The world came close to missing out on the smooth flowing folk of Colin Clyne.
The Scottish singer/songwriter injured his hand in his teens and didn’t know if he would ever pick up a guitar again until he was 23.
“By the time I got my act together I was getting on a bit,” he says. “I was working on boats and then when I went to America it just all started coming together again.”
Originally from the small town of Stonehaven in Scotland, Colin ended a 10-year stay in Southern California a few years back, and is now based in the North East of Scotland. But it was in the US that his musical career really began.
“I wrote some music, I met some people and next thing I’m heading up and down the west coast of America and getting festivals and various other things and working with Grammy winners so it was different.”
After touring extensively, he built up a wide following and released one of the greatest folk albums in recent memory, his second album ‘The Never Ending Pageant’ in 2014.
The album took considerable effort to get to the shelves, however.
“It had been in the works for a while. I was actually recording it in 2013 but I knew that we were moving back to Scotland so I had to shelf it a bit while we did that and I went back out to America at the beginning of 2014. We moved back to Scotland in summer 2013 and I went back to California and we mixed it, mastered it and added various things to it. I released it with the record label back in Scotland.
“I had it under my arm for a while before it was released but it was a quick album to put together. We were ten days in the studio putting it together,” he explains, adding that a new song may not be too far off. “I’ve always got a pot of songs kicking about and there’s a lot of songs that didn’t get into that album, not because they were worse, just because they didn’t fit in with the style of the album. I’ve written a bunch more. I’m not planning on doing anything big this year in terms of recording. I’m considering doing a charity Christmas song later in the year but I’m not quite ready to make another album yet.”
He is ready for touring though, and bringing his high energy and enchanting folk music to Ireland for the very first time, including Monroe’s Live later this month.
“I’ve not been over as far as Galway. My wife has and she says it’s very beautiful. So I’m very much looking forward to coming over,” said Colin.
Galway can look forward to a great master of folk coming to put on quite a show. “I do have a wee band that plays with me in Scotland but I won’t be taking them it’ll just be myself. It will just be one man, voice, guitar, harmonica some songs, couple of stories and maybe the occasional bad joke!”
“When I come to Ireland I’m just gonna have my eyes open the whole time and take in the experience of playing music and meeting people. It is what it is really about,” said Colin.
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Colin Clyne plays at Monroe’s Live on Wednesday 24 February with doors at 8pm. Tickets cost €5.