Idlewild frontman to show folk music side

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THE folk side of Roddy Woomble’s spilt musical personality is in Peebles next Friday, June 3, as the Idlewild frontman returns to the Eastgate Theatre.

Listening to the Scottish rock band’s manic first album, Hope Is Important, released in 1999, it would hard to believe that Woomble would seven years later pen a folk hit with My Secret is my Silence.

Featuring Soutra-based Karine Polwart and Kate Rusby, the album received widespread praise, including the Sunday Times which called the record a “stunning piece of work”.

A year later, in 2007, he and his Idlewild colleagues worked on Ballads of the Book, an album of collaborations between Scottish writers and musicians.

Scotland’s national poet, Edwin Morgan, provided the words to The Weight of Years, in which Morgan looked at his increasing fragility, before his death last year.

Woomble went on to record and release the album Before the Ruin in 2008 with Kris Drever, of Lau, and John McCusker, whose musical associations include Paul Weller, Eddi Reader, Ocean Colour Scene, Mark Knopfler and Teenage Fan Club.

The 34-year-old’s latest album, The Impossible Song and Other Songs, was recorded on Mull and produced by McCusker.

His Peebles gig will be his only one in Scotland this summer, aside from appearing at festivals T in the Park and Belladrum.

A spokesman for Roddy said: “He arrives in Peebles ready to perform a set which will feature songs from his new album, as well as tunes from My Secret is My Silence, Before the Ruin and even a few Idlewild classics.”

Tickets for Roddy Woomble cost £14 and the show starts at 7.30pm. Phone 01721 725777 for more details.