Penicuik radio station crystal clear on local talent

Matt McDonagh at the station while recording his two tracks on the Crystal FM fundraiser album in Penicuik
Matt McDonagh at the station while recording his two tracks on the Crystal FM fundraiser album in Penicuik

Community radio station Crystal FM has released an album of tracks from local talent to raise funds and promote local music.

Crystal FM presenter Ryan Sturrock revealed why The Crystal Sessions album, released last month, was put together by the radio station.

He said: “There is a couple of reasons. One, to promote local artists, local singers and bands. So they are getting publicity though the album and airplay through the station.

“Most are from Midlothian. There are 21 tracks on the album. There were ten different artists, eight of them from Midlothian.

“The second reason for doing this was to raise money for the station, to help us continue to do what we do. It’s a case of us having to pay our licence fees, the upkeep of equipment and renting the studio.

“We had a launch night at Shottstown Miners Club in Penicuik with seven of the acts from the album performing live. So about three-quarters of the people featured on the album. It was a great night.”

Ryan and the station were particularly keen to give local musicians a platform.

“I think there are a lot of really great musicians who don’t get the publicity or recognition they deserve.

“There is some good stuff that people just don’t hear normally. But most of the presenters at Crystal tend to play local artists, as we are always keen to promote local music.

“There is a varied mix of music on this album. It starts off with rock and roll, goes on to singer songwriters, there’s a bit of ska in there too. So there’s something for everyone really.

“Four or five of the tracks were recorded by the artists themselves, but the vast majority were recorded by us at the station. It was quite good fun having them in and setting up for recordings. The people that were there seemed to enjoy themselves.”

To get a copy of The Crystal Sessions, cost £7, call 01968 676 386, or email ryan@crystalfm.co.uk