Borders-based CD is magic

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A CD inspired by the magic of the Borders’ fairies has been released by a former recording studio owner.

John Fallon put together Fairy after being influenced by visits to Yair Bridge, between Selkirk and Galashiels, to see his partner Monica Mayer at her bed-and-breakfast.

The record features classical music recorded at John’s home in Denny near Falkirk, and the CD includes photography taken by John and Monica of the landscape through the seasons around Yair Bridge.

He said: “It has five months in the making. I previously ran a commercial recording studio in Falkirk for three years but I shut it down and put this CD together at home.

“It was inspired by the Yair Bridge area, its people and scenery.”

Discussing the CD’s title, John added: “The theme of Monica’s bed-and-breakfast is fairies.

“She believes she is a fairy and makes fairy artefacts. She is also a very good artist and is a musican herself.

“The last sighting of a fairy in Scotland was at Caddonfoot, just a few miles away, and a lot of people are attracted to the bed-and-breakfast because of the fairy theme and the area’s association with them.”

Plans are in place for John’s next release, inspired by wizards, and after his move to Yair Bridge, he hopes to embark on a new career path.

“A lot of people have said to me that my music would suit a film sound track so my hope is to get involved with film companies in the future,” said John.

Fairy is on sale on iTunes, and at the Music Station and Moondogs Cafe, both in Galashiels.