Society song reveals story of first guitar

SINGER and songwriter Colin MacIntyre, also known as the Mull Historical Society, has been speaking about his new album Wakelines which will be released in September. Produced by the Brit award-winning producer Bernard Butler, it is MacIntyre’s eighth album and was recorded in London at Butler’s studio.

MacIntyre said that in some ways the album is all about firsts. “The first song I wrote for the album was 14 Year Old Boy,” he says. “It tells of my first electric guitar being waded ashore to the isle of Mull, held high above the waves by my father, Kenny. It was a Fender Telecaster guitar. Whenever I play the guitar even now I expect an electric shock, to be plugged into the mainland, to be the 14-year-old boy again.”

The album is also the first time Colin has worked with Bernard Butler. “I had a feeling about the album that I needed to get somewhere new – it was Bernard who realised what I was saying was I needed to get under my skin, lay myself bare. I’ve long admired Bernard and I feel that he has left some of him on here too. To have him performing so much on the album is an added bonus.”

Mull Historical Society is also touring, starting in Glasgow on September 20.

Dirty Protest offers Sugar Baby comedy

THE Welsh theatre company, Dirty Protest will return to this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe to present the critically acclaimed Sugar Baby. The one-man comedy drama about a Cardiff drug dealer will again be performed, with a new cast.

Rooted in Cardiff, the story opens up the world of a small-time drug dealer and asks the audience to examine their connections to family and place, and what we are willing to do for cash. The play won positive reviews at last year’s Fringe.

The writer Alan Harris also had success at the Fringe in 2016 with Love, Lies And Taxidermy, about a blossoming romance in Merthyr Tydfil. And his most recent play, How My Light is Spent, set in Newport, toured the UK.

Beatles celebration goes on UK tour

LET It Be: A Celebration of the Music of The Beatles is returning to the UK for a new tour this summer with an updated and revised second half.

Starring Michael Gagliano as John Lennon, Emanuele Angeletti as Paul McCartney, John Brosnan as George Harrison, and Ben Cullingworth as Ringo Starr, the band will be joined on stage throughout the tour by musical director Michael Bramwell on keyboards.

Producer Jeff Parry said: “It’s unbelievable to think that Let It Be was released 48 years ago, it still sounds as current as it did back in 1970. Our strong cast are going to give audiences a show they have never experienced before – The Beatles’ concert that never was. Developing the show with the new Part II has been a complete labour of love and I am so excited to now introduce this brand new element to UK fans.”

The updated Let It Be will be premiered in the UK when it opens at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre on August 21 and arrives in Edinburgh in September.

Elvis comeback gig returns for screening

ELVIS’S 1968 Comeback Special, the legendary gig that re-launched Elvis Presley’s career, is to be screen in over 250 cinemas across the UK on August 16.

The event coincides with Elvis Week, from August 11 to August 18, as well as the 50th Anniversary of the 68 Comeback Special.

Following the incredible gig, the screening will include a walkthrough of the NBC soundstage with insights from producer Steve Binder and Priscilla Presley.

The programme was originally aired on December 3, 1968 and marked Presley’s return to live performance and re-launched his singing career.

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