Crime novels inspire album

AN IMAGINATIVE Bishopbriggs musician has recorded an album of songs 'written' by a favourite fictional character.

Allan Watson (47), an e-records designer for BT Openreach, was inspired to write the album Songs From Lucy's Cottage after reading books by best-selling crime and mystery writer Phil Rickman.

The author's Merrily Watkins series of books feature a singer called Lol Robinson and a number of the character's lyrics are included in each of the 10 volumes.

After becoming friends with the writer, Bishopbriggs resident Allan started recording the songs using his own music, collaborating with the author to fill gaps in songs.

Now the completed album, which also features a number of Allan's friends, has been released and is available through Phil Rickman's website.

Allan, who has been in a number of bands over the years, told the Herald: "I recorded one of the songs and sent a demo to Phil. He thought it was great and asked whether I'd like to do an album.

"It took about three months to write and record. I'm very proud of it, although it took a lot of work and many late nights. It became a real labour of love."

Allan added: "I'd love to do a second one. There are lots more songs to do and Phil is delighted with the CD – I think it's a bit of a novelty for him to be in the music business."

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