Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

King of Hearts ; Kenny Anderson Is Always Working on Something New. His Latest Project Is an Emotionally-Charged Soundtrack to a Film Celebrating His Native Scotland, but That's Not the Only Thing He's Got in the Works

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

King of Hearts ; Kenny Anderson Is Always Working on Something New. His Latest Project Is an Emotionally-Charged Soundtrack to a Film Celebrating His Native Scotland, but That's Not the Only Thing He's Got in the Works

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SCOTTISH folk singer King Creosote - aka Kenny Anderson - witnessed something for the first time at one of his concerts: a mass eruption of his audience's tearducts.

"There were grown men bawling their eyes out," Anderson recalls, still incredulous.

"I was at the merchandise stall after the gig and this woman came up to me and said, 'I've been married to my husband for 35 years and I've never seen him shed a single tear. Tonight he bawled his eyes out five times.'."

He's always been well versed in the language of the heart, but Fife-based Anderson's most recent project - judging by all those blubbing men - has struck a deeper chord.

Teaming up with film director Virginia Heath, Anderson has crafted a beautiful, evocative collection of songs to soundtrack Heath's documentary film From Scotland With Love - a celebration of Scotland told through footage from the National Library of Scotland and Scottish Screen Archive.

To say that the album has surpassed Anderson's expectations would be an understatement.

Released in July last year, it has seen Anderson scale as many big critical peaks (five-star reviews and many best album of 2014 nods) as commercial ones (it went top 20 in its first week of release).

What's more, public interest in the project shows no sign of waning. Demand is huge for live performances of the album (accompanied by a screening of the film), with dates already booked for this year's Edinburgh Festival in August.

"The success of the album took me by surprise," Anderson beams.

"It came out last year but there's still a lot of love for the record.

"It feels very much like a stand-alone work; the sort of thing I can perform two or three times a year at special events.

"The most pleasing thing is how people can see the album as a separate thing and enjoy these songs without the visual element of the film."

For Anderson, spending such a long time promoting and touring an album is, he admits, 'a unique experience'. …

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