Michael’s T in the head

Michael Jewitt of Walkerburn has made a download single inspired his favourite drink, Earl Grey tea.
Michael Jewitt of Walkerburn has made a download single inspired his favourite drink, Earl Grey tea.

A WALKERBURN teenager has brewed his first album - inspired by his love of a cup of tea.

Michael Jewitt, pictured, has penned five tracks for The Earl Grey EP and posted them on the internet just two years after first picking up a guitar.

And the 15-year-old has raised a teacup to his favourite tipple for influencing his debut EP.

Michael said: “I don’t know why but I have always loved tea. Me and my friends like to go round to each others and drink tea and get hyper. I had a bit of an obsession with Earl Grey so I decided to name my EP after it.”

While other teenagers might begin to experiment with alcohol, Michael says: “I’ll just stick to my tea”.

The acoustic EP was recorded with Sound Station Recording Studio, after Michael had attended MusikShak, a project initiated by Innerleithen Music Festival, to encourage and help young musicians in the Borders.

Michael began pouring his heart into writing and performing music at the age of 13.

The singer-songwriter said: “I } have always had a big interest in music and about two years ago I taught myself guitar. A lot of my friends play guitar and they helped me learn the chords.

“I began writing some riffs and lyrics and although they were not that good to begin with, I kept making them better and better. It took me two years to finish the EP since I learnt the guitar.

“I love writing songs. If I am in a bad mood and a write a song about it, then I feel a lot better. I just write about what is going on in my life.”

His dedication to his fledging musical career sees Michael planning to fund his first CD album in 2011.

The Peebles High pupil said: “I am hoping to release a CD with 12 to 15 songs next summer. It will be quite expensive to put on to CD but I will save up my Christmas money to pay for it.”

He added: “I would love to be a musican. If I can get my CD out there then hopefully my reputation can grow and I can get more gigs.”

Having performed at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles, Traquair Fair and Beanscene in Hawick in 2010, and put together an EP by the age of 15, Michael is thankful for the support he has received.

He said: “Me and my friends used to go camping together and we would sing our songs round the campfire. They have helped me and come to all the gigs I have had. Obviously the MusikShak have helped me, plus my parents who have also been at all my gigs.”

To listen to Michael’s debut EP visit http://michaeljewitt.bandcamp.com