Rough Island Band Put Finishing Touches To New Album

The Rough Island Band

The Rough Island Band

Fans of Scilly’s Rough Island Band won’t have to wait much longer to hear the new album.

The group, which originally formed on St Agnes, has just spent a week in the studio putting the finishing touches to their next release.

Band member James Sills says it’s been a tough schedule with 12-hour days needed to complete the recordings.

But he says he’s very pleased with the finished results.

The new album will feature eleven tracks, nine of which are original tunes written by the group.

And fans of their YouTube hit, a cover of Paul Simon’s ‘You Can Call Me Al’, which they recorded live at Porth Conger, will be pleased that the band has now done a studio version.

From Radio Scilly

James Sills discusses the new album from the Rough Island Band

The video has had 115,000 hits and James says it’s a way to broaden their fanbase outside the traditional music audience.

He says folk music can have a fairly limited appeal, but playing a well-known, modern track in their own style has brought in a lot of new followers.

The new songs on the album will continue to explore themes about Scilly.

One song describes a gig race from the view of the St Agnes crew. Another is about a Friday evening trip to the Turk’s Head pub.

And because this album has been recorded in a studio, James says it has a richer, multi-layered sound than their previous releases, which he says were “done on the hoof.”

There’s even a guest appearance from an Australian male voice choir.

The band hopes to release the album next April, when they play at the Scilly Folk Festival, followed by a short mainland tour in May and June.

The only thing left to do is find a name for it, says James. He’s hoping a few weeks away from the studio will help the band members to come up with some ideas.

They’ll be releasing more details, including previews of the tracks, on their Facebook site over the coming months.


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