Album of The Week – Paul Dickson – ‘Belle’ – 8th Aug 2020
Celtic Music Radio’s Album of The Week this week – 8th Aug 2020 is the debut album ‘Belle’ of Paul Dickson – from East Kilbride. Listen in at 12 pm on Sat 8th August 2020 where Paul will be in conversation with Auntie Liz about his album!
See you at the place – Auntie Liz
Artist on Album
Paul Dickson / Seonaid Aitken / Duncan Lyall / Tracy McAleese
Scottish guitarist, singer and songwriter Paul Dickson presents his heartfelt debut album, Belle, named after his wife Tracy and recorded for his daughter Daisy.
The 12 tracks of original self-penned material showcase Paul’s flowing fingerstyle guitar playing alongside contemporary lyrics reflecting on his life in a new town in the west of Scotland.
A well-established live musician and guitarist, Paul has been quietly honing his singing and songwriting skills over the years. When his daughter Daisy asked him to write and record an album for her 11th birthday last year, he could hardly refuse – and Belle is the result.
Inspired by the acoustic recordings of James Taylor, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, and more recently Crowded House, Paul combines a punchy blend of melodic songs with strong, traditional instrumentation and harmonies.
Paul opted to work with some of Scotland’s finest folk musicians to deliver his debut release. Belle was co-produced and recorded by Angus Lyon at Gran’s House Recording Studio near Biggar and Angus features on the record on piano.
He is also backed up by Seonaid Aitken (Rose Room, Blue Rose Code) on violin and backing vocals, Duncan Lyall (Kate Rusby, Treacherous Orchestra) on double bass and his wife Tracy McAleese on backing vocals.
A family affair, Paul’s daughter Daisy also sings on the track ‘Sleep’ – and as the inspiration behind the record – even designed the cover artwork.
Paul started playing guitar aged 15 in his hometown of East Kilbride and turned semi-professional at 18. A regular player on the folk scene around Glasgow for many years, Paul has performed live in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections, and in many other venues across Scotland, and was a winner of a Celtic Connections’ Danny Kyle Award with The Seonaid Aitken Set in 2010.
Belle album tracks
2 Close Your Eyes
4 I Can’t Ignore
5 Ill Communication Rules
6 Nothing In Cover
7 Same Old Heart
9 Up a Gum Tree
11 Still Morning
12 Reason for My Life