I am a guitarist and composer. I play all kinds of guitar. Lately, I’ve be focusing on the nylon string, classical. Or ‘Spanish’ guitar as it’s sometimes known.
Myself and my vocalist, Alice Williams, are pretty excited about the whole thing. There’s a lot of planning and rehearsing gone into preparing for this. We’re looking forward to it all coming together.
It’s an acoustic duo act with me on guitar and Alice on vocals and flute. Some of it will feature solo guitar pieces.
Well the Birdsong part comes from a project which came about when I took up birding. I started recording calls and sounds instead of photographing the birds. I had it in mind to compose something relating to the whole experience of being in the countryside. The scope of it was such that it was a long time gestating.
Then, a chance conversation with one of the staff at WWT Arundel led to an invitation to play at the centre. There’s nothing like a deadline to focus the mind. I realised that a series of pieces on specific birds – their character as well as their calls – was what I needed to do.
Fortunately, it all came together for my first performance! It was a rare opportunity to play music at the place of its genesis, and I was lucky enough to be asked back several times.
When I was planning to come to Edinburgh I decided to mix the acoustic solo pieces of Birdsong with some actual songs. Being played acoustically meant I selected folk oriented pieces mostly. Some are about Scotland in various ways. Hopefully no one will mind if a couple stray slightly towards pop or jazz for variety….
So hence “Birdsong and Folk Song.”
The Birdsong CD strapline is ‘Music inspired by nature’. Actually though, inspiration can come from anywhere. As long as you reflect your own experience as honestly as you can. The songs have many different sources. One of them is even about shipbuilding in Govan!
Original melodic music.