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Friday Folk (A Day Late) – Roddy Woomble

Roddy Woomble, not to be confused with any womble, is the lead singer of Scottish rock band, Idlewild and is also a solo contemporary folk musician.

To date, Woomble has released six full-length studio albums with Idlewild, and two solo albums, My Secret is My Silence and The Impossible Song & Other Songs the latter being released last month.

Regarding the album’s overall aesthetic, Woomble states: “My first two solo albums were much more low-key than this one and they were far more rooted in traditional Scottish folk. This record is a real change – it’s more eclectic while still being part of that folk scene.”

The album’s artwork is by author and illustrator Mairi Hedderwick, noted for her series of children’s books featuring Katie Morag.

“A New Day Has Begun” – Roddy Woomble

In the spring of 2008, Woomble moved to the Isle of Mull with his wife, Ailidh Lennon. Woomble notes: “We moved to Mull for the space, for the environment, but it’s actually been the people that have been so important. My wife has family there. At first I knew no one at all, but the songs I’ve written have definitely been shaped by the people I’ve met. Sometimes I think it’s odd how these songs came together quite quickly, then I think, well maybe it’s not been quick at all, maybe it’s taken me 34 years to get here and I just didn’t realise it.”

The album was recorded over four months at Mull’s local arts centre, An Tobar, with Woomble enlisting thirteen musicians to assist in recording. Former Idlewild bassist Gavin Fox appears throughout the album, alongside other noteable musicians, including Phil Cunningham, Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke and Michael Marra.

To buy the music of Roddy Woomble click HERE

April 30, 2011 - Posted by | New Music, New Releases, Video | ,

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