IT WAS an idea that first took root over 40 years ago and now Runrig’s song-writing brothers Calum and Rory Macdonald have realised their long-held desire with the release of their first solo album ‘The Band From Rockall’.
The album draws its inspiration from the impact the arrival of a new pop and rock culture had on the Gaelic heritage of the Outer Hebrides in the 1950s and 60s.
Completely separate from Runrig in terms of presentation and musical approach, the album features Rory on all guitars and keyboards, with Calum playing drums.
They are joined by Michael Bannister and Ross Hamilton, the owners and engineer/musician/producers from Rocket Studio in Glasgow; Andy Thorburn (piano); Euan Burton (double bass); Ryan Quigley (trumpet); Paul Towndown (saxophone); Fiona Johnston (strings), and BJ Cole (pedal steel guitar).
Guest singers featuring on ‘The Band From Rockall’ include the acclaimed Gaelic singer, North Uist lass Julie Fowlis, Danish/Icelandic folk cross-over singer Sine Lahm Lauritsen, and The Craigie Choir.
For an interview feature with Calum and Rory on their latest release, check out next week’s Stornoway Gazette, out Thursday, May 10th.