Montrose performer storms album chart

MONTROSE singer/songwriter Llandyll Gove has charted alongside music legends Tom Jones and Dean Martin with the release of his first album.

Llandyll (23) collaborated on “Here, on the Horizon” with writing partner Ian McIntosh and released the finished four-track album earlier this month after around five months writing and recording.

With no back-up from any record company, they launched the album on iTunes and relied on word of mouth and publicising it through social networking websites Facebook and Twitter. Their approach seems to have paid off as by last Monday the album had reached number 16 in the vocal album chart and, at the time of going to press, had climbed another 11 places to number 5.

The duo, both professional performers, are also working on their first full musical and are hoping that this will help to attract industry attention.

Llandyll said: “We’re both performing professionally at the moment but want to get more into the whole composing side of things.

“We didn’t expect it to get into recognised charts and we don’t know how many have sold but it’s a bit surreal for us to be there. We’ve just publicised it on the internet and by word of mouth but we have had a lot of interest.”

The album follows the release at the end of last year of Llandyll’s Christmas charity CD “Season of Hope” which he recorded to support Showcase the Street, for whom he used to work, as well as the local fund set up to help local boy Rhys Allan.

He decided to support Rhys’s fund after reading in the Review about the family’s bid to take the four-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, to Germany for stem-cell treatment.

Despite a busy performing schedule Llandyll still found time to pen the two original Christmas carols for a competition run by Montrose and District Choral Society, an interest in composition arising from him teaching himself to play piano which he began at 18.

His work won his age groups in both 2008 and 2009 and were performed at the society’s annual Christmas concerts.

The project raised £1,500 which was divided equally between the two causes.

While Llandyll is currently performing in the UK tour of Grease and Ian in a European tour of the musical Hair, they hope their venture will help progress their writing careers.

Llandyll said: “Hopefully we’ll be able to get enough people within and outside the industry to notice the album and ultimately get some interest from producers or anyone who would be interested in us taking it further and springboard us to the next stage.”

As well as being available on iTunes, “Here, on the Horizon” is available on CD from Bargains Galore on the High Street.