Mull Historical Society release a new album, ‘Wakelines’, via on Xtra Mile Recordings.
Colin MacIntyre’s eighth album and was recorded in London at the studio of Mercury-winning former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler.
Macintyre’s first release in over two years, the 11-tracker follows up the singer’s first novel, 2015’s ‘The Letters of Ivor Punch’, which won the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award.
That has now been adapted for the stage and the Mull-born singer has just released two new books – the first being a memoir about his childhood growing up on the Isle of Mull entitled ‘The Boy In The Bubble’ (his contribution to the W&N Books ‘Hometown Tales – Highlands & Hebrides’ series of original tales by regional writers).
He has also had his first children’s picture book ‘The Humdrum Drum’ published by Little Door Books. About an orchestra drum, its aim is to “promote togetherness and teamwork”, and comes with an accompanying CD of original related songs as well as an audiobook read by the author.
MacIntyre said of the new album: “This is my eighth album, but it feels all about firsts. About going back. The first song I wrote for the album was ’14 Year Old Boy’. It tells the story of my first electric guitar being waded ashore to the isle of Mull, held high above the waves by my father, Kenny Macintyre. It was a Fender Telecaster guitar.
“Whenever I play the guitar even now I still expect an electric shock, to be plugged into the mainland, to be the 14 year-old boy again with his dreams, his sketched stageplots”.
Macintyre has a string of Scottish shows lined up to coincide with the release:
20 September Glasgow, CCA
21 September Edinburgh, Pleasance Bar
22 September Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
There is then a considerable UK jaunt which culminates with a ‘hometown’ gig at the end of October – on the 17th, at the Mull Theatre.
The album is available physically or digitally