I’d been aware that Idlewild’s Rod Jones had been heavily involved in the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival in previous years but the project has grown substantially for the current year with the founding of the Fruit Tree Foundation.
A number of well known Scottish songwriters, Jones, Scott Hutchison, Emma Pollock, Karine Polwart, Jenny Reeve, James Graham, Jill O’Sullivan, Alisdair Roberts and James Yorkston decamped to Perth for a song writing collaboration and the results will be released as an LP, initially available only at two shows in Edinburgh and Glasgow this weekend.
Obviously the involvement of Pollock and Polwart lends echoes of the Burns Unit but this could be a little different.
The shows will see the entire LP performed but with additional solo performances from Polwart, Hutchison and Broken Records (Edinburgh HMV Picturehouse, Friday 1st) and Yorkston and Roberts (Glasgow O2 ABC) with tickets £6 for each show.
There’s more info available from the Fruit Tree Foundation site from which you can also download 2 tracks from the LP.