Tommy Ashby Shares New Single ‘Beautiful Day’

Scottish singer and songwriter Tommy Ashby has just shared his brand new single Beautiful Day, a warm and upbeat piece of indie-folk music out now via Dance To The Radio. 
A Beautiful Day follows previous releases Moonflowers (Best Friend) and Closer and is the third single to be released from Tommy’s debut album Lamplighter, set for release in March 2023. 
I am a fan of Tommy's gorgeous vocals and shimering harmonies that effortlessly infuse the song with a memorable dose of emotion while also making it perfect to sing along to. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Sam Okell (Celeste, Graham Coxon, The Beatles), Beautiful Day is a joyous, feel-good song that embraces Tommy’s Scottish folk roots. An indisputable energy shines through, from the twangy trajectory of the mandolin to the buoyant guitar rhythms that dance around layers of shimmering harmonies. 
Accompanying the release, Tommy Ashby has shared its enchanting music video, shot and directed by videographer Fraser Taylor in the expansive lush green Scottish borders. Check it out below!



Tommy said about the song
‘A Beautiful Day’ describes how your memories can change in the remembering. Your recollection of a beautiful day changes over time, some details fall away and others come more sharply into focus. I also wanted to show how experiences are shaped by your mental state at the time. For example, the final verse describes rain on concrete, which wouldn't be a classically beautiful scene. But the words and music that envelop the scene mean that it is remembered wistfully. The verses describe snapshots of beautiful days, which is often how I remember things. My mind is definitely more of a camera than a video recorder. 
I grew up playing in a ceilidh band and singing the songs of Robert Burns. But I always felt that being a genuine traditional Scottish folk artist was something else that I couldn't grasp, it was an intimidating world. Any time I tried, I became overwhelmed by imposter syndrome. However, I’ve realised that Scottish trad music is a part of my musical identity, something I shouldn’t shy away from. I’ve always loved it so if it seeps into my music, then I should welcome it rather than trying to ignore or remove it. You can hear folk influences on a beautiful day - the chorus came out of a fiddle tune I was noodling around with on my mandolin. I thought the tune really captured the joyous feel of the lyrics.