Read about the albums below that have been selected in the Scots Trad Album of the Year Longlist 2017. Click on the links to find out more about each release. The Album of the Year will be unveiled at the most prestigious date in Scotland’s cultural calendar, the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Award ceremony on the 2nd December 2017. Tickets to attend are on sale from on 0300 300 1210 or by visiting www.paisley 2021.co.uk/events and can also be purchased via Paisley Arts Centre. Read about all the albums released in 2017.
|Artist Name||Siobhan Miller|
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Siobhan Miller released her hotly-anticipated second solo album, Strata on February 24th, 2017 with a supporting tour around the UK and Europe.
Following on from her 2014 debut, Flight of Time, Strata consists of eleven songs, from a variety of sources, that Miller grew up listening to and performing in her youth. All newly arranged and now recorded by her for the first time, the material reflects on her musical upbringing whilst forging her own path forward. Her vocal performances sit atop the all-star talents of some of Scotland’s finest musicians, including Kris Drever and Aidan O’Rourke of Lau and Admiral Fallow frontman Louis Abbott.
Strata’s carefully chosen material shows the many influences on Miller’s formative musical years and her personal connection to each of the songs lies at the heart of this album, with the story behind each song equally as important as the song itself. Songs passed down by Scotland’s source and revival singers - such as The Unquiet Grave and False, False - sit alongside titles from contemporary writers that she grew up listening to, including Bob Dylan’s One Too Many Mornings and Pound a Week Rise, penned by Ed Pickford.
It would be true to say that the album, and its selection process, is the culmination and an illustration of Miller’s musical journey to date. Whilst she has long been keen to record these songs, so too does the album fulfil a long held desire to pay tribute to Sheila Stewart, Dick Gaughan, Gordeanna McCulloch, Rod Paterson and her father, Brian Miller, by continuing to share the songs they have passed on to her. The album also features guest appearances from living legend Phil Cunningham, who performs on two tracks - including the much-loved The Ramblin Rover, written by his former Silly Wizard bandmate, the late great Andy M. Stewart.
With such a deeply personal song selection, a strong desire throughout the recording process was to stay true to the songs and their stories whilst retaining a contemporary edge. As such, the studio sessions - recorded in Glasgow, with producer Euan Burton at the helm - consist of live performances and arrangements, with Miller and her band recording complete takes together in the studio. By forgoing modern conventions, such as click tracks and layering, this allowed her to perform the material in as natural an environment as possible, resulting in an album that captures Siobhan in her element.
|Label Name||Songprint Recordings|