UWS graduate contributes to Argyll-inspired album

24 May 2016

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Broadcast Production graduate Alana-Kathryn Mathers, has recently been involved in a project called 'MusicMakesMe', which has brought musicians from Argyll together to create an album of original works.

Alana, who hails from Inchinnan, in Renfrewshire, moved to Argyll in 2012 after graduating with a first class Honours Degree from UWS Ayr Campus, and contributed to album ‘In The Wild Country’ with her song ‘Down By The Shore’.

In the summer of 2015, Alana joined seven other professional musician-composers from Argyll to record an album in a village hall on the banks of Loch Fyne with Scottish musician Joe McAlinden and Grammy award-winning sound engineer David Donaldson. Conceived as a Talent Development project for musicians in Argyll by Creative Director of The Walking Theatre Co., Sadie Dixon-Spain, the result is a richly diverse and engaging set of songs released as the album ‘In The Wild Country’.

Alana commented: “MusicMakesMe was such a fantastic project to be a part of. Rural Argyll is a very inspiring place to live, especially when it comes to influencing creative practices, however it is not always easy to connect and work with fellow musicians and artists in such a vast region, but MusicMakesMe made it all possible!"

“Being a part of the project was an unforgettable experience, and I, along with my fellow recording artists, are just so thrilled with the finished result.”

The album will be available to purchase via the MusicMakesMe.scot website, downloadable via iTunes, and available on Spotify, from the 27th of May 2016.

Alana can currently be found gigging with harmony group, Kantrio, where she plays guitar and sings with fellow band-mates Kirsteen Black and Nikki Brown.