The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 2 June is the new CD from Duncan McCrone called Colourblind. Duncan is a Glasgow-born singer-songwriter with over 35 years experience of live performance both solo and with a variety of traditional bands.
Duncan talks to Celtic Music Radio’s Ross Macfadyen about his new album, music and life.
Duncan’s first main gig was with Hot Toddy, in the early 1970s, which evolved into the acclaimed five-piece electric folk-rock band Dapplegrim, which also featured his friends Billy Ross – who went on to co-found and to front Ossian, one of the most influential traditional bands ever to emerge from Scotland – and Cy Jack, who has been Duncan’s co-writer and main musical collaborator to this day.
With the release in May 2012 of Colourblind (cover left) his most ambitious and lavishly produced album to date, Duncan hopes to move into a new phase in his career as an artist and writer.
Duncan says: “I think the years have made me much more confident as a performer. When you get to this age and stage, you get a bit more relaxed about yourself, and experience gives you confidence to interact more with audiences. My songs are mostly story-based, focusing on my own life, my love of Glasgow and the West of Scotland, and my genuine love of meeting people and seeing new places. I try not to preach or to be overly political, and if there are poignant moments in some of them, I try to leaven this with a good chunk of humour”.
Album of the Week, Saturday 2 June 12noon and 12 midnight and Holiday Monday 4 June at 6.00pm.