5 Minutes With: SAY Award Alumni Admiral Fallow

On Wednesday 24th May, The SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award 2017 Longlist will be revealed in front of a live audience at Glasgow’s O2 ABC.

Home to the SAY Award ceremony back in 2015, the venue welcomes the award back for this new ticketed event where SAY Award alumni Admiral Fallow, Steve Mason (acoustic) and Mungo’s Hi Fi will perform live, and 20 outstanding Scottish albums will be announced as The SAY Award 2017 Longlist. Each of these 20 albums will be in the running for the £20,000 grand prize, as well as the coveted title of Scottish Album of the Year 2017.

With a busy summer on their agenda, we caught up with Glasgow chamber pop quintet and previous SAY Award nominees Admiral Fallow for a chat about this years event.  Flautist Sarah Haynes talks about the band’s upcoming gig at Live at the Longlist, their history with the awards and their upcoming festival shows.


Hey Sarah, so can you tell us a bit about your history with the SAY awards?

We made the SAY Award shortlist in 2013 and the longlist in 2016, and we’re playing at the announcement of the 2017 longlist on Wednesday 24th May at the O2 ABC in Glasgow, alongside Steve Mason (acoustic) and Mungo’s Hi Fi.

Have you had a sneaky preview at this years longlist? Are there any albums that are standing out for you just now?

All will be revealed on the 24th, so we haven’t been given any inklings yet. I’d like to see Rachel Newton and Meursault on there.


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What about music in general in Scotland? The music scene is constantly thriving, especially in Glasgow, is there anybody who has caught your attention?

One of the reasons I moved to Glasgow was because of its reputation as a music city, and I’ve been here for nearly twelve years now. It can sometimes be easy to take things for granted when they’re on your doorstep, but when people come and visit they’re always struck by the unique musical community of the place, and I’m pretty proud to show them.

As for current Scottish musical attention-grabbers, I was recently introduced to the music of electronic/traditional duo WHYTE, which stopped me in my tracks. I’ve also been enjoying stuff from Miracle Glass Company and Pronto Mama and I can’t wait to hear the new Bdy_Prts album.

Your music has a fantastic blend of different styles – can you tell us a bit about the inspiration behind the music you create?

We’ve been a band for while now so our playing fits well together, and we usually each know what the others are on about when trying to describe something in a writing situation. What tends to happen is that various musical ideas come from everyone, Louis writes the lyrics and we work on the songs as a band. We’ve also got a great relationship with producer Paul Savage who helps us make sense of things. We come from slightly different musical backgrounds but generally speaking we like the same stuff.

As a band, you guys have toured all over – do you ever notice a change in reaction from the crowds when you’re performing at home?

We’ve been lucky enough to visit lots of places over the years, and there are a few cities in the UK in particular where we seem to be warmly received: Bristol, Manchester and Newcastle spring to mind. We’re probably best known in Scotland though and enjoy the ‘homecoming’-type gigs, especially if we’ve not played here for a while. We’ve always had fun on our Shetland visits and Glasgow is hard to beat.

Lastly, other than the awards, what have Admiral Fallow got in store for us this summer? We see you’re on the bill for Eden festival this year?

We’re mainly concentrating on writing our fourth album, but will be visiting a few festivals in the summer: Ireby Festival (27th May), Oban Live (2nd June), Eden Festival (10th June) and Cambridge Folk Festival (30th July).

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