Robin Laing is a Scottish folk-singer and songwriter. Robin is originally from Edinburgh, and Edinburgh will always be his spiritual home. His affection for that city and indeed Scotland is evident in the subject matter of many of his songs. Robin now lives in the idyllic setting of rural Lanarkshire. Until September 1996, Robin's musical activities were semi-professional and fitted into a life dominated by a busy professional career as Director of a major Scottish mental health charity. Still he managed to do a fair bit of touring and release two solo albums, "Edinburgh Skyline" (1989) and "Walking in Time" (1994). In September 1996 Robin "downshifted" to a full-time career in music - something he had wanted to do for some time.
Since becoming full-time professional Robin has created a one-man show on the subject of Scotch whisky called 'The Angels' Share', has released another album (based on the show) and has toured extensively both in the UK and abroad. The Angels' Share combined two of Robin's passions - folk song and whisky - a powerful combination! When not exploring the purely cultural aspects of whisky, Robin is sometimes to be found on the Tasting Panel of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. It's a difficult job, but someone has to do it!
In terms of folk music, Robin's real interest is in folk song and especially the old Scots Ballads, or 'Muckle Sangs' as they are sometimes known. However, he also has a tremendous respect for the songs of Robert Burns, (not just the rude ones), and the tradition of Scots fiddle music that has come from people like William Marshall, Scott Skinner and the Gow family. Robin's instrument is the classical guitar and some of these fiddle tunes transfer quite well.
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