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Roddy Woomble at Paisley Arts Centre

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Roddy Woomble returns to Paisley to showcase new and old solo material alongside Idlewild classics. Familiar to many thousands of music fans as the front man in the Scottish rock band Idlewild, Roddy Woomble is also a celebrated solo songwriter & performer.

A native of Irvine – small-town Scotland writ large – Roddy Woomble co-founded Idlewild in 1995, naming the band for the quiet haven featured in his then-favourite book, Anne of Green Gables.

Given that the NME likened their early punk-fuelled sound – deftly revisited on their latest album, 2007’s Make Another World – to “a flight of stairs falling down a flight of stairs”, the quiet haven part was initially somewhat ironic, but gradually came closer as Idlewild meanwhile progressed through sweeping melodic rock to rootsy, melodic sparseness.

Extending that softer lyrical vein of Roddy’s songwriting, 2006 saw his first solo release, My Secret Is My Silence, winning rave reviews across both the rock and folk press.

He was also a key instigator behind the acclaimed 2007 album Ballads of the Book, bringing together leading Scottish poets and musicians to collaborate on new songs.

Roddy went on to record and release the album ‘Before the Ruin’ with Kris Drever and John McCusker in 2008, which they toured extensively around the UK to much praise. The new album, ‘The Impossible Song and Other Songs’ was recorded on the isle of Mull and produced by John McCusker. This was released in the spring of 2011 to critical acclaim and Roddy and his band have been touring the UK ever since.

Roddy Woomble plays Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 11 May from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 (£10 conc) and are available online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking or by calling 0141 887 1010.

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