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Biography

WILLIE CAMPBELL IS A SCOTTISH SINGER- SONGWRITER BASED ON THE ISLE OF LEWIS IN THE OUTER HEBRIDES. REGARDED BY A BROAD CROSS-REACH OF RESPECTED VOICES AS AMONG THE FINEST SONGWRITERS IN THE COUNTRY, CAMPBELL CAME TO WIDESPREAD ATTENTION CO-FRONTING ASTRID, AND ALSO AS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF GARY LIGHTBODY’S REINDEER SECTION. THE OPEN DAY ROTATION, HAVE RELEASED TWO CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ALBUMS- 2008 DEBUT, DOWN BY THE HEAD, AND , TOXIC GOOD TOXIC BAD (2012), THE LATTER PRODUCED BY TONY DOOGAN (MOGWAI, BELLE AND SEBASTIAN). CAMPBELL RELEASED AN ALBUM OF ORIGINAL GAELIC SONGS COWRITTEN WITH TRADITIONAL MUSIC VETERAN CALUM MARTIN ENTITLED “DALMA” IN 2014.

AFTER SIGNING TO CRAIG WISEMAN’S BIG LOUD SHIRT PUBLISHING IN 2008, WILLIE WENT TO NASHVILLE TO EXPERIENCE SONG WRITING ON MUSIC ROW. THE APPROACH AND EXPERIENCE SEEPED INTO HIS SONGWRITING AND IS PARTICULARLY EVIDENT ON THIS NEW COLLECTION OF SONGS PRODUCED BY TONY DOOGAN.

NEW CLOUDS IN MOTION IS AN ALBUM OF AMERICANA INFLUENCED SONGS FROM THE WESTERN ISLES OF SCOTLAND. WILLIE CAMPBELL & THE OPEN DAY ROTATION ARE HAPPY TO SHARE THEIR THIRD ALBUM WITH YOU.

THE SOUND HAS DEVELOPED AND GROWN AS HAS THE SONGWRITING. THEY ARE CAMPBELL’S PERSONAL ACCOUNTS OF GROWING UP LATE INTO AN ADULT LIFE FROM THE CITY AND BACK TO THE BEAUTY OF THE BAND'S HOME ON THE ISLE OF LEWIS.

“CAMPELL RISES ABOVE ALL OTHER REFERENCES AND STAKES HIS CLAIM TO BEING ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S TRULY GREAT POP SONGWRITERS”. THE HERALD

DICOGRAPHY

ALBUMS:

STRANGE WEATHER LATELY (1999) ASTRID

PLAY DEAD (2001) ASTRID

ONE IN FOUR (2004) ASTRID

IMMUNE TO BAD NEWS EP (2005) OUR SMALL CAPITAL

DOWN BY THE HEAD (2008) OPEN DAY ROTATION

TOXIC GOOD TOXIC BAD (2012) OPEN DAY ROTATION

VISIBLE FROM SPACE (2012) KEVIN MACNEIL AND WILLIE CAMPBELL

DALMA (2014) WILLIE CAMPBELL

NEW CLOUDS IN MOTION (2017) WILLIE CAMPBELL & THE OPEN DAY ROTATION

SINGLES:

HI-FI LO-FI EP

IT'S TRUE

NO REASON

WHAT TO SAY

BOY OR GIRL / SLEIGH RIDE (2000) CHERRY CHERRY (2000)

HIGH IN THE MORNING (2000) REDGROUND" (2000)

MODES OF TRANSPORT EP (2001) TICK TOCK" (2001)

NEVER HAPPENED (2001)

RED GROUND (2001)

LOCAL MAN RUINS EVERYTHING (2005)

DANCE A LITTLE BETTER - THE TUMBLING SOULS (2017)

CITY OF ADELAIDE - THE TUMBLING SOULS (2017)

SIDE PROJECTS:

THE REINDEER SECTION - Y'ALL GET SCARED NOW, YA HEAR! (2001)

THE REINDEER SECTION - SON OF EVIL REINDEER (2002)


“THERE MUST BE SOMETHING IN THE SCOTTISH AIR THAT INSPIRES THIS KIND OF THING. REGARDLESS, IT’S A GORGEOUS, COMPELLING LISTEN”. DROWNED IN SOUND

“TAKE ALL THAT'S GOOD AT THE TUNEFUL END OF THE SCOTTISH POP-ROCK SPECTRUM, DISTILL IT MANY TIMES OVER AND, IF TALENT IS ON YOUR SIDE, WHAT REMAINS IS THE PURE MELODIC CORE OF THIS SECOND ALBUM BY THE OPEN DAY ROTATION” THE HERALD

“CAMPBELL AND MACNEIL’S FIRST SINGLE IS BUILT AROUND THE FORMER’S CHIMING MUSIC BOX-CADENCE, ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL”. THE GUARDIAN

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