IT STARTED with an appearance alongside one of Scotland’s greatest composers and ended with a call from the Bay City Rollers.

2015 has been some year for emerging Glasgow songstress Lucia Fontaine.

The Bearsden born songstress has been making her own music, sandwiched around two incredible opportunities.

First she sang with Craig Armstrong, as the man who soundtracked the likes of Moulin Rouge and the Great Gatsby performed at the Royal Concert Hall in January.

Then she was handpicked to support the Bay City Rollers as the tartan legends took over the Barrowland just before Christmas, quite a chance for a 19-year-old songbird.

The group had heard her tunes and wanted her for their Scottish shows, which included dates in Edinburgh as well.

“It was surreal,” admits Lucia.

“I always knew who the Bay City Rollers were, because they’re famous Glaswegians, but because I’m 19 I didn’t listen to them when I was younger – I only really heard their songs through film soundtracks and things like that.

"When I found out they wanted me to support it was just an incredible feeling, though – it was just insane to get the chance to play with them.”

Her run of support shows at the Barras came just as she launched debut single, When The Night Is Over, a slice of reverb-heavy pop.

And although she was worried about the reaction she’d get from crowds absolutely desperate to see the Rollers, the songstress was thrilled at the response she got.

“The Barrowland is such a legendary place, too, and while I expected it to be an older crowd they were so supportive and seemed to really enjoy it,” she says.

“I felt so comfortable onstage, and it was really good.

"I’ve always said that I like doing smaller gigs because you get a better atmosphere at them, but after doing the Barras my view has changed.

"The atmosphere was something else, it was very special.

"Doing the Barras was like throwing myself in at the deep end with these songs.”

It’s capped off 2015 in some style, but the year started with a bang too.

The singer was asked to perform with Craig Armstrong as the composer played a rare live Glasgow gig for Celtic Connections.

He’d heard one of her tracks and thought Lucia’s voice would be perfect for the show.

“The nerves kicked in properly for that one,” she recalls with a laugh.

“It felt weird, because I was going onstage to sing with an 80 piece orchestra and Craig Armstrong, and I just realised as I went on that it was insane – it wasn’t even related to the music I’m doing, and I came on and there were all these eyes on me.

"So I just thought ‘go for it’… It meant I feel more flexible now in what I can do – if I can sing with an 80 piece orchestra then it’s like I can do anything.”

A lover of music from an early age, Lucia first started playing the guitar when she was 14, learning through Youtube videos and playing acoustic songs.

After a few years she decided to go for a bigger sound, resulting in the bolder, punkier tones running through her current songs.

Already she’s working on material for a debut album, with only a few more tracks needing polished off before it’s released, hopefully at some point early in 2016.

“We’ll see how it goes, and then hopefully we’ll get some festivals booked,” she adds.

“It’s just me and my producer, Mark McMurtrie, working away.

"He’s got a studio in his house, so we write and record there.

"It’s not like I’m going into a big studio, so it’s quite chilled out going between my flat and his flat.

“I prefer that, I find it easier to work when it’s relaxed – obviously it’s still work but it doesn’t feel like that. Mark and I write together and get on very well, so it’s easy for us to come up with great ideas.”

And Lucia has only one New Year resolution in mind.

“I just want to keep gigging as much as possible this year,” she says.

“No matter if it’s two people or 1,000 people I just want to get the music out there, and hopefully they’ll like the single.”

When The Night Is Over is out now.

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