Alford sisters set to release new album

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Three Alford sisters are hoping to follow Emeli Sande to the top of the charts when they release their new album later this month.

The Midden are back recording following a four year break during which Hazel Reid, 28, travelled round the world on a 50 foot yacht, Kate, 33, became a French and German teacher and Meg, 31, continued to light up the world as a director of Pagazzi Lighting.

All three sisters attended Alford Academy where there must be something in the air - Emeli Sandé was two years below Hazel at school.

Formed officially in 2001 at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival and going on to win Best Newcomer at the Danny Kyle Open Stage in 2002 they turned down a record deal with a leading folk label in their first year to go down the DIY route and have brought out three successful albums on their own independent label, Midden Records.

They have played to a crowd of 25,000 people in George Square at Glasgow’s Hogmanay supporting Snow Patrol.

“We wanted to finally record something that sounds like us,” Kate said. “We are breaking out of the more traditional bracket our first two albums fell into and moving toward a much more contemporary folk sound.”

The Midden’s new album ‘In the End’ will be released on September 25.