Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Music: King Rules, OK; Gig of the Week: King Creosote, Ruarri Joseph, Elaine Palmer

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Music: King Rules, OK; Gig of the Week: King Creosote, Ruarri Joseph, Elaine Palmer

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Byline: Andrew Pain reports

THERE are well kept secrets, and there is Kenny Anderson.

"Sooner or later bands always move to the city. It's a mistake," Anderson says firmly. Never a fan of the obvious nor the easy, the large musical brain behind KING CREOSOTE and the Fence Collective still lives where he was born and raised, in Fife.

"Up here, there isn't the competition between bands and their little scenes that you get in cities," he says, noting that for many years King Creosote declined to play outside of his home town St Andrews.

"I could never see the point in spending so much time and energy travelling far to try and impress so few people into buying my records. My career has been very slow and organic."

If fame were a contagious disease, Anderson would have caught a severe dose years ago ... from KT Tunstall perhaps, sometime backing vocalist in his first band from the mid-1990s, the faux-bluegrass outfit Skuobhie Dubh (pronounced Scoobie Doo) Orchestra, or from his brother Gordon, founding spirit of The Beta Band and now The Aliens, or from his Fife compatriots from Falkirk Arab Strap, or James Yorkston, one of Fence's most affecting traditional voices now signed to the mighty Domino label.

He might even have developed a small taste for it from his father Billy, a professional accordion player with the internationally renowned ceilidh band Albany.

Anderson has spent most of the past 20 years honing his musical craft and, since the demise of the S.D.O. in 1996, creating a catalogue of over 600 genius folk-pop tunes, most of which he has released as limited edition CD-Rs through the Fence label.

Starting out as an accordion player, Anderson was deeply intrigued by the manner in which Dexy's Midnight Runners used traditional instruments such as his, "but not in a folk way." Since then he has expanded his reach, assuming guises ranging from the canny indie rocker to the Highland balladeer.

When he isn't polishing off another of his own songs on his home eight-track, he spends time encouraging other members of the Fence community who share his passion for music of genuinely independent spirit, and his fondness for quirky names, like The Pictish Trail, Midget Squid, HMS Ginafore. …

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