Sandy Wright guests at Montrose folk club

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THE Sandy Wright Duo will be the guests at Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel, Mid Links, Montrose next Tuesday evening.

Sandy is a long-time underground hero in his native Edinburgh.

Latterly he has been championed by the likes of Eddi Reader, Kris Dever and Karine Polwart and folk-pop favourites, Aberfeldy, all of whom have recorded one or more of his songs.

Last year he was nominated as Composer of The Year at the Scottish Trad Music Awards.

Sandy Wright has played in covers bands, ceilidh bands, country bands and jazz combos, meanwhile building a reputation as Scotland’s finest undiscovered songwriter, bar none.

At long last, in his sixtieth year, he has made his first solo album.

That long-awaited debut, The Songs of Sandy Wright, is a double CD and a treasure-trove twice over.

Firstly, it comprises a hand-picked selection – from a catalogue of some 250 compositions - sung by the man himself.

The second CD features a crème-de-la-crème array of fellow singers and songwriters performing his material, among them the aforementioned Reader, Drever and Polwart, plus the likes of Boo Hewerdine, Chris Wood and Roddy Woomble.

Songs written by Sandy Wright range from the epic to the intimate, from the comical to the quietly scathing.

His songwriting style can be usefully likened to such legends as Tom Waits or Johnny Cash, but with a distinct Caledonian salting of Ivor Cutler and Michael Marra.

Shortly before his appearance at Montrose Folk Club, the songs of Sandy Wright will feature as one of the headline concerts at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow and also at a performance at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh.

Everyone is welcome at Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel, Montrose, next Tuesday (February 1) for an entertaining evening of quality music and songwriting. The doors at the Links Hotel will be open at 7.30pm with The Sandy Wright Duo on stage at 8pm.