HEIDI Talbot has a “new record” out and she would like to share it with you at the Queens Hall on Friday.
Titled Here We Go 1, 2, 3 and released on Navigator Records, it’s Talbot’s fifth solo LP and “plays to the tune of quiet skips and giant leaps,” crossing musical styles from folk, through Americana, to classic pop, and back again.
The Irish singer/songwriter, now living in Scotland with her musical partner and husband John McCusker, is joined by a host of musicians and co-writers on the album, including Louis Abbott of Admiral Fallow, Duke Special, Adam Holmes and Boo Hewerdine.
“The title, Here We Go, 1, 2, 3, takes that idea of jumping, whether it’s into new musical territories, new bands, a new studio, new label, new family - new everything, really,” she explains.
“It’s about taking a chance. I’ve written eight out of the 10 songs on this album in some context, whether it’s the lyrics or the music - that’s the most I’ve ever contributed. And it’s quite personal.
“A lot has happened since my last album. We’ve built a recording studio, and started a label, and I’ve got a different band. I’ve had a second daughter. I’ve lost my mum. So, it feels like – okay, get ready to jump...”
Talbot describes the album, which took a couple of years to write and just 10 days to record, as “a measured and unhurried long-player which reflects on birth, and death, and getting older.”
Songs include country-pop meditation The Year That I Was Born, downtime bluegrass psalm Do You Ever Think Of Me, and exquisite mortal jig Time To Rest.
One of the album’s earliest songs is Song For Rose (Will You Remember Me).
“I wrote that about the time when my mum was sick, and you know what’s going to happen, but you’d do anything to change it - so you make all these sorts of deals, with God or whoever you believe in, to have this not happen,” Talbot explains.
“I did all my crying while writing it, so now I can sing it. And talk about it.”
Heidi Talbot, Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, Friday, 7.30pm, £17, 0131-668 2019