Strum-thing spe­cial for our young rocker Robbi

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Ian Bunting

A teenage Air­drie mu­si­cian is strik­ing the right chord with fans af­ter win­ning the en­dorse­ment of a top Bri­tish mu­sic pro­ducer.

Robbi McFaulds has the back­ing of EMD Mu­sic to play their top qual­ity James Neli­gan acous­tic gui­tar on stage.

And the ex­tra strings to Robbi’s bow couldn’t have come at a bet­ter time as the 16-year-old de­buted his new gui­tar dur­ing his sec­ond straight ap­pear­ance at the Stere­o­funk mu­sic fes­ti­val.

Robbi played to a packed crowd on the un­signed stage at the tenth an­nual Strath­clyde Park-based mu­si­cal ex­trav­a­ganza.

The teenager told the Ticket: “This is the first en­dorse­ment I have had and to get it from a com­pany as big as EMD Mu­sic is a real plea­sure.

“They run a branch of James Neli­gan gui­tars and they are now fund­ing me to use the in­stru­ment at all of my gigs.

“This is re­ally good news and a big boost to my mu­si­cal ca­reer.

“The gui­tar sounds bril­liant and it was great us­ing it for the first time at the Stere­o­funk Fes­ti­val.

“This was sec­ond year in a row per­form­ing on the Stere­o­funk bill and the crowd at the un­signed stage were re­ally loud and ap­pre­cia­tive of my mu­sic.

“I was on stage for about 20 min­utes and en­joyed ev­ery sin­gle sec­ond of it.”

Robbi is cur­rently study­ing sound and mu­sic pro­duc­tion at the Coat­bridge cam­pus of New Col­lege La­nark­shire and while he has al­ready tasted im­pres­sive early suc­cess – in­clud­ing be­ing crowned top Scot at the pres­ti­gious Open Mic UK con­test in 2013 – the young singer shows no signs of rest­ing on his lau­rels.

He said: “I am head­ing down to Lon­don soon to do some promo work and ad­ver­tis­ing to get my name and mu­sic out there to an even big­ger au­di­ence.

“I am also per­form­ing a gig ev­ery week be­tween now and June.

“Most of them are quite lo­cal, across La­nark­shire, but there are some fur­ther afield.

“I am also do­ing a lot of writ­ing in be­tween th­ese gigs and, while it can be­come quite hec­tic, I feel so lucky to be work­ing in an in­dus­try I am so pas­sion­ate about.

“I love per­form­ing and the op­por­tu­nity to meet with all of my fans so it’s bril­liant to be so in de­mand.”

To find out more about Robbi and his mu­sic, visit www.face­book.com/ Rob­biMcFauld­sMu­sic or fol­low @ Rob­biM­c­Faulds on Twit­ter.

Crack­ing chords Robbi on stage at Stere­o­funk

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