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Melodic songwriting rock band from Edinburgh, Scotland
"proper songs performed properly" - bluesbunny.com
The album was released through all onine channels on 9 November 2018. The album cover photograph is by Martin Stavars - used by kind permission. Just follow the links on this page to stream or purchase the album - or you can search for 'The Firrenes Door Too Wide' on Spotify, Amazon,, iTunes etc. Alternatively you can buy the CD and vinyl record direct from our own online store here.
The Firrenes (pronounced "firreens", rhyming with "beans") are a melodic, song-based rock band from Edinburgh, Scotland, performing original material. The band's principal songwriter is Jules Reed (aka Julian Wagstaff), with additional contributions from Walt Cumming. The band's musical style is eclectic and varied, with influences ranging from 70's rock, Americana, blues and R&B through to indie, alt rock, art pop and classical.
The band was launched on 3 November 2016 in the Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, Scotland. Our current lineup is: Jules - Vocals/Guitar; John - Keyboards; Tony - Drums; Walt - Bass...
...and currently guesting with us: Fiona Dabjen on alto sax and Megan Shanldey on vocals.
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The female vocalist in the 'Time and Place' video is Clare Cairns.
Luci Holland sings on the 'Heart in a Field', 'Everything Solid Melts into Air' and 'Door Too Wide' recordings.
Megan Shandley appears in the 'Heart in a Field' video, Fiona Dabjen in 'Everything Solid Melts into Air' and Evelina Cassari in 'Door Too Wide'.
Saturday 23 November 2019
The Firrenes have just released their first album 'Door Too Wide, recorded at Chamber Studio in Edinburgh. 'Door Too Wide' is released in CD, vinyl and download formats, and is available to purchase from most online music outlets and from this website. The album was launched before a large and appreciative crowd at Edinburgh's Voodoo Rooms on Saturday 10 November 2018, and has already enjoyed airplay on BBC Radio Scotland and Radio Tircoed Swansea. The album features 11 original songs (10 on the vinyl version) by Jules Reed (aka Julian Wagstaff), Walt Cumming and Greg Sanderson. The Firrenes have also produced two new music videos to coincide with the album launch, for the songs 'Door Too Wide' and 'Heart in a Field. A third (for 'Everything Solid Melts into Air) will follow in December 2018. All of our videos are available to watch for free on our YouTube channel.
The Firrenes are currently recording their first album at Chamber Studio in Edinburgh. The album will be released in November 2018. The band have recently released their "double A-side" single featuring the original songs 'Time and Place' and 'Destitution Row', also recorded at Chamber Studio and produced by Graeme Young. The Firrenes also recorded a live studio set (for video) on 10 July 2017. A selection of the resulting videos and audio tracks are now available on this website and on our YouTube channel.
2017 was a great year for the band. We successfully launched our first single, and enjoyed success with our Edinburgh and Berlin shows in October. Particular highlights were performing with MiNT at Zosch in Berlin, and welcoming Michael Eavis, founder of the Glastonbury Festival, to our Edinburgh gig. The Firrenes are now looking forward to completing our first album in May 2018, and to performing more widely within the UK. See the panels above for up-to-date gig information, which will be updated regularly.