Colin MacIntyre - who releases under the pseudonym 'Mull Historical Society' - is one of the UK's most respected songwriters & performers. A multi-instrumentalist, programmer, songwriter, author and producer, MacIntyre has released six albums to date: four MHS albums and two under his own name. His most recent MHS ‘City Awakenings’ came out in 2012. He has achieved two top-twenty chart albums and four top-forty chart singles. His debut, 'Loss' went Gold and has been widely hailed as one of the best British albums of that year. He has been voted Scotland's Top Creative Talent at the Glenfiddich Spirit Of Scotland Awards and into the top Scottish artists of all time public poll by The List Magazine. His first MHS chart single 'Watching Xanadu' recently made STV's 'Scotland's Greatest Album' as one of the top 3 tracks of the 00's. Colin hails from Tobermory on the Isle Of Mull in the Scottish Hebrides (pop 2,500 people, 28,234 sheep*) and taught himself to play by watching his uncle's covers band, going on to make his debut performance with microphones attached to broomsticks. He has also released two albums under his own name: 'The Water' (2008), produced by Lemon Jelly's Nick Franglen, on his own label Future Gods Recordings, with The Guardian hailing it 'Pop perfection'. In 2009 Colin released his most stripped-back album to date, 'Island', recorded in his old school classroom. It was known to be played on none other than Brian Wilson's tour bus. This songwriting junkie has collaborated with Irvine Welsh and Tony Benn, and toured with The Strokes, Elbow and REM, as well as writing music for films such as 2009’s ‘Stormbreaker’. He says: ‘As a Mulleach (native of Mull), the Isle of Mull and that environment of space and remoteness is never far from me, but creatively, living among the masses has made its mark on me and began my prolific songwriting journey. Before that I had to build my own cities in my childhood bedroom. Not easy getting that planning permission.”

His recent Mull Historical Society album, entitled 'City Awakenings', was released in January 2012 on Xtra Mile Recordings on the 10th anniversary of 'Loss'. Produced by the Grammy-winning Dom Morley (Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Grinderman), it is his tribute to Glasgow, London and New York - the three cities which have most influenced the musician and islander abroad. MacIntyre co-produced the closing track ‘Thameslink (London's Burning)’, which he first performed on acoustic guitar at his father’s funeral, Kenny Macintyre the widely respected BBC Political & Industrial Correspondent, (Colin's father’s death inspired ‘Loss’) 2012 saw live sessions on BBC Radio 2 with Jo Whiley & Bob Harris, as well as 6 Music, Radio Scotland & Ulster. After a summer of Festival appearances including V Festival, T in the Park, Eden Sessions, & the Scottish Parliament on Commonwealth Day with Annie Lennox - and returns to Europe with shows in Berlin and Blue Balls, Lucerne - MHS ended the year with his first Xmas Single, 'Christmas Is Here Again' and a special return to MHS's first ever gig venues in Glasgow & London.

Now MacIntyre releases his first collection ‘The Supermarket Never Sleeps’, a best-of across his 6 albums to date. It will come out in the UK through Xtra Mile Recordings and in US in early 2014 through Xtra Mile Recordings / ADA Warners. It will be fronted by the new single ‘Keep Falling’, a soaring Mull track which marks a progression and is also produced by Morley. “I can recognize now that the past two years has been one of the biggest creative surges for me, it reminds me of the period leading up to my first album, ‘Loss’, when I first found an authentic sound and voice.” And so it is timely that MacIntyre is delighted to be launching the single and Best-Of collection with a full band show at 2014’s Celtic Connections at The Arches, Glasgow – which will feature for the first time a full live performance of ‘Loss’ in its entirety, as well as other favorites. “This should be a celebratory night following our headline show at CC 2012. That was a special night. For this year’s show we’ll also have a couple of special guests on the night and playing ‘Loss’ will be an emotional journey, life flashing before my eyes, but I cant wait.” MacIntyre, who writes a blog for The Herald online, has come a long way from Mull, the island, but somehow never leaves it behind. He also actively supports the work of the Argyll-based charity Mary’s Meals, who feed over 800,000 children a daily meal in their place of education every day: “My recent visit to some of the projects in Malawi was life-changing. I was with CC’s own Donald Shaw and music broke down the communication barriers and I saw what an amazing difference the charity is making to whole communities. I realise now that community is at the heart of my work.”

STOP PRESS: Colin has recently revealed himself as being the brainchild behind the enigmatic and exciting new electronic music project INK of which the Guardian recently proclaimed was 'perfect without being too box-ticking... going to be massive'.

STOP STOP PRESS: Colin has confirmed his debut novel 'The Letters of Ivor Punch' is to be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson of the Orion Publishing Group. More news on that coming here soon!

*figures as of Oct 2013

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