Last midwinter, a group of musicians led by actor Kevin McKidd (“Brave”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Rome”, “Trainspotting”) and best friend James D. Reid, came together in a sprawling old house on the banks of the River Spey, in the Scottish Highlands. Over the course of one intense week, with a diverse cast of players and vocalists, which included many old friends, they recorded over two dozen traditional Scottish folk songs.
All the tracks were recorded ‘old school’, as live performances in singular continuous takes, so as to capture the mood of the moment and the spontaneous atmosphere of the sessions. The resulting album, entitled The Speyside Sessions, is “a fresh take on the traditional music form, with the ability to transport the listener and rouse emotion”. It will be released June 2012, with all profits going to the charity, Save The Children.
The album is a love letter to Scotland and the creator’s home area of Moray. In the same spirit as Bruce Springsteen’s “Seeger Sessions” which highlighted American folk songs, The Speyside Sessions album is comprised of an intimate mix of traditional Scottish ballads, reels and bawdy crowd pleasers. It was recorded under the guidance of producing/composing partners Nick Lloyd-Webber & James D. Reid (“The Little Prince”). The album was engineered and co-produced by Bryan Tolland, a former member of Scottish alternative rock band, Del Amitri
The project speaks to the vibrant culture and musical heritage that continues to thrive in Scotland as well as to the strong community and kinship of this eclectic band of players. Contributing musicians include Paul Anderson, one of the finest Scots fiddler of his generation, Bryan Tolland, and a wealth of vocal and musical talent with ties ranging from the traditional (The National Theatre of Scotland), to the electronic contemporary indie music scene (Big Fat Electric Ceilidh).