Welcome to Millbrig, the duo made up of myself (Penny Wells) and Steve Allan.
The name 'Millbrig' reflects the agricultural history around here, as 'Millbrig' incorporates the working ‘mill’ and the stream running through it, and the stone 'bridge’ crossing over the stream, which is still in place today. The Scots pronounce ‘mill bridge’ as ‘mill brig’ hence the band name.
The cluster of stone buildings originally housed the mill, more recently one of the outhouses was converted to become a seed merchant’s office. However, the farming family who own this land have families of their own now, and one them has replaced the seed building with a new house, right behind the Millbrig barn. Although ‘Millbrig' has now ceased to be my geographical base, it has become, through our music (past and present), a shared social phenomenon.
OUR FIRST CD 'MILLBRIG' IS NOW AVAILABLE (priced at £10 inc. p&p)
Buy direct from Amazon CD or download from SPOTIFY, i-TUNES , BMI, Xbox Music, Slacker, Cricket, Myspace Music, Rdio, Rhapsody, 7 Digital, Touchtunes etc. Type in 'Millbrig' when searching.
You can hear clips from the new cd NOW by clicking on the link below:-
OK, so our music was freely available to everybody on Soundcloud last year, but after working very hard (everything from writing, performing, producing, editing, mastering, tagging, and creating our own artwork) we decided to make it available to purchase..
Please bear in mind that all of the songs we produce are 100% original, no covers, and all of the work we do is done by us alone. We receive no funding from any outside source, and operate as an authentic cottage industry.
So who are Millbrig, then?
I'm Penny, an ordinary woman, just about keeping my head above the water, and I started Millbrig with Steve, a couple of years ago. I am also a peace activist, although a passive activist, and I am also a mother to three noisy girls, although not a very good one. Like many other single parents, I struggle to provide for my children, and keep a roof over our heads. I live hand to mouth and have nothing but the money I bring home. And that's a bit sketchy at times. Hardly surprising that I have stayed single...but it's the perfect state for song-writing, in my experience. I mean, who wants to be ironing shirts, or boiling cabbage for a man?
And Steve? Well, he's a somewhat deeper unsolved mystery, and that's his business, not mine. They say I do the talking and he does the thinking.
So let's fast-forward through life's woes, unrequited love, broken promises, desolation and momentarily forget I am a woman 'cast out' with nothing more than the clothes she stands up in. On with the show. We appear to be two creative spirits who have collided in the salubrious world of Aberdeenshire. We have, as the Millbrig duo, developed a collective musical identity of what we do as Millbrig, whilst developing and growing as two individual musicians over the last two years. My teenagers are somewhat baffled by this sudden musical turn. But rather than hide our music away, we throw open the cottage windows, (much to their annoyance) so that you too might hear our words and Millbrig music if you have the time, or the inclination. And if you don't mind protest and anti-war songs such as ‘Rue The Day’, ‘Old Soldier’ ‘Song for Syria’ etc. Not all our songs are protest songs though....there is the usual sprinkling of story-telling, love, heart-break and melancholia, so common amongst us creative types, as well as a poke at society at large.
All studio production to date has been done by Steve Allan as Yorlum ( www.yorlum.com) in collaboration with me. He works his magic from a small, cliff-side, stone cottage about an hours’ drive from here, and is as creative, although perhaps not quite as bonkers, as me. He can also play the guitar (and many other things) which contrasts greatly with the few meagre chords that I can muster, and he sings in tune, which I have never claimed to. But I write the songs. The lyrics are getting more complex, and darker as time goes on. You can hear some on the 'Music tab on this site, or by searching Soundcloud for 'Millbrig'.
We perform as Millbrig, and prefer a quieter, appreciative audience and good acoustics to a noisy pub. We have also played many sessions on local community radio, in Scotland and England, and we have played at folk festivals in the NE of Scotland for the last two years. Recently we were played on digital radio in London.
We are currently working with two new members of the band - so watch this space.
We hope you enjoy your visit to Millbrig.
Penny and Steve
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