MacIntyre and Butler aim to serve up a musical treat on Mull

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Multi-talented Mulleach Colin MacIntyre will be teaming up with Bernard Butler (formerly of Suede) for two performances at An Tobar next week.

Billed as a ‘homecoming’ event the evening will feature songs from MacIntyre’s new album Wakelines, released under his pseudonym Mull Historical Society.

MacIntyre, a multi-award-winning musician, producer, author and playwright, cannot wait to be back on home soil having spent much of his time in New York recently ‘penning songs’ and signing deals that he hopes will realise his dream of staging a musical.

‘I am looking forward to performing the two MHS gigs in An Tobar, back home in Tobermory,’ he told us.

‘The performance room was my primary one classroom so it holds many memories.

‘My work of late, both music and in books, has been a lot about ‘home’ and how it travels with you, so it feels fitting.

‘We’re delighted to have a special guest in Bernard Butler, who produced my new MHS album. He is a Brit Award-winner and is recognised as one of the best guitarists of his generation, and he’s looking forward to being an honorary mainlander for these shows.’

Fellow local musicians, Sorren MacIean and Hannah Fisher, will be joining the pair on stage.

Having dedicated his debut album, Loss, to his late father Kenny MacIntyre, eight albums and a few books later, Colin’s latest musical offering concentrates on his own journeys and emotional experiences.

Elsewhere Colin has  been working on a musical on the theme of Culloden and, speaking publicly about the project for the first time, he told the Oban Times: ‘It feels like a natural ambition for me, having recently adapted my debut novel, The Letters of Ivor Punch, for the stage in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The play, The Origins of Ivor Punch, features the character Sergeant Punch, and his fictional connections to Isabella and Henrietta Bird and Tobermory Town Clock, as well as playing around with local mythology. I’d love to bring it to Mull.

‘The actor’s were great to work with and the design team recreated Tobermory seafront so well that I had to buy it off them so I can step onto the seafront whenever I want in London.’

The success of the play got Colin thinking, and he wanted to do more for the stage, so he has written a musical based on Culloden and Bonnie Prince Charlie, told through a contemporary lens.

On his recent visit to New York Colin signed a new publishing deal with Mute Song, which will be able to help him successfully stage this latest venture.

‘A Scottish ‘Les Mis’ would be the dream,’ Colin added.

‘In all truth a lot of explorative work is ahead… but I’ve been penning the songs and some of the tracks come from a new electro-pop project I have, called Field Stars, which I will release soon.

‘Mute, which has worked with Depech Mode, Nick Cave, Goldfrapp and New Order is excited by these songs, so it’s nice to have that support.’

Mull Historical Society featuring Bernard Butler will be at An Tobar on August 28 and 29.

Tickets from COMAR: Box Office 01688 302211 / www.comar.co.uk