Falkirk student is a record maker for folk legend

Recording Falkirk Music Pot project, left to right, Jack Pacitti (18), Brian McNeill and Lawrence Moffat (30)
Recording Falkirk Music Pot project, left to right, Jack Pacitti (18), Brian McNeill and Lawrence Moffat (30)

Musical maestro Brian McNeill has started recording his unique piece of work about his hometown of Falkirk.

The Falkirk Music Pot project brings together the district’s cultural strands. It takes its name from the cooking pots made by Carron Iron Works and Falkirk Foundry which, like many Bairns, can still be found all over the world.

Later this month Brian will return to work with Forth Valley College students recording his music at the studio in Stirling having already put down the first tracks in December.

HND student Jack Pacitti (18), who is in his first year of a sound production course, was one of those fortunate enough to work alongside the folk music legend.

The Falkirk teenager said: “This has been an amazing experience and the stuff I have learned is a different ball game. It is great to see how it is really done within the industry.”

Last month’s sessions saw Brian, the founder member of the Battlefield Band, record three instrumental sets and six songs as part of the link-up project with Falkirk Council and Falkirk Community Trust. The sessions also involved local instrumentalists and singers.

Brian said: “Cultural confidence is returning once again to the Falkirk area, not least with the creation of the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies.

“The Falkirk Music Pot is a metaphor for the desire to bring together Falkirk’s various cultural strands and refers to something that made the area unique. This was the production of cooking pots by the Carron Iron Works and Falkirk Foundry, made from the 1830s onwards and exported to Africa and India.

“The college facilities are state of the art, the staff have been marvellous and the skill levels of the students are a credit to themselves and the course they’re doing.”

The Falkirk Music Pot includes ‘The Kelpies Suite’ which Brian specially composed for school orchestras, choirs and local musicians. The work he produced with the college students will be available on a double CD as part of the year-long project culminating in two concerts at Falkirk Town Hall in March.