Idlewild singer Roddy Woomble announces new solo album recorded during lockdown

Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble has announced that his new solo album, Lo! Soul, will be released in May.

Produced and mixed by recent collaborator Andrew Mitchell (aka Andrew Wasylyk), Lo! Soul was recorded remotely during lockdown between Woomble’s home in the Hebrides and Mitchell’s studio in Dundee.

Speaking about the new album, Woomble says: “I’m a collaborative songwriter, used to working in a room with one or more people, or a band, and I think my songs benefit from that human connection and response.

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“With lockdown last year my initial reaction was not to work on songs. It offered a pause for us all, and like many others I found myself alone and reflecting. Concentrating on reading and writing. Considering maybe working on a book of poems instead.

“Gradually, though, I started developing songs on my acoustic guitar which I would record on my phone and send on to Andrew in Dundee.

“Around then, my friend and musician Danny Grant, based in Glasgow, began sharing his wonderful electronic grooves and rhythms with me. I started improvising over these with my poems.

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“It didn’t feel like an album we were creating at this stage though – more a scrapbook of this particular moment. As restrictions eased in the summer, I spent three days in Andrew's studio recording vocals and developing these ideas. Other than this, the album was all recorded remotely – Dundee Glasgow, and the Hebrides.”

Lo! Soul will be released digitally on May 21, followed by a vinyl and CD release on July 30, including a limited edition indie record store exclusive coloured vinyl.

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Idlewild singer Roddy Woomble has announced a new solo album. Photo: Euan Roberston

The album is proceeded by lead single and title track Lo! Soul, which is out now.

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Previously announced live shows for May 2021 have now been rescheduled for March 2022, with original tickets still valid.

These are accompanied by a string of UK-wide dates in October 2021.

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Tour dates

29 July 2021 - Irvine, Harbour Arts Centre

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30 July 2021 - Dundee, Dundee University's Chaplaincy Centre

31 July 2021 - Topcliffe, Deer Shed Festival

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01 August 2021 - Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough Town Hall

06 August 2021 - Strathaven, Frets Acoustic @ Strathaven Hotel

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07 August 2021 - Sheffield, Greystones

08 August 2021 - Sunderland, Lamplight Festival

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26 September 2021 - Chester, St Mary's Creative Space

03 October 2021 - Aberdeen, Lemon Tree

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04 October 2021 - Galashiels, Mac Arts

05 October 2021 - St. Albans, The Horn

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06 October 2021 - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach

07 October 2021 - Coventry, The Tin Music & Acts

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08 October 2021 - Reading, South Street Arts Centre

09 October 2021 - London, Union Chapel

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10 October 2021 - Newcastle, Hapless Weekend @ Cumberland Arms

2022

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15 March 2022 - Manchester, Night & Day

16 March 2022 - Birmingham, Hare & Hounds

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17 March 2022 - Oxford, Jericho Tavern

18 March 2022 - Winchester, The Railway Inn

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19 March 2022 - Isle of Wight, Quay Arts Centre

20 March 2022 - Guildford, The Boileroom

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22 March 2022 - Lewes, Con Club

23 March 2022 - Cambridge, Portland Arms

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24 March 2022 - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

26 March 2022 - Edinburgh, Summerhall

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24 May 2022 - Lerwick, The Dowry

25 May 2022 - Lerwick, The Dowry

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