After visiting the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown, Scotland, earlier this year Richard Hawley, British musical icon and MOJO award winner, has created some stunning new music inspired by the time-honoured art of whisky-making.
Entitled “Dufftown Songs”, the collection of tracks is Richard’s musical interpretation of the pioneering processes he witnessed at the distillery.
The first of the exclusive new tracks has now gone live on www.glenfiddich.co.uk/richardhawley.
Entitled ‘In the Barrel’, the track evokes the claustrophobic feeling of whisky maturing in a barrel and features a unique collaboration of artists including harpist, Julia Thornton, David Coulter on musical saw, Shez Sheridan on guitar and Kate St. John on cor anglais and other instruments.
‘In the Barrel’ can be downloaded for a limited period on www.glenfiddich.co.uk/richardhawley, where fans can also watch exclusive, behind-the-scenes studio footage of Hawley.
Speaking of the partnership, Richard commented: “There’s a certain magic in how Glenfiddich transform water into whisky which I wanted to convey in these songs. It’s been a challenge to write songs which fit the project yet also have wide appeal – something I hope I’ve managed to achieve. I’m looking forward to releasing the other two tracks – “The River” and “Opening the Bottle” – and performing them live later in the year.”
Jamie Milne, the UK brand ambassador from Glenfiddich, comments: “This is the first time the whisky-making process has been captured in song, making the “Dufftown Songs” truly pioneering. Richard’s hard work and creative expertise echoes the pioneering spirit and determination of the people at the Glenfiddich distillery, who are dedicated to producing the best dram in the valley.”
The two remaining tracks from “Dufftown Songs” will go live in November, before Richard performs an exclusive live gig in London in December.
Just go to www.glenfiddich.co.uk/richardhawley.