Tracyanne & Danny is a collaborative project formed in 2016 between singer-songwriters Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura) and Danny Coughlan (Crybaby).
Tracyanne hails from Glasgow, Scotland. London-born Danny is based in Bristol, England. Their paths first crossed in 2013 when introduced by mutual music industry pals. Tracyanne enjoyed Danny’s Crybaby album (released on Helium Records) and invited him to open some Camera Obscura shows in the UK.
Following the death of Camera Obscura’s Carey Lander, Tracyanne and Danny revisited an initial idea of collaborating and a pool of songs were honed and crafted. On the suggestion of their manager (and Teenage Fanclub drummer) Francis Macdonald, they recorded at Clashnarrow, a studio in Helmsdale in the highlands of Scotland owned by the esteemed Edwyn Collins.
Sessions took place throughout 2016 and 2017. Edwyn co-produced along with engineer and multi-instrumentalist Sean Read (Dexys), and even pops up with a guest vocal on first single “Alabama”. They also had the use of Edwyn’s vintage gear (including the guitar pedal which features on his global hit “A Girl Like You”) as they invoked a range of shared influences: The Roches, Dion, Lou Reed, The Flamingos, Serge Gainsbourg, Santo & Johnny, and The Style Council.
Tracyanne & Danny is a shared artistic aesthetic, forged over time. They have figured out how to fit round each other and work together, creating a rewarding musical synergy. They’re currently promoting the first fruits of their labours with live shows throughout UK, Europe, North America, and beyond.