Danny Kyle Showcase 15th Jan 2021
Written by ross macfadyen on January 15, 2021
While unable to bring you live performances this year – tune in and hear what they have been up to and new compositions they have crafted during lockdown
LAPWYNG (Ewan White / Euan Mclaughlin/ Alasdair Mackenzie)
Are a Glasgow based new-folk outfit, who draw inspiration from their Trad. roots, and blend it with Jazz, Scandi, and Indie Pop music to create a fresh style of original composition.
The majority of LAPWYNG music was written over a week spent inside a shed without outside distraction. The band consists of Euan Mclaughlin on fiddle, Ewen White on Accordion and Synthesisers, and Alasdair Mackenzie on Guitars. collectively the have performed with bands such as Baile, Dante, Mick West, Lewis Mclaughlin and Trip, and all attended National Centres for Excellence in Music through high school.
Beth Malcolm is a folk-inspired singer/songwriter and keys player. Beth’s latest release, the Choose My Company EP, is stripped back, distinctly Scottish, and rooted in a sense of place. She has frequently performed at the Glasgow Star; appeared at Orkney Folk Festival and The Carrying Stream in 2019, and won Edinburgh Folk Club’s songwriting competition. In January 2020, Beth won a prestigious ‘Danny’ award at Celtic Connections. Most recently, Beth’s song Leavin’ Loch Leven was announced as a winner of Fèis Rois and NatureScot’s In Tune With Nature project.
Also during lockdown Beth has been keeping her self busy getting the music out there on podcasts that are available on her Facebook page
Beth also did a collaboration with Fat-Suit in their second Equinox Session, featuring Beth on their reworking of her song ‘Choose My Company’, which you can find on her EP of the same name released last year.
You can also catch Beth at Celtic Connections online festival on 21st January, from 7:30pm, alongside some of my folk heroes Ross Ainslie Music, Siobhan Miller, Mànran and Talisk.
Muckle Spree is a progressive folk music sound that resolves Ollie and Michael’s long term desire to push that traditional-instrumental-boat out into new waters.
At the core of the sound, Michael’s musical dexterity is honed into a multi-stage loop pedal coupled with and array of effects. Through this, both instrumentalists weave an evolution of riffs and tunes, creating drive and harmony that pushes both their abilities.
The whole performance draws on a background of traditional instrument, but balances them on a different edge – one that groves into the digital effects age. They released a new video ‘The Trip’ in Dec 2020 and have been writing with full social distancing in place over the last year also taking part in ‘CatStrand’ series of concerts.
Inspired by a range of genres, Nico draws on the musical styles he loves most. 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.
A classically trained and highly regarded acoustic guitar player for over 15 years, in 2016 Nico G chose to embark on a new challenge and began his current solo project, creating and sharing his unique finger-picking playing style with audiences worldwide.
Since this time he has played in Austria, Germany, Belgium, Scotland, England, Wales and Canada, releasing his first solo EP ‘Acoustic Guitar’ in 2016 and follow up EP ‘The Road Book’ in 2018. H As well as his new CD ‘Facing The Hills’ at the end of last year. He has kept busy writing new material as well as Gig ‘à la maison’ on online podcasts.
Malachy Arnold/ Rory Startk/ Breanna Wilson / Sophie Joint
Malachy formed his new band with musicians he had met and played with and ‘seemed like a good combination – did some recordings and sent them to us at The Danny Kyle Open Stage – and as they say the rest is history!
They have been busy during lockdown – again while socially isolating – and have been writing new tunes as well as recording a video ‘The Unexpected Victory” by Mr. Rory Stark – in the Music In Isolation video available via their facebook page.
Versatile Aberdeenshire born singer – songwriter, Ellyn Oliver has built up a reputation working as a session vocalist and as part of a number of Glasgow- based projects and bands for the last few years.
Her rich, breathy and powerful voice is often likened to Norah Jones, Adel or Eva Cassidy, as she experiments with genres such as folk, pop, blues, gospel and soul.
In August 2019 Elly released her debut EP ‘Arms Wide Open’ to much critical acclaim, receiving airplay on BBC Radio Scotland.
Ellyn has also been busy writing during lockdown and has managed to bring out a Christmas songs EP as well as on line podcasts – available from her Facebook page.