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Alex Hodgson - Jeelie Jars \'n\' Coalie Backies
ALEX HODGSON is from Prestonpans, East Lothian, close to the office of Greentrax Recordings. He carries on the fine tradition of Prestonpans song writing from the late Davy Steele. Alex was a finalist in the ‘Burnsong’ song writing competition in 2005 and 2009 and since then he has appeared live on the BBC Radio Scotland hogmanay show and with Robbie Shepherd’s popular BBC Radio Scotland programme ‘Take The Floor’. In addition, he sang at the Scottish Parliament, the Queen’s Ghillie Ball at Balmoral, the Waterside Theatre, Capetown, South Africa, and has appeared at the Caledonian Society Ball in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

He has a keen love of Scottish variety theatre and has himself appeared locally in many amateur stage productions. His interest in storytelling has also seen him appearing at Newton Mearns Storytelling Festival and workshops at the City Arts Centre, Edinburgh, and he also entertains children. If that is not enough, Alex appears on Forth 2 Radio programme ‘The Best of Scottish’, presented by Kenny Hutchison, and performs a new song weekly live. He has also presented ‘The Sunday Gaitherin’ on Radio Borders. Alex is a born entertainer!

The remarkable thing is that Alex remained unknown to Greentrax Recordings until 2009 when Ian Green heard of his second ‘Burnsong’ success and received a demo CD. Alex was immediately signed by Greentrax, as one of the most promising debut recording artists to come to Greentrax in this way. Alex recorded his album ‘Jeelie Jars ‘n’ Coalie Backies’ in Castle Sound Studios, Pencaitland, under the guiding hand of producer Kenny Hutchison and the magic fingers and ears of engineer Stuart Hamilton.

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