MOVING from a traditional Welsh singing career to an English language singer/songwriter, North Wales lad Al Lewis climb into the music industry is not dissimilar to many Gaelic-speaking Scottish acts.
And with a sound reminiscent of the classic singer/songwriters of the 70s – delivered with a modern twist – Al is set to wow island music lovers with a gig at the Woodlands Centre, Stornoway, this Friday (March 29th).
“I’ve been told the Highlands and Islands of Scotland are like Wales on steroids, so I’m really looking forward to checking it all out,” he says.
Stopping off as part of his UK-wide tour, Al brings with him the delicious sounds of his second English language album ‘Battles’, recorded and produced in Nashville by Charlie Peacock – Producer of the Double Grammy award winning act The Civil Wars.
“It was amazing, but also such a weird experience,” Al said. “It started after I’d watched Jools Holland and seen The Civil Wars. I did a bit of online research, found their producer and sent him an email out of the blue.
“I didn’t think anything would happen, but a couple days later he replied saying he liked my stuff and I should come over and record with him! Amazing.”
Find out more about Al Lewis and his Woodlands gig in this week’s Stornoway Gazette, out on Thursday, March 28th.