11th January 2016
Trad musician Mike Vass turns his hand to songwriting for exciting new project and tour
HEAR SLEEPLESS ON SOUNDCLOUD:
HEAR EYES FIXED ON SOUNDCLOUD:
Scottish musician Mike Vass has made his first serious foray into songwriting for the exciting new project The Dead Stations, which is touring Scotland in early 2016.
The Dead Stations combines live music, recorded audio drama and animation to tell the thrilling tale of what happens after a passenger alights at a deserted train station in a forest. The piece is inspired by a train journey on a remote rail track, and by abstract ideas about Little Red Riding Hood.
Award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist Vass has composed the music for the project. And in his first serious foray into songwriting, Vass has written the two stunning songs, Sleepless and Eyes Fixed, especially for the project. Vass’s last album In The Wake Of Neil Gunn was nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award 2015.
Scottish trad musician Mairi Campbell, who has just won Instrumentalist of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards, gives voice to Vass’s epic songs, which combine classical, electronic and pop influences.
Campbell and Vass will perform the score to The Dead Stations in the project’s launch tour, which culminates in a performance at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh. In the live piece, Campbell sings and plays viola and Vass plays tenor guitar and violin.
“I’m really proud of how the songs have turned out,” said Vass. “Mairi was the obvious choice for the songs and for this project. I love the tone, character and emotion that she conveys with her voice and with the fiddle.”
Campbell said: “I’m excited to be part of Mike and Charlotte’s vision to bring music and story together. Mike has such a unique and interesting songwriting voice. The songs he has written for this project are just gorgeous.”
The Dead Stations is written and directed by Charlotte Hathaway, an exciting new Glasgow-based writer, and is supported by Creative Scotland, Arts Trust Scotland and Edinburgh College of Art.
Vass and Hathaway first worked together creatively on the Remembered/Imagined project in 2013, which saw composers and writers pair up to create a new work that was performed by Mr McFall’s Chamber.
Hathaway said: “Mike and I wanted to build on our first creative project to make a more ambitious and immersive piece, and it’s been really exciting to tie all the different elements of that together. The actors, recording engineer, animators and sound designers have all been fantastic to work with, and Mike and Mairi are the most incredible musicians so this has been a creative dream team for me.
“In terms of the narrative of the story, I don’t want to give too much away at this stage. It’s quite dark, but I’m intrigued to see how the audience will feel about the characters in the end.”
Scotland tour dates
26 February – Skye @ SEALL Sabhal Mor Ostaig
27 February – Inverie @ Knoydart
28 February – Ardfern @ Craignish Village Hall
5 March – Banchory @ Woodend Barn
6 March – Drumnadrochit @ Glenurqhart Public Hall
11 March – Edinburgh @ Queens Hall – also featuring Yoann Mylonakis
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All show information www.charlottehathaway.com
Mike Vass, Mairi Campbell and Charlotte Hathaway are available for interview or comment
For all press enquiries please contact Charlotte Hathaway on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07986121370