Shawlands twins’ band Kinbrae release album to international acclaim

Shawlands-based musical duo Kinbrae have released their debut album to a global audience.

Twins Andy and Mike Truscott recorded the ambient, neo-classical Tidal Patterns with producer Andrew Bush in his Shawlands studio earlier this year.

After signing to Swedish label 1631 recordings, the album was released on 4 November in several countries in northern Europe, Scandinavia and Japan, to critical acclaim.

Andy spent a year on the Inner Hebrides island of Coll and the brothers believe this experience was a big inspiration for the record.

Andy said: “The album depicts a lot of my time on the island and the remoteness of it all.

“Because we don’t use lyrics in the record, it’s hard to make it personal.

“So we’ve incorporated a lot of field recordings from Coll, to give the music a sense of place.”

Mike added: “I would describe our music as ambient and modern classical.

“The starting point of it is the piano and cornet, so it’s quite acoustic based. But we use a lot of synthesisers and electronic sounds and it’s quite a mash-up between the two.”

The brothers were initially nervous about the response to the release, however have been encouraged by early reviews.

Kinbrae were inspired by the idyllic surrounds of Coll
Kinbrae were inspired by the idyllic surrounds of Coll. Credit: Peter Gawthrop (Flickr Creative Commons)

Andy said: “It’s been a bit nerve-wracking. To see the album go from an idea to a full physical release on a good label is pretty exciting.

“But we just hope that it’s well received.”

Mike added: “It’s funny when you hear people say they don’t care about what people think about their music – we’re the total opposite.”

Producer Andrew Bush, who runs Gold Soundz recording studio on Shawhill Road in Shawlands, said: “Working with the Truscott twins was really easy. They’re both great musicians, have very creative minds and a positive approach to writing and recording.

“Recording this album was great fun and I’m hoping to working with them on subsequent releases.”

Kinbrae are planning on touring the highlands and islands in the summer of 2017 with a series of live shows.

Pollokshields set for new arts venue following Playhouse closure

A move to create a new community arts space in Pollokshields is currently underway.

Pollokshields Community Council is exploring potential locations for a venue following the closure of the Pollokshields Playhouse on Albert Drive.

The Playhouse closed its doors on October 1 after the lease expired on previously derelict ground.

A variety of music, theatre, art and children’s events has been hosted at the transformed site in the past 12 months.

Michelle Montgomery Masters, community engagement liaison officer for Glasgow City Council, led the playhouse project and is keen to have it replicated elsewhere in the community.

She said: “Following the closure of the Playhouse, we will take a pause, then undergo a period of evaluation of the venture.

“However, given the success of the playhouse, we hope to find another venue within the community and re-open.”

Pollokshields community council raised £40,000 to finance the playhouse with donations from public bodies and charities.

Michelle hopes extra funding will allow for a new exhibition space to be established and pointed to the positive impact of the venue on the local community: “As well as attracting a great number of visitors, we also had a variety of groups and individuals take part in the events.

“Those who are unemployed, have mental health problems or low self-esteem got involved.

“Meanwhile the likes of the local girl guides and care workers also helped with fundraising and organising events.”

David Meikle, local councillor for Pollokshields, also hailed the achievements of the playhouse and backed the move for the project to be extended: “I’m keen that playhouse continues – what’s key now is locating a new site where it can be situated and I will do what I can to assist with this.

“Hopefully the Playhouse will be open and holding events again soon.”

A location for the new community venue is yet to be established.