In the latest podcast Ali and Ian are joined by musicians Ross and Alasdair Whyte who, under the moniker WHYTE, have collaborated on the excellent album Fairich. What’s it like? It’s brilliant, but for a more considered explanation you’ll have to listen to the podcast, which not only has the word from the horses’ mouths, but also features an exclusive play of two tracks…at least we’re claiming it as such.
For regular listeners Ross will be a familiar voice as he has been a guest previously, appearing alongside Alasdair Roberts live from Braemar. It seems he finds collaborating with Alasdairs fulfilling, and Fairich suggests this is a strategy which works as it is a wonderfully evocative collection of Gaelic traditional songs sung by singer/songwriter Alasdair and backed by Ross’s ambient electronica. The term ‘Gaelictronica’ is mentioned, to a mixed reception, but in this case I think it works as a useful description of the music they have made. The two also discuss how, as well as the what and why, and for anyone interested in the making of music and the nature of collaboration this podcast is a must.
You can find more about WHYTE by following them on Twitter or Facebook, or by visiting their website. If you go to their YouTube channel you’ll get a daily video for 7 days for a different song. Fairich is launched on 21st October at Aberdeen’s Belmont Filmhouse, followed by two other live events in October, at Underdog on 23rd and at An Tobar in Mull on the 28th. You can listen and buy the digital album on Bandcamp, but I would suggest getting your hands on a copy of the CD as it includes some fascinating liner notes about the history of each track.
The first podcast recorded in Scots Whay Hae!’s new gaff, this was a really enjoyable chat and we hope you get as much from it as we did on the day. If you aren’t yet a subscriber to the SWH! podcast you can do so, (or simply listen) at iTunes or by RSS where there’s a sizeable back catalogue waiting for your pleasure.
You can also download it by clicking on the relevant link to the right of this post, or, if you want it right here, right now, you can listen on SoundCloud…
..or on YouTube:
We will be back soon with another guest or two, but afore ye go here is a trailer for Fairich which gives you a taster of what to expect, followed by one of the featured tracks:
And we’ll be back soon with someone else, for your pleasure…