King Creosote (aka Kenny Anderson) is a Scottish singer / song writer based in Fife. In the early 90s Kenny fronted local acts Skuobhie Dubh Orchestra and Khartoum Heroes. In 1995 he launched the Fence record label and King Creosote was born. The folk singer has released over 40 albums including the soundtrack album for “From Scotland with Love” and he’s also a member of the Scottish-Canadian band, The Burns Unit. His collaboration with Jon Hopkins on the 2011 album, Diamond Mine, was nominated for the Mercury Prize.
I first heard King Creosote on Marc Riley’s brilliant evening show on BBC 6music. KC Rules OK is one of my favourite King Creosote albums and I love Locked Together and Marguerite Red. Both heartbreakingly sad love songs. We drove through the staggeringly beautiful (if incredibly busy) Glen Coe listening to KC Rules OK.
From Scotland with Love
“From Scotland with Love” was an audio-visual project for Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games cultural festival. Archive footage of mid-20th century Scotland was selected by the director, Virginia Heath, from the Scottish Screen Archive. King Creosote then wrote the soundtrack to accompany these scenes of Scottish life and industry.