Published: 11/12/2013 17:46 - Updated: 11/12/2013 16:44

New sound for Torridon

Torridon's new line up, (left to right) Glyn Evans (bass), Graham Bell (accordion, mandolin, guitar), David 'Didi' MacKenzie (lead vocals), Grant Milne (pipes), Kenny Lyall (drums) and Kenny Smith (guitar, vocals).
Torridon's new line up, (left to right) Glyn Evans (bass), Graham Bell (accordion, mandolin, guitar), David 'Didi' MacKenzie (lead vocals), Grant Milne (pipes), Kenny Lyall (drums) and Kenny Smith (guitar, vocals).

THERE is a new face at the front of Celtic rockers Torridon.

Meet David "Didi" MacKenzie, the band's new frontman.

Kenny says you've never sung in a band before. Did you have to think long and hard before stepping in as lead singer?

  Without a doubt the hardest decision I've had to make for years, having never performed on any stage to walk into an established band was a daunting thought and still is. 

Kenny mentioned you have a well known song as a party piece. Can you tell us what it is about that song that makes it so enjoyable to sing - and if it might be appearing in a Torridon set soon?

It's Delilah by Tom Jones, one of my favourite artists. It's just a song that I can open up the lungs and belt out. The guys already have it fully rehearsed so it may appear on the set list soon.

 

 Do you have any other musical heroes?

 Like the rest of the band I have a very diverse taste in music, however Meatloaf is a performer I have listened to and enjoyed for years. 

 

Voice apart, what do you feel you bring to the band?

 That's very difficult to tell just now, you would maybe have to ask the boys. Being very new to me I am still very much finding my feet. 

 

According to bandmate (and brother-in-llaw) Kenny Smith, you've been getting a lot of female attention since you joined the band. Is this another burden on your shoulders?

 Haha! That's definitely something I am unaware of - I've been concentrating hard enough on getting lyrics right to be noticing anything like that. Kenny's probably winding you up!

Torridon, with support from Tweed, are at The Ironworks, Inverness, on Friday 13th December and at Tain Town Hall on Friday 27th December to raise funds for victims of the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan.

Watch  Torridon in action on a previous visit to The Ironworks and let us know if you were there.

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