Fergus and I got together in 1995 (I think) to consider making an electronic dance CD. This was all the rage in Edinburgh at the time with Martyn Bennett just about to release his debut CD and everyone was trying the ‘electronica thing’. We got in touch with Iona Records to see if they would be interested in releasing such a CD and they in turn put us in touch with producer Clark Sorley. The CD came out in 1996.
It was an interesting process which I enjoyed. We got a few friends in to help out – Eilidh Shaw, Kevin Mackenzie, Julia Legge and we produced a CD! Much of the recording was at Palladium Studios just outside Loanhead. I think we might have even beat Martyn Bennett’s debut CD to the pass being the first CD of the genre (of the current time) to be released. I remember being proud one day walking for the bus and a car drove past me blasting out the CD. That doesn’t happen much being a concertina player…
When I listen back to the CD (and I think Fergus would agree) it’s rather mundane. I think it could have been more exciting but we were experimenting with colours and sounds – I even played the didgeridoo on it! I’m sure Martyn considered us an influence at the time (not). I made this in my mid twenties and I think I was looking for a bit of a new musical direction. Maybe I’m wrong but it wasn’t till my Big Day In CD with Dave Milligan in 2001 that i found my direction again.
Have a listen to Exhibit A on Spotify. Player below.