Over Bridges

SING STREET COMPOSER GARY CLARK RELEASES NEW SONG FEATURING DUNDEE MUSICIANS TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR DUNDEE’S 2023 EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE BID

NEW SONG ‘OVER BRIDGES’ FEATURING ADAM HUNTER, THE VIEW’S KYLE FALCONER, GARY CLARK, MODEL AEROPLANES AND ST.MARTIINS, PRODUCED BY GARY CLARK AVAILABLE ON SPOTIFY, APPLE MUSIC, ITUNES, DEEZER AND TIDAL.

Gary Clark

Acclaimed songwriter, composer and producer Gary Clark announces new song ‘Over Bridges’ to accompany Dundee’s 2023 European Capital of Culture bid.

Produced by the composer of Sing Street and former Danny Wilson frontman Gary Clark and written by Adam Hunter and a prestigious cast of local musicians including The View’s Kyle Falconer, Model Aeroplanes, St.Martiins and Gary Clark himself.

Gary Clark explains the idea for this recording began to take shape a few months back when the Dundee 2023 bid team approached him with the idea of creating a song to accompany Dundee’s bid for European Capital of Culture 2023.

Clark says: “I had been working on the debut album of a young artist called Adam Hunter and we had written a song called ‘’Bridges” that was about returning to Dundee and seeing that iconic view of the city and crossing the bridges to home. I immediately thought that the chorus of that song was perfect but strongly felt that a song representing Dundee should be performed by a cross section of local musical talent.”

Clark’s first call was to The View’s Kyle Falconer. “I am a massive fan of the View and his incredible voice and songwriting and it seemed to me that no song representing Dundee’s talent could possibly be complete without Kyle. Thankfully he said an enthusiastic “Yes” and came into my studio the next week. I wanted everyone to put their own unique spin on the song and the theme.

He says: “Kyle came up with the melody you hear right after the first listen, and he’d written his lyric within ten minutes of hearing the track. We were in the studio less than an hour and we he had the first verse completed.”

Next, I made a call to Model Aeroplanes (Rory Fleming-Stewart, Grant Irvine, Ben Buist and Kieran Smith.) They are good friends and I adore what they do. I knew that their sound would be a brilliant contrast to what we had already and I was thrilled when they agreed to do it. The boys recorded their instrumental parts in their own studio and Rory came in to my place to do vocals.

Next, Clark spent time mixing the Model Aeroplanes recorded tracks with the existing track so that the two sections recorded in different studios worked together. But with verses running out there was one last issue to address – the lack of female voices on the song.

Clark says: “I went down to Assai records in Broughty Ferry and watched a live session by St.Martiins. They did it as a two piece with Mark Johnson playing beautiful electric guitar and Katie Lynch just singing like an angel. They blew me away and for the next few days it kept haunting me that they would be perfect for our Bridges song. Thankfully, they also agreed and came into the studio the next week.”

When considering the finished song Gary Clark says: “My only regret is the amount of Dundee music talent that isn’t represented. I keep thinking about all of these great bands and writers and singers but of course, If I could include them all, the song would be approximately one year in length. The line had to be drawn somewhere and I was happy that we were able to showcase more established artists with some of the young talent that Dundee is producing right now.”

Bid Director Bryan Beattie said : “It’s a great song that captures the spirit of Dundee and how folk connect and reconnect with the city. We want 2023 to give opportunities to young artists, and Gary has done that instinctively in the way he’s produced Over Bridges. It’s a brilliant bid anthem and signature tune all in one.”

Over Bridges produced by Gary Clark.

Written and performed by Adam Hunter, Kyle Falconer, The Model Aeroplanes: Rory Fleming-Stewart, Grant Irvine, Ben Buist, Kieran Smith, St.Martiins: Katie Lynch, Mark Johnston, Gary Clark.