Fran Healy goes solo

Scottish indie star Fran Healy has revealed that Sir Paul McCartney is set to appear on his forthcoming solo album.

Fran Healy has long been the dominating songwriting force in Travis. The Scottish group emerged from Glasgow with a clutch of catchy tracks, but only hit paydirt with their melancholic second album 'The Man Who'.

Becoming overnight festival favourites thanks to a certain performance at Glastonbury, the band now operate on their own record label. Recording and releasing new material as they please, Travis returned last year with their album 'Ode To J Smith'.

A pleasing return from the indie mainstays, it now seems that singer Fran Healy is preparing to issue his first ever solo release. Recorded largely on his own, Healy has retreated to a studio in New York to finish the material, due to be issued as 'Wreckorder'.

Now in a new blog posting Fran Healy has revealed to fans that former Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney is set to appear on the album.

"Bass was tough. How hard could it be? It’s only got 4 strings" the Scottish singer explained. "One of the biggest coups was getting Paul McCartney to play bass on a song. I’m not sure what non McCartney songs he’s played bass on but I couldn’t think of many. Anyways his bassline is brilliant."

"Nora and I were sitting and were thinking of a thankyou present and I suggested going vegetarian. Our son is already one so it would mean we would all on the same boat. I met Paul at his show in Berlin and told him what we wanted to do. He was visibly flabbergasted. Three days later the Fed Ex man delivered three Linda McCartney cook books. We LOVE Paul."

Fran Healy is due to release 'Wreckorder' later this year.


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