I’m delighted to announce that on the 20th of January, 2017, I will be releasing a brand new album, “Songs of Robert Burns”.
Growing up in the South West of Scotland, I was introduced to singing through the songs of Robert Burns. From a very young age, his songs and poems gave me an appreciation of the Scots language and our cultural and musical heritage, which I’ve always been so proud to share. For many years now I have wanted to create an album that shows the incredible range of his works, covering the themes of humanity, history, politics, love and nature. I also wanted to create music that fully expresses the passion, humour and emotional truth within the songs, which deeply connects with people all over the world.
I am very fortunate to be surrounded by so many gifted musicians here in Scotland and to have recorded the album with many of Scotland’s finest instrumentalists: Patsy Reid, Alistair Paterson, Signy Jakobsdottir, Innes White, Aaron Jones, Ryan MacKenzie, Claire Mann and Jenna Reid. Amongst them, musicians I’ve admired for a long time and musicians I’ve had the pleasure of performing with for several years.
I have always loved the power and beauty of sound of a string ensemble and I felt that strings would create a depth and power that would carry the emotion of some of Burn’s most iconic songs. Perfroming as part of the string quartet are four very talented women who are achieving great success in the fields of classical, traditional and jazz music. Seonaid Aitken on violin, Patsy Reid on violin, Christine Anderson on viola and Alice Allen on cello. The string arrangements were written by Ryan MacKenzie, a young pianist and composer from the North East of Scotland, who has written four very beautiful string arrangements for the album.
I’ve had the most wonderful experience recording the album at Castlesound Studios in Pencaitland with Stuart Hamilton. It’s a remarkably calm and inspiring place to record and I was so pleased that Stuart Hamilton was able to record, mix and mastered the album.
The CD cover and album artwork took much consideration and, by an incredible stroke of luck, I discovered a designer named Ian Ross. Ian has designed CD artwork for leading artists like Van Morrison, Kate Bush, Emma Bunton, and I was absolutely thrilled when he agreed to create the artwork for “Songs of Burns”.
The portrait on my album cover was taken by the wonderful David Moses, based in the South West – he’s got a really special skill for taking portraits and I’m always amazed by his results!
I’m really excited to be taking the music on tour in January 2017, and I will be perfroming four live concerts across Scotland to coincide with the launch of the album – in Glasgow, Inverness, Dumfries and my home town of Stranraer. I’m especially excited to be perfroming on Burns’ Night, 25th January, in Glasgow as part of Celtic Connections. This concert will be held at St Andrews in the Square and will include Alistair Paterson, Patsy Reid, Signy Jakobsdottir, Aaron Jones and Innes White and our wonderful string quartet!
DUMFRIES (The Usual Place) – 15TH January
STRANRAER (St Ninian’s Church) – 22ND January
GLASGOW (St Andrews in the Square) – 25TH January
INVERNESS (Eden Court) – 29TH January
(For more concert details visit – www.robynstapleton.com/concerts)
Can’t wait to share the album with you all very soon, and hope to see you at one of the concerts!