Under the Radar: Arbor Green

Arbor Green’s debut album As We Grow, in which the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist tackles personal tragedy with a combination of hope, nostalgia and great warmth, will be one to look out for when it’s released later in the year, write Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon
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Born and raised in the small Highland village of Glenuig, Arbor Green is the moniker of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ali Begg.

Debut album As We Grow is set for release later this year and has benefited from a growing list of well-known contributors performing on the record, including Beldina Odenyo (Heir of the Cursed/Kobi Onyame), Hannah Fisher (King Creosote), Brian McApline (Session A9/The Pearlfishers) and James MacKintosh (Shooglenifty/Transatlantic Sessions).

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The live line-up (whenever that’s once again a possibility) consists of Begg, Thomas Caldwell, Sam Bradley and Simon Gibb.

As We Grow deals with devastating and heartbreaking subject matter, as Begg comes to terms with his mother’s long struggle with mental illness, eventually taking her own life in 2015.

It’s unquestionably a sad record, but it’s also at times, hopeful and filled with nostalgia and warmth.

Find out more at the website: www.arborgreen.co.uk/

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the music industry seminar and social night, Born to be Wide, visit www.borntobewide.co.uk

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