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Colin MacIntyre is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, author and producer, who releases under the pseudonym 'Mull Historical Society' and INK. MacIntyre released his 4th MHS album in Jan 2012 (his 6th album in total). There have been three other MHS albums to date, achieving two top twenty chart albums and four top 40 chart singles. His debut, 'Loss' went Gold and has been widely hailed as one of the best British albums of that year. He has been voted Scotland's Top Creative Talent at the Glenfiddich Spirit Of Scotland Awards and into the top Scottish artists of all time public poll by The List Magazine. His first MHS chart single 'Watching Xanadu' made STV's 'Scotland's Greatest Album' as one of the top tracks of the 00's. Colin hails from Tobermory on the Isle Of Mull in the ScottishHebrides (pop 2,500 people, 26,234 sheep) and taught himself to play by watching his uncle's covers band, going on to make his debut performance with microphones attached to broomsticks. He has also released two albums under his own name: 'The Water' (2008), produced by Lemon Jelly's Nick Franglen, on his own label Future Gods Recordings, with The Guardian hailing it 'Pop perfection'. In 2009 Colin released his most stripped-back album to date, 'Island', recorded in his old school classroom. It was known to be played on none other than Brian Wilson's tour bus. He has collaborated with Irvine Welsh and Tony Benn, and toured with The Strokes, Elbow and REM. 

Colin has confirmed his debut novel 'The Letters of Ivor Punch' is to be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson of the Orion Publishing Group and will be  available on May 14th 2015. The book can now be pre-ordered at Amazon.

His new Mull Historical Society album, his 6th in total, entitled 'City Awakenings', was released in January 2012 on Xtra Mile Recordings on the 10th anniversary of 'Loss'. Produced by the Grammy-winning Dom Morley (Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Grinderman), it is his tribute to Glasgow, London and New York - the three cities which have most influenced the musician and islander abroad. MacIntyre co-produced the closing track ‘Thameslink (London's Burning)’, which he first performed on acoustic guitar at his father’s funeral, Kenny Macintyre  the widely respected BBC Political & Industrial Correspondent, (Colin's father’s death inspired ‘Loss’)

2012 saw live sessions on BBC Radio 2 with Jo Whiley & Bob Harris, as well as 6Music, Radio Scotland & Ulster. After a summer of Festival appearances including V Festival, T in the Park, Eden Sessions, & the Scottish Parliament with Annie Lennox also on the bill - and returns to Europe with shows in Berlin and Blue Balls, Lucerne - MHS ended the year with his first Xmas Single, 'Christmas Is Here Again' and a special return to MHS's first ever Glasgow & London venues. 

Mull Historical Society started 2014 with Colin's 4th headline show at Celtic Connections at The Arches, Glasgow. Colin and band performed debut MHS album 'Loss' in its entirety for the first time ever (as well as other live favourites) to 5 star reviews. The UK Top 20 Gold album "Loss' has been voted in the 100 best Scottish Albums of all time and in the top list for the Q Magazine of that year, and features 3 UK Top 40 hits. Now in Spring 2015 MacIntyre is to release his 15 Year collection: 'The Best of Mull Historical Society/Colin MacIntyre'. The collection with span his six acclaimed albums to date and will be released on Xtra Mile Recordings, together with an exclusive new single 'Keep Falling', on April 27th. To mark the occasion MacIntyre will be performing his gold-selling debut 'Loss' around the UK. The album is also available in colour double-vinyl.

MacIntyre, who writes a blog for The Herald online, has come a long way from Mull, the island, but somehow never leaves it behind. He also actively supports the work of the Argyll-based charity Mary’s Meals, who feed over 850,000 children living in poverty a daily meal in their place of education: “My recent visit to some of the projects in Malawi was life-changing. Music broke down the communication barriers and I saw what an amazing difference the charity is making to whole communities. I realise now that community is at the heart of my work.”          

STOP PRESS: Colin has recently revealed himself as being the brainchild behind the enigmatic and exciting new electronic music project INK of which the Guardian recently proclaimed was 'perfect without being too box-ticking... going to be massive'.http://www.thebookseller.com/news/wn-wins-macintyre-auction.htmlhttp://www.thebookseller.com/news/wn-wins-macintyre-auction.htmlhttp://www.wnblog.co.ukhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Letters-Ivor-Punch-Colin-MacIntyre/dp/0297609254http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Macintyre_(born_1944http://www.inkmusic.tvshapeimage_11_link_0shapeimage_11_link_1shapeimage_11_link_2shapeimage_11_link_3shapeimage_11_link_4shapeimage_11_link_5
ISLAND

Click the links below to listen to samples from  Colin’s previous release, ‘Island.’

ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE

Colin takes time out from recording new Mull Historical Society album ‘City Awakenings’ to perform ‘Must You Make Eyes At Me Now’

MARY’S MEALS

In 2011, Colin visited Malawi as part of his   role in supporting Mary’s Meals. The charity works to feed and educate children in developing nations. They currently feed over 850,000 children every day in over a dozen countries worldwide. Find out more information on their website

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You can buy all the Mull Historical Society ,  Colin MacIntyre and INK releases from the usual high street and on-line retailers like Amazon or download from all the major digital outlets. Click the icons to buy.

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We’ve put together some clips of the singles released from City Awakenings.

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EXCLUSIVE MHS Best-Of colour double-vinyl – available on April 18th: RECORD STORE DAY 2015

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RECORD STORE DAY 2015

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COLIN ON Q RADIO

Listen out this Sunday 19th April at 10pm to hear a spin of the new MHS single 'Keep Falling' and an interview with Colin on Pete Mitchell's Q Magazine Radio Show' on Absolute Radio

It also features Colin's very first reading on air from his debut novel 'The Letters of Ivor Punch'

NEW SINGLE ON XFM

New MHS single 'Keep Falling' is the XFM Scotland 'Breakout Track' next week on Jim Gellatly’s Drivetime show.

RECORD STORE DAY

Record Store Day this year takes place on Saturday, 18 April 2015. As ever, Xtra Mile is in on the action and we have two special bits of news