The London-Irish singer/songwriter who draws his inspiration from the remote perspective that island life offers, off the rugged west coast of Scotland. Bill Hickey has been singing, writing and performing for many years.
Bill’s latest 11 track studio album Faraway Girl has just been released on Amazon.
The album has taken a number of years to complete and has evolved over two distinct phases.
Phase 1: Faraway Girl/I’m Really Someone Else
Recorded at Vital Spark Studios, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Produced by Chris Harley
Digitally programmed and engineered by Allan Cuthbertson
Lead Vocals Bill Hickey
Guitars Chaz Stewart
Bass guitar Morph Dobie
Backing Vocals and percussion Chris Harley
Phase 2: Gina / When It Comes To Love / Living In The Past / She’s My Friend / It’s Like It’s Never Happened / I Can’t Live Without My Baby / I Close My Eyes / Right At Home / Helping Hand
Recorded at Tarn Studios, Northamptonshire, England
with additional recording and engineering at Razorfish Recording Studios, Isle of North Uist, Scotland
Produced by Bill Hickey
Engineered by Will Lamb
Lead vocals, backing vocals, guitar and harmonica Bill Hickey
Guitars, piano, percussion and digital programming Geoff Baker
Mandolin and guitar Will Lamb
Strange But True… To create the tracks in the second phase of the album, Bill Hickey emailed his good friend Geoff Baker the demos of these songs which were then used as the base for musical arrangement. Bill and Geoff corresponded by email over a period of months as tracks were built up and arranged. With tracks received from Geoff’s Studio in Northamptonshire England, Bill recorded and made further musical changes with the help of Sound Engineer Will Lamb on the remote Isle of North Uist in Scotland. It was not until the final album had been mastered in July 2009 that they met in London where Bill gave Geoff the first pressing of the album!
The title track and one other, I'm Really Someone Else, have been available to download on iTunes, Amazon, Napster (along with most other leading MP3 online retailers) since December 2008. The Faraway Girl album is now rolling out across these stores throughout September 2009.