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Iain Morrison

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IAIN MORRISON - ‘TO THE HORIZON, SIR’
For his new album (To the Horizon, Sir) Iain travelled to the

studio home of producer and friend Michael Chorney

(Hadestown Orchestra, Anais Mitchell, Dollar General, Justin

Vernon, Ani Difranco) in the hills of Vermont USA where a bunch

of new tracks were created. Iain and Michael were joined by

musicians Geza Carr (drums) and Robinson Morse (double

bass). The remainder of the songs were completed in Scotland

with various musicians including long time collaborator and

friend Pete Harvey (The Leg, Meursault) on cello.

- Iain is from an island off the north west coast of Scotland called

Lewis.
- He currently lives near Glasgow.
- He recently appeared on the BBC’s Transatlantic Sessions

singing Broken Off Car Door, A Lewis Summer and Fire in my

Hands alongside the likes of Bela Fleck, Danny Thompson and

Jerry Douglas.
- He grew up listening to records his uncle passed on including:

Neil Young, The Byrds and The Waterboys.
- He has released 4 albums on his own label:
Empty Beer Bottles and Peatfire Smoke (2004),
Skimming Stones…Sinking Boats (2008),
Trust the Sea to Guide me (2010),
Haunted Bird with the poet/storyteller Daibhidh Martin (2011)
- He sang the part of ‘Orpheus’ for Anais Mitchell’s Glasgow

‘Hadestown’ show.
- He can play a number of instruments including various types of

pipes. At a young age he grew to love the classical music of

the highland pipes (piobaireachd) which was taught to him by

his father using a technique called canntaireachd! In 2010 he

was commissioned to write songs based on these ancient

melodies by the Celtic Connections festival. The piece he wrote

received a 5 star review from the Scotsman newspaper. These

songs are yet to be recorded.
- He was the writer and singer with the Scottish indie band Crash

My Model Car. They were signed to V2. The band broke up in

2009.
- In his small house there are too many instruments!


‘These were songs you instantly wanted to hear all over again'
5/5 – THE SCOTSMAN

'Iain Morrison's music is an enigmatic and truly original mix of

creative elements which, beyond its immediate sonorous

beauty, has a depth of startlingly imaginative, even surreal,

observation' Hi-Arts

‘Highly Recommended' - The LIST

'Morrison is from the Outer Hebrides and his atmospheric songs

are awash with the bleak beauty of the region. A remarkable

slice of rural folk' R2 Magazine
‘His vocals exude an appealing vulnerability, a beguiling sort of

alt- folk haven'

4/5 - SONGLINES
‘But the heart of the afternoon, at least for this reviewer, is the

set by Iain Morrison and Daibhidh Martin. Morrison, who cut his

milk teeth in the piping tradition of the Western Isles before

going on to indie success with Crash My Model Car, is a

musician who could well claim to be one of the original

pioneers of Scottish Nu-folk, were he at all interested in that kind

of thing. Martin, accompanied only by an imperturbable cellist

and Morrison’s guitar, breathes lyrics in the inimitable accents of

Lewis and stills the room. Morrison curls over the microphone

and tears his songs straight out of his heart; it’s hard to keep a

dry eye during “Angel Wings in the Closet”. The presence of

most of the Hidden Lane Choir in the audience helps

considerably when he asks for vocal help on a chorus. “You are

the only one”, sings the audience. It’s true – there is only one

Iain Morrison’ – NORTHINGS.Com
‘From the most humble of beginnings, the music of Iain

Morrison is both distant and disarmingly intimate, carefully

reserved and unflinchingly honest, desolately bare and

overgrown in a tangle of emotion. To The Horizon, Sir is shot

through with life lived on the edge of nowhere, shimmering with

nuanced beauty and life's complex nature. An unfettered

musician, Iain has his colours nailed to a mast strained with full

sail and an eye fixed on where the sky meets the sea. Let it

take you’ - Mike Donald

Winner of 'Composer of the Year' at the Scots Trad Awards

2010.

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