Lisa releases new album

The artwork to the debut album from Lisa Ward & the XYY.

LOCAL singer-songwriter Lisa Ward and her band The XYY have released their new album online ahead of a launch concert later this spring.

The album, titled 27, is available for download from major online retailers and is described as featuring “singalong pop choruses combined with rock riffs and plenty of energy”. 


Lisa, who appeared on BBC talent show The Voice, said: “The album reached its crowdfunding total around this time last year and since then it’s been an exciting journey and a learning process for us all.

“Sending out the digital downloads to our crowdfunders last night felt amazing and we can’t wait to get the CDs printed and ready for the launch gig in April.”

27 was recorded at Mareel by locally-based producer and musician Tim Matthew, and then edited by Shetland engineer Ewan Nowak, who produced Lisa’s first EP Liminal.

Local singer-songwriter Lisa Ward. Photo: Shetland News / Neil Riddell

Mixing was done in her US studio by Sylvia Massy, who has worked with artists including Skunk Anansie, Tool, System of a Down, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Prince and Bjork. It was mastered by Steven Turnidge, founder of Ultraviolet Studios.

The band, featuring Lisa on lead vocals and guitars, Sarah Thomson on backing vocals and guitars, Craig Birnie on bass and Eamonn Watt on drums and virtual composition, will perform the new album at a Lerwick Legion launch concert on Saturday 1 April accompanied by Lewis Hall on keyboards and Chris Grant on additional guitars.


Sarah said: “We’re really looking forward to playing the songs live and celebrating a night of original Shetland music with the other great acts on the line-up.

“With the digital download now available and the first three singles on the SIBC playlist from next week onwards, we’re hoping that people will get to know the songs and sing along with us!”

The night will also feature punk rock four-piece Forgotten Sons, Big Time Quell (who released their debut EP ) and DJ Lyall Halcrow.

  • Tickets cost £5 and are available through Shetland Arts’ website, in person at Mareel or on the door at the Legion. The event is for ages 16+ and under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.