Tom Fairnie shoots music videos ahead of his live return

A MUSSELBURGH-born singer-songwriter films a series of music videos and plans a concert as he resumes concerts after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tom Fairnie traveled to the United States in October 2019 to record an album with Grammy-winning producer Merel Bregante, formerly of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, at Cribworks Digital Audio studios near Austin, Texas.

Mr Bregante, who has played with Chris Hillman of The Byrds, Jackson Browne and Loggins & Messina, had heard Mr Fairnie’s songs and was so impressed he offered to record an album while he had two left weeks on his ranch.

The collaboration between the two led to the release of new album Lightning In The Dark in May 2020, just as the coronavirus crisis hit and, because of this, Mr. Fairnie was unable to release an album.

The album, described by Mr Bregante as ‘Celticana’ – Americana with a Scottish twist – however, received critical acclaim and was featured as album of the week on several radio stations, including BBC Radio Scotland.

Mr Fairnie, 71, recently performed with the Tom Fairnie Band at the Haddstock Festival.

His song Isn’t That The Way was used in Haddstock’s promotional video.

To help kick-start the promotion of his music, Mr. Fairnie embarked on a series of music videos with Cockenzie-based The Secret Venue video production label and owner Carl-John Barber. The videos will be shot in locations across East Lothian including Cockenzie, North Berwick and Gullane. Recent filming took place at the Smeaton Gallery in East Linton.

Mr Fairnie, who lived in the Pinkie area, said he wanted to use East Lothian-based businesses where possible and was planning a gig at Prestonpans Lighthouse in October.

Now a resident of Newcraighall, he started writing songs at 13 but didn’t start performing until he was 50.

He has kept close ties to his hometown and his wife Jane is a past president of Vibrant Musselburgh, which seeks to promote creativity in Musselburgh.

When he retired from his position as Audio Visual Director at the University of Edinburgh, Mr Fairnie focused on his musical career, which included touring, recording and songwriting with his friend Bob Shields, a poet from Musselburgh.

Mr. Fairnie has performed as a solo and group artist, most recently as Tomfoolery.