with Scotland’s most distinctive new voice in Robert Robertson. The band, whose
roots run all across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland down to the West End and
South Side of Glasgow, first emerged in the summer of 2016 with the release of their
debut single, ‘Far Side Of The World’. The following year they self-released their
debut album ‘Dreams We Never Lost’, which became something of a runaway
success north of Hadrian’s Wall and led to the band selling out shows across the
Highlands and Islands, from Glasgow to John O’Groats and all points in between.
The band has also been a resounding success at festivals at home and abroad,
playing headline slots to large audiences at the Hebridean Celtic Festival, Belladrum
Festival, and headlining the first ever 8,000 capacity Gathering Festival in
Inverness. They have also made friends at festivals such as Lorient Interceltic
Festival in Brittany and Tønder Festival in Denmark.
Tide Lines will release their eagerly awaited second album ‘Eye Of The Storm’ on
1st May ’20. The band – Robert Robertson on guitar and vocals, Ross Wilson on
keyboards, Alasdair Turner on guitar, and Gus Munro on drums – recorded the
album at Black Bay studio in Lewis, Castlesound studios in Pencaitland and Castle
Of Doom in Glasgow, and produced it themselves.
Says Robert Robertson: “Eye of the Storm is a line from the opening track on the
album but I think it perfectly sums up the collection of songs as a whole. I grew up in
a small town and the album attempts to sum up both the natural beauty that
surrounded me but also the calmness that a sense of community can bring in the
midst of an increasingly busy and noisy world. Hopefully some of this escapism can
be found within the songs.”
Tide Lines won ‘The Rising Sound Of Scotland’ Award at the Scottish Music Awards
before Christmas. Their sell-out show at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom in
November ’19 was voted one of the Top Ten gigs at the venue in 2019.
Tide Lines’ pre-match performance to warm up the 67,000 capacity crowd at
Edinburgh’s Murrayfield stadium on 8th March inspired the Scotland team to bring off
a historic victory over France in the 2020 Six Nations Rugby tournament.
Taking his cue from the lockdown musical street performances in France and Italy,
Robert recently sang a line or two from the window of his Glasgow flat and was
serenaded by a neighbor down the street. His film of this has been shared an
extraordinary 1.2 million times. Robert also did an acoustic sofa session and raised
several thousand pounds for The Simon Community, a homeless charity in Scotland.