Colin MacIntyre is a Scottish singer, song-writer, and multi-instrumentalist. He has released most of his work under the name Mull Historical Society
MacIntyre coined the name Mull Historical Society after seeing an advert for an organisation which has since changed its name to the Mull Historical and Archaeological Society. His first album under the name was ‘Loss’ in 2001. It was inspired by the death of his father and his upbringing on the Isle of Mull, and contains samples from a Caledonian MacBrayne ferry and the waves on Calgary Bay in Mull. In 2000-01 MacIntyre played support for Elbow and the Strokes,and in 2002 for R.E.M. and the Delgados.
After ‘Us’ (2003) his record label, Warners, dropped him. ‘This Is Hope’ (2004) was inspired by a two-month visit to the United States, ending in New Orleans, listening to David Bowie, Lou Reed and Television. One of its songs is about the death of David Kelly. The album also includes a recording of his grandmother.
The first release under his own name was ‘The Water’, released on 4 February 2008, and produced by Nick Franglen from Lemon Jelly. MacIntyre had produced the first three albums himself. The last track, “Pay Attention to the Human”, features a poem written and performed by Tony Benn.He wrote the album in New York, his wife’s home city. In 2009, Irvine Welsh used the track “You’re a Star” from The Water in his comedy Good Arrows.
MacIntyre’s fifth album ‘Island’ (the second under his own name) was released in the UK on 6 July 2009. The first single “Cape Wrath” preceded it by a few weeks. In 2012, MacIntyre returned to the Mull Historical Society name for his sixth album ‘City Awakenings’.
This is taken from he debut LP and was the third single lifted from it:-
mp3 : Mull Historical Society – I Tried
mp3 : Mull Historical Society – Some You Win, Some You Lose