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Roddy Woomble

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Roddy Woomble
Woomble in 2009
Woomble in 2009
Background information
Birth nameRoddy Woomble
Born (1976-08-13) 13 August 1976 (age 47)
OriginIrvine, Scotland
GenresIndie rock, Folk
Occupation(s)Musician, vocalist, Lyricist, writer
Years active1995–present
LabelsParlophone, Pure

Roddy Woomble (born 13 August 1976) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and writer. He is the lead vocalist of indie rock band Idlewild, with whom he has recorded nine studio albums. Celebrated for his poetic lyrics and warm, baritone voice, In 2006, Woomble released his folk-influenced debut solo album, My Secret Is My Silence, and has since released four subsequent studio albums: The Impossible Song & Other Songs (2011), Listen to Keep (2013), The Deluder (2017) and Lo! Soul (2021). In 2020 Woomble released the 'Everyday Sun' EP which featured largely spoken word pieces over minimal, ambient backing. He followed this sound and direction into 2021's 'Lo Soul' which he recorded at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2007, Woomble curated a collaborative studio album between Scottish writers and musicians, entitled Ballads of the Book, and recorded a collaborative album with folk musicians Kris Drever and John McCusker in 2008, called Before the Ruin.

Musical career[edit]


Idlewild was formed in 1995 in Edinburgh by Woomble, Rod Jones, Colin Newton and Phil Scanlon. The band achieved critical and commercial success over nine albums and have toured worldwide. Their sound has moved from the punk rock of their earlier records, to the refined and thoughtful melodic rock of their latter albums. Their last album was 2019's 'Interview Music'. In 2020 they celebrated twenty five years as a band with a special UK tour and accompanying book titled 'In The Beginning There Were Answers; 25 years of Idlewild' which was written by Woomble.


In 2006, Woomble worked with several musicians including Kate Rusby, Idlewild guitarist Rod Jones and Dave Gow and Ailidh Lennon from Sons & Daughters on his debut solo album My Secret Is My Silence, produced by John McCusker. The album was released in July 2006, and Woomble toured the United Kingdom in support of the album's release. My Secret Is My Silence reached number one in the UK Folk Charts. A year later, on 10 July 2007, My Secret Is My Silence was released in the US on 7–10 Music.

Woomble's follow-up album, Before the Ruin, written and recorded with Kris Drever and John McCusker, was released on 15 September 2008 through Navigator Records.

In 2009 Woomble re-located to the Isle of Mull in the Scottish Hebrides and began work on a new album entitled 'The Impossible Song & other songs'. It was released in 2011 and was recorded entirely at the An Tobar arts centre in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull and features a cast of musicians from the Scottish folk scene. The album was accompanied by extensive touring around the U.K.

The country influenced Listen to Keep followed in 2013, before Woomble concentrated again on Idlewild, returning attention back to his solo career with 2017's The Deluder, a darker and more introspective album. After the release of 2019's Interview Music album with Idlewild, Woomble changed direction again with the Everyday Sun EP (2020) and Lo! Soul (2021) which both share a minimal, electronic sound.[1]

In 2023 Womble launched a new project called Almost Nothing.[2]


Woomble has published two books - a collection of his lyrics and poems entitled Instrumentals (2016)[3] and a retrospective book about Idlewild In the Beginning There Were Answers (2020).[4] He has also written columns and articles for a selection of publications including The Sunday Herald, The List, The Idler and The Great Outdoors.

Personal life[edit]

Woomble moved frequently during his childhood, living in Scotland, France, England and the United States. After Idlewild's initial success he lived in London then New York City, before returning to Glasgow in 2005. In 2008 Woomble and his wife Ailidh Lennon moved to the Isle of Mull;[5] the family later relocated to Iona.[6]


Studio albums


  • Everyday Sun (2020)

Live albums

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Scougall, Murray (3 May 2022). "'I would never close the door on Idlewild': Life according to... Roddy Woomble". The Sunday Post. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  2. ^ Trendell, Andrew (30 June 2023). "Idlewild's Roddy Woomble launches new band 'Almost Nothing'". NME. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  3. ^ Idlewild [@idlewildtheband] (27 June 2016). "RODDY WOOMBLE - 'INSTRUMENTALS': a documentation of lyrics, paintings & photos. Out Aug 27: http://pmusic.co/Vd4ZxQ" (Tweet). Retrieved 23 January 2023 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Clarke, Patrick (21 December 2020). "Idlewild announce retrospective book marking their 25th anniversary". NME. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  5. ^ Fitzpatrick, Rob (17 February 2011). "From Idlewild to a wild island: Roddy Woomble on Mull". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  6. ^ Jamieson, Teddy (22 May 2021). "Roddy Woomble on Idlewild, being creative in a pandemic and his new album Lo! Soul". The Herald Scotland.

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