I’m delighted to share with you a new video created by San Diego Film maker Craig Rian to help promote my upcoming studio album ‘The Never Ending Pageant’.
My new album ‘The Never Ending Pageant’ is finally finished. After recording the main bulk of the tracks last year at Analog Chew Studio in Santee, CA, I recently returned to California to mix and master it at the legendary Hyde Street studios in San Francisco.
Once again, my good friend, mentor and Grammy Award Winning Engineer Alan Sanderson was in the main production chair. There was also some additional work undertaken by world renowned Producer & Engineer Ken Allardyce at his studio in Nairn, Scotland.
At the moment I don’t have a release date set in the place as I work on a few things in the background before hand. I also hope to have a video teaser (from San Diego film maker Craig Rian) up on-line soon with regards to it. WATCH THIS SPACE!
Thanks kindly for all your continued support and patience.
I’m delighted to be opening the stage for International touring artist and fellow Scottish performer Dave Arcari at The Lemon Tree, this coming Saturday (22nd Feb). Doors at 7pm ish and first act on at 730(ish).
For tickets (£7.50):
Well, once again I find myself staring over the stormy sea, as I do from time to time. Not metaphorically you understand, but actually standing, shivering my balls off, staring over the freezing cold, bloody sea…..just before you think I’m getting all deep and ‘sensitive singer songwritery’ (a cool new word).
I’ve actually found myself a moment where I can breathe and reflect on the last year, it’s been absolutely mental, really it has! Where do I start? I made a record, I moved back to Scotland, I finished said record after heading back to California and I interspersed all that with lots of travel, gigs, life and trying my best to be a good Dad and Husband.
Ok, let’s back up a wee bit shall we? April 2013 saw myself and Grammy award winning Engineer Alan Sanderson……………you do know he won a Grammy right? Have I not displayed that enough online? Well, it’s good for us all and he’s a good friend, so, I’m rightly mighty proud of him. Anyway I digress, myself, Alan and a band consisting of Brazilian guitarist Pedro Talarico, Larry Grano and Rick Nash unpacked our gear, beer and cheer into Analog Chew studio in Santee. It’s actually the old Strate sound studio where some of Doricana was recorded (Good for something, Into my garden & Peace in my mind) back in 2008 (I certainly took my time with that bastard)!
Myself, Alan and Pedro had actually started working on the pre production of the album back in the January where I basically presented the songs to Pedro (in his tiny bedsit 5 minutes after meeting him), we sat down and played them, most were born with their boots on but we ended up ‘tweaking’ some, and some more than others. Did I also mention that at this point I couldn’t even go for a pint/shit/lunch/dental appointment *delete as appropriate* without San Diego superstar film maker Craig Rian training his camera on me! We’ve had some journey, however that’s a whole other blog, pint, conversation…..quite possibly a DVD……if you get my drift!!!?
Anyhow, these early sessions really set the tone for the whole record and as always, my good friend Craig Rian was there to capture the whole thing. I think it’s been an incredibly great learning process for Craig as he’s now filmed the recording of an album almost from start to finish. I say almost because, before the pre production there is the ‘magic’, the writing of the song and as people know, songwriters are usually quite aloof and unrevealing of the whole writing thing…..well, I certainly am, it still surprises me that I can actually write songs, but we’re away to launch release number 4 (2 albums, 2 EP’s), so I should probably be a little less surprised these days!
During these pre production sessions we demo’d about 18 songs, my intention was always to have just the 10 songs on this new record (The Never Ending Pageant in case you hadn’t heard) but I turned up with an 11th song at the 11th hour and quite frankly, it was just too good not to put on the record. I say that because you never know when you’ll do it again, if at all.
The funny thing is, I always say that after I release a record…….’…never again, I am done, I am fulfilled creatively…’, blah, blah, bloody blah…I wish, but it’s like a drug to me, it goes away for a bit then I slowly write a few songs here and there and then BOOM it comes hammering back at me, gnawing and clawing at me, sometimes I actually try not to write songs because I know if I end up writing a good one I’ll be like aaaargh, I’ve got to record that just in case I get hit by a bus tomorrow (superb Scottish optimism at it’s finest).
Getting back to these 18 songs we demo’d, where did they all go? Well, we dropped some because they were a little too bluesy, they were good songs all the same and ended up being pretty decent demo’s, but it didn’t fit with the direction the main songs were taking the album. I’ll get back to the bluesy ones at some point (I woke up this morning derum duh dum with a whisky in my hand derum duh dum ………anyone?).
Some of the other ones just didn’t quite work, they may have had great choruses or a great lyric or good energy but they just lacked that little bit of spark or magic that was needed for it to be worth our while pursuing it. This level of QC, I’m lead to believe isn’t common place in the indie artist field! Actually, we had one song which everyone thought was going to be the ‘hit’ but fat boy here just couldn’t quite hit the chorus, t’was a little too high and the verse t’was a little too low……sigh, I’ve since rewritten half of it and may well look at it again in the future on a cold and stormy night! The problem initially lay at the fact I had written it for a rather talented singer friend of mine by the name of Terry McDermott, you may have heard of him? The Voice? Season 3? Scottish?
Anyway, fast forward to…….or in fact………hold the press, I seemed to have gone off on some sort of ‘Billy Conellyesque’ ramblings, I hate when I do that but I can’t help it, I tend to write as I speak…….. when I can in fact be arsed doing one of these blogs. Where were we?? Ah, right, April 2013, Me. Alan. Heading into Analog Chew. Santee. California. Bunch of songs. Band……right?
Over the course of the next week, we proceeded to record the basic tracks for the album, usually doing two a day. The following week we added overdubs of acoustic guitars, vocals, harmonies, keys, strings etc. The guys involved in the overdubbing that weren’t involved in the initial basic tracks were the brilliant Dave Curtis on keys, the amazing Rick Schmidt on Lap steel / dobro and the beautiful and wonderfully talented singer Taylin Rae on harmonies!
Everyone involved pretty quickly realised we were making something quite special here. I know we all say that and ‘yeah man, we’re making the most amazing piece of music ever known to manfuckingkind’, much bumping of chests, cracking of whisky bottles and popping of champagne corks later and you realise it’s pretty much the same ol’ shit!
Anyhow, I’ve already recorded one fairly well received album (Doricana, you heard of it? right?) and I can tell you, it wasn’t the same feeling making that as making ‘Pageant’, there was an emotional connection that we all felt, maybe it’s because everyone knew I was heading back to Scotland, maybe the planets aligned, maybe everything just came together for a reason because we’ve been working towards it for 7 years and used Doricana as a test run (sorry if you really like that record…..I do too), maybe we got lucky or maybe just maybe every single one of us in that room has just got better and better and we peaked at the right time? No, ach, who knows, I’m not here to assess, I’m just the guy that writes the songs!
So, a little later in the year, myself and my family moved back to Scotland. I don’t know if you have moved house before? I’ve moved house 37 times, yep, 37 bloody times, I’m actually 37 years old…in my fairly pish mathematics that works out at 1 move every year. So, as you can imagine, I hate moving house and if you’ve moved house, you’ll know it’s a jumbo pain in the arse, especially if you have to move to another continent!! So, myself, the bairn, the wife and the cat, all moved back to Scotland. Where we spent the next few months getting settled, working, living, growing older and basically setting ourself up for the next chapter of our life.
However, at the back of mind this record was tugging and nagging at me ‘…come on Colin, you really need to finish me off, you’ll never be as good as Bob Dylan if you’ve got a bunch of half assed finished recordings and demo’s from Alan Sandersons front room…’, damn those nagging voices!
So, come the turn of the year (January 2014) and after a great recording session up in Nairn, Scotland with MOD Gold medal winning Gaelic singer Margaret Stewart and world renowned engineer Ken Allardyce (Supertramp, Fleetwood Mac, Celine Dion), I pulled the trigger and we booked the wonderful Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco to mix and master my new record ‘The Never Ending Pageant’. I’ve got ‘previous’ with this studio, 11 of the 13 songs from Doricana were actually mixed on this wonderful old Neve desk. You’ve got to love analog…..no, analogue….no, analog…whatever.
I knew this desk was wonderful but I also knew that this studio is WHAM BAM right in the middle of the Tenderloin district which quite frankly is the big yellow boil on the arse of San Francisco. The stench of shit, piss and god knows what else is prevalent and the daily walk to the corner store is a journey unto itself…..in fact, by the end of the week I was actually out busking for the good folks, junkies, crack whores and drug dealing gangsters of the place. Man that was great fun, didn’t get any tips! Stingy buggers!
Myself, Craig Rian, Alan Sanderson and Pedro Talarico were all involved in the mix / master session, Craig filmed all the important, interesting bits. The rest of the time we just chest bumped, cracked bottles of whisky, popped champagne and proclaimed this to be the most amazing piece of music known to #ManFuckingKindYeBas!!!
Haha, naturally I jest….. well, time will tell! I honestly don’t know when it will be released, I’m hoping for Spring but I want to make sure we don’t make an arse of it like we did with Doricana (long story, full of clichés and the usual crap, maybe buy me a pint sometime?).
Till then, I will enjoy the silence in my head and the lack of self created pressure on my part to make another record…….well, till next time!
Once again I find myself back in ol’ Blighty for a few weeks, I will be here a lot more soon, more on this later
Where do I start with regards to the last few months…..well, I finished recording my brand new studio album out at Analog Chew Studio in Santee, California. Once again, Mr Alan Sanderson is on Production and Engineering duties and did a terrific job. Alongside him we had the Brazilian Wizard Pedro Talarico who is a very valuable member of the team (it truly was such a great team effort). Actually, before we pop the corks, throw this bad boy in shrinkwrap and start selling it to the masses at StarBuck’s we have a few very small things to record / tweak (blah blah blah) in an overdub sense but it’s pretty much done.
Thanks to Jerry Sisti and Zach at Analog Chew who were incredibly hospitable and profesional. Special shout out to his brother (John Sisti), who took some amazing photographs of the session (will air some soon). Everybody involved did an amazing job. The general consensus is that we have created something emotional, something special, however…thats not really for us to decide, is it!? Much chest bumping, high fiving, whisky cracking etc has been had but we still have a lot of work to do in a mixing and finessing sense. Also, I’m working on a special guest or two! More later.
I won’t say too much about the new album at the minute other than we recorded 11 songs, a couple have been in my set for a while but most are new. The album title is also the title of one of the songs…….. I know, I know, I always feel that it’s a bit of a cop out when acts do that but the title just fits the general vibe of the album, plus the title is great and the track is really great too………hmmmm, well that’s really not up to me either (right?), the wife has told me to rein it in a bit (as always….she’s Scottish) as I get too excited (not visibly of course being Scottish) and tend to bump my gums about it, more with regards to what a great job everybody did than anything else. One more thing I shall say is, I stepped out of my comfort zone for some of these songs and I left everything in the studio……….I was knackered for about 2 weeks afterwards:)
OK, the main reasons I can’t say too much about the release of this new album yet is that I first have the ‘small’ matter of moving from San Diego, California back home to Aberdeen, Scotland. After several years myself and the family are heading back to our homeland. I’ll be posting a date and venue for a ‘See you soon’ soiree of sorts in San Diego, CA for all our Southern Californian friends.
Finally, Mr Craig Rian continues to follow me about like Paparazzi to Kim Kardashians arse, he filmed the whole recording process and we continue to capture great stuff for the mooted DVD release. What can I say? It will be done when it’s done!!!
I hope to see you somewhere down the line sometime, somehow…….. soon.
Apologies for the lack of blog action on here of late. Life has been something else for sure!
Well, 2012 was a hell of a year for me and I don’t mind telling you that it’s been the best year of my life so far. As you may or may not know, I became a Father for the first time back in March and that came with it’s own set of challenges. My time has become very limited and precious. So, it was my intention to take the foot off the gas a wee bit in 2012 and as you may have seen, that didn’t quite happen.
I managed to maintain some kind of live presence albeit in a much more regional sense throughout California. I was also blessed to win another San Diego Music Award for Best Acoustic Act in August, it was particularly special as my wife and daughter were both there to share it with me. We also captured it on film, this will be featured on my upcoming tour DVD that I’ve been working on with Craig Rian since 2010, we are excited to share this with you later this year……..oh I also release a limited edition live EP called ‘Doon tae the wid’, this was taken from a gig Idid in Sacramento during the 2011 Sacramento and Woodland Highland Games and Celtic Festival. This was also used as further promo for the upcoming DVD.
2012 was finished off nicely with an appearance at the New Year party in my hometown of Stonehaven, Scotland. I was the opening act for Scotland’s ‘Red Hot Chili Pipers’ in front of 6000 folk, it was a brilliant night all round with the exception of the long lines for the bar, the guys will get that sorted for Hogmanay this year, that I have no doubt of. Special thanks to Michelle Ward and June for their support and drive.
So, currently I’m in the middle of demoing new songs for my new album, I have loads of songs but I’m in the whittling down process where I decide what my best 15 are, then we demo them and then whittle them down to 10. I’m also on the look for some funding, so, if anyone is interested in possibly coming in on an executive producer basis give me a shout, I’ll bring the beer…..if not then I guess I best crack open my piggy bank again!!!
PS, I promise to update this a tad more this year.
Upcoming ShowsMay 18 @ 01:00 PM — Marykirk, UKMarykirk Raft Race - Details and gig TBCMay 24 @ 10:00 AM — LIVE at Captain Toms - ONLINEParticipating in Episode 2 of \'Live at Captain Toms\' LIVE TV video stream. Filmed in Captain Toms in Aberdeen. Runs from 10am GMT to NoonMay 31 @ 12:00 PM — Laurenckirk, UKBalmakewan Beer Festival, FULL BAND GIG - Details TBCJul 25 @ 09:30 PM — Stirling, UKThe Settle Inn, 91 St Mary\'s Wynd, Stirling FK8 1BU, United KingdomJul 27 @ 12:00 PM — Stonehaven, UKParty in the Park, Mineralwell Park, Stonehaven -TBC
The articles below cover upcoming and past shows.
I’m delighted to be opening the stage for International touring artist and fellow Scottish performer Dave Arcari at The Lemon Tree, this coming Saturday (22nd Feb). Doors at 7pm ish and first act on at 730(ish).
For tickets (£7.50):
On the 8th of December I’ll be opening the stage at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen for acclaimed Scottish singer songwriter James Grant. Doors at 730pm, I’ll be playing a wee set sometime shortly after that.
Tickets for this can be obtained here:
On the 25th September I will be opening up for American singer songwriter John Emil at Caffe Borsa in Dundee, the show kicks off at 9pm. Tickets are £7 and can be purchased here:
Doon Tae The Wid (Live EP) Now Available For Purchase!
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Doon Tae The Wid (Live in Sacramento) – 2012
Doricana Now Available For Purchase!
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Doricana – 2010
- Good For Something
- Pockets And Envelopes
- Change My Ways
- Traditional Song
- Into My Garden
- Crying At The Sky
- Dance With Her
- Pomegranite Grey (2010)
- The Pain of the Mississippi Queen
- Make Your Own Way Man
- Stonehaven Radio Station and Me
- Peace In My Mind
- Hey I Miss You Too
My new album, Doricana, is available for download on DigStation at: DigStation.com.
Doricana is available in Europe through Amazon.co.uk
Physical copies of Doricana are available through CDBaby at:
Songs From The Cold Store – 2006
- Ode to the Spider
- Jesus Don’t Come From Phoenix
- Pomegranite Grey
- Which Way To Go
- Pomegranite Grey (Reprise)
- Purchase Songs From The Cold Store now on iTunes! (and various other download site’s)
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I had a lovely little review from a recent gig in Inverness from the good folk at ‘invernessgigs.co.uk’, full article can be read here:
Not the end for Carnivale.
By Frank Finlayson
Far from the madding crowd on a Friday night sits within Hootananny, the Bothy. It’s an intimate little room that you can escape the world below and sit down, amongst the collection of sofas and candles, and appreciate some acoustic sets.
It’s a bit of a hidden gem which brings together a mix of acts from far and wide. Compered by Conor O’Hara, tonight was the turn of Stonehaven’s Colin Clyne, Aberdeen’s Cara Mitchell, and flying the flag for Inverness, Hannah Finlayson.
Colin kicked the night off with his folk infused pop/rock; a set of songs with character and storytelling. Colin came with a pedigree; you aren’t San Diego acoustic act of the year two years running without some ability to back you up. Colin is re-establishing himself in Scotland from his time away and brings the audience in with his heartfelt songs that touch a chord with those present.
He has a wry observation on modern life that doesn’t go amiss on his audience. He has a confident delivery, and a knack of bringing an audience along with him, a skill no doubt honed on bigger stages. Colin is a guy to watch out for, especially with the release of his new album, ‘The Never Ending Pageant’ later this summer. Catch him when you can.
STV’s Neil Drysdale has been posting a fair bit about yours truly lately, here’s a well written article he has done on myself and my upcoming album ‘The Never Ending Pageant’. Story can also be read here:
Colin’s back in Scotland with his never-ending pageant
By Neil Drysdale.
Colin Clyne has been straddling different continents for so long that he views the flight from Scotland to America as the rest of us do a shuttle trip to London.
When he isn’t recording and writing songs in San Francisco or San Diego, he is savouring the swirl and swell of the sea in his native Stonehaven.
He called his first album “Doricana”, as a means of highlighting the diverse strands which embody his music.
There were nods to his Scottish roots, pieces of folk and the occasional heady anthem in the mix, which testified to Clyne’s connection to his homeland.
But there were also fragments of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Waits and other great American icons, which reflected how the project came to fruition – and garnered rich praise – throughout the United States.
No wonder there is understandable expectation as Clyne prepares to release his new CD, “The Never Ending Pageant.”
It’s an eclectic offering with some high-octane figures in the background. None carry more weight than producer, Alan Sanderson, who has previously worked with a cast list of such leading luminaries as Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John and Elvis Costello.
Indeed, Sanderson has a Grammy on his CV and doesn’t need any introductions when he walks into a recording studio in his adopted country.
And Clyne has clearly been inspired by his association with such an exalted individual.
He said: “There was something pretty special about working on this album. I think everybody sensed it, whether it was the musicians, the engineers, or anybody else.
“Alan and I have been friends for several years and he has been a mentor to me. We both like a lot of different types of music and I hope that comes across in what I do.
“We actually completed the sessions for the new record last summer, and I’ve been involved in moving back to Scotland since that time.
“But it has been mastered and mixed, I am very pleased with the final result, and now I just need to sort out one or two things and we will be ready to go.”
Clyne isn’t inclined to toot his own horn; he is one of those artists who prefer to be on stage, communing with an audience through songs, not snappy soundbites.
Other people might have harped on about the accident which nearly wrecked his chances of picking up a guitar again when he was a teenager.
Or they may have trumpeted the fact they were named “Best Acoustic Act” at the San Diego music awards in 2011 and 2012. Yet Clyne mentioned neither.
Instead, he told us: “I have always tried to create my own sound and do my own thing. Of course, I have influences, but you always have to do your best to be an original voice.
“There was something about this ["The Never Ending Pageant"] which captured people’s imaginations and I want to get that message across to people in Scotland.
“Basically, it is my swansong to California. I enjoyed being over there, but I have never forgotten my roots and it feels great to be back in the north-east.”
He will be performing at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen on Saturday (22nd Feb), in the sort of intimate setting which suits him best.
And, although he has a family to look after, there is no danger of Clyne chasing a quick buck at the expense of his credibility.
As he concluded: “I hope the new album comes out in the spring, but if not, then it will be the summer. The main thing is to make sure we do it right.”
Some view music as a career, others regard it as a calling. There is no doubting which category suits Clyne.
STV (Scottish TV) have picked up on my video for new single ‘Stonehaven Radio Station and Me’. They’ve ran a wee story on it through their website. Hell, we might just get some air play as well! The story can be read here:
Stonehaven musician hitting the right notes from America
By Danny Law
Colin Clyne’s trips to see Aberdeen FC as a boy provide the inspiration for his new track.
A Stonehaven musician has penned a poignant track about his home town and the “famous Aberdeen” from a studio in the States.
Colin Clyne, who now resides in San Diego, has launched a new video for his latest single ‘Stonehaven Radio Station and Me’ from his album Doricana.
Stonehaven Radio Station was the last manned ship-to-shore radio station in the UK when it closed down in 2000 after over 100 years of service.
The radio station, along with the trips the 35-year-old used to make as a boy to see his beloved Aberdeen FC, have provided the inspiration for his new single.
Colin said: “I used to go to the Aberdeen games with my uncle Gordon who worked at Stonehaven Radio Station Ship to Shore. The inspiration for the song came from a memory I had when we had just beaten Hibs in the semi-final of the cup and a Hibs fan went to shake my uncle’s hand but instead head-butted him.
“I was only ten so it wasn’t the type of thing you would expect to see as a boy. I ran up and told a policeman but he just told me to go away!”
Colin says he still tries to keep up to date with how the Dons are progressing, saying: “I do get up early on Saturdays to watch some of the games. It hasn’t been as good the last few seasons so sometimes I’m back in my bed within 15 minutes of kick-off!
“I try to get to a few games when I’m back in Scotland. I tend to be back around the festive period and it always seems to be Dundee United who we play when I go to see them.”
Colin, who last year was named ‘Best Acoustic Act’ at the San Diego Music Awards, says he is hoping to release his next album later in the year.
He added: “My wife is due to give birth in the next couple of days so I think I will be laying low over the next couple of months. However, I have 30 new songs to ready to go so I’m hoping to get a new album out later this year.
“I have had some great feedback from people in Stonehaven about the songs and they particularly like the local references. There will be a few local references in the new album too.
Written by Bart Mendoza
Excellent acoustic guitar based tunes – a baker’s dozen – from Scottish / San Diegan, Colin Clyne. Doricana features production from Alan Sanderson (Rolling Stones, Burt Bacharach) and a serious group of San Diego All – Stars, including Flogging Molly’s Matt Hensley, Larry Grano and Rick Nash (Eve Selis Band), Tim Foley and Enrique Platas (Skelpin), session legend Dennis Caplinger and opera singer Victoria Robertson. It sounds amazing, with tunes matching production and musicianship. My favorites are the melancholic Neil Finn-ish ballad “Into My Garden,” and the lightly rockin’ “Pockets and Envelopes,” both as radio friendly as it gets, but this is a solid selection of tunes across the board..
Written by Frank Kocher
Folk-rocker Colin Clyne is originally from Scotland and though he has relocated to Southern California, the roots of his music remain in the green highlands. His new CD is Doricana, a title that says a lot – the style of the music and the sound of the singer blend elements from both sides of the pond.
The 13 songs on the disc were recorded local producer/engineer Alan Sanderson, a veteran whose board talents help Clyne achieve the most from his material. The overall sound is primarily acoustic, with steady guitar support by James Hood throughout and judicious use of percussion, keys, and Dennis Caplinger’s banjo and fiddle touches. Clyne wrote all of the tunes, with help on one from Hood, and they are a mix of stories, observations, and love messages – sung to country/folk ballads in his strong Celtish accent.
“Pockets and Envelopes” has interesting lyrics, about how the “tramps on the streets well known as lords,” but there are stretches where it is difficult to decipher the words – printed lyrics would have helped. On “Traditional Song,” Clyne sings about his homeland, following strong acoustic guitar figures by Hood to chant the chorus.
The structure on these tunes is similar to many of the others on the disc; after he sings a couple of verses over subdued guitar licks, the simple, repeated chorus line comes, sometimes with a “na na na” or a “la la la” melody scat. Repeat, and after repeating the third chorus, end. One problem with songs with a similar beat, structure, and vocal sound is that it can become like a visit to the ice cream store, getting many different minor variations on the same flavor. Thanks to Clyne and the musicians, that flavor isn’t vanilla.
The single on this disc is “Into My Garden,” and it is a catchy treat. This tune is about how Clyne has opened up his life to a new love, with good imagery. The sound is fuller and more robust than other tracks on the disc, thanks to organ and full band, and the hammered-home chorus sticks with the listener. While Clyne generally avoids using any Doric dialect on the disc, he comes closest on “Crying at the Sky,” which has a Celtish folk vibe. “Dance with Her” is slower, a folk lament that delivers a simple, haunting melody, and amounts to a sleeper highlight. “Hey I Miss You Too” comes after some slower filler tracks with cello and keys, turning things around with banjo and cajon-pounding percussion, as a studio crowd claps along.
Doricana has its feet in two worlds. It is Americana roots music, pleasant folk with country underpinnings. Add Colin Clyne’s distinct taste of Scotland to the music and the combination is unusual and distinctive.