Sweet Surrender – Live Acoustic – HYP 15308
Release Date UK: 09.03.2015 EU: 27.02.2015
For almost two decades, Donnie Munro was lead singer and frontman with Scottish Rock Band, Runrig, a band which started in the small village halls of the Highland’s and Islands but went on to become one of Scotland’s most popular bands achieving considerable success both in the UK and internationally. The band’s albums, singles and videos all charted high in UK and European Charts, resulting in numerous performances on the iconic, Top of the Pops chart show, and notably, charting a Scottish Gaelic song in the UK Top Twenty. The Band’s ‘Wheel in Motion’ DVD also topped the UK Music and Film DVD Charts.
In 1991 the band memorably performed to an audience of over 50,000 people on the banks of Loch Lomond on mid-summers night and, to this day it remains as Scotland’s biggest ever audience for any one band, a remarkable achievement yet to be surpassed. The singer recently re-joined his former band members for their special 40th Anniversary concert, playing to 15,000 fans, at the Muir of Òrd, ‘Party on the Moor’.
In 1997, Munro left Runrig to concentrate on a number of projects in culture, the arts, politics and education, and has been involved in initiating and delivering a number of significant national cultural projects and programmes in his role as Director Of Development, Fundraising and the Arts at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for the Gaelic Language and Culture on his native Isle of Skye. He also took the opportunity of change to turn his attention more to his own work as singer/songwriter.
From that point on, the former Runrig front- man has worked with some of Scotland’s finest musicians and has enjoyed considerable success as a solo artist and writer. His albums have been greeted with great critical acclaim with, ‘Heart of America’, voted Album of the Year in the 2006 Scottish Music Awards. He has performed regularly before major international events both at Hampden and Murrayfield Stadia’, headlined Hebcelt Festival and Celtic Connections and performed to over 200,000 people at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Party, an event broadcast live to millions across the world. The singer recently performed, with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, at the finale of the televised Ryder Cup Gala Concert at the Glasgow Hydro Arena, to an audience of 15,000 and a massive worldwide TV audience of many millions.
In March 2014 he played a series of highly successful acoustic shows in which he took the opportunity to revisit a wide range of material spanning his entire musical career.
This acoustic project was warmly received by his audiences, with sell-out shows in Denmark, Germany and his native Scotland. With his German Record label, he decided to record some of these shows for this acoustic double live album, very much as a musical anthology. He stripped the presentation of the material to a minimum, achieving a direct intensity of performance throughout from the musically strong acoustic trio, featuring, his producer/engineer, Eric Cloughley on acoustic guitar and backing vocals, and Scottish Traditional Music sensation, Maggie Adamson from Shetland, on fiddle. This compelling collection of songs has great range, depth and intensity and features a mix of traditional material, RUNRIG classics and songs written by Munro, all accompanied by the exquisite playing of Cloughley and Adamson.
In describing the project Munro said,
‘The idea of recording a fully acoustic live album really appealed and takes me back to where it all began for me, as a very young musician on the Isle of Skye, prior to my early Runrig days. For me, performance has always ultimately been about delivering ‘the song’ and, with acoustic performance in particular, there is that opportunity to strip everything back to its most basic and most direct communicative elements, and for the narrative to take hold. I have always felt that good songs kind of sing themselves and, as a performer, you have to just not get in the way.At best, when you find that deepest connection with the song, in a sense, you ‘give yourself up’ to it, in essence, a ‘Sweet Surrender’.
Notes for Editors:
‘Sweet Surrender’-double live CD will officially be released on the 2nd of March
Donnie Munro will be performing his acoustic set at the new ‘Skyelive Music Festival’ in Portree taking place on the 3rd and 4th of April and hopes also to perform a limited number of shows in Denmark and Germany later in the year.
Donnie Munro has recorded on Lismore Records, Ridge Records, Simple Records, Chrysalis Records, EMI Records, Greentrax and Hypertension Records (Germany)
Donnie Munro is a former Rector of the University of Edinburgh and first Rector of the University of the Highland’s and Islands
01 Protect and Survive
02 Strangers to the Pine
03 The Cutter
04 Chi Min Geamhradh
05 Dance Called America
06 Raglan Road
08 Heart of America
09 Leaving Lerwick Harbour
10 Back Up And Push
02 Mother Glasgow
03 Glasgow Joe
04 October Song
05 The Wire
06 Mo Chruinneag Bhòidheach
07 Where the Roses
08 City of Lights
09 Weaver of Grass