Starless is a pseudonym used by Paul McGeechan (Friends Again / Love and Money) for a collaborative musical project conceived, realised and produced by himself. Paul has been a prominent figure in the music industries since the early 1980s when he first formed Friends Again with his childhood friend and singer, Chris Thompson.
Paul has become one of the most prominent producers / mix engineers in the Scottish music business, with a particularly strong body of work in Celtic and traditional folk music. He has mixed and mastered many records for Julie Fowlis, Roddy Hart, Capercaille, James Grant, Justin Currie, Ricky Ross – and the list goes on. Beyond Scotland, Paul has worked with a diverse range of artists such as Beyoncé Knowles, Pavarotti and the French Algerian artist IDIR.
His interest in electronic music and the collection work he has built up over the years has led him to record a new collaborative album under the pseudonym, ‘Starless’. This ambitious project is one which encapsulates his electronic influences and his skills as a composer / producer with each song on the album featuring a singer with whom Paul has developed a musical relationship.
The first album, eponymously titled, Starless, featured Paul Buchanan (The Blue Nile), Julie Fowlis, Karen Matheson (Capercaillie), BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner, Kris Drever, Kathleen MacInness, Chris Thomson (Friends Again), Mary Ann Kennedy, Kaela Rowan, Marie Clare Lee, Gwen Stewart, Ewne Vernal (Deacon Blue) and The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
The second album, Earthbound, features more collaboration from top names in Scottish traditional music,, including recurring featured vocals from Julie Fowlis, Karen Matheson, Chris Thomson and Marie Clare Lee, with new additions, Steven Lindsay (The Big Dish), Grahame Skinner (Hipsway), Emma Pollock (The Delgados) and Jerry Burns.
The third Starless album Returning Home will be released in early 2024.