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Rare KM & WC gig tomorrow night at EdBookFest!


Willie and I are playing a rare gig tomorrow night at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. We’re honoured, delighted. and very much looking forward to it. The gig is part of the lively Jura Unbound strand that takes place in the wondrous Guardian Spiegeltent – it’s a free, drop-in event that starts at 9pm. I’d advise you to get there early because it’s liable to be busy, plus our Very Special Guests are not to be missed.

Willie and I will play tracks from our Visible From Space album, plus Willie will do some solo work – the astounding one-man band looping-pedal stuff that takes serious co-ordination and which he does so well.


I’m thrilled to say that we will be joined by the pre-eminent Shetland poet and novelist Robert Alan Jamieson and terrific singer-songwriter, Island Review writer and all-round-good-guy Jordan Ogg. They, like me, were friends and fans of the late Lise Sinclair and we’re dedicating our night to her memory – in a celebratory fashion, as she would have doubtless wanted. (Click here to read Mary Blance’s poignant, eloquent obituary to learn more about Lise, or better yet get a hold of one of her CDs.)


Edinburgh International Book Festival

Jura Unbound

Kevin MacNeil & Willie Campbell

Thursday 15 August

9:00pm – 11:00pm

The Guardian Spiegeltent

Free & Drop-in


Info on Gigs and the Debut Album


It’s a busy week. Generous, lovely people have already donated £2377.51 to Bethesda Hospice following my 130km fixed-gear bike ride from Ness to Leverburgh on Monday.
The fantastic folk at Ullapool Book Festival have kindly decided to donate the proceedings from their Sunday coffee morning to ensure that Bethesda gets even more money! How great is that!
Talking of the Ullapool Book Festival, I am teaching a Writing Workshop on Dialogue there this evening (I think it’s sold out, though).
Tomorrow, Friday, Willie Campbell and I do a gig at the Festival to promote our debut album, which we launch officially on Saturday in Stornoway.
Kevin MacNeil & Willie Campbell Are Visible From Space is already getting brilliant reviews. It features the Guardian Single of the Week Local Man Ruins Everything, which was also Single of the Week in The List and on Steve Lamacq‘s radio show, plus many other tracks Willie and I have written together. We are very proud of the album – how it sounds, how it looks, what it is. 🙂

“This is the kind of album that once you’ve put it on you play it to the end because you’re held captive by the sheer audacity and skills of the performers in melding together cohesive use of poetry and ‘out-there’ music…Inspiring…I found myself mesmerised by the articulate detail and storytelling much like that of a child bewitched by a tale from the Brothers Grimm. Buy it and see what I mean.
Pete Fyfe

From Saturday it will be available not only as a physical album but as a download on iTunes and Amazon.

Thursday 10th May
Ullapool Book Festival Village Hall Committee Room 7.30pm Kevin MacNeil writing workshop (Moniack Mhor event) Limited places. Booking essential £7

Friday 11th May
Ullapool Book Festival Ceilidh Place Clubhouse 11pm Willie Campbell and Kevin MacNeil £7

Saturday 12th May
Album Launch An Lanntair Stornoway 7.30pm Free!

Thanks for all your support, folks.