Daniel McGeever – Cross The Water – What’s the story…?

Now that the festivities of 2017 are over, we’re all back to where we were as if it never happened. So that’s given us the perfect opportunity to catch up someone that we look at as one of the best singer/songwriters in Scotland right now. Daniel McGeever talks about his new album & how these things come around….

Blair McLaughlan – Hello Daniel. Happy New Year to you & the McGeever family. We’re now into 2018, do you ever bother with resolutions just generally in life or do you ever give yourself any targets for the year when it comes to music?

Daniel McGeever – I don’t really resolve to do anything but I heard my mate’s missus say about him, “He has no new year’s resolutions, only life resolutions.” I like that. I also don’t have any targets. I think as long as I can keep doing good things with good people, then that’s a good way to be.

BM – Before we go into the hard stuff, what was the last record you played on your turntable?

DM – Last LP was Overdog by The Keef Hartley Band. Last 45 was Let’s Do The Boston Monkey by Les Cooper & The Soul Rockers. 

BM – You’ve been in a few bands historically (Alfonzo) plus you’re in a couple of bands presently (The Wellgreen, Delta Mainline), what made now the right time to finish the solo album?

DM - So many things fell into place - it wasn’t planned, it just happened this way. It’s something I always wanted to do and it took a long time to come. I believe things happen at the right time. And now’s the time.

BM – The album cover is an intriguing photo – what’s the story behind it?

DM – The cover is amazing. It’s a piece by Edinburgh photographer Douglas J May titled Abandoned City after Khnopff. I first saw it around 13 years ago and it completely bent my head. I used to live in the tenement as a boy, from the age of 5 to 11. So when I first saw the photo of my old house submerged in the sea it was the strangest familiar/unfamiliar feeling.Once I’d decided to use the piece I found Douglas and he took the rest of the photographs in the album. He is 71 now and a splendid fellow. His work has been perfect for the album in every possible way.

FB809B38-117A-431B-A541-4B692ECDDC42BM – Your family are a clear influence in the writing of the record, where else do you pull inspiration from?

DM – For the songs on this record that’s a hard question to answer without going on and on and on…. So I won’t go on and on and won’t really answer the question either. Let’s put it this way, the working title for the album was Songs Of Love & Death. All the songs were inspired by and written about very real events. These are the days.

BM – How & when did you get into music? And when did you know it was something that you had to pursue?

DM – I don’t remember a time I wasn’t into music – I can’t remember anything without it. I was mad for Live Aid when I was 5. It was probably U2 that got me into music, like early 80s U2. I wanted to be like Bono then – I don’t want to be like Bono now. Music is the only thing that has ever made me do anything (almost). So it’s easy to pursue. What would I pursue without it? (Ask Bono?)

BM – Some of your musical influences may be quite obvious to some but if you were to name your personal, musical influences, who would you say is at the forefront of that & are there any surprises or unfamiliar names in there?

DM – The first things I need are chords, sometimes a fragment of a melody, but usually its chords. The chords are influenced by The Beatles. Brian and Dennis Wilson. Elliott Smith. Honeybus. The Zombies. The Bee Gees.

BM – CTW was released by the Spanish record label, You Are The Cosmos, how did this come about and what was it like working with Pedro?

DM – The first song completed for CTW was For Violet. It was on a compilation LP called OTT Select! Vol 1 released by Pointy Little Heads. Pedro heard the compilation, liked my song and got in touch. He’s the man. He’s great to work with because he believes in the music and lets me get on with it. He’s brilliant at what he does so it’s a perfect working arrangement for me. He’s a gent.

BM – There seems to be a tight knit group of contributors to the album, namely Marco Rea, Stuart Kidd & Lewis Wilson, did this help with the album in terms of the familiarity of working with these guys previously?

DM -Although I knew of him I hadn’t worked with Lewis before. And it was Lewis’ initial approach that got things moving. From day one we worked great together. Our first intention was to make an acoustic EP. But when ideas started growing I got Marco and Stu in. I knew that they would know exactly what I wanted on the album, and how to do it. Then I had a dream that my friend Jon Mackenzie showed me how Ben Keith played the pedal steel. The next morning I asked Jon if he would add some Ben Keith kind of touches to Roses For Rita. We didn’t have a pedal steel but Jon has magic fingers. I feel very lucky to know people who can make making music so rewarding.

BM – What does 2018 hold for the musical career of Daniel McGeever (both solo & bands)? Are there any live gigs pencilled in?

DM – I never look too far ahead but I can say that 2018 will hold a new album release for The Wellgreen and a new album release for Delta Mainline. Lewis is up for working together again. I’m sure Cross The Water will see some kind of live presentation in some form with some line up or other somewhere. There will also be a lot of Delta Mainline and Wellgreen gigs off the back of the new albums.

BM – And finally, what was your favourite record of 2017?

DM – Favourite album that was new to me was Montage self titled album from 1969, a post-Left Banke, Michael Brown thing. Favourite new album of 2017 is probably Pure Comedy by Father John Misty. Not my favourite of his but the peaks are blinding.


You can purchase both vinyl & CD copies of Daniel’s album Cross The Water directly from the Barne’s very own Bandcamp store: CLICK HERE


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New release on The Barne Society – ‘Birdsulfur’

A new name on The Barne Society roster comes in the form of The Wayne Devro Set.

Birdsulfur, the first release of its kind conceived by Scottish composer, Brian Docherty. Rooted in the ‘electro-folk’ and ‘Scottish folktronica’ genre, the album presents a unique blend of electronica with more traditional instrumentation to create a sense of edgy sonic euphoria.

It’s bloody great! Go grab yourself a CD from the links below!



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The Wellgreen – Live @ Oran Mor – Sunday 12th June

Delighted to be playing on this special, Belle & Sebastian curated bill:

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The Barne Society – Livestream 28.12.2015



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Final copies of ‘Summer Rain’ LP available now!

We now have copies of our LP release, Summer Rain, released by the the wonderful Pretty Olivia Records, for sale on our Bancamp page. There are probably less than 50 left of the original pressing. So we advise anyone who never bought a copy from Pretty Olivia Records to do it now because these won’t last long.

Here are a few words from those more qualified than us to tell you what the record is like:

“The most remarkable thing about it, apart from the quality of the songwriting, the savvy instrumentation the close-to-you harmony vocals is the sheer consistency of the twelve cuts included on Summer Rain.” Michael S. Clark1320Radio

“This is classic, vintage pop at its best, steeped in the homespun, piano-centric tradition of Emitt Rhodes and early Todd Rundgren. And OK let’s be honest: the early solo works of Paul McCartney and Wings too. For anyone who wished that Macca had coaxed one more “McCartney”, “Ram”, or “Wild Life” out before embracing the slicker sounds that the seventies studio had to offer, this one goes out to you.” Nathan FordThe Active Listener

You can purchase your very own copy of the Summer Rain 12″ vinyl here: https://barnesociety.bandcamp.com/album/summer-rain-2

Summer Rain LP

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Two New Cassette Releases

Over the last couple of weeks, The Barne Society have released solo albums of Wellgreen stalwarts Marco Rea & Stu Kidd.

Marco’s ‘Wallpaper Music’ has come in with some top critical acclaim with tracks played by Roddy Hart on his BBC Scotland radio show.

‘Hotchpotch’ is on pre-release order now in our shop with Stu cherrypicking the best of his 2 albums and 3 ep’s culminating in the perfect introduction to his work as a solo artist.

Both albums are available to buy on Limited Edition cassette format here: https://barnesociety.bandcamp.com

a2422552191_10 Wallpaper Music & Hotchpotch

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The Wellgreen – Summer Rain LP

This release might seem like it has come out of nowhere but it’s the result of a lot of hard work that started over a year ago. We were approached by some really amazing guys asking if we would be interested in releasing a record together. And we jumped at the chance.

Genuinely delighted to have teamed up with Pretty Olivia Records to release ‘Summer Rain’ on 12″ vinyl. The LP itself is part compilation of ‘Wellgreens’, ‘Grin And Bear It’ and part new songs that we’ve never released before.

And with this being our first full vinyl release, we’re all chuffed to add it to our own collections!

We will be selling our copies at our live shows (we have some penciled dates to sort very soon) so if you wish to purchase a copy right now, you can do by visiting the Pretty Olivia Records shop: CLICK HERE

Summer Rain LP


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***New Release & New Gig News***

So we have some new release & new gig news. We love both pieces of news more than we love all of the chocolate the Easter bunny could possibly afford!

Release news: This has been a bit of an open secret recently. Everyone knows but scared to mention anything. The Wellgreen & The Barne Society have found a new best pal & collaborator, Spanish record label Pretty Olivia Records. Together we will be releasing a special Wellgreen LP that will include new songs (and some old ones). The test pressing arrived in Valencia yesterday & it’s safe to say that everyone got a wee touch excited. Release dates & artwork for the new record, titled ‘Summer Rain’, will follow over the coming weeks.

Gig news: A band highlight last year was playing both stages at The Cavern Club in Liverpool for the International Pop Overthrow Music Festival. So we’re mega chuffed to confirm that we’ll be playing again this year on Saturday 16th May & Sunday 17th May. You can find the full line up here: Liverpool IPO 2015

Here’s the beautiful test pressing that we can’t wait to hear:

The Wellgreen - Summer Rain test pressing

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The Barne Kitchen Podcast – Episode 2

Episode 2 of The Barne Kitchen Podcast is once again hosted by Blair McLaughlan, label manager of The Barne Society. Some great music from the likes of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Cream & also an exclusive play of the new single from Doctor Cosmo’s Tape Lab.

The episode is dedicated to Jack Bruce, the Scottish musician & bass player with Cream who sadly passed away on Saturday 25th October.

Download Dr Cosmo’s Tape Lab single ‘Lobster Man’ here:

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The Barne Kitchen Podcast

Have a listen to the pilot episode of The Barne Kitchen Podcast, hosted by label manager Blair McLaughlan. This week’s show features tracks from Stevie Jackson, Linden, Lewis Wilson plus plenty more.

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