Solo album from Runrig brothers

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Runrig’s songwriting brothers Calum and Rory Macdonald are about to release their first solo album, bringing to life an idea that they first had more than 40 years ago.

The Band From Rockall, which is released on Ridge Records on 30 April, 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.

The fusion of lilting traditional Gaelic songs with the twanging energy of American rock and the Merseyside beats is explored within a sound landscape that references the era with classic retro guitars and vintage keyboards - yet remaining contemporary, fresh and compelling.

The album features 12 new songs – including four in Gaelic. The title comes from the rock outcrop lying in the Atlantic Ocean, 300 miles west of the Scottish mainland and 200 miles beyond St Kilda and the Outer Hebrides. It is the most westerly part of Europe - the next stop, America.

The writers say that while the concept originated prior to 1973 when Runrig was formed, the band’s subsequent career meant there never seemed to be a suitable time to develop it further. However, over the past two years, and especially the last 12 months when the band took a break from touring, it seemed that the time was right.

The album will be available from and normal retail outlets. In keeping with the ethos of the project, the recording will be released on vinyl as well as CD.