A MUSICIAN has gone from behind the curtain to centre stage in a new musical duo, with a new single out today (Friday).

Fraser Fulton from North Berwick was working as a tour manager before the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown last March.

The 28-year-old was working for international touring artists such as Idlewild, Skegss, Vistas and Fatherson, who supported Lewis Capaldi on his European tour last February. He also volunteers for North Berwick RNLI.

One lockdown hit, Fraser, who lives on Westgate and is a former North Berwick High School pupil, started collaborating via video call with Scottish musician Amelia Stokes, 26, who was then based in Paris but is now living in the Scottish Borders.

The pairing began as a cathartic and creative outlet but quickly turned into a strong songwriting partnership with almost 80 songs written to date.

Fraser and Amelia met at an open mic night Fraser ran with his former band Victorian Trout Conspiracy at the Peartree in Edinburgh.

After Amelia returned to Scotland and following eight months of writing together, they had the opportunity to play live and decided to form Midnight Ambulance, it is the story of their formation that inspired the name.

In February the pair released their debut single Black Gloves, which quickly gained attention of national media, including a BBC Scotland ‘introducing’ premiere.

The song also won BBC Alba single of the week and the duo the Scotsman on Sunday artist of the week.

Their debut ‘garage sessions’ video was filmed at Howard Selby Auto Services in North Berwick.

But now Fraser and Amelia are preparing to release another single today (Friday) called 5AM.

The song describes how lockdown life acted as a skewed mirror to the past, casting up old memories both good and bad.

It recently premiered on BBC Radio Scotland Introducing and last Monday (May 31) on Vic Galloway’s BBC Radio Scotland show.

It has also been selected as BBC Alba’s track of the week on its Rapal show this week and the pair are hoping to perform later on this year, with details yet to be announced.

But Fraser said that he is not nervous about the release adding: “I’ve been working in music for a few years now, I’ve been there and done that.

“We like the song and that’s the whole point. We like it, think it sounds good and it is the kind of music we want to listen to.”

The song will be available to listen on all streaming platforms.