Fairweather Friends are a Glasgow-based songwriting duo exploring and expanding upon the folk sensibilities of the early 70s counterculture. Through their carefully crafted lyrics and subtle yet assured song arrangements the group reflects upon the many facets of life through the lens of young adults trying to find their place in an ever-developing world. Intricately interwoven acoustic guitar parts and characteristic vocal harmonies blend with their open and organic recording style to achieve a certain timelessness without ever looking backwards
Influenced by the strange nuances of life, rooted in grief, Scottish weather, the constant and the inconstant.
Adam Ross is a Scottish songwriter. Under the name Randolph's Leap he has released an extensive and beloved back catalogue of folk-tinged melodic indie-pop via Scottish labels Lost Map and Olive Grove Records. In 2018, his songs were the inspiration and backdrop to a touring theatre show called ‘The Isle of Love’ which depicted the ups and downs of life on a fictional Hebridean island.
A charismatic figure at the forefront of Scottish indie-pop, Hamish Hawk is an Edinburgh-based songwriter and frontman of the New Outfit. Deft lyricism, irresistible melodies, and an emotional range that sets him apart from his contemporaries, Hawk shapeshifts effortlessly from pop songster to lilting crooner; from masterful storyteller to wild-eyed lunatic and back again, often within the confines of a single song.
Madam Tsunami are Adam and Coralie Usmani, a folk pop duo originally from New Zealand and now settled in Aberdeen, Scotland. They released 'Long Way from Home', their second full length album in March of 2017 to mark their move to Scotland from Auckland. Touching on themes of nostalgia, growing older and a yearning for home, this fine collection of songs is flavoured with the musical language of Scotland and delivered with a decidedly Kiwi accent! Madam Tsunami were highly recommended at the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections (2016), and have released one other full length album, Man in the Middle (2014)
There's life and there’s death... and in between it all there's the party. Enter Emme Woods. Soul, sass and sparks collide to create one of the most exciting female singers of our generation. Blending rock 'n' roll and blues influences with a hypnotic brood and incredible musical talent; Emme Woods has curated a truly bespoke 60s sound that bangs the drum for everything that's great about the Scottish music scene right now.
Inspired by a range of genres, Nico draws on the musical styles he loves most, bringing his own original twist to established favourites. The Blues, which have always fascinated him, go hand in hand with rock, pop and folk. His original compositions and innovative arrangements will surprise listeners with interwoven, overlying melodies, made possible by the combination of fingerpicking and flat picking techniques.
Scarlett Randle hails from the North East of Scotland but now calls Glasgow home. In the past few years she has risen through the musical ranks playing gigs around Scotland, winning the Tenement Trail new artist competition in 2018, playing on the BBC Introducing showcase at King Tut’s in December, along with TRNSMT festival, Tiree Music Festival, Off The Record at the Caird Hall in Dundee and most recently being named Artist of the Week in the Scotsman in association with AIM (Association of Independent Music).
Hailed as one of Scotland’s most fascinating young singer-songwriters, award winning Glasgow based nu-folk musician, Zoë Bestel is known for her ethereal vocals, poignant melodies and stirring lyrics. As well as numerous BBC radio and TV performances, Bestel has captivated audiences across Denmark, Germany, Finland, Norway, and the Czech Republic, with festival highlights including Orkney Folk Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, and Celtic Connections.
Sapphire Notion are a soulful blues and rock inspired duo from Scotland. Jade & Chris have been writing and performing together since early 2016. Initially with just an acoustic guitar, they now craft music with depth and layers using live looped acoustic and electric guitars and piano. In their first years they have played throughout Scotland and the UK including appearing at various festivals (Edinburgh Fringe, Oxjam Takeover, Mugstock, Lindisfarne and Glasgow and Edinburgh Street Food Festivals).
Over the past few years, Man Of The Minch - the musical alias of Glasgow based singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Pedro Cameron - has become one of the most exciting names at the forefront of Scottish folk music. Blending traditional Celtic sounds with personal, profound storytelling, Man of the Minch has already picked up his fair share of fans and followers. Winner of Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the 2019 Scots Trad Awards, he is breathing new life into traditional music whilst staying true to what makes that music so timeless.
Described as “a gentle torrent of talent”, Ra’s smooth vocals and lyrical prowess have established her as a performer and songwriter of consistent delight. She released her debut EP ‘Strange Love’ in January 2019, and her eclectic mix of youtube videos have garnered an active online following. The Dumfries-born musician also starred as one of the world-renowned Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain on their recent tours of China and France, and performed with them live on Radio 3.
For fans of Orla Gartland, Nina Nesbitt and Jade Bird. Whilst studying at university, Alannah Moar has spent the past 4 years cultivating her own unique style of folk-pop. Dramatic, emotive, playful and inward-facing, Alannah's songwriting reads like a diary, depicting all those complicated thoughts, feelings and experiences had by every young, dumb and confused 20-something.
Finding her musical footing in the local folk scene of Aberdeenshire, Alannah's melodies are naturally "inventive and engrossing" (LOAF Magazine), coupling her love of pop-inspired earworms with the more traditional styles of Scottish folk music.
A remarkably honest storyteller with a rich baritone voice both powerful and tender, Scotland's Finn Anderson weaves a musical world all of his own. A singer-songwriter, composer and writer, Finn moves between music and theatre crafting songs and stories that speak directly from the heart.
2019 saw Finn release his debut album ‘Until The Light’, compose music for critically-acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe and Off-West-End hit musical Islander, embark on a US tour with Sofar Sounds, and perform at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections as part of LGBT+ folk music collective Bogha-Frois. Alongside his autobiographical songwriting, Finn has collaborated with world-renowned artists and companies including National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre, Sky Arts, acclaimed Scottish video artist Rachel Maclean, and Brazilian folk musician Siba.
Are We There Yet? is the long awaited 5th solo album by Paisley born singer songwriter Jill Jackson, a record that bears the hallmarks of a 25yr musical journey that has taken her from Paisley to Top of The Pops to playing in every State of America (50 States in 50 Days.....yes really!)
In the time since 2012’s 5-star reviewed ‘The Ones That Got Away’, Jill temporarily relocated to Nashville where she became immersed in Music City’s culture of storytelling songwriting. Jill’s work has also attracted the attention of the television and film industry, with her songs “Just Not Myself” and “Genie In A Bottle” cover featuring on several UK & International TV shows.
Stuck in the House session 4 features Scottish/American artist Calum Ingram who grabbed his cello at age nine and never looked back. He has developed a unique approach to the cello intertwining his strings with influences from the likes of Peter Gabriel, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, Jack White, and John Martyn.
Calum has toured America, Europe, and the UK. In 2017, Calum was featured in the Sky Arts TV Series Tony Visconti’s Unsigned Heroes which saw him performing a duet with Stewart Copeland (The Police, Klark Kent) as part of Tony Visconti’s 50 Years in Music celebratory concert. Calum’s debut album was nominated for Best Album and for the Kevin Thorpe Award at the 2014 British Blues Awards.
Our third Stuck in the House session is with Lisa Kowalski. Lisa’s gift for songwriting is widely recognised, with achievements including (2018) Song Academy Songwriter finalist, Salute Musicmaker Finalist, Radio Clyde Jim Diamond Award finalist, Busk in London finalist and Glastonbury Pilton Party runner-up 2019.
Lisa released debut EP Free Spirits in 2017, in tribute to her hometown of Paisley, and it featured heavily in the town’s UK City of Culture bid. In 2018, she performed widely, with highlights including a showcase at Dougie MacLean’s Perthshire Amber festival and at New York Tartan Week. Lisa released a lovelorn single in 2018 and in January 2020 a follow-up alt-rock releasee “No More Time’
Our next Stuck in the House session is local Paisley singer/songwriter Michael Cassidy whose brand of acoustic folk is characterised by his fragile, tender voice and intimate lyrics - all delivered in his distinctive Scottish brogue. Michael sites a great variety of influences including folk heavyweights Joni Mitchell, John Martyn and more recent luminaries such as Laura Marling and Rufus Wainwright.
In support of the release of his debut album ‘ My Electric Heart’ in 2015 - Michael toured extensively including support slots with Ben Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff and Amy MacDonald. Michael was also awarded the Gerry Rafferty songwriting prize in 2012 for his track ‘The Men Who Stood Beside Me In The War’. Michael released a brand new EP ‘I Never Made It’ and embarked on a Highlands and Islands tour in support of Colin MacLeod, playing to sold out audiences in Orkney, Stornoway, North Uist & many more
Stuck in the House session 1 featuring local band The Deep Shining Sea. Formed in Paisley in 2018, The Deep Shining Sea are; Steven Hillcoat, Jamie McLachlan and Gareth Fairlie
Smash Hits Online Take-Over featuring The Vegan Leather, Drift, V.C.O and The Gateway Clash.