Songwriter Calum Wood releases an EP, ‘The SnowRoads Scenic Route’.
The five-tracks are intended as a soundtrack for visitors as they travel through the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.
The music was written and produced by Scottish musician Calum Wood of Magic Park Records and each track is inspired by a section of the iconic 90-mile journey linking Blairgowrie in Perthshire (A93) to Grantown-on-Spey in the Highlands (A939) via Glenshee, Braemar, Ballater and Tomintoul.
The lead track, ‘She Wynds On’, is a tale of history and legend inspired by the communities along the route who were asked to attend community engagement sessions to share their knowledge and passion for the area.
The SnowRoads initiative is led by the Cairngorms Business Partnership (CBP) and, with Scottish Enterprise funding, aims to make the driving route a destination in its own right with the development a state-of-the-art mobile app to enhance the visitor experience.
Calum Wood said of the release: “I wanted to capture the drama of the SnowRoads, both in terms of the fantastic scenery and the history present at every turn. Having grown up not too far from the route I’ve spent a lot of time in the Cairngorms National Park and, as a boy, could be found jumping off the rocks at the Linn O’ Dee which features in the song ‘She Wynds On’.
“Hopefully this music will inspire people to come and drive the SnowRoads but to also explore the area and possibly go for a wee walk or an icy dip at the Linn of Quoich!”
The EP is available on CD as well as online.
More at www.calumwood.com