PLUS, RELEASES JENNIFER CLEMENT COLLABORATION: “NOT ENOUGH SORRY” STREAM ON ALL SERVICES HERE
FEATURED ON THE BRAND NEW ALBUM:
‘IN MY MIND THERE’S A ROOM’
WITH GUEST CONTRIBUTIONS FROM: IAN RANKIN / NICK HORNBY / JACQUELINE WILSON + MORE STREAM ON ALL SERVICES HERE
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The latest in a series of fascinating collaborations with world-renowned authors – MULL HISTORICAL SOCIETY – is pleased to present “Not Enough Sorry”.
The new single arrives as the Scottish artist and author announces a limited series of unique shows for 2024 which will see Mull Historical Society & Special Guests performing his classic debut album ‘Loss’ as well as his acclaimed 2023 album ‘In My Mind There’s A Room’ live and in full.
LISTEN TO “NOT ENOUGH SORRY” SINGLE HERE || STREAM ‘IN MY MIND THERE’S A ROOM’ ALBUM HERE
Putting the enveloping words of Jennifer Clement to an original score composed and vocalised by Colin MacIntyre, the track is featured on Mull’s acclaimed new album ‘In My Mind There’s A Room’ – out now on Xtra Mile Recordings.
Interweaving elegant piano lines with spirited string sections, operatic vocal harmonies with uplifting choral hooks, “Not Enough Sorry” is a moving addition to the Mull songbook and one destined to linger in your subconscious for some time.
For his latest musical venture, Colin invited an array of famous authors to contribute lyrics about a room that held a special place in their memory. And on “Not Enough Sorry”, the American/Mexican author and Cannes-winning screenwriter behind cult classic ‘Widow Basquiat’ – and its follow-up ’The Promised Party’ (out Jan ’24) – Jennifer Clement – describes the room that first developed her secret affinity with Scotland and Scottish culture. As Clement explains:
“When Colin MacIntyre invited to me to be a part of In My Mind There’s A Room, he said he would be creating an original celebration of music and literature. I was honoured to be a part of a group of exceptional writers he’d brought together for this project. He had no way of knowing that Scotland is a part of me. Growing up in Mexico City, most Thursday evenings for years beginning at about the age of eleven, I was taken to group classes where I learned Highland dancing. My song lyric began with the title “Not Enough Sorry” as the main idea and refrain. I gave Colin a choice between the song and my poem “Beauty” and he ended up using a mix of the two. With the album now completed, I’ve loved hearing the lyrics and range of melodies, which have created a voyage of wit, darkness, joy and surprise. I owe Colin a tequila!”
“Not Enough Sorry” follows previous collaborative singles including “Panicked Feathers” (with Nick Hornby), “1952” (with Scottish poet laureate Liz Lochhead), and “Room of Masks” (with crime writing supremo Val McDermid); all of which can be found on Mull’s new album ‘In My Mind There’s A Room’ (out now).
The first new album from Colin MacIntyre since 2018’s ‘Wakelines’, it was greeted with warm reviews across the board, with The Daily Express praising “long standing fans will be delighted to hear the Society in full flow after a five year silence” (4*), whereas The Scotsman hailed it as “an evocative exploration of place, incorporating the words of some of Scotland’s leading authors” (4*).
Enlisting thirteen highly acclaimed guest authors in all for the project, ‘In My Mind There’s A Room’ features lyrics from Ian Rankin, Jacqueline Wilson, the Booker-winning Sebastian Barry, Alan Warner, 2021 US National Book Award-winner Jason Mott, two Scottish poet laureates in Jackie Kay and Liz Lochhead, booker-shortlisted Stephen Kelman (‘Pigeon English’), Val McDermid, Nick Hornby and of course Jennifer Clement (‘Widow Basquiat’). The album’s official artwork also came courtesy of John MacLean of The Beta Band.
Having appeared at an array of arts festivals in support of the record over the Summer, Mull Historical Society is now planning his first full band performances of ‘In My Mind There’s A Room’ at two unique shows in London and Manchester in 2024. Inviting an array of Special Guest Authors to join him on stage at the events, Colin and co. will be performing his latest work, PLUS, his widely-revered, gold-selling debut album, ‘Loss’, in their completion. The shows billed as ‘Bookends: ‘Loss’ & ‘In My Mind There’s A Room’ albums in full’ on sale now. Details are as follows:
Mull Historical Society & Special Guest Authors
‘Bookends: ‘Loss’ & ‘In My Mind There’s A Room’ albums in full’
Tour Dates 2024
9th Feb 2024 – Manchester, YES – featuring guest author Val McDermid – TICKETS 10th Feb 2024 – London, Bush Hall – featuring guest author Stephen Kelman – TICKETS
MULL HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEW SINGLE “NOT SORRY ENOUGH” STREAM ON ALL SERVICES HERE
NEW ALBUM – ‘IN MY MIND THERE’S A ROOM’ – OUT NOW ON VINYL + DSPS, VIA XTRA MILE RECORDINGS STREAM ON ALL SERVICES HERE
The cover art is an original painting by Bafta-winning film director and artist-musician, John MacLean of The Beta Band (a big inspiration of Colin’s at the beginning).
Over two decades on since his landmark debut, ‘Loss’, MacIntyre’s exceptional creative streak continues in what is already proving to be a busy year for MacIntyre, who released ‘Archaeology: Complete Recordings 2000-2004’, an 80-track 4-CD Bookset earlier this year, as well as 20th & 21st anniversary reissues of his first 3 MHS albums, ‘Loss’, Us’ & ‘This Is Hope’ with sold-out shows to wide acclaim, he will also publish his 4th book, and debut Crime novel in a new Mull Mysteries Series, ‘When The Needle Drops’, in early ‘24.
Mull Historical Society is the musical project of Colin MacIntyre. To date, MHS has released 8 acclaimed albums including two UK Top 20 albums, and four Top 40 singles. Colin has also collaborated with a range of artists including Irvine Welsh, Annie Lennox, Snow Patrol, King Creosote, Tony Benn (appearing in Benn’s famous Diaries) and has toured worldwide, including with REM, The Strokes, and Elbow. His debut novel ‘The Letters of Ivor Punch’ won the 2015 Edinburgh Book Festival First Book Award, and his memoir ‘Hometown Tales’ came out in 2018. He was voted Scotland’s Top Creative Talent at the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards, as well as one of the Greatest Scottish Artists of All Time in a public poll.
Over two decades on since his landmark debut, MacIntyre’s creative streak continues, with his new album ‘In My Mind There’s A Room’ out now on vinyl and all leading DSPs, via Xtra Mile Recordings.