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Stages album project's 12 singer-songwriters will also play live

By Margaret Chrystall

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Twelve singer-songwriters will perform original and unheard songs at the launch of their collaborative album at Eden Court on Saturday, October 28.

The album Stages.
The album Stages.

The music was developed through Stages: The Journey To Prformance – a writing, production and performance programme for emerging songwriters.

Under the guidance of singer-songwriter and record producer Boo Hewerdine, at Moniack Mhor, the songwriters worked with a host of industry professionals.

They included Emma Pollock from The Delgados and singer-songwriter Findlay Napier, on a journey designed to take the mystery out of producing and sharing music.

From generating new song ideas, through recording with Chem 19 Recording Studio, album production with Elly Lucas, and learning about the music industry, this musical journey will close in a celebration of new work and live performance.

The artists come from a range of backgrounds, with different levels of experience in the music industry. Audiences and listeners will voyage though diverse musical styles including indie, folk, rock, chamber pop, and storytelling acoustic.

Speaking ahead of the performance Boo Hewerdine said: "Stages has far surpassed my expectations. To hear these songs being created, recorded and now performed has been extraordinary. The individuality of each piece and the collective nature of the project has been a heady brew. You’re in for a wonderful evening of new music."

Pre-sales of the album will be available at the Eden Court launch event, and it will be available online and in shops from November 17.

Jamie MacRae, from Kiltarlity, said: "As well as bringing vital skills, opportunity and contacts, Stages brings community and connection. A space to hold and be held creatively. Think of it like a rich deep soil in which to take root and grow."

Some of the artists from the North include:

Shirley Barr. Picture: Elly Lucas
Shirley Barr. Picture: Elly Lucas

Shirley Barr – Forres musician was working at the Universal Hall in Findhorn then in 2021 she discovered a passion for writing and performing her own songs. Since then, she has taught herself to play tenor guitar and shruti box, incorporating these and

looped samples to create multi-layered soundtracks for her lyrics. She takes her Zoom recorder out to capture moments in nature to weave into her music. LINK:

Moss. Picture: Elly Lucas
Moss. Picture: Elly Lucas

Moss – a post-punk from West Yorkshire – worked for decades in experimental theatre, and then in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, easing Moss into the role of lyricist, singer and rhythm guitarist in the band Kelter there. He says in Nairn, where he now lives is his inspirational home, feeding his creativity, playwrighting and songwriting. Moss: @the_clumsiest_ghost

Jamie MacRae. Picture: Elly Lucas
Jamie MacRae. Picture: Elly Lucas

Jamie MacRae – Soaked in the gentle rain of his west coast upbringing, Jamie MacRae’s music eddies and swirls, evoking the morning fog flowing through forest: from sea to land to sky and back again. Themes of transformation, connection and hope abound, threading through acoustic and electronic textures to conjure a sound that honours the past while sitting entirely in the present.

Myfanwy Morgan. Picture: Elly Lucas
Myfanwy Morgan. Picture: Elly Lucas

Myfanwy Morgan – also known as Miffy, is a disabled, Queer, Non-binary [They/Them] singer/songwriter, performer, actor, and

producer. They are influenced by a wide variety of artists and genres, with current favourites including Rina Sawayama, Valtos, Trixie Mattel, YUNGBLUD and Man of the Minch, and so their music often reflects that mix. They write music and lyrics around top ics that capture their attention and movements that promote equity/equality and weird stuff. They also write and perform as their drag persona Richard Hascock – think Troy Bolton, but smaller and wider.

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