This years final Elba Annual instalment comes in the form of Mike Nisbet. Mike released his album ‘Vagrant’ earlier this year and it was one of the few albums I heard this year which genuinely blew me away. I was sent a couple of his tracks in advance of the release and immediately I was smitten. We had Mike in to visit us at Elba soon after and recorded a podcast with him.
We were absolutely over the moon a few weeks ago when Mike’s album placed at number 3 in the annual Scottish Bloggers and Music Sites Album of The Year poll.
We’ve added Mike’s Elba Session tracks at the end of the post for download. We hope you enjoy, we certainly have!
– Album of The Year
This is a close call but it has to be Gillian Welch – ‘The Harrow & The Harvest’
– Song of the Year
A song I still have firmly ingrained in my brain is ”Abbey Gallop”, by Washington Irving. It brings back a lot of great memories of being on tour with them. and the mighty Over The Wall, playing strange gigs.
– Best gig you played
Captains Rest, supporting Nathaniel Rateliff. Just one of those shows were it felt like everyone ‘got it’ we were on the same wavelength. (Also someone tweeted me after the show saying they loved it and they were sure someone behind them was getting fingered during my set, so it sticks in ones mind) -You don’t have to print that… Oh, but we will!
– Best gig you saw
Bon Iver, Usher Hall, Edinburgh.
– Any musical thoughts to share on the year 2011?
I’ve realized just how amazing and overflowing with great
music Glasgow really is. I only had to move away twice to see it. Some amazing albums from 2011
– What does 2012 have in store for you?
Tour, Write, Record, repeat. Maybe another record if things can be organised
Tracks from Elba Session, Recorded May 2011
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