Foy Vance on how the Scottish Highlands saved him
Bangor man Foy Vance says personal misfortune and a move to the Scottish highlands set him back on track for his long-awaited second album
There are several other big names attached to The Joy of Nothing, however – most notably Bonnie Raitt on You and I and Ed Sheeran on Guiding Light. He struck up a friendship with the latter when they toured together across the US, but the older musician was slightly apprehensive about how the inclusion of the youngster may be perceived.
“It was a really funny one, because in many ways, I can see how people would look at that and see it as a bit of an odd pairing. We do different things in many ways, I suppose, but fundamentally, we’re actually the same. It’s just that he’s 21 and bossing it; I’m 38 and a bit more cynical,” he laughs. “I was uncertain about [having him on the album], because the last thing I wanted it to feel like was that it was contrived, or that I was trying to utilise his popularity or influence, or something. That would just make my toes curl; that’s just the wrong reason to put someone on a record. But luckily, it felt completely natural to me. I thought he did a beautiful job.”
Just before Christmas last year, Vance got the news that uber-respected American indie label Glassnote Records had offered him a worldwide deal, making him a labelmate of acts such as The Temper Trap, Phoenix, Mumford & Sons and his fellow Bangormen Two Door Cinema Club. After a long wait, it seems like all of his ducks are finally lining up, but the big question is, is he ready to step up to the next level?
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He laughs at the thought of hitting the “bigtime”, but pauses to consider the question before returning to the darkness of the cinema screen and his daughter’s birthday party.
“I think in today’s climate, it’d be foolish to dwell on anything like that,” he says. “I think where I’m at, I’ve got a record now that I’m proud of and that I feel is articulate, if nothing else. I don’t know how the industry works; it’s a mystery, sometimes. It comes out of the blue for some people, and for others who you feel deserve it and who release albums you think should be huge, it never happens. Will it happen for me? Who knows. In terms of this record, I think if ever it has a chance to do something, it’s in the right hands, but that’s for other people to decide.
“But if the record does well, then yes: I will follow it wherever it leads.”
The Joy of Nothing is released on August 23rd. Foy Vance plays the Indiependence festival in Cork this weekend
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