Scottish folk musician, record producer and composer John McCusker is to release his first solo album in thirteen years. Hello, Goodbye will be released on April 29th 2016, the first on his new record label Under One Sky Records and the first recorded in his state of the art studio, built over the last 2 years in a bothy dating from 1779, which neighbours his Scottish Borders home.
Listen to Calendar Boys from the album below which is also our Tune of the Day.
The core band on the album features an all-star cast of musicians John has worked with over the last 25 years: James Mackintosh, Drums/Percussion; Ewen Vernal, Bass; Ian Carr, Guitar; Michael McGoldrick, Whistle; Andy Cutting, Melodeon; Tim O’brien; Phil Cunningham MBE and acclaimed Irish singer Heidi Talbot.
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We’ll be bringing you a lot more on this release very soon but in the meantime make sure you catch John on his 25th Anniversary Tour with Andy Cutting, Adam Holmes, Innes White & Toby Shaer with special guest Hedi Talbot on the Glasgow, Edinburgh and London dates (see dates below).
BBC Folk Awards – Good Tradition Award
John will also be performing at the BBC Folk Awards on 27th April where he will be honoured with the Good Tradition Award for his contribution to the preservation, dissemination and progression of traditional music over a number of years. John will perform with his own band and with Mark Knopfler.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be receiving the Good Tradition Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. I’ve spent most of my life since the age of six playing traditional music and this year I celebrate 25 as a professional musician. To be recognised in this way by BBC Radio 2 is a real honour. I’m really looking forward to the ceremony and playing at the Royal Albert Hall again with Mark Knopfler and also with my own band – it’s going to be a brilliant night!”
Apr 15 Glasgow – St Andrew’s in the Square
Apr 16 Edinburgh – The Queen’s Hall
Apr 17 Banchory – Woodend Barn
Apr 20 Peebles – Eastgate Theatre
Apr 21 Barnard Castle – The Witham
Apr 22 Ramsbottom – Civic Hall
Apr 23 Darley Dale -The Whitworth Centre
Apr 24 Canterbury – Gulbenkian Theatre
Apr 25 Nettlebed – The Village Club
Apr 26 Cambridge – Junction
Apr 27 London – Royal Albert Hall – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Apr 28 London – Cecil Sharp House
Apr 29 Shoreham-by-Sea – The Ropetackle Arts Centre
Apr 30 Worcester – Huntingdon Hall
May 01 Lincoln – Drill Hall
May 03 York – NCEM
May 04 Liverpool – The Music Room
May 05 Saltaire – Victoria Hall
May 06 Kendal – Brewery Arts Centre
May 07 Stirling – Tolbooth
May 09 Paisley – Arts Centre
May 10 Birnam – Birnam Arts
May 11 Findhorn – Universal Hall