Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble plays in Milngavie

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Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble is getting set for an exclusive, intimate gig in Milngavie.

He will perform at the Milngavie Folk Club, in the town’s Fraser Centre on Saturday, October 19.

Familiar to thousands of music fans for his work with Idlewild, Woomble is also a celebrated solo songwriter and performer.

He followed up the release of his acclaimed 2006 solo debut My Secret is My Silence with The Impossible Song and Other Songs to an equally fantastic reception by critics and fans.

A native of Irvine - small-town Scotland writ large - Roddy Woomble co-founded Idlewild in 1995, naming the band for the quiet haven featured in his then-favourite book, Anne of Green Gables.

Given that the NME likened their early punk-fuelled sound - deftly revisited on their last album, 2007’s Make Another World - to “a flight of stairs falling down a flight of stairs”, the quiet haven part was initially somewhat ironic, but gradually came closer as Idlewild meanwhile progressed through sweeping melodic rock to rootsy, melodic sparseness.

Extending that softer lyrical vein of Roddy’s songwriting, 2006 saw his first solo release, My Secret Is My Silence, winning rave reviews across both the rock and folk press.

He was also a key instigator behind the acclaimed 2007 album Ballads of the Book, bringing together leading Scottish poets and musicians to collaborate on new songs.

Roddy went on to record and release the album Before the Ruin with Kris Drever and John McCusker in 2008, which they toured extensively around the UK to much praise. The latest album was recorded on the isle of Mull.

This was released in the spring of 2011 to critical acclaim and Roddy and his band have been touring the UK ever since playing some notable dates including Beautiful Days and Wychwood Festival last summer.

As well as songs from the new album the live set will feature tunes from both solo albums, Before the Ruin alongside several Idlewild numbers.

Tickets, costing £15, are available at or MIlngavie Bookshop, Douglas Street and Art Forum, Station Road or by phoning 07743885991

Doors Open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.