Mull Historical Society - Releases ‘City Awakenings’, the first new MHS album since 2005, on January 23rd on Xtra Mile Recordings
Intimate album preview dates in London and the Isle of Mull also confirmed
After releasing two critically albums – ‘The Water’ (2008) and ‘Island’ (2009) – under his own name, Colin MacIntyre marks the tenth anniversary of his debut album ‘Loss’ with the first Mull Historical Society album since 2005.
Titled ‘City Awakenings’, the album is MacIntyre’s first under a new deal with Xtra Mile Recordings (Frank Turner, I Am The Avalanche) and will be released on January 23rd.
Produced by the Grammy-winning Dom Morley (Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Grinderman), ‘City Awakenings’ features ten new MacIntyre compositions which offer a tribute to Glasgow, London and New York; the three cities which have most influenced the musician as an islander abroad. MacIntyre also co-produced the album closer ‘Thameslink (London's Burning)’, which he first performed on acoustic guitar at his father’s funeral (his father’s death inspired ‘Loss’).
“Cities have been an explosion of the senses to me,” says MacIntyre. “The songs are breezy pop, some are widescreen things, and some are more minimalist, punchy tales of finding yourself in the city, leaving them, arriving in them, burning them, living in them, and what its like for a child to see one of them for the first time. I remember that. They are mostly upbeat songs about people living their lives."
‘City Awakenings’ will be previewed with two intimate headline shows. MacIntyre will play a homecoming show at the Isle of Mull’s An Tobar Arts Centre in Tobermory on December 6th before returning to London for a gig at Bush Hall on December 8th. Tickets are available from http://www.gigsandtours.com/?a=mull+historical+society&site=mullhistoricalsociety (London) and http://www.antobar.co.uk / 01688 302211 (Isle of Mull).
Recent months have seen a variety of fresh Mull Historical Society activity. STV recently named early MHS single ‘Watching Xanadu’ as one of the best fifteen Scottish tracks of the noughties in their series ‘Scotland’s Album’, MHS were confirmed to join Xtra Mile Recordings’ Rock Against The Riots gig at The Borderline and ‘Not Today’, a song from the ‘City Awakenings’ recording sessions, featured on volume three of the ‘Xtra Mile High Club’ compilation series.
In addition, MacIntyre has recently taken on a post to help lead the Scottish-based charity Mary’s Meals (www.marysmeals.com) in London and the south-east. “We feed children a daily meal in their place of education in the poorest communities of the world,” explains MacIntyre. “The charity began in 2002 with our founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow by feeding two-hundred children in Malawi and now feeds over 557,000 every day in sixteen countries across four continents, proving an escape route out of poverty. I’m proud to be associated with the charity and my recent visit to some of the projects in Malawi was a life-changing experience. Music broke down the communication barriers and I saw what an amazing difference this charity is making to lives, families and whole communities.”