Roddy Woomble was born in Ayrshire in 1976. During his childhood he and his family moved about frequently, living in France, England, and America before settling in the Scottish coastal town of Carnoustie, where Roddy spent his teenage years before moving, to Edinburgh to study Photography. After spells living in London and New York city, Roddy currently lives in Glasgow. It was at University in Edinburgh that Roddy met Colin Newton and Rod Jones and formed the group Idlewild. The band have gone on to record and release six acclaimed albums and two compilations. Two of these albums debuted in the UK top ten. They have released twelve UK top forty singles and have toured throughout the world, as a headline act, and also as support to REM, U2 and the Rolling Stones amongst others. in 2006 Roddy released his debut solo album 'My secret is my silence'. The album featured in many 'best of the year' polls, and spent several weeks at number 1 in the UK folk charts.