Since 2010 and the Idlewild hiatus, Roddy Woomble and his solo band have toured consistently playing hundreds of concerts in theatres, folk clubs, village halls and arts centres the length and breadth of the UK. Together they have released three albums 'The Impossible song & other songs' (2011). 'Listen to Keep' (2013) and 'Live in the Inner Hebrides' (2014).
The show at Kings Place comes at the end of his solo band touring for a while as Idlewild gear up to release a new album and tour in 2015.
The band are:
Hannah Fisher - fiddle & vocals, Sorren Maclean - Acoustic guitar & vocals, Luciano Rossi - Piano, Craig Ainslie - electric bass, Roddy Woomble - lead vocals.
Roddy Woomble was born in Ayrshire in 1976. During his childhood he and his family moved about frequently, living in France, England, and America before settling in the Scottish coastal town of Carnoustie where Roddy spent his teenage years before moving, at eighteen in 1995 to Edinburgh to study photography. After spells living in London, New York and Glasgow, Roddy currently lives with his family in the western isles.
It was at university in Edinburgh that Roddy met Colin Newton and Rod Jones and formed the group Idlewild. The band have gone on to record and release seven acclaimed albums and three compilations. Two of these albums debuted in the UK top ten. They have released twelve UK top 40 singles and have toured throughout the world, as a headline act, and also as support to REM, U2 and The Rolling Stones amongst others. Their last LP 'Post Electric Blues' was released in October 2009. The band are currently on hiatus.
In 2006 Roddy released his debut solo album 'My secret is my silence'. The record featured Rod Jones from Idlewild, Ailidh Lennon and David Gow from Sons and Daughters, and acclaimed folk musicians Andy Cutting, Kate Rusby, Ian Carr and Karine Polwart and was produced by John McCusker. The album featured in many 'best of the year' polls, and spent several weeks at number 1 in the UK folk charts.
Roddy was responsible for organising the LP 'Ballads of the Book' a collaboration between Scottish poets and writers, singers and bands.
'Before the Ruin', the debut album as 'Drever, McCusker & Woomble' was released to much acclaim in 2008. The trio toured extensively around the UK to support the album. Roddy's second solo album 'The impossible song & others songs' was released on Greenvoe/EMI on March 21st 2011.
Roddy is also a writer and contributor to several Scottish publications. From 2004 to 2006 he wrote a monthly column for the List magazine, as well as contributing restaurant reviews to their eating and drinking guide plus contributions to The Sunday Herald, The Observer and The Sunday Times. From October 2008 to April 2010 he wrote a monthly column for the outdoor pursuits magazine 'TGO', his column, titled 'Woomble's Way' was all about his rambles around Scotland and beyond.
Roddy has made many appearances on the radio. He has made spoken appearances at the Edinburgh book festival, the 'Aye write' book festival in Glasgow and the 'word' book festival in Aberdeen. Aside from all this, he likes to read and paint, and is a keen hill walker and supporter of Scotland's wild places.
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