FANS of Highland trio Tweed will see a return on their investment when "the rocking ceilidh band" launch their latest album this weekend.
Although officially based in Inverness, band members Graeme Mackay, Sam McLeod and Duncan Farquhar also have links to Speyside, so Saturday’s launch party at Boat of Garten Community Hall on Saturday is very much a home gig for them — and a chance to thank the fans who made new CD, Dark Side of The Loom, possible via crowd funding.
"We received £3583 from our fans who have all been promised various rewards, from just a single copy, through to t-shirts, signed framed copies, launch night tickets, right up to a live performance of the album," accordion playing frontman Graeme said.
"Every reward had pledgers donating money towards the project.
"It’s been a huge help to us as that kind of money takes a while to save up in our line of work. It’s also a huge boost to have another product to sell, and for our fans to hold something in their hands that they helped to make. As a thank you from us, all the pledgers names are printed on the CD cover, t-shirts and framed copies."
Dark Side of The Loom, which is the follow up to debut album The First Weave, was overseen by leading Scottish producer Marcus Mackay — Graeme’s second cousin — whose CV includes working with Snow Patrol, Frightened Rabbit and producing the 2015 Scottish Album of the Year, Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled, for Kathryn Joseph.
Graeme hopes for a good turn out to mark the release of the album, which adds ska and bluegrass flavours to traditional Scottish tunes.
"All are welcome to give the end of the project a great party, and the beginning of the album a good send off," he declared.
• Tweed launch their new album, Dark Side of The Loom, at Boat of Garten Community Hall on Saturday 21st November at 8pm. Support comes from Inverness band Gabbro and tickets are £10.
Dark Side of The Loom is released next week and can be ordered through the band’s website www.tweedmusic.co.uk