The second instalment in our mini-series looking ahead to some of the top performers set to appear on Bute with Transclyde Music in 2015 looks at Orcadian folk musician Ivan Drever.
Hailing from Orkney, Ivan has performed around the world, both solo and with other performers, in a career stretching back to the mid-1970s and his formation of the band ‘Knowe O’Deil’.
He released his debut solo album, Homeland, in 1989, before moving to Easter Ross and joining the folk-rock group Wolfstone, playing guitar, cittern, whistle, mandola and pipes as well as providing lead vocals and writing much of the band’s original material.
Since releasing Homeland Ivan, who now lives in Norway, has recorded 13 further solo albums, the most recent being What You Hear, released in November 2014; the first half of his current touring set list features the 12 songs from that new album, while the second includes the pick of his other solo work as well as several as-yet-unreleased new songs.
Ivan plays at St Paul’s Church Hall in Rothesay on Saturday, March 21 - check this site and The Buteman’s print edition for details of ticket availability nearer the time.