Norman Lamont has been delighting and entertaining audiences on the Edinburgh songwriter scene since 1990. He is well known for the diversity of his musical styles, his emotionally honest lyrics and his acute but droll sense of humour. He is now poised to release a new compilation album of his best work - so here is an overview of his career and releases to date.
His 2004 album 'The Wolf Who Snared the Moon' featured audience favourites like the award-winning 'Ballad of Bob Dylan' and ranged in style from the epic strings of the title track to the haunting and mysterious atmosphere of 'A Forest Trail in Autumn'. Between 2005 and 2007 he released two 'Romantic Fiction' EPs, the second of which featured another stage favourite, 'Nicole'. In 2008 he produced the dark and moody collection called 'Roadblock'. His 2010 release was 'Waveforms', an album of ambient instrumentals.
A new collection of songs, 'All The Time in Heaven', is due to come out early in 2012.
On the live stage, the emphasis is on the rockier numbers, and Norman has always surrounded himself with supremely talented musicians - the most well known lineup being Norman Lamont and the Innocents. Recently he has been working with a new band called The Invisible Helpers, and this marks a return to a full electric backline - with himself and violinist Mary Robbs as twin focal points.
How do you characterise the work of this fascinating and mercurial artist? Norman Lamont writes songs that are first and foremost witty, elegant and permeated by a touch of mystery. Spirits hover above a couple making love, wolves stand in the shadows, the jilted find eyeballs in unexpected places and Bob Dylan wanders through a landscape of Dylan clones. The arrangements are based on guitars and strings, quirky and always catchy, ranging from rock to haunting ambient sounds. Step into the strange world of Norman Lamont...