Kirsten Adamson to launch debut album at Cab Vol

Singer-songwriter Kirsten Adamson is set to launch her debut solo album at Edinburgh’s Cabaret Voltaire on Friday, November 6.

The daughter of the late Big Country legend Stuart Adamson told the Dunfermline Press that her album draws on influences from her childhood.

“I feel like this album is an exciting introduction to where I’m coming from creatively,” she said. “Sonically, a lot of it is drawn from influences from early childhood.

“This was not an intention, but I’m glad to bring certain old sounds up to date and, with an amazing group of musicians, create something I feel is quite unique.”

And Kirsten, who made her name with country rock outfit The Gillyflowers, admitted recently that she wishes her dad – who co-founded punk band the Skids in Dunfermline and went on to enjoy global success with Big Country in the 1980s – was by her side at the launch.

“It is amazing that, all these years on, people still feel such a connection with my dad’s music,” said the 29-year-old. “I still hear it all the time – on the radio, in adverts and it was even used by the Yes campaign during the independence referendum.

“Sometimes I’ll be out somewhere and not realise it is one of his songs playing in the background and then it suddenly hits me.”

Kirsten, whose album will be made available as a download on i-Tunes, Bandcamp and other online sites after the launch, and on CD from kirstenadamson.com, has described her new sound as “poppy with a darker side”.

“I feel ecstatic to present an album which has an eclectic mix of dark drama infused with euphoric pop,” she told the Dunferline Press. “It was made possible through a crowd fund campaign and without my existing fan base, it would have taken a lot longer to come to fruition. I can’t thank the people who helped enough.”

Supporting Kirsten at the launch will be Edinburgh-based folk-blues band King Eider and progressive dance-pop band Blet Project.

Kirsten Adamson album launch, Cabaret Voltaire, Blair Street, Edinburgh, Friday, November 6, 7.30pm, £10, 0131-247 4704

Kirsten recently took part in AAA’s My Edinburgh series  – click here to read it