‘Swan Song’ New Single from Gary Innes feat. Karen Matheson

‘Swan Song’ is the new single from award-winning musician Gary Innes.

Featuring vocals by the inimitable Karen Matheson, of Capercaillie fame, the new single is an ode to a number of Gary’s friends who sadly have passed away before they were ready to go.

Gary said: “I had the privilege of getting to spend time with some very close friends towards the end of their lives and during these times we spoke at great length about the passing of time and how they were struggling with the thought of being taken before they were ready to go. They asked me to play their swan song for them at their respective funerals and this is where the idea for this single came from. It’s incredibly close to my heart and having Karen’s vocals on it has really given it the depth I was looking for. It was an honour to know and learn from these individuals and I hope I did their swan song the justice it deserves.”

‘Swan Song’ is a preview to Gary’s upcoming album Imminent that will be officially released on Friday 15th February 2019. An album packed full of self-penned tunes and songs, Imminent is a follow-up to Gary’s 2017 album ERA that was released to critical acclaim, with Tim Carroll writing “Era is more than one man’s reflection, it’s a view into the world of a master at work.”

‘Swan Song’ features Karen Matheson (vocals), Gary Innes (Accordion), Ali Hutton (Guitar), Angus Lyon (Piano), Ewen Henderson (Fiddle), Steve Byrnes (Bouzouki) and James Lindsay (Double Bass).

Highland born accordionist and 2017’s MG Alba Scots Trad Awards ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ winner, Gary was born in the village of Spean Bridge in the North of Scotland and is one of the founding members of award-winning Scottish supergroup Mànran. Gary is also the presenter of BBC Radio Scotland’s longest running music programme, Take the Floor.

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