Findochty musician Ron Jappy to release debt album Vincular
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A MORAY musician is set to release his debut album next month after more than a year in the recording studio.
Ron Jappy (31), from Findochty, is set to release Vincular on December 4, with recording having started back in August 2019.
Ron described his music as "traditional" and said he has been inspired by artists from different genres, many of whom feature on the album.
"The dictionary definition of vincular is to link together and that is the whole concept of this album," he said.
"I spend a lot of my time accompanying other musicians – whether that's playing guitar or fiddle – and I wanted to create something that was reflective of that.
"The album is pulling on these people that I like to work with, linking them together and having me at the core as the continual strand.
"I'm influenced by a lot of people and lots of different styles. It's important to have a broad range of things that can influence your playing.
"In terms of traditional and folk music, a lot of the people that are on this record have influenced me – like Mhairi Mackinnon and Scott Wood."
Ron, who now lives in Glasgow, has gained plenty of experience in the music industry since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – then named the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama – in 2011.
He works full-time in music and has worked with the likes of Skerryvore, Manran, Jamie Smith's Mabon and gaelic singer Joy Dunlop.
"All those experiences have influenced and shaped my playing over the years," Ron explained.
"I was able to draw on the musicians I connected with and wanted to write and create something more with. That is the beauty of the whole thing, because I accompany so many different people and could draw on whoever I wanted.
"That's what makes it special."
Now, after an unexpectedly turbulent year of recording – due to the coronavirus pandemic – Ron is excited to share his creation with the world.
He added: "In about August 2019 I thought 'yeah let's do this and make it happen' and that's when the wheels were set into motion.
"I knew it was going to take a long time and did things in bits and pieces.
"At the beginning of this year I was away in New Zealand on a five-week tour and just got back in time before covid hit and managed to get three of four days in.
"When we couldn't leave the house, myself and recording engineer Scott Wood did some things remotely.
"Now we have to make sure everyone is safe and happy so things take a little bit longer but everything is finished for the release.
"I'm just really excited to get it out and let people listen to what I've been working on."
You can follow Ron on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RonJappyMusic and keep up to date with the album's release.
He also has his own website at www.ronjappy.com, where the album can be pre-ordered.