The quartet – consisting of Hector MacInnes (vocals, guitar, percussion), Leighton Jones (vocals, accordion, piano), David MacLeod (bass) and Magnus Graham (vocals, guitars) – are also performing a number of live dates over the next few months.
From their inception The Dead Man’s Waltz have been working across genres and disciplines, devising musical theatre pieces and collaborating with film-makers and visual artists.
The video directed by Thomas Hicks, Emmeline relates the tragic story of a U-Boat commander and his betrothed during WWII, operating as both “an affecting narrative and a tankard-raising sing-a-long” – reminiscent of the likes of The Dresden Dolls and Yann Tiersen.
The lyrics to Emmeline are inspired by Iron Coffins, the memoir written by Herbert Werner, one of the few surviving U-Boat commanders whose luck and skill saw him through to the end of the war.
It is said that “no two shows are ever the same” for The Dead Man’s Waltz, thanks in no small part to their theatricality. Their Glasgow live debut was part-gig, part macabre theatre piece, and their performance at last year’s Insider Festival was inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins and the inventor of the gramophone.
They return to that festival this weekend, as well as performing some other shows around Scotland over the forthcoming months. Dates are as follows:
- Friday Jun 15 – Arran Folk Festival, Brodick Hall
- Saturday Jun 16 – Insider Festival, Aviemore
- Thursday Jun 21 – Unpeeled @ Carter’s Bar, Edinburgh
- Saturday June 23 – Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Isle of Skye (official single launch)
- Friday August 24 – Banchory Woodend Barn
For more from The Dead Man’s Waltz visit thedeadmanswaltz.com.