Aberdeen musician honoured with tribute album

By Sean Wallace, 13 Dec 2013 6.44am

ABERDEEN musician Alan Davidson (aka Kitchen Cynics) has been honoured with a tribute album.

Yesterday, Perhaps boasts contributions from psych folk greats including Tom Rapp, leader of 1960s legends Pearls Before Swine.

Alan said: “The covers LP was the idea of the Manchester-based Folk Police label.

“Their subsidiary, Eleven Willows, are putting out a Kitchen Cynics CD next year.

“Folk Police suggested I contact some Kitchen Cynics-friendly artists to see if they would be interested in covering a song.

“I wasn't sure about this, but the response was very positive, so I gave it the go-ahead.

“After a few songs were in, the label ran into some problems and advised me the project would be put on hold.

“I didn't want to disappoint the folks who had already recorded something, so suggested I take over the LP myself.

“My 100th self-release on my Les enfants du Paradiddle label was coming up and this LP seemed the perfect way to celebrate it.”

Kitchen Cynics began in the 1980s with album Cerebral Security.

Subsequent releases like Ghosts of Wasps, Parallel Dog Days, Masters of the Fuzzy Fadeout and Secret Rooms have been widely acclaimed.

Heavily influenced by his native Aberdeen, Alan’s unique and touching songs are a mix of traditional ballads with cutting edge psychedelic folk.

Alan’s songs on his own Les Enfants du Paradiddle micro-label soon spread outwith the Granite City and have been influential in both British and American folk and psych scenes.

Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance and Comets on Fire is a huge fan.

Alan was also invited to perform at Terrastock in Boston in 2002 by Rapp, who covers Richard in Bedlam on Yesterday, Perhaps.

Other highlights on the album are anti-folk star Major Matt Mason’s take on She’s Growing Old Disgracefully and P.G. Six playing The Heroine, Jane Whyte.

“The biggest thrill for me was having Tom Rapp of Pearls Before Swine involved,” said Alan.

“I used to buy his albums when I was just a schoolboy.

“I got to know Tom through doing songs of his on tribute albums.

“And I was also invited to sing with him in Boston.

“I'm really pleased with the different approaches to the songs.

“And in one case it led to me re-learning one to do live.”

Copies of the album are available in The Cavern, Belmont Street.