News • May 1, 2020 • by Awesome Aberlady
Aberlady Sessions brings local musicians into your home
ABERLADY’S OWN VILLAGE supergroup, the musical driving force behind two legendary ‘live karaoke’ events at the Village Hall in recent years, is back with an online collaboration that aims to bring you a series of classic tunes as lockdown continues.
The first song in the series is the modern classic ‘Valerie‘, originally by Liverpool indie outfit The Zutons and written by singer Dave McCabe in 20 minutes in a taxi on the way to his mum’s house, about a friend of his from the US. The definitive take on the song was recorded in 2007 by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson for his second album, ‘Version’, a collection of covers produced in a style reminiscent of Motown or Stax.
Vocals for the Aberlady Sessions recording are by the equally legendary Wendy Isaac, with the band line-up as follows: Steven Polwart on guitar, Fraser Watson on bass, keyboards courtesy of Mike Hardie and drums by John Gurney. Production is by Harry Isaac.
The band, which draws heavily on the talent pool of the disreputable artistic enclave of Ballencrieff, is known to be fuelled by a moderate intake of alcohol and a truly heroic consumption of spicy Indian food.
See the new ‘Aberlady Sessions’ channel on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/channel/ UCrmlig60dIq7nj_6TrX5jLw
‘Valerie’ is at: www.youtube.com/ watch?v=GK2FdR1FbjE
Main picture: ‘Valerie’ recorded for Aberlady Sessions, available now to view on YouTube, featuring (clockwise from top left): Mike Hardie, Wendy Isaac, Steven Polwart, John Gurney, Fraser Watson and edited by Harry Isaac.