New album is music to the ears of local charities

David Fee, left, and Les Oman from The Strunts.
David Fee, left, and Les Oman from The Strunts.

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The debut album was four years in the making.

Almost four years in the making, the debut album by Campbeltown duo The Strunts, Too Much of Everything, has been released with 50 per cent of local sales being donated to charity.

David Fee and Les Oman have both been writing songs individually for years but started writing together the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president in January 2017.

Dave said: ‘We happened to meet at the Bank of Scotland cashpoint on Longrow, and got into conversation about some of the strange happenings going on in the world.

‘To be honest, it’s got a lot stranger since, but out of that conversation came an intense time of joint song writing.

‘Over a couple of months, we wrote the tunes that make up our first album, Too Much Of Everything. And then, over the next couple of years, we slowly got them recorded.’

Since forming The Strunts, the duo have performed live for a handful of gigs including the Kintyre Songwriters Festival and a couple of Homesong sets.

David added: ‘Obviously it’s been impossible to perform recently and, as a result, we focussed on getting the album out. We’re delighted to say it is now for sale at The Kintyre Larder and The Fish Shop with donations from it going to Kintyre Food Bank and Children First.’

Since the album’s release, the pair have had some great reviews in the music press, including this one from Ian D Hall in the Liverpool Sound And Vision: ‘Together as The Strunts, Les and David have found a common cause, one that sees the release of the album Too Much Of Everything, consistently catching the ear throughout.

‘The listener starts to understand that the only things you can have too much of are hate, apathy, ignorance and grief, that even in anger there must be subtle humour paving the way to the hope of healing.

‘A tremendous introduction to a new partnership.’

Too Much of Everything is available for £10 at The Kintyre Larder and at The Fish Shop, with 50 per cent of those sales being donated to the food bank and Children First until the end of January.