Idlewild singer launches music and literature project

'Ballads Of The Book' is launched in Glasgow tonight

Idlewild singer launches music and literature project
Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble's ambitious music and literature project is launched at a gig in Glasgow tonight (January 30).

'Ballads Of The Book' unites the great and the good of Scottish literature with the country's indie elite and will be released on March 5 through Chemikal Underground.

Inspired by Idlewild's work with writer Edwin Morgan on their 'The Remote Part' album, Woomble wanted to explore the possibilities for cross-pollenation further.

With the help of the Scottish Arts Council and the label, the project soon grew and the finished product features appearances from Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat, Sons & Daughters, and Aereogramme.

The tracklisting is:

Heron and John Burnside - 'Song For Irena'
De Rosa and Michel Faber - 'Steam Comes Off Our House'
James Yorkston and Bill Duncan - 'A Calvinist Narrowly Avoids Pleasure'
Foxface and Rody Gorman - 'Dreamcatcher'
Lord Cut-Glass and Alasdair Gray - 'A Sentimental Song'
Aidan Moffat and the Best Ofs and Ian Rankin - 'The Sixth Stone'
Norman Blake and John Burnside - 'Girl'
Karine Polwart and Edwin Morgan - 'The Good Years'
Sons and Daughters and AL Kennedy - 'The War On Love Song'
Alasdair Roberts and Robin Robertson - 'The Leaving'
Strike The Colours and Rody Gorman - 'Message In A Bottle'
Aereogramme and Hal Duncan - 'If You Love Me You’d Destroy Me'
Malcolm Middleton and Alan Bisset - 'The Rebel On His Own Tonight'
Trashcan Sinatras and Ali Smith - 'Half An Apple'
Vashti Bunyan and Rodge Glass - 'The Fire'
King Creosote and Laura Hird - 'Where and When'
Emma Pollock and Louise Welsh - 'Jesus On The Cross'
Idlewild and Edwin Morgan - 'The Weight Of Years'

The album will be launched with a special performance at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall tonight (Janaury 30).

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