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I promised the other day that I’d put the occasional bonus posting up featuring newly released (or soon-to-be released) music that I’m enjoying. The first act in the series is from round these parts.

One of the hardest working folk in the Scottish scene is Lloyd Meredith who does all sorts of things, not least running a great wee label called Olive Grove Records. One week from today will see the first release of 2016 in the shape of Wrack Lines, an EP by the folkish singer-songwriter Jo Mango. There are five tracks on it, with four of them being collaborations with other Scottish artists in the shape of Rachel Sermanni, RM Hubbert, Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow) and The Pictish Trail.

Here’s a link to the track that Jo and Rachel have put together:-

https://soundcloud.com/olivegrove/rachel-sermanni-and-jo-mango-bitter-fruit-1

The thing is,this is an EP with a bit of a difference. As Lloyd so eloquently puts it in the media release:-

The germ of the idea formed back in 2007, when Jo, while on tour with cult singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan, found herself sitting on her third aeroplane of the day in a holding pattern above an American city at which point she had a revelation about the potential impact of her itinerant job on the world and on herself. That moment led to some serious decisions about her lifestyle and an ongoing fascination with exploring the unsustainability of the musical life.

The EP’s title is an extension of those thoughts into a project for which Jo enlisted the help of the other singer-songwriters and their work together explores a gamut of emotions related to travel, the environment and music. The EP will be released on CD and on digital format through Olive Grove Records on 15 January 2016 and the artists will celebrate its launch with a one-off performance at Platform in Glasgow on 21 January 2016 as part of Celtic Connections.

All profits from the sale of the EP will go to the charity Creative Carbon Scotland in their work to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland.

See, I told you it was an EP with a difference.

Here’s some more Jo Mango.

mp3 : Jo Mango – The Black Sun

Enjoy.