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Al Shields – Mountains – EP Launch

Al Shields – Mountains EP Launch

Al Shields is no stranger to the Edinburgh music circuit having lived here for more than ten years establishing a name for himself with his Americana style.

Al Shields - Mountains

Al Shields – Mountains

He chose Sneaky Pete’s, Cowgate for the launch of his latest release Mountains on the 19th of April, performing a list of some covers, old music and his latest EP.  He was joined on the night by fellow performers John. D McIntosh and Lewis Rumney who warmed the crowd up. The night kicked off sharp due to the noise curfew with Lewis the first to take the mic. Cat was running late so sadly we only managed a phone picture but we enjoyed his performance.

Lewis Rumney - Photo by Joe

Lewis Rumney – Photo by Joe

John D McIntosh - Photo by Cat

John D McIntosh – Photo by Cat

John. D McIntosh followed with a upbeat set which included a cover of Bruce Springsteen’sTougher Than The Rest” which went down well with the crowd. Check out his song Bandcamp for more information.

Al Shields - Photo by Cat

Al Shields – Photo by Cat

After a short break, Al Shields took to the stage opening up with “Got It So Bad” taken from his first album “Slow Burner“. Als’ voice is pretty distinctive which wouldn’t be out of place in Tennessee. He held the audience as he waved through a jam packed list, making use of every valuable second, at one stage putting on a harmonica headpiece.

Al Shields & Kat Healy - Photo by Cat

Al Shields & Kat Healy – Photo by Cat

He was joined onstage by fellow musicians at various times accompanying him with vocals. Kat Healy joined in on Ryan Adams song “Oh my sweet Carolina” and Julia Hoare in “Mutineer“, a Warren Zevon cover. Matt Norris came in and joined them for “Bluebird” along with playing various instruments including the mandolin and banjo for different numbers with Al.

Al Shields, Matt Norris & Julia Hoare - Photo by Cat

Al Shields, Matt Norris & Julia Hoare – Photo by Cat

He produced a set which demonstrated to all attending of his ability as a performer and songwriter along with having some fun with more well known songs from established artists.  Originally from the Isle of Bute, Al was charismatic and witty between songs although we have different feelings towards the ukulele,”it is a real instrument Al“! “Johanna, Kick your feet up” and “Bluebird” were personal favourites all from the new EP “Mountains“. Al got a well earned rapturous applause at the end of the show which went far too quickly for me.

For information about Al Shields, upcoming tour dates, music releases, store & social media links, visit alshields.com

Stephen.

The Lewis Hamilton Band – The Caves – Edinburgh

The Lewis Hamilton Band6th December 2015The Caves, Edinburgh.

The Lewis Hamilton Band - Photo by Cat

The Lewis Hamilton Band – Photo by Cat

Few people enjoy every day at the office; less are able to say they love their job and fewer do it well – The Lewis Hamilton Band talk the talk and walk the walk. Touring Europe as working musicians, with their sights firmly set on the States – award-winning singer songwriter Lewis, drummer Ben and bassist Nick supported Aynsley Lister and his band at The Caves in Edinburgh this month bringing their rocking brand of Blues back to the Capital.
Arriving to the venue, Lewis was already onstage commanding attention seconds into a hair-raising rendition of “All Along The Watchtower“.
For a man with four studio albums under his belt an appropriation of such a timeless classic is entirely unnecessary but shows both his love for musical heritage and a refereshing self effacing attitude.

The Lewis Hamilton Band - Photo by Cat

The Lewis Hamilton Band – Photo by Cat

With nothing to prove, his deft mastery of the Dylan number alayed any doubts of his incredible pool of talent as a player and a grave singer.
Dynamic range is quite often forgotten by performers amid the adrenaline of a stage show – not so with Lewis and company who (several times) took the room from an absolute thunder to a pin-drop silence, stepping off the gas and stepping back from the mikes utilising the inherent reverb in the arched exposed stone. Fully engaging everyone in the room simultaneously by laying down a crescendo of tsunami size proportions before wrong footing the crowd with a four to the floor kick which bolstered several rapid medleys and unassailable “stand-up-and-take-notice” solos, reminiscent of Rory Gallagher and his band.

The Lewis Hamilton Band - Photo by Cat

The Lewis Hamilton Band – Photo by Cat

To say this band are tight is a gross understatement. Walking basslines, rockhard grooves and funky licks from the adept rhythm section provided the crowd with something tangible to hold onto as Lewis vocally rode his thourghbred riffs away, punctuating each line with verve, running the fretboard with his eyes tightly closed. “Down to the river” and other self-penned titles go down to applause and with each passing song cementing the bands capabilities and affirming their peer status to the elite rhythm and blues realm. I surely was not the only one in the room who became one of their newest fans.

The Lewis Hamilton Band - Photo by Cat

The Lewis Hamilton Band – Photo by Cat

Cat and I caught up with Lewis during the intermission. We talk of homes, holidays and life on the road, hair-care routines, work and the legendary delta bluesmen. When asked why he sings the blues his reply was “I guess it is because it feels so natural… It seems like the right thing to do.”
Lewis tells me he grew up listening to Led Zeppelin, with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant influencing him in his formative years; bands like The Red Hot Chili Peppers holding his interest as a teenager – we briefly discuss the Chili’s “One Hot Minute” album then unfortunately it’s time and to pack up and go as the band have at least a hundred miles to drive that evening. I congratulate him on a fantastic show and complement him on his great range and ask if he has any forthcoming material we should look out for, I’m told we should expect the five track “Cellar Door EP” anytime soon which will be available from all major download sites on Lewis Hamilton Music – a move away from their regular Clapton-esqe driven electric sound to a fully acoustic offering from this humble and versatile outfit.

The Lewis Hamilton Band - Photo by Cat

The Lewis Hamilton Band – Photo by Cat

For upcoming gig dates visit: The Lewis Hamilton Band at Facebook, to listen to and buy the music visit the website.

Andy.

The Glass Child – Edinburgh

The Glass Child, Daniel Scott & Ross Arthur – 6th October 2015, The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh – In Association with ‘Mellow Promotions’.

Photo by Cat

Daniel Scott, The Glass Child & Ross Arthur – Photo by Cat

A wet and rainy Tuesday evening in Edinburgh might not sound that appealing, unless of course your destination is the opulent surroundings of The Voodoo Rooms and in the presence of three fine singer-songwriters lined up and ready to entertain you.

Edinburgh’s Daniel Scott was first up and someone whom I had wanted to see having noticed his name on the scene for some time. In February Daniel competed as a finalist in the ‘The Big Music Project’ at the ‘O2 Arena, London’ where he triumphed taking home the much sought after prize of a recording slot at Abbey Road Studios. With much regret Cat and I arrived as Daniel was finishing his set, but what we did hear we liked and intend to catch up with him soon.

Photo by Cat

Ross Arthur – Photo by Cat

Charismatic Ross Arthur who is also an Edinburgh local took the mic next. Ross has a really fun energy on stage, performing some great originals and talking us through the stories behind them. Both Cat and I agreed he’s pretty nifty on the guitar, got a good voice and I could have happily listened to a few more songs from Ross. My only negative concerning his pretty cool set list was the Jessie J cover at the end, for me it was just misplaced and a tad unnecessary. All in all Ross Arthur put on a mighty fine show and I’d recommend checking him out.

Headliner Charlotte Eriksson also known as The Glass Child took to the stage next and immediately established a natural connection with the crowd. Candidly recollecting in beautiful honesty some of the situations and feelings she has experienced along her journey as a musician and there were times I had a feeling like ‘a fly on the page’ of her rather fascinating diary.

Photo by Cat

The Glass Child – Photo by Cat

All songs were emotionally charged, from the softer and more gentle like “I Will Lead You Home”, “Who Am I” and “I’m Coming Home” to the more powerful, punchy  and aggressive at points “Letdown” and “The Fall’ Charlotte sang her lyrics with diamond cut precision, so tiny yet crystal clear. She finished her incredible set with two of my favourites “Hypnic Jerk” and that fabulously freaky “Creepy Little Story” which always gives me a chuckle. The Glass Child/Charlotte Eriksson is a seasoned ‘House Concert’ performer whose skill of gauging and using the audience’s reaction as signposts to guide her storytelling and song choices freely throughout. This was a faultless performance which perfectly concluded The Glass Child’s UK Tour in her favourite city and her Edinburgh debut.

For all the latest music, news, tour dates and social media links visit: theglasschildofficial.com.     

 Joe.                                                                                                              

Daydreamer – Owen Denvir

“Daydreamer” by Owen Denvir – Available: 2nd October 2015.

Owen Denvir - Daydreamer Cover

It was back in February when I first became aware of fresh faced Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician Owen Denvir, supporting Jarrod Dickenson at popular live music venue ‘Sneaky Petes’, Edinburgh. As I heard his voice I whispered into Cats ear “just trust me on this one” and practically flung her through the crowds to snap a couple of photos. It was the combination of the emotion and depth in Owen Denvirs voice with a subtle confidence that first captured my attention.

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Self-penned debut EP ‘Daydreamer’ by Owen Denvir consists of four beautifully crafted songs, wonderfully arranged and layered throughout with his very recognisable voice. The inclusion of Hannah McPhillimy on “Staring At The Sun” is pure genius, totally unexpected and I enjoyed the surprise. “Lonely” melodically remembers a soul-mate and prompts old friends to pop into my head, its a clever little number. Forth song “The Coast Of Spain” is one I’ve heard Owen perform live, the emotional good-bye is a strong and courageous one and its for the best.

Outstanding title track “Daydreamer” completely encapsulates Owen Denvirs brilliance, its funny, dreamy and completely self aware. Musically thrilling, full of wonderful buildups and smashes keeping it exciting and dramatic. Its the lyrics and Owens vocals in “Daydreamer” however that I find most compelling. Dispelling any myths regarding being that of a ‘Daydreamer’ being a waste of time, Owen Denvir astutely clarifies just how much devotion and uninterrupted focus it involves. This is an EP which I would highly recommend and I look forward to its release on the 2nd October 2015.

Available now from(Direct Links) –  iTunesBandcampAmazon, GooglePlay & Spotify.

Owen Denver will be returning to Edinburgh and playing The Corn Exchange- January 2016. For further information and tour dates, music, videos and social media links visit owendenvir.com.

Joe

Party at the Palace – Linlithgow

McEwan’s Party at the Palace, Linlithgow 8th/9th August,2015.

Sitting just west of Edinburgh, twenty minutes by train is the very charming Scottish village Linlithgow. I’d been to the village before and once to the romantic and idyllic Linlithgow Palace to attend a wedding. Being the birth place of ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ its fair to say this place is steeped in history and one of Scotland’s most beautiful  and sought after venues. On this occasion it was hosting the second annual McEwans’ Party At The Palace. We weren’t there to admire the wonderful panoramic views although impossible they were to ignore on a shocking and surprisingly sunny weekend. This two day musical feast had course after course of fantastic local, national and international musical acts.

Soon after we arrived Horse took to the stage and sang her heart out, I’ve wanted to see her live since watching Will Young & Horse on The Quay Sessions with Edith Bowman. This was an excellent performance, superb vocals with some proper Fife banter between songs.

Horse - Photo by Cat

Horse – Photo by Cat

Horse - Photo by Cat

Horse – Photo by Cat

Horse - Photo by Cat

Horse – Photo by Cat

Justin Currie still sounds great, I’ve a couple Del Amitri CD’s and was pretty chuffed to hear the man himself sing live.  Cat was amazed I knew the words and I was disappointed she didn’t, Justin and I were both rocking Double Denim and nailing it.

Justin Currie - Photo by Cat

Justin Currie – Photo by Cat

Justin Currie - Photo by Cat

Justin Currie – Photo by Cat

When The Feeling took to the stage the Party went to another level, playing all their big numbers and pleasing a bouncing crowd. Dan Gillespie Sells crowd surf through frenzied revellers was magic. The Feeling are very much at the top of their game and personally speaking their performance stole the show.

The Feeling - Photo by Cat

The Feeling – Photo by Cat

The Feeling - Photo by Cat

The Feeling – Photo by Cat

The Feeling - Photo by Cat

The Feeling – Photo by Cat

The Feeling - Photo by Cat

The Feeling – Photo by Cat

The Feeling - Photo by Cat

The Feeling – Photo by Cat

The Feeling - Photo by Cat

The Feeling – Photo by Cat

On their only UK tour date, Travis took to the stage and we were treated to hit after hit of their legendary songbook. This was another incredible performance and indeed an honour to see a band I’ve loved for many years but had never seen live. You could feel the Scottish pride throughout the crowd, this was very a special occasion and a fantastic end to day one.

Travis - Photo by Cat

Travis – Photo by Cat

Travis - Photo by Cat

Travis – Photo by Cat

Travis - Photo by Cat

Travis – Photo by Cat

Travis - Photo by Cat

Travis – Photo by Cat

Our very own ‘Disco Prince’ Stephen was unable to resist the temptation any longer and decided to join us for Day Two at The Palace, I knew this would happen.

Soon after we arrived The Red Hot Chilli Pipers filled the stage with a fantastic wall of charismatic, immaculately presented kilted musicians. The crowd were loving it and “Bagpipe Rock” most likely was heard for miles, these guys know how to put on a show.

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Red Hot Chilli Pipers - Photo by Cat

Red Hot Chilli Pipers – Photo by Cat

Red Hot Chilli Pipers - Photo by Cat

Red Hot Chilli Pipers – Photo by Cat

Red Hot Chilli Pipers - Photo by Cat

Red Hot Chilli Pipers – Photo by Cat

Scouting For Girls fans were well represented in the crowd, they played a great set as we moved further into evening time. Roy Stride has an incredible talent which although I don’t always connect to the lyrics, his skill and voice are very impressive.

Scouting For Girls - Photo by Cat

Scouting For Girls – Photo by Cat

Scouting For Girls - Photo by Cat

Scouting For Girls – Photo by Cat

Scouting For Girls - Photo by Cat

Scouting For Girls – Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

By now everyone was in full party mode with massive excitement, anticipation and indeed acute Disco Fever building through the crowd of hungry music lovers present. I looked to the side and there was local woman Susan Boyle having a carryon and enjoying a night out and chatting to the various performers.

Evening fell into night and the DISCO was turned on and set alight with Nile Rodgers and Chic warming up the audience as night temperature fell . This wasn’t just the largest nor the poshest  disco in the world indeed this was the best, open air and atmospheric setting you could ever wish for. Nile Rodgers and Chic give us everything they had as these top shelf musicians, famous for their singing, dancing and some funky disco lights and general ‘boogieness’ finished off a spectacular evening and weekend that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Nile Rodgers & Chic - Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers & Chic – Photo by Cat

Party at the Palace Photo by Cat

Party at the Palace
Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers - Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers – Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers & Chic - Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers & Chic – Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers & Chic - Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers & Chic – Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers & Chic - Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers & Chic – Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers & Chic - Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers & Chic – Photo by Cat

Party at the Palace Photo by Cat

Party at the Palace
Photo by Cat

Also performing over the weekend though before our arrival unfortunately were ‘Battle of the Bands’ Winners Apache Darling100 Fables who are just about to release their debut, Little Eye, Julie Fowlis and Jamie & Shonny who I just managed to catch the end of, these guys are incredible and have an amazing energy so I guess the lesson for next year would be to arrive early afternoon. Already plans are taking shape for next year, to keep up to date and ‘in the know’ visit: Party At The Palace.

 Joe 

Shit Girlfriend – She Makes War – Edinburgh Fringe

“Shit Girlfriend” by She Makes War – Fingers Piano Bar (Venue186) ‘Edinburgh Fringe’ 4pm, 7th-21st August 2015 – Free Admission – 4 BEARDS –

She Makes War Photo by Cat

She Makes War
Photo by Cat

Rummaging through failed relationships, Bristol based Singer-Songwriter & Multi-Instrumentalist She Makes War orchestrated for a solid hour some wonderful nuggets from her rather eventful history of courtship. In order to fully understand the perils of dating a musician, we were treated to a ‘Bristol Stool Chart’ of bizarre situations in the form of 10(ish) loaded reasons why she considers herself a “Shit Girlfriend”. With a half song/half chat format and a trusty ukulele, loop pedal and a megaphone featuring a rather startling siren sound, this fast paced show became pretty exciting at points.

She Makes War Photo by Cat

She Makes War
Photo by Cat

Bursting the bubble of her glamorous existence, the reality of being an independent and hard working musician gets a good airing. Delivered with natural humour and the absence of “guerning”, unnecessary “man bashing” or “self-pity”, She Makes War gets her message across. Throughout the hour of having a good old pop at herself, pointing out her tiny little flaws e.g. pure and utter laziness when it comes to housework, her well argued and justified ego, obsession and obliviousness all seemed pretty reasonable along with the crushed fantasy of a bulging Spotify retirement fund. Clocking up 150 Gigs in the last 18 months alone I can imagine how it would be difficult to watch her leave. One of her ex’s from the description had displayed some separation issue behaviours even resorting to setting the house on fire at one point to stop her going. Another ex didn’t like people looking at her on stage, that would likely prove kind of tricky to avoid in this industry unless you’re Sia who can happily sing into a corner and nobody really bothers.

She Makes War  Photo by Cat

She Makes War
Photo by Cat

It was back in March of this year I first saw She Makes War live when she supported Duke Special on tour. Since then she’s been a hive of activity musically and always has something going on including her live gig from home, the cover of Alanis Morrissette’s “Wake Up” from iconic album Jagged Little Pill celebrating its 20th year and an incredible brand spanking new album Direction Of Travel. She Makes War freely lists her faults without apology as such but she certainly owns them. She’s a talented musician with an endearing personality that seems to drift in and out of naughtiness and I like it.

Joe

Discover lots more about She Makes War, tour dates and music(stream or purchase), videos, V/Blogs and social media links visit shemakeswar.com.

Lisa Mitchell – The Caves – Edinburgh

Josie Duncan, Cara Mitchell and Lisa Mitchell – The Caves in Edinburgh, 10th June 2015 – Brought by Fake Frown Acoustic Sessions.

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Headliner on the evening was British born, Australian singer-songwriter Lisa Mitchell as part of her UK, Ireland and European Tour, fondly known as the #WahhaSummerTour.  Lisa Mitchell took to the stage in a bespoke embellished Urban/Street style, looking great and accompanied by talented touring musician Tim Harvey.

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

We were treated to an array of musical styles throughout. From longing lyrics to more R&B/Urban/Dance she had it covered, from switching guitars, playing the keys and even including an ‘old style’ tape player into the set there was a lot to think about.

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Lisa Mitchell performed her classics like ‘Land Beyond The Front Door‘, ‘Alice In Wonderland’ and ‘Coin Laundry‘.‘Love Letter’ in particular sounded sublime and emotive. Also pleasurable were the instantly recognisable and massively popular ‘Pirouette’ right through to ‘Wah ha’.  ‘I Remember Love’ was stunning and one of the standout songs of the evening for me.

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

So did Lisa Mitchell pull it off? Hell yes and I commend her for pushing the boundaries, experimenting and developing her craft. I enjoyed the occasional ‘Chilled Ibiza Breeze’ and look forward to her next release, particularly to hear some of those songs that aren’t available online yet. Since Edinburgh Lisa has been bopping across Europe enjoying sell-out shows in Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Paris and Dublin, some intimate radio sessions are available to watch from her website link below.

Lisa Mitchell

Photo by Cat

For gig information, tour dates and tickets, videos, music, news and social media visit the Lisa Mitchell Website.

Joe.

The Scandals – O2 Academy Glasgow & Jared Hart Interview

The Scandals & The GasLight Anthem, 02 Academy Glasgow, 9th June 2015.

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Playing Glasgow as part of their recent UK, Ireland & European Tour supporting The Gaslight Anthem, Cat and I were lucky enough to meet with The Scandals front man Jared Hart before he went on stage at the iconic 02 Academy. From New Jersey, U.S , The Scandals are a four piece punk rock band who formed back in 2004. They are currently on their second trip to Europe following initial success in 2014.  Amongst other things we chatted about music, touring and I discovered Jared was a keen photographer who is both a pretty interesting and charismatic man. He kindly agreed to connect  with us again post tour and answer a few questions for BeardedRadio.

The Scandals

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

The Scandals

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

After completing their second European tour and having time to catch his breath, I emailed Jared a few questions about how 2015 is turning out for The Scandals.

Joe – You have such a powerful, presence, sound and energy on stage. Which musicians or bands have inspired you most?

Jared – There are tons of bands that have influenced the live show we try to put on every night. Bands like The Bouncing Souls, Lifetime, AFI, The Adicts, etc. are some of the bands that really stand out in terms of performance for me. Each one possesses the same if not more energy than their already hard hitting records.

Joe – You’ve now toured here a couple of times, how do the European audiences differ to your home crowd?

Jared – We’re extremely lucky to have the crowds that we have here back in the states. The real differences can be seen when you get to areas of the country where you’ve never really been. People pick and choose the shows they come out to and it’s a lot harder to draw people in when they’ve never heard of you. In Europe it seems that people are interested in finding and watching new bands and experiencing new music. We’ve been very fortunate on both sides of the water.

Joe – What home comforts do you wish you could take with you on tour?

Jared – I think my bed is the one thing I wish I could take with me. It’s a pillow top and it’s very comfortable.

Joe – What would be your 3 Desert Island albums?

Jared – Wow. This is intense. Rancid – And Out Come the Wolves, Far From Finished – Living in the Fallout, The Wallflowers – Bringing Down the Horse

Joe – Apart from songwriting and making music when you’re not touring and gigging, what do you like to do in your down time?

Jared – Sleeping is probably one of my favorite things to do when I’m not working or playing. Other than that I enjoy a good book, long walks on the beach, and Atlantic City.

Joe – And finally, whats next for The Scandals and for Jared Hart?

Jared – We’re gearing up to release our new EP as well as a split 7″ with Plow United. We’ll be doing some touring over the summer and the fall including a trip down to Fest in Florida. Hopefully we’ll be back in Europe within the year!

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Visit The Scandals website for gig information and tour dates, social media, music streaming and store, videos and merchandise.

Joe.

 

Cara Mitchell – The Caves – Edinburgh

Cara Mitchell, Josie Duncan and Lisa Mitchell at The Caves, Edinburgh, 10th June 2015 – Presented by Fake Frown Acoustic Sessions.

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Having supported a wealth of respected artists including Emily Sande, Gemma Hayes and Fatherson to name just a few, a couple of excellent EP’s and a single released, Aberdonian singer-songwriter Cara Mitchell’s performance was one I was particularly interested in.

Rocking some fabulous long golden locks and taking to the stage with just her guitar, by simple candlelight this silhouette came to life. “Suspended Motion” seemed like we were happily being led by the ear and into ‘Cara’s World’. Throughout her setlist it felt very honest, and with pure emotion Cara aired her thoughts, feelings along with hopes all double stitched with yarns of feistiness. She sang lightly at times almost sounding Icelandic, while at other points there was a stronger essence of acoustic folk. “Sail Away” was pretty dramatic, creating the beat from guitar tapping and opening fully with powerful strumming. P.O.A. started fast and became speed singing while “Your Eyes” and the finishing track “The Devil, My Friend” left us on a high and hungry for more. When Cara chatted with the audience she was endearing and presented a warm and open appearance  of loving what she’s doing.

Songwriting and performing, recording and touring, Cara Mitchell is already a strong identity and her musical career excites me. I recon she will be one of our great Scottish women in music for years to come. Earth, environment, love and politics already feature throughout her lyrics and as this develops further she will be a force to be reckoned with. I would hope to see a headlining tour and a full album from Cara by 2016. From what Ive seen and heard she already has plenty of material.

For all the latest news, updates, festival dates and gig information for Cara Mitchell visit Facebook, music from Spotify, Soundcloud, iTunes & Amazon.

Joe

Have You Ever Wondered
Pick Up the Pace / Paint Them Red [Explicit]
Afraid of the Dark

Josie Duncan – The Caves – Edinburgh

Josie Duncan, Cara Mitchell and Lisa Mitchell, The Caves, Edinburgh, 10th June 2015 – In association with Fake Frown Acoustic Sessions.

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Opening the evening was celtic harpist Josie Duncan, a young singer-songwriter from the Isle of Lewis now based in Glasgow and studying Scots Song at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her début EP ‘Typewriter’ launch was a sell-out here in Edinburgh and she’s a returning Fringe performer. I have very few reference points for comparing Josie’s skill and technique on the harp, I just found it quite fascinating how composed she remained as she sang her way through a selection of original material and a couple of popular covers thrown in for good measure.

 Josie’s accent and Island charm shone through between songs and amongst her lyrics, self penned “Recuperate” for example sings of being busy, this is simplicity ‘persongified’ and rather catchy. Another of her original songs “I Knew A Man” has a more smooth and maybe a ‘love song’ sound. “Man On A Mission” is a bit more upbeat, lyrically this is a busy one and matched with a more dramatic tempo. She also performed “Fishing Net” from the new EP and not missing a trick managed to squeeze an extra song in at the end to everyones delight.

Josie Duncan will be performing at the Hebridean Celtic Festival in July, launching her second EP and returning for her Fringe GigsThursday 27th at St Mary’s Cathedral and other days playing at The Tron and The Cowshed.

Joe.

For the latest gig information visit Josie’s Facebook page, music from her Soundcloud and videos visit her Youtube channel.