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A chance conversation about my back catalogue during an interview with Doric TV in May 2021 made me realise how little of it I could lay my hands on, and inspired me to do what I could to pull together as much as possible.

With the help of Doric TV we initially hosted the content on their website, but then thought it would be a good idea to see if we could get hold of the old ‘Albaroot’ web domain name, if you’re reading this, you’ll know we did!

I’m currently working with Dan on our new album ‘Rex Pictorum’ which we plan to release before the end of the year (2021), and a solo album of my own called ‘Vackomaggi’, we’ve included a couple of the tracks from both of these new collections below along with much of the Albaroot back catalogue which we hope you’ll enjoy.

We’ll be adding lots more content on this page as we come across it, so if you like what you see, be sure to come back again.

Clarky Innes

Vackomaggi (2022)

Vackomaggi (2022)

Vackomaggi In the pipeline for next year will be a new body of work entitled Vackomaggi. The Vackomaggi’ pays a homage to the part of North East Scotland where I was born and bred, and recalls the Pictish tribe who’s territory was the Buchan area of Scotland in the...

Rex Pictorum (2022)

Rex Pictorum (2022)

Here’s one of the tracks from our soon to be released album ‘Rex Pictorum’ 'Alone Together' is another attack against the fantasy of fame and money on saving your soul. There seems to be a continual assault on us to force the illusion that winning Britain’s got talent...

13 Psalms of Alba (2001)

13 Psalms of Alba (2001)

Here are the 13 psalms, a wee collection from when I first started recording digitally so I think around 2001,  the usual politically influenced stuff. Some post twin towers stuff with ‘He disna care aboot love’ and ‘Gie some fool the blame. I tried recording very...

Rock | Roots | Rabbie (2000)

Rock | Roots | Rabbie (2000)

On 27 November 1786 the poet Robert Burns postponed his emigration to Jamaica. Financially ruined from a combination of his father’s death, and poor soil on the farm he shared with his brother Gilbert, the poet was close to starvation.However, a doctor friend who had...

Rock | Roots | Rabbie (in Dub)

Rock | Roots | Rabbie (in Dub)

This is a companion album to Roots | Rock | Rabbie with a section of alternative mixes which although never made it to the original album, we felt were interesting enough to put together on this In Dub version of the original. All instruments and arrangements – Clark...

Pick it Up (2000)

Pick it Up (2000)

Rej Forte – Digital drums, keys, percussion, overall productionClark Innes – Lead vocal – Acoustic guitar, harmonies – chanterAlison Bradstreet Burns – Lead vocal, harmoniesDan Foster – Lead guitars[playlist...

Pass the Bucky (2000)

Pass the Bucky (2000)

The intended name of this CD was ‘Pass Ower the Bucky’, however I left Rej (my good friend and died in the wool Englishman) in charge of printing the CD cover etc. and 'Pass Ower the Bucky' became ‘Pass Owa’ the Bucky’ as this was how he heard it, by the time I...

Natures Fire (1998)

Natures Fire (1998)

Naturally (Nature’s Fire ©C.Innes 1998) A wee bit of background to the song ‘Naturally’ featured on this album is that whilst we were on tour doon in England in the mid 90s (last century)! Our roadie was a right folkie and he introduced me to the songs of Robert Burns...

We are the Roots (1994)

We are the Roots (1994)

I had a brilliant stroke of luck finding these tracks, and so happy I did as I have'na heard them for years. These were recorded in the famous Cava studios in Glasgow, in 1994 I think. The back story is that Allison, one of the backing vocalists got badly injured at...

Only People (1990)

Only People (1990)

These recordings were off the mixing desk in the old Fruitmarket venue in Glasgow in 1990, the year Glasgow was the city of culture. We were the opening act on the Sauchiehall St. stage that month and was introduced as Celtic reggae; by Pete Tong! The original...

The Band

Albaroot was formed in the late ’80s and was a Scottish-based Reggae band, it would be fair to say that there weren’t many other Scottish bands playing Reggae music, and none were singing in Doric!

Fronted by Clarky Innes the lineup changed over the years and the impressive cast of talented band members is listed below, we think I’ve got them all, but if you know better let us know and we’ll update accordingly.

Graham Anderson – Bass
Tom Binns – Hammond and Wurlitzer organs
Raymond Burke – Bass
Alison Bradstreet Burns – Backing vocals
Gordon Carr – lead guitar
Kenny Craig – drums
Steve Cruickshank – Drums
Simon Davidson – Keyboards
Olivia Enemosser – Backing vocals
Bhudda George Finlay – Lead guitar
Rej Forte – Digital drums, keys, percussion, overall production
Dan Foster – Lead and pick guitars
Gruff – Drums

Clark Innes – Rhythm guitar, vocals, acoustic guitar, melodica, organ
Debbie Kinney – Backing vocals
Sam Kinney – Backing vocals
John Kirk – lead guitar
Ital-Malk – Keyboard and vocals
Andy Mansell – Drums
Denize McBride – Backing vocals
David McCririck – Lead guitar
Gordon McGuire – Bass
Kevin McLaughlin – Lead guitar
Bob Newbury – Bass
James Noble – Bass
Tam O’ Malley – Bass and Engineer

Lesley Robertson – Sax
Phil Rozier – Trumpet
Jim Savage – Keyboards
Anton Silver – Drums
Sandy Sinclair – Percussion
Mel Stevens – Backing vocals
Jim Stewart – Bass, lead guitar
Kaspar Toot – Trumpet
Franco Valentino – Percussion and vibes
Dougie Wadell – Drums
Guy Wardrop – Chief road manager
Marc Whittaker – trombone, clavi, keyboards
Norrie Wilson – Percussion
Ross Wilson – Drums

‘Make poverty history’ gig from 2005, this particular one was at the Arts Center in East Kilbride

Some Press Releases from back in the day

This black and white photo gallery was taken at the Mayfair in Sauchiehall St Glasgow which subsequently became ‘The Garage’, the date was 1988