Glenfiddich has announced a pioneering collaboration with singer songwriter Richard Hawley, an icon of British music whose latest album ‘Trueloves Gutter’ recently won the 2010 MOJO Best Album Award.
Earlier this summer, Richard spent time at Glenfiddich’s home in Dufftown, Scotland, as he prepares to write some unique pieces of music inspired by the time-honoured art of whisky-making and a distillery little changed since 1886, when founder William Grant and his nine children rolled up their sleeves to build the distillery with their bare hands.
The tracks will be released later this year and Richard will be taking inspiration for them from the distinguished history of one of Scotland’s oldest, independent, family owned distilleries – home to some of the whisky industry’s longest standing craftsmen (some of whom have worked at Glenfiddich for more than 40 years).
Richard Hawley says: “I’m passionate about this country’s traditional, authentic history and the time spent in Scotland, learning about Glenfiddich’s pioneering approach to whisky making and talking to people who have worked there for years and years, has given me some wonderful ideas for some new songs.”
Jamie Milne, the UK brand ambassador from Glenfiddich, said: “This partnership is a true first – an innovative fusion of whisky and music – and a unique musical exploration of Glenfiddich’s history, the way our whisky is made, its taste and impact on the senses, and its cultural relevance. Richard writes beautiful lyrics; wry, human observations of amazing places and passionate people – the breath-taking scenery around Dufftown and amazing characters who work at the distillery should provide plenty of inspiration.”
The new tracks will be performed by Richard at a one-off concert later this year and released exclusively, with a limited number available to download, at www.glenfiddich.co.uk.