Folk musicians Callum Edwards and Ross Miller teamed up with a host of Scottish talent to release a charity single entitled A Diamond Waltz for Waverley. Out last month on Friday 11 June, the single was to raise money and awareness of the Waverley, the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world, to mark her 75th anniversary. The Fountain caught up with Ross who spoke about how the track was received and plans for the year.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to A Diamond Waltz for Waverley?
It’s been great to hear the positive feedback from listeners and followers old and the new ones who have discovered my music through this single. I really hope the tune and video will become synonymous with Waverley. I think a lot of people have been especially impressed with the quality and impact of the video for which all credit goes to Callum Edwards.
TF: And quite a host of musicians to work with on this track, how did this come about?
Callum and his Dad had been chatting to the Waverley team about something like this and when they gave the go ahead I was asked to compose the tune and then we got the band who had played on my album together to record it.
We also enlisted some special piping guests from some of the ports that Waverley visits. I am very fortunate that I have lots of contacts in the piping world and I was able to get some players on board, hopefully they’ll tell their friends and pipe band colleagues how fun it was to be a part of and we’ll have even more pipers involved next time!
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year?
I plan to record and release a couple more singles under my own name towards the end of the year.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
The nicest venue I’ve ever played in was the Winter Theatre in Sochi, Russia. The architecture and acoustics were stunning for the pipes. I’m really looking forward to having a launch concert for my album which came out in March last year in my hometown of Linlithgow, I think that’ll be really special, especially since I’ve been waiting for so long!
Check out the Bandcamp to find out more about the single.