LEARNING to sing her father's songs before she could talk and the sentimentality of growing up to perform them herself has inspired a new single from Dunfermline's Kirsten Adamson.

The legacy of her dad, Big Country's Stuart Adamson, has shaped much of her music - her Americana and Country style was partly developed during summers spent with him in Nashville - but Kirsten's newest release dives deeper into their relationship and her own journey of getting to know him as both a daughter and a musician.

Unable to play to live crowds during lockdown, Kirsten had taken up performing on the site Patreon, where she soon grew a large following and began to receive countless requests do do something she never had before - play songs written by her late father.

She told the Press: "I found out more about my dad then than I ever had before, it was quite an emotional experience and I was kind of going through that on my own.

"Dean (Owens, a songwriter who worked on her new album) had said, 'I've got this line going around in my head, but it's not a song for me, it's one for you', it went, 'I never knew my father until I sang my father's songs', that really hit me."

'My Father's Songs' was released on January 20 and quickly shot up the iTunes charts - receiving praise from both her own fans and her dad's.

Kirsten said: "This song especially seems to be really affecting people, in a good way, and unintended way.

"A lot of people are still emotionally attached to my dad's music and in the video for this I used footage of me and dad when I was really little.

"Because it was so personal it seemed right to make a personal video with it.

"I think people have loved seeing that side to my dad and the old VHS tapes!"

She continued: "For me, I've had time to get used to singing it, when I first wrote it I was barely able to get through a verse.

"I think it is a relatable song, almost everyone has lost a loved one and can relate to remembering times with them and their spirit being around them."

In the run up to the launch of her album, Landing Place, at Glasgow's Celtic Connections Festival, Kirsten took the song to London and back, saying that wherever she goes, there is always someone with a connection to her dad.

She said: "It's surprising how well known and highly respected dad was, it's the same no matter where I go.

"Even down south there are a lot of Stuart Adamson fans - it's just not so highly saturated."

And being able to tour with the album - she'll be playing in Dunfermline on April 22 - has been a far cry from her time recording it, which was delayed due to COVID twice.

"It was 2021 we recorded it," she explained.

"That's how long it really takes, to tie it up in the background, it had already been rescheduled and then the producer got COVID and produced the album on Zoom.

"You were always concious of putting masks on so I'm loving playing live, I always go to the merchandise desk after a show, you couldn't do that at first.

"Because I don't have a set band there's a pool of musicians I use so the sound really depends on the musicians playing."

Landing Place has been released on Spotify and tickets for Kirsten's Dunfermline show at PJ Molloys are available via Ticketweb.