Fresh from the studio and armed with their third album – Want Try Learn Be – award-winning Highland group Torridon are set to give island music lovers a sneak preview of the new record before its official mainland launch, tonight (Saturday, April 20th) at the Sea Angling Club, Stornoway.
“We’ve got a lot of connections to the islands,” explains frontman Kenny Smith.
“Both my parents are from the West Side of Lewis, we’re always trying to come up; and now it’s escalated to sell-out gigs at the Sea Angling.” He continues: “We’ve done quite a few wedding as well, from Ness to Tarbert, and we’ve had some great trips down to Leverburgh. “Every time we come over, it’s always great.”
The band, who have been together for eight years, believe the new album – which they’ve been working on for the past two years – will deliver a transformation from ‘the folk band of old to a folk rock band’.
“It’s very different from previous albums,” says Kenny. “We were maybe a bit naïve about recording before.
“We wanted to produce a quality album, so we went back to the drawing board and got a bit wiser about what we’re doing.”
He adds: “It’s the culmination of two years hard work and is pretty much all our own material.
“We have taken our time to get it right, and we’re delighted with it.”
And you can judge for yourself tonight (Saturday, April 20th) as Torridon deliver their new sound on the Sea Angling stage in Stornoway from 10pm.