The Tide is at the Turning is the debut album from queer artist, Man of the Minch, who blends traditional Celtic sounds with modern pop. Man of the Minch aka Pedro Cameron, has gained critical acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone magazine, The Guardian and Cerys Matthews (BBC 6Music), which has seen him quickly emerge as one of the most exciting names at the forefront of Scottish folk music. Cameron’s Neo-Trad album features guest appearances from a veritable who’s who of musicians from across the Scottish folk and indie scene – including Rachel Sermanni, Finn Anderson, Josie Duncan, Laura Wilkie, Malin Lewis, Gillian Fleetwood (State Broadcasters/Henry & Fleetwood), David MacGregor (Broken Chanter) and Little Acres. In total, ‘The Tide is at the Turning’ features a whopping 21 guest performers, and it utilises fiddle, whistle, pipes, clarsach, and Gaelic language throughout, as well as synths, programmed drums and elements from dance music. The result is a combination of traditional Scottish sounds, with modern electronica and pop created and performed from a queer perspective.
“The Tide is at the Turning refers to the changing times. I wanted to take what I love about traditional music and update it with queer themes and stories, as well as contemporary synth-pop and electronica to reflect the turning tides.”
“The theme of the album really centres around life as a queer person. I was keen to write about queer relationships, my experiences of coming out, addiction, as well as more universal themes of loneliness and loss – but with a bit of an optimistic, uplifting pop sheen. I wanted to convey a sense of hopefulness and community in having so many people involved in the recording.”