Kilmarnock Edition’s new album ‘Pay it Forward’ is a fusion of Scots and Gaelic songs with a hint of jazz and reggae to provide a deliciously fresh taste and Celtic Music Radio will be at launch of the CD album session at the ScottishMusic Centre, Candleriggs, Glasgow tonight, Friday 23 November.
Taking their name from Robert Burns’ celebrated volume of work, Kilmarnock Edition first came together in the International Burnsong Songhouse of 2009 when, as prize-winners, they were closeted together to write songs for a week, culminating in a gig in the Scottish Parliament on St Andrews Day.
All well-known singer-songwriters in their own right, the six band members come from all over Scotland and skilfully weave together many elements of contemporary Scottish song.
By no mean a classic folk band, Kilmarnock Edition songs very definitely have their roots in Scots folk but also manage to weave, skilfully, strands of jazz, Scots reggae, Gaelic and other world music, to produce what is an exciting new genre of Scottish song.
The band comprise the well known Scots singer Alex Hodgson from Prestonpans (vocals and acoustic guitars), Fiona J Mackenzie, Gaelic singer from Dingwall (vocals and kalimba), Lisa Rigby (vocals, acoustic guitar and shruti box) from Edinburgh, Italian-born Roberto Cassani from Perth (upright bass and vocals), Stu Clark from Edinburgh (percussion and backing vocals) and the well known Greenock singer and one time Celtic Music Radio presenter Yvonne Lyon (vocals and piano).
Session musicians include Mary Ann Kennedy (clarsach), David Lyon (accordion and various other instruments), Allan Henderson (fiddle), Craig Dunsmore (trombones) and Jaimie Stables (trumpets and flugelhorn).
Celtic Music Radio will be at the Glasgow launch of the CD on Friday 23 November at the Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs, Glasgow to record for a future special feature with interviews and session.