New album blends folk music and voices

Blair Coron is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Fife. 'His music blends modern classical, folk and poetry, with nature, people, time and place being common themes throughout. Blair’s primary intention is to create enchanting atmospheres that sets course for introspection and meditation.'

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‘Cairn’, the new album by Blair Coron, is composed of reminiscences of Scotland.

Blair Coron is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Springfield in Fife. His music blends modern classical, folk and poetry, with nature, people, time and place being common themes throughout. Blair’s primary intention is to ‘create enchanting atmospheres that sets course for introspection and meditation’.

After the UK tour of his debut album ‘On The Nature of Things’, aired on BBC Radio 3, 4 and 6, Blair released his second album entitled Cairn.

Blair Coron said his album ‘Cairn’ was ‘a celebration of Scottish heritage, a thank you to all it has given so far, containing new music set to archival interviews of those living in the Highlands and Islands during the early 20th century, discussing local legends, childhood reminiscences and traditions long forgotten’.

‘Cairn is a living memory,’ explained Blair Coron: ‘It is a collection of new music set to archival recordings of those who once lived in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, discussing moments of childhood, folklore and people. It is a celebration of the more intricate moments of Scottish and Gaelic culture and a thank you to all it has given so far.

‘It is not just an album, it is not just a film. We are in the living rooms, we are in the kitchens and around the firesides drinking tea with these people, from across time and getting to know them. My music is the radio playing in the corner and the emotions echoing through our minds.

‘They shall be our companions, our grandparents and our teachers. They had lived a whole life, let us offer them a chance for resurrection, let them tell you a story.’

The album is available to listen through all streaming services and purchase on Bandcamp. The accompanying film is available to watch via YouTube.

A companion film of the same name has also been released: ‘An artistic filmed performance intertwined with scenes of Scotland and stories and interviews with Blair himself. It is cosy, intimate, calm, poetic, real – as if dropping in for a cup of tea with friends to share stories.’

Blair regularly provides ‘sanctuary to other similar musicians, whose music does not fit within the traditional performance venue aesthetic’, through his concert series entitled ‘Píu’, which he co-founded and hosts. ‘It is a space for quieter musicians and artists who wish to erase the divide between audience and performer and share their creations in an intimate setting,’ he said.

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Blair Coron is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Fife. ‘His music blends modern classical, folk and poetry, with nature, people, time and place being common themes throughout. Blair’s primary intention is to create enchanting atmospheres that sets course for introspection and meditation.’

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Blair Coron said his album ‘Cairn’ was ‘a celebration of Scottish heritage, a thank you to all it has given so far, containing new music set to archival interviews of those living in the Highlands and Islands during the early 20th century, discussing local legends, childhood reminiscences and traditions long forgotten’.

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A companion film of the same name has also been released: ‘An artistic filmed performance intertwined with scenes of Scotland and stories and interviews with Blair himself. It is cosy… intimate… calm… poetic… real… as if dropping in for a cup of tea with friends to share stories.’