A STRATHBLANE singer is on a mission to banish stereotypical views about traditional Scots music by giving it a unique modern twist.
Alistair Ogilvy (24), who performs traditional and contemporary folk songs, is just about to release his debut album Leaves Sae Green on the record label Greentrax and has just completed the TMSA Young Champions tour around Scotland.
He was a finalist in the 2011 Young Trad Award and since then his career has gone from strength to strength.
Alistair said; “I’m striving to change people’s views about Scots traditional music.
“I sing mainly in ‘Scots song’ but I’d like to make it less about tartan and tweeness and more about the realism and hard hitting subjects in some of the songs.
“The lyrics deal with the big issues in life such as love and death and sometimes they are quite explicit.
“This is an exciting time for me to bring ‘Scots song’ to the modern market I’m very proud of Scots music - it’s a vital part of our heritage.
“There aren’t many young male artists doing what I’m doing but I think it’s important.”
Alistair has recently featured alongside Alan Reid, Jim Malcolm and Heidi Talbot in performances in Scotland.
His radio work includes a performance on Robbie Shepherd’s Take the Floor.
Alistair’s debut album is available to buy from March 1 on his website www.alistairogilvy.com for £10 plus post and package.