Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been doing a bit of recording with Folk It and friends. First set is a tune (as yet unnamed) that I wrote on the banjo with Mike Starkey on guitar. The second part may need a little bit of tweaking – it sounds a bit too much like a free jam! I’m definitely looking to pick up a four-string banjo at some point, they’re great for writing tunes if nothing else:
[swf file=”audio/EwansToon.mp3″] Banjo Tune
The second set is a couple of Irish tunes that we arranged with Folk It, and although we can’t seem to find the names of the tunes anywhere (please comment if you recognised them!), the set is called the Stingy Midges Set:
[swf file=”audio/StingyMidges.mp3″] The Stingy Midges
Eight months after entering the studio for the first time, we finally launched the album “The Grit That Makes The Pearl”. It’s been a fascinating process from conception to physical product, it really makes you appreciate the amount of work that goes into making a CD.
The majority of tunes and arrangement were done by good friends Hugh Marwick and Stuart Mackintosh, with fiddle from Gavin Marwick (of Bellevue Rendezvous), Sean Cousins on drums and myself on piano. We were also joined by the wonderful Eilidh Mackenzie on vocals and Calum MacGillivray on pipes.
For sample downloads / CD sales head on over to the official site (designed by myself), marwickandmackintosh.com. There is a tour to support the CD starting June 21st, starting in the Highlands but hopefully travelling further afield later.