CS Buchan & Friends

by CS Buchan

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CS Buchan releases his new album on 25th May 2018 on Fitlike Records, available on CD and vinyl from all good vinyl stockists as well as some bad ones.

‘CS Buchan & Friends’ is an album that probably shouldn’t work but somehow does. With a diverse range of vocal performances from BBC Young Traditional Singer of the year finalist, Iona Fyfe to Brendon Massei, the legendary Baltimore troubadour better known as Viking Moses, to Scottish Indie lynchpin Stephen Milne of Little Kicks and international Independent Music Award (IMA) winner with Tryptamines, Chemical Callum. This is a collection of songs that weave a colourful narrative, each telling a story with an end result that is almost akin to one of those large, forced family gatherings where everyone falls out and you find out things about family members that were never meant to know, such as a funeral.

23rd June, 1985
"I go into some coastal bar in Stonehaven on the outskirts of Aberdeen to meet Charley for a beer. It’s Friday teatime and the bar is full of locals and a few excitable students. Charley sits slumped in a chair barely lifting his head to greet me. He is dressed in a chequered blazer, white chinos and brown slip on’s with no socks. In the midst of a “Style Council Phase”, he is a man out of place in these traditional surroundings. I get the jars in because as per, he is skint. He stares forlornly into a pint of mild muttering and mumbling about how he can’t find his muse and he’s not a man for this decade. His latest single “Parisian nights” has found little favour in the notoriously difficult Doric circuit.

Just as I’m about to take myself out and chuck myself in the sea, there is commotion as a few bizarrely dressed individuals enter the bar clutching instruments. It takes me a minute or two to realise that the ringleader is jazz virtuoso “Sun Ra”. It transpires that “Sun Ra” is a major football fan and inspired by Aberdeen’s recent European success has decided to self-finance a tour of the Aberdeen area to rediscover his own muse. An hour later Sun Ra is on stage playing “Space is the place” dressed in his traditionally ridiculous attire. Out of nowhere Charley tosses aside his pint of mild, grabs a guitar from nowhere and jumps on stage next to Sun Ra. He’s spinning and riffing and cajoling sounds out the six-string that has Sun himself looking on in awe. In the middle of the tune Sun and Charley are producing notes that has the locals standing open mouthed and one poor hound running for the exit. It’s bloody incredible. At the end of the tune he bowls off the stage and out the door saying he has tunes to write.

Fast forward to 2018 and four months ago I receive a phone call from Charley and he sounds flat, says he has writers block and nothing is coming easy. I hum the melody to “Space is the place” and the phone disconnects. A day later I receive a c90 from a courier with this album on it with a note attached saying
“Fancy a pint of Mild”. The album is excellent. Thank you, Sun Ra."

Byres Road Jazz Club

credits

released May 25, 2018

All tracks written by Charley Buchan except ‘All Used Up’ written by C. Buchan/S. Milne, ‘I See You, You See Me’ and 'Who Are You Kidding?', written by C. Buchan/K. Buchan.

Mixed and produced by Ciaran McGowan in Peterhead throughout 2017. *Recorded by Charley Buchan in Aberdeen with the exception of ‘Cynthia Says’, the cello and vocal of which were recorded by Pete Harvey (www.pumpkinfield.co.uk). Mastered by Alex McNutt.

Cover photograph by Laurie Robertson and offers homage to June Imray, The Torry Quine, whose 1976 album of the same cover. Design and layout by Michael Chang (www.mikeychang.com). ‘Byres Road Jazz Club’ is the genius that is Martyn Lyttel

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