Gary Innes ‘Imminent’ Album of the Week 2nd March 2019
Imminent is the latest release from award-winning Scottish
musician Gary Innes. Featuring an impressive line-up of Scottish talent, this
new body of work is released today, Friday 15th Feb 2019.
Listen in to Album of The Week 12pm Sat 2nd March for Auntie Liz’s interview with Gary
Artist appearing on the album are:- Gary Innes – Accordion, Vocals (Starlight) / Ali Hutton – Guitar, Bagpipes (Track 2, 11) Angus Lyon – Keys / Conal McDonagh – Uilleann Pipes, Flute, Whistle / Damien O’Kane – Banjo (Tracks 2, 6, 11) / Ewen Henderson – Fiddle, Strings (Track 10) / Fraser Speirs – Harmonica (Tracks 3, 9) James Lindsay – Double Bass / Karen Matheson – Vocals (Swan Song) / Ross Wilson – Vocals (Dream Fields) Steve Byrnes – Drums, Bouzouki (Track 7)
An album packed full of self-penned tunes and songs, Imminent is a follow-up to Gary’s 2017 album ERA that was released to critical acclaim, with Tim Carroll writing “Era is more than one man’s reflection, it’s a view into the world of a master at work.”
The title relates to the imminent arrival of Gary and his wife Hannah’s first child this spring. The album weaves in and out of melodies and tracks that have been written and composed by Gary himself – a multitude of self-penned work that clearly resonate with Gary as he explores the joy and happiness that life brings with it, as well as the trials and tribulations that are so often interwoven.
Gary Innes said: “It’s always so nice to have the music that you’ve written be recorded onto an album and shared. Having a 12-year gap between my first album How’s the Craic and my second album ERA allowed me to take the time not only to write new material but also to think about what I wanted from a solo album. It’s really special to be able to follow up the great response that ERA got with this new body of work, the feedback I received from the second album really gave me the confidence to continue to write and record my own solo material, so I’d really like to thank the people who supported me.
“Each tune and song on Imminent is a window into my life at the moment and I have written about what is really important to me at this stage. All of the music and lyrics hold their own character and story and of course the title relates to the imminent arrival of our first born so it really is a very personal collection of work.”
Imminent includes three self-penned songs which all carry different stories – ‘Swan Song’ featuring the inimitable vocals Karen Matheson, ‘Dream Fields’ featuring Ross Wilson of Blue Rose Code fame and ‘Starlight’ that Gary himself sings.
A preview performance of Imminent took place as part of Celtic Connections on Saturday 19th January.
Highland born accordionist and 2017’s MG Alba Scots Trad Awards ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ winner, Gary was born in the village of Spean Bridge in the North of Scotland and is one of the founding members of award-winning Scottish supergroup Mànran. Gary is also the presenter of BBC Radio Scotland’s longest running music programme, Take the Floor.
- Doctor’s Orders
- Welcome to New York
- The Sheerwater
- The Alpha Runrig
- The Valley Superstars
- Swan Song
- The Howler
- Trade Winds
- Dream Fields
- Persistence Pays Off