Scott Wood an Ron Jappy joined Liz Clark to bring you Scott Wood Band new album ‘Upsurge’ released by Oak Ridge Records as this week’s album of the week. To be released on on the 14 th August 2015 Live at The Art School as part of Piping Live . Tune in from 12 noon and midnight this Saturday and 7pm on Monday
“Much has changed since their first EP as a trio in 2012. The Scott Wood Band have embraced their musical and personnel change, and created a ground-breaking debut album entitled: Upsurge Described as “a collaboration of the most promising young Scottish Musicians”, and fronted by one of the world’s leading young bagpipers, the band features finalists from the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year and BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year competitions. In 2014, they achievements were recognised when they were nominated as ‘Folk Band of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards.
They have collectively toured the world with bands such as: Mànran, Wolfstone, Skerryvore, Rura, The Mischa MacPherson Trio, Fat-Suit and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, and the band’s large and diverse following has already seen them entertain at many major festivals throughout the UK and Europe. Released on Oak Ridge Records, Upsurge was recorded in February 2015 during a 5 day residential at Castlesound Studios, Scotland.
Primarily consisting of their own folkstyled compositions, influences of Jazz, Pop, Rock and World can be heard throughout and a new sound for the bagpipes has been identified. Producer, Calum MacCrimmon (Breabach and Man’s Ruin), insisted on recording the album in a live setting, to capture the raw performance energy of the band. Virtuoso Electric Guitarist Davie Dunsmuir lay down a awe-inspiring solo on the track ‘McCready’s’, and a string quartet of Classical/Folk musicians enriched 3 tracks on the album. Scott travelled to Ann Arbor, Michigan towitness the record be mixed by one of his biggest idols and sonic mastermind, Tyler Duncan (the olllam, Ella Riot).The Scott Wood Band present Upsurge, part 1 to the future.”
Scott Wood – Bagpipes/Whistle/Vocals
Mhairi Mackinnon – Fiddle/Violin/Vocals
Ron Jappy – Acoustic Guitar/Vocals
Angus Tikka – Bass/Vocals
Mark Scobbie – Drums/Percussion/Vocals
Davie Dunsmuir – Electric Guitar (tracks 1, 6, 9, 10)
Graham Mackenzie – Violin (tracks 3, 9, 10)
Liam Brolly – Viola (tracks 3, 9, 10)
Alice Allen – Cello (tracks 3, 9, 10)
Calum MacCrimmon – Vocals (track 10)
All tracks arranged by Scott Wood Band.
String arrangements by Mhairi Mackinnon (tracks 3, 9, 10).
Produced by Calum MacCrimmon and Scott Wood.
Recorded by Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound Studios.
Additional Recording and Engineering by Gus Stirrat at Solas Sounds.
Mixed by Tyler Duncan.
Mastered by Devin Kerr.
Artwork, Photography and Design by Somhairle MacDonald.