Scottish rocker and co-founder of Orange Juice, Edwyn Collins, is set to play a show at Liberty Hall Theatre on 14th September and The Belfast Empire, on the 15th of September 2019. Tickets go on sale Friday at 9 am.
Collins has just released his 9th solo album Badbea, which is released on his own label, AED. The Guardian hailed the record, ” a joyous comeback.”
Having released his last album, Understated in March 2013, Badbea is his first release drop since relocating home and studio to Helmsdale on the North East coast of Scotland in 2014.
Building a new studio from scratch, the impressive Clashnarrow Studios which sits on the hills overlooking Helmsdale, Collins completed work on Badbea with co-producer Sean Read (Dexys, The Rockingbirds) and long-term musical cohorts Carwyn Ellis (Colorama) & James Walbourne (The Pretenders / The Rails).
A brand new @BBCScotland series Loop will take to our screens on Thu 18 Apr, uncovering stories behind key cultural figures and movements in Scotland. Loop’s first episode features @EdwynCollins ✨ https://t.co/G9xwv0anH7
— The List (@thelistmagazine) April 12, 2019
In part inspired by his return to the village where his grandfather lived, and somewhere Edwyn spent time over the years, the album title itself, and title track, are taken from and inspired by Badbea (pronounced badbay), a dramatically located abandoned village on a cliff top five miles north of Helmsdale with a history defined by the Highland Clearances of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Elsewhere on the album there are poignant moments of reflection, northern soul ‘stompers’ in the classic Edwyn Collins tradition, tracks remembering past times with Orange Juice and lyrics inspired by the discovery of over 30 old pre-illness lyric books unearthed while ‘de-cluttering’ before the move back to Scotland.
His fourth long-player completed since 2005 when he suffered two strokes (it follows Home Again 2007, Losing Sleep 2010 & Understated 2013), Badbea is an eloquent and contemplative document of his remarkable and on-going rehabilitation.“It’s all about looking forward, I guess,” Edwyn reflects. “I’m happy. Content with life.”
Tickets are priced at €30.00/ £24.00 inclusive of booking fee.
Feature Image: Edwyn Collins: Press
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