adam Beattie – new album

Adam Beattie

The Road Not Taken is the new album release from Adam Beattie. Masterful songwriting with influences of jazz and blues create a cinematic feel to this fine collection of nine self-composed tracks and a co-write with Mairearad Green. The slow jazz beat of the opening track ‘The Man I’ve Become’ perfectly displays Adam’s heartfelt delivery and sets the tone for album.

From the blues-tones of ‘The Man Who Loves Too Much’ to the melancholy jazz ballad ‘Catch the Biggest Fish’ and ‘Let it Go’ via Turkish infused 5/4 groove ‘I’m On Your Side’, this really is an album to savour.

Co-produced by highly respected jazz musician Fred Thomas, the album was mostly recorded at his studio. Thomas studied piano and composition at the Royal Academy of Music and is one of London’s most sought after multi-instrumentalists and composer/arranger/producers. He has worked with artists such as Lisa Knapp, Basquiat Strings and the CBSO.

Also appearing on the new album are Brooke Sharkey who supplies backing vocals, Marco Quarantotto drums, violins from Piotr Jordan and Fred Thomas plays all other instruments.

Scottish singer songwriter Adam Beattie’s “folk stews and dirty blues” mixes Celtic folk, American blues, country and early jazz balladry. Emotional but laced with wry humour, gentle but gutsy at the core, Adam’s beautiful melodies combine with inventive lyrics to tackle themes of life, love, death and hope. His exquisite voice and intricate guitar work fuse to create an intoxicating musical experience.

Adam has created a breathtakingly beautiful sound that is all his own, and a show that has earned him support slots with the likes of Bert Jansch and Jolie Holland. His band, The Consultants is a fluid line up of musicians featuring piano, violin, double bass, French horn and drums. He is often joined by long-term collaborator and singer-songwriter Brooke Sharkey.

Adam has been playing and recording since 2003 and has released three studio albums; Songs Of One Hundred Years (2012), We’ll Wave From The Shore (2009) and Abu Bozy (2006).

As well as extensive touring in the UK, Adam has toured in Germany, Ukraine, France, Italy, Cyprus, Holland and Belgium.

Artist’s website: http://www.adambeattie.com/

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