They al­most packed it in – but The Sig­nal Fires are blaz­ing back

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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.

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