Christmas single and new album for Scottish entertainer Brandon McPhee

Multi award-winning singer and instrumentalist Brandon McPhee has released a Christmas single and a brand new album ahead of his 2022 tour dates.

Deborah Welsh
Saturday, 11th December 2021, 12:00pm
Christmas single and new album for Scottish entertainer  Brandon McPhee
The new album featuring Brandon’s award-winning musical skills is out now and you can see him live in Brechin next year too.

The Christmas Ceilidh was written by the late Stewart Ross from Inverness who wrote many great Scottish and Country songs which have been performed by the likes of Daniel O’Donnell and Callum Kennedy.

The song was released this month ahead of the long awaited new album Heedrum Hodrum. The album features a variety of Scottish folk songs and tunes in a contemporary style. It also includes two of Brandon’s own compositions which are new Scottish melodies.

Brandon says: “In this album I have chosen a variety of songs and put my own arrangements to them to add a modern feel that would hopefully catch the attention of people who don’t normally listen to music of Scottish culture.

He added: “The idea for the title of the album came from being at concerts over the years, and some of the audience members said “I just love your heedrum hodrum” music.

This always made me laugh - it’s actually pretty catchy".

It is just over 15 years since Brandon played his first notes on the button box sitting on his grandad Donald’s knee.

A good listener and keen pupil, Brandon was soon competently playing The Dark Island - a waltz which remains one of his favourites, and globally one of his most requested tunes.

Within a year of taking up the Button Accordion, Brandon had begun his collection of competition trophies, beginning at the 2007 Caithness Music Festival, followed by a variety of junior, then senior national successes, culminating in winning the All Scotland Senior Traditional Accordion Solo Championship in 2014.

Since then Brandon has focussed on developing his recording and performing career.

Brandon’s Christmas single The Christmas Ceilidh and new album Heedrum Hodlam is out now and fans can catch him live when he plays Brechin City Hall on Saturday, 19 February, 2022.

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