Into the Blue is the first album from Edinburgh and Oban based Singer/Songwriter duo, Jim Bowers and Sheila McWhirter. Consisting of a lyrical musical journey with themes of love, loss, longing and travelling – or “Life in Eleven songs” – these original compositions draw from Folk, Jazz, and Contemporary New Acoustic influences.
Experienced and seasoned performers, having performed in a variety of line-ups and genres over the years, they have been described as having “spine tingling vocals, outstanding guitar arrangements and mellow sounds”. Sheila and Jim are top class musicians who bring a great combination of humanity, humour and emotional engagement to provide – quite simply – quality, acoustic music.
Jim Bowers is a self-taught, versatile guitarist whose technical skills enhance across all styles -whether the songs be contemporary, original or traditional. His subtle and exciting tuning and accompaniment ensure that the songs are delivered with musical sensitivity.
Sheila McWhirter has been described as one of Scotland’s “best kept musical secrets” with a rare gift of a powerful, effortless voice that is rooted in the folk tradition but transcends across genres.
“The best singers are communicators, their voices have the quality of a storyteller, you focus on the words, the imagery, the story, the song. Sheila McWhirter has such a quality to her effortless voice.”
Warm, emotional and honest vocals and sensitive guitar accompaniment, coupled with first class song-writing, makes for a winning musical combination. They are enhanced on this album by performances from some of the top players in Scotland.
Please come and join them on their lovely musical journey.