Edinburgh singer/songwriter James Campbell is releasing a CD inspired by his life  in Muirhouse.

James and I grew up in the same area and went to the same high school. I bumped into James around a fortnight ago which was the first time we had seen each other since around 1984.

James explained he wanted to do an album covering the changes in Muirhouse over the years, and the re-generation that is happening now in the area. Indeed, one of the blocks of flats where James was brought up was recently demolished. The building was in the process of being torn down while James recorded his album in the area’s North Edinburgh Arts Centre.

Here James and I chat about his album, the reasons behind it and details of its upcoming release event.

The CD is being given away free tonight from 6pm at the North Edinburgh Arts Centre.