Where You’re Meant To Be album released 25th March 2016 on Kiss My Beard
Film premiers 19th February at Glasgow Barrowlands / Tour to follow.
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More info here, ticket buys and album pre-orders: http://whereyouremeanttobe.com/
In the spring of 2014, Scottish cult-pop raconteur Aidan Moffat and award-winning film-maker Paul Fegan made plans to tour the length of Scotland – to socialise with local characters, carouse into the early hours, and explore the country’s music traditions as part of a folkloric pop voyage called Where You’re Meant To Be.
It was meant to be the basis for a film depicting Moffat’s road trip. It was meant to be a film that celebrated Scotland’s communities and lore, as the former Arab Strap frontman toured his modern re-interpretations of old folk songs. But just before they hit the road, Fegan and Moffat met Sheila Stewart: a 79-year-old force of nature, the last in a line of travelling folk royalty, and a balladeer whose life – and unexpected death in December last year – upturned Moffat’s folk assumptions, and diverted the course of Fegan’s film.
The ensuing film, Where You’re Meant To Be, is a warm-hearted and open-armed journey through Scottish music, landscape and time. It’s also a moving, wry and enlightening depiction of two of our country’s most distinct and vital voices, as they cross paths (and words): Moffat believes Scotland’s oldest songs are ripe for re-working against a contemporary urban backdrop. Stewart does not.
The accompanying live album of Moffat’s personal, often bawdy, modern takes on old Scottish folk classics was recorded by the banks of Loch Ness in Drumnadrochit Village Hall, one of the highlights of the tour. “Folk music has a pretty austere reputation, but I was struck by the humour in old Scots songs, so I started out rewriting some classics to adapt them to modern city life, which mostly meant more sex, booze, drugs and swearing. There are sad ones, too, of course – I can’t help myself – and even a couple of political messages in true folk tradition. Overall, though, the night seemed more like stand-up comedy than the gigs I’m used to playing.” Moffat says of his reinterpretations.
Where You’re Meant To Be is to premier at the Barrowlands on Friday 19th February as part of Glasgow Film Festival. Following which there will also be live performances from Aidan Moffat and his backing band (featuring members of The Twilight Sad and Bdy_Prts) and other traditional musicians who feature in the film.
Following its premiere, the film (with accompanying performances from Moffat) will tour venues across Scotland, including many rural locations, taking the film and Moffat back to the communities where the actual characters are from. There are plans for a cinema release of the film in June and subsequent tour from Moffat to accompany screenings in England this summer.
19th Feb – Barrowland Ballroom – Premier
24th Feb – Glasgow Film Festival
25th March – Aberdeen – Belmont Cinema
26th March – Cullerlie – Farm Park
27th March – Dundee – DCA
31st March – Skye Portree – Aros Hall
1st April – Drumnadrochit – Village Hall
2nd April – Oban – Phoenix Cinema
3rd April – Bo’ness – Hippodrome
6th April – Kirkcaldy – Adam Smith Theatre
8th April – Blairgowrie – Town hall
9th April – Edinburgh – Filmhouse
Tickets and preorder album here: http://whereyouremeanttobe.com/