A musician is set to release an album after successfully reaching the end of a marathon charity song-writing challenge.
Sean McBain, originally from Torry, will release his debut album Oranges and Angels next month after 2017 saw him write and record one song per week to raise money for a cause close to his heart – the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).
Sean – who works as a lorry driver and now lives in Neilston, East Renfrewshire, with wife Julie and children Lennon, 8, Liam, 7, and four-year-old Sian – will release the album on his own record label Digby Records, founded with friend Dean Ross.
The songs featured on the record are a selection of the 52 written from his songwriting marathon for TCT, which raised £5,837.
Sean, who recorded all the tracks at a home studio in his loft, said: “The title and cover art stemmed from something my daughter had said during the super moon – she suggested the moon was in fact an orange because it was so bumpy – and it made me wonder at what point we lose that imagination.
“It represents the rise of a mad idea and imagination I had for the song-writing challenge and the angels aspect comes from the people who helped me through it and supported me in my pursuit.”
The dad-of-three was inspired to support the charity after his own brush with illness. He was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue aged just 20, after finding a lump in his mouth.
After an operation to remove the cancer, he was happy to hear it hadn’t spread.
The cover art on the album features his three children and dog, Sally, on a beach in Clackmannanshire, with a galaxy background and a large orange.
Sean also hopes to release more music with his label Digby Records, after using his debut album as a first step. He said: “We might release some music from the band we used to perform in together, and then potentially by other musicians.
“I’d like to be a label that inspires ordinary people like myself to follow their dreams and to show that music can be done on a shoestring.”