All profits from the sale of this EP will go to the charity Creative Carbon Scotland to support their work to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. These songs were written in short snatches of time between tour and studio schedules, when and where artists' paths crossed. They all explore thoughts about the role of travel in the work and life of a musician, considering these in the light of environmental concerns. Each songwriter was tracked as they travelled to gigs across the festival season and maps of their movement have been used as the basis for the artwork (you can see infographics about how much they travelled and their carbon emissions here [LINK]). This EP forms part of a research project called "Fields of Green: Addressing Climate Change Through Music Festival Communities". It aims to explore what audiences, organisers and musicians can do to encourage environmentally sustainable behaviour around music festivals. The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (Grant No. AH/M009270/1) and is a collaboration between the University of the West of Scotland, Edinburgh University, Lancaster University and Creative Carbon Scotland.
Loneliness and Rhythm – written by Louis Abbott and Jo Mango. Guitar and vocals by Louis Abbott. Piano and vocals by Jo Mango. Recorded at the University of the West of Scotland, Ayr, by Paul McGeechan. Produced and mixed by Louis Abbott.
Sustain – written by RM Hubbert and Jo Mango. Guitar by RM Hubbert. Harmonium and vocals by Jo Mango. Recorded and mixed at the University of the West of Scotland, Ayr by Paul McGeechan
Believe Me, I Know – written by The Pictish Trail and Jo Mango. Performed, recorded and mixed by The Pictish Trail.
The Sky Exploded – written and performed by Jo Mango. Recorded and mixed at the University of the West of Scotland, Ayr, by Paul McGeechan.
Bitter Fruit – written by Rachel Sermanni and Jo Mango. Guitar and vocals by Rachel Sermanni. Vocals by Jo Mango. Recorded and mixed at home by Calum Scott. This song references WB Yeats’ ‘The Wanderings of Oisin’.
Artwork by Helen Kellock
Mastering by Paul McGeechan
Louis Abbott appears courtesy of Nettwerk
RM Hubbert appears courtesy of Chemikal Underground Records
The Pictish Trail appears courtesy of Lost Map & Moshi Moshi Records
Rachel Sermanni appears courtesy of Middle of Nowhere Records