Bringing together the very best of roots music from both sides of the Atlantic, Hopeland draw on musical influences from Stax and Motown and the roots of alt country to re-imagine the classic songs of Robert Burns. Citing diverse influences from Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris through to Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke, these exciting new arrangements bring classic Burns songs to life in a fresh style whilst proudly maintaining the essence of their heritage, making Burns accessible to traditional and new audiences the world over.
Hopeland is five-piece band with guitar, vocals, bass, keys, drums and fiddle. The singer is Grant Richardson, who started his music career with major label releases with Slide and was signed to Phonogram for 5 years touring with Texas and Gun. Bass player Jack Richardson recently had his debut single ‘that river’ selected as Single of The Week on the renowned Janice Forsyth and Grant Stott BBC show. Fiddle player Kirstie McLanaghan is a member of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, and it very active on the Scottish Trad Music Scene. 16-year-old keys player Louis Page has supported Wet Wet Wet’s Graeme Clark and Big Country.
Professor Gerard Carruthers, the Francis Hutcheson Professor of Literature at the University of Glasgow and General Editor of the ongoing collected work of Robert Burns for Oxford University Press, said “Hopeland has captured the spirit of Burns in a very radical way. These new interpretations come from the heart and reconnect with the emotions that Burns so vividly stirred”
Hopeland launch at the Big Burns Supper in Dumfries on 25th January and are building strong interest ahead of releasing their debut album and plans for 2020 live programme.
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