Skyclad vocalist, KEVIN RIDLEY releases debut solo album
aaamusic | On 25, May 2011
GLOBAL MUSIC are pleased to announce the release of ‘Flying In The Face Of Logic’, the first solo album from singer/songwriter Kevin Ridley;producer/vocalist with folk-metal pioneers Skyclad, out July 4th 2011.
The album contains 14 original tracks, mainly inspired by the singer’s native Northeast (England) so fittingly, it features several northern session players – notably Northumbrian pipes player Andy May, Folkworks fiddle player, Sophy Ball, and Blitzkrieg’s Dave Anderson on bass – as well as contributions from the current members of Skyclad.
Ridley describes the record as a form of continuation from Skyclad’s ‘Semblance of Normality’: “‘Semblance…’ was the first album where all the band members involved had roots in Northern England and references were buried within the songs. It was something I wanted to explore, so ‘Flying In The Face Of Logic’ became autobiographical and based upon my personal stories of life, love and growing up in the North-East of England.”
After spending 35 years in the music industry, engineering and producing for thrash-metalers Venom, Forgodsake, Anathema, Pariah and Skyclad, Kevin Ridley took the opportunity to emerge from behind the mixing desk and experience the role of a player, rather than Producer.
Five years in the making, Ridley described the journey of writing the album as a challenge of learning “how to fly and make my own rules”.