Familiar to many thousands of music fans as the front man in the Scottish rock band Idlewild, Roddy Woomble is also a celebrated solo songwriter & performer. He followed up the release of his acclaimed 2006 solo debut 'My Secret is My Silence' with ‘The Impossible Song and Other Songs’ to an equally fantastic reception to critics and fans.
Roddy Woomble co-founded Idlewild in 1995, naming the band for the quiet haven featured in his then-favourite book, Anne of Green Gables.
Given that the NME likened their early punk-fuelled sound – deftly revisited on their last album, 2007's Make Another World – to “a flight of stairs falling down a flight of stairs”, the quiet haven part was initially somewhat ironic, but gradually came closer as Idlewild meanwhile progressed through sweeping melodic rock to rootsy, melodic sparseness.
Extending that softer lyrical vein of Roddy's songwriting, 2006 saw his first solo release, My Secret Is My Silence, winning rave reviews across both the rock and folk press.
He was also a key instigator behind the acclaimed 2007 album Ballads of the Book, bringing together leading Scottish poets and musicians to collaborate on new songs.
Roddy went on to record and release the album 'Before the Ruin' with Kris Drever and John McCusker in 2008, which they toured extensively around the UK to much praise. The latest album, ‘The Impossible Song and Other Songs’ was recorded on the isle of Mull. This was released in the spring of 2011 to critical acclaim and Roddy and his band have been touring the UK ever since playing some notable dates including Beautiful Days and Wychwood Festival last summer.
As well as songs from the new album the live set will feature tunes from both solo albums, ‘Before the Ruin' alongside several Idlewild numbers.
Praise for ‘The Impossible Song and Other Songs’:
'This is a distinctly lovely affair' NME
'A moving and quietly joyous collection of pieces weaving together strands of folk, jazz and country.' Guardian
'The imagery is striking…like island life it's self it won't be rushed' Mojo
Support act announced
Snowgoose are a band from Glasgow comprised of newcomer Anna Sheard on vocals and a selection of
Scotland’s key musical players: Jim McCulloch, Raymond McGinley & Dave McGowan of Teenage
Fanclub & Stuart Kidd.
The members of Snowgoose share a passion for 1960s British folk music and West Coast American sounds,
and Jim McCulloch’s original songs reflect the earthiness of the former and the melodic playfulness of the
Despite only a handful of Snowgoose shows Anna Sheard has held audiences spellbound by the
quality of her singing, drawing comparisons to Shirley Collins and Pentangle’s Jacqui McShee.
Jim McCulloch and Dave McGowan both have a history of making a lot of music with a lot of different
people, both together and separately, including Teenage Fanclub, The Soup Dragons, Isobel Campbell, and
Belle & Sebastian.
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