Leaving Home is a photographic journey through the Outer Hebrides by Ian Paterson & John Mayer (of Buzzcocks fame). Their images of abandoned croft houses document and preserve the surviving remnants of a bygone era in the rural history of the north of Scotland. Taking inspiration from these visuals, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Mike Vass wrote some haunting music specially for the Edinburgh Youth Gatherin Big Band…a collective of talented young Scottish musicians (including my son Jack!). The band debuted the work in December at the Queens Hall, Edinburgh.
These photographs are taken from the band’s rehearsal & performance at the Leaving Home Exhibition at Edinburgh Palette in St Margaret’s House.