They almost packed it in – but The Signal Fires are blazing back
THE band set to kick off this year’s MAMAFest has revealed it almost threw in the towel after a year to forget.
To say the last year has been turbulent for The Signal Fires is an understatement. One of Argyll’s most popular cover bands, they were hit with a double whammy last year when drummer Alex moved to Perth to pursue a career in sound engineering and keyboard player and singer Claire was diagnosed with cancer.
This was a huge blow to the band both emotionally and professionally. They were on the verge of calling it a day but decided, with Claire’s blessing, to pursue writing and recording their own original material whilst taking an extended break from live performances.
Though she has since successfully completed her treatment Claire isn’t quite ready to return to the stage, so it is with an ad hoc band made up of some of Argyll’s finest musicians that original members John and Andy return to Mamafest.
Two years ago the band headlined MAMAFest and announced the release of their very first single Ignorance is Bliss so it seems fitting they will be using this year’s performance to launch a brand new acoustic sessions EP consisting of some acoustic re-workings of their songs as well as some unique content. The five-track EP will have a limited CD print run and be available to buy on the night.
Andy Bruce of the band said: ‘Over the years we have had so much support from Mid Argyll. Some of our favourite gigs have been there and we’ve made so many great friends along the way.
‘It means a lot for us to get back on the stage again, especially to play our own material and Mamafest is the perfect place to launch our EP.’
The band will be kicking off Mamafest on Friday September 1 at 8.15pm in Ardrishaig Public Hall.
The Signal Fires wow the audience at MAMAFest 2015.
Andy Bruce with the band’s new EP.