DKOS Artists 22nd Jan 2024 :- Kev Howell – Louise Rogan – Martin Stephen Jones – Other Dog – Wend
Kev howell is a unique Glasgow songwriter , now playing with a fully formed trio ,including Martin Mochan and Jonny Hall. The band have had numerous delays due to other commitments and are ready to take 2024 by storm with an upcoming new album full of blues-rock and folk influenced music. His debut Haunting Ambition continues to clock up streams and new listeners around the world. Kev has played support to many great artists, including Danny Bryant, The Glorious Sons, John Power of cast and The La’s fame and ex Ian Brown and Stone Roses guitarist, Aziz Ibrahim.
Louise’s is singer and songwriter of the highest quality with parallels for many of Joan Baez and Julie Felix. Her arrangements of traditional and original material suit her “pure and soaring voice” (David Jones, Folk Northwest Magazine). Described as “unrivalled on the current Folk Scene” (John Owen, Hungry Horse Folk Club), she won the Great British Folk Festival’s Introducing Stage Audience Vote in January 2023. Audiences enjoy her arrangements of traditional favourites as well as original songs, often requesting Evie’s Lullaby, a song written to the tune of Jessica’s Lullaby by John McCusker. In March 2023, she was delighted to join McCusker, McGoldrick and Doyle as part of their U.K tour at The Waterside, Sale and The Crescent, York. Louise regularly performs with her Dad, Chris Rogan and together they released their debut album as a duo “Things That Matter” in February 2023. Chris’ intricate guitar work and smooth vocal sit easily with Louise’s voice and piano
Martin Stephen Jones
Martin Stephen Jones is a singer songwriter from Greenock aka Sugartown who writes songs in English and Spanish. Martin blends soul, blues, folk, country and Spanish/Latin American musical influences drawing from the likes of Eric Bibb, Elvis Presley, Status Quo, Hank Williams, Pedro Infante, Tam White, Johnny Silvo, John Prine, Nanci Griffith and Billy Joe Shaver. Martin started out in the folk scene through Danny Kyle singing a capella at his Giesabrek Clubs at folk festivals throughout the country. Martin has appeared at every Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections except for 2003 when he was living in Valencia, Spain. Over the years, Martin has supported Chloe Matharu, Steve Grozier, Kim Richey, Martha L. Healy, Jenn Butterworth and Laura Beth Salter, Old Man Luedecke, Yvonne Lyon, Alistair McDonald
and Gaberlunzie. Martin has played headline shows at Glasgow’s Lentfest festival in the past. Martin appeared at the revived Milnathort Folk Festival in August 2023. Martin is a presenter on Celtic Music Radio and his radio show is also broadcast on Dunoon Community Radio every Wednesday night from 10pm to midnight with his show Wednesday Nights with Martin Stephen Jones. Martin has been volunteering with Common Wheel, a mental health charity
based in Glasgow, singing in care homes in Glasgow since October 2022. Martin was a finalist in the John Maclean Songwriting Competition in November 2023 finishing 4th place. Martin was nominated for the Greenock Telegraph Community Champion Award in May 2023 performing at the awards ceremony at Greenock Town Hall.
Other Dog are :- Eiko Emersleben – vocals, guitar; Tim du Feu – fiddle; Carla Sayer – vocals; Alastair Cole – double bass; Neil Jack – keys, electric guitar; Adam Smith – banjo; Ross Fairbairn – drums, percussion (on a good day)
We’re an Edinburgh based four to six piece (depending on weather, luck and logistics), playing tunes which are on the folky/melodic side of indie. Someone (who we neither knew nor paid) described our songs as a mix between Belle & Sebastian and Nick Cave. We’ll take that, thanks. They’re folk songs, in one way or another.We’ve had the good fortune that Will Lawrence (US musician/songwriter and member of The Felice Brothers) has contributed vocals and percussion to some of our songs.
We made a 7inch vinyl recently, which received radio play on FM and indie stations (Byte FM Hamburg, EHFM, Mix1 Radio, WM 97.2 and others).
From the North of England and Glasgow comes Wend, an exciting new trio showcasing a mixture of new material and classics from across the British Isles. Comprised of Kay Adamson (Whistle, Flute, Guitar, Bodhran), with roots in Northumbrian folk music and dance, a blossoming talent thriving in the Glasgow session scene, Abi Rees (Accordion, Piano), a Northumbrian, known in the sessions of Newcastle and member of Folkestra, based in the North-East of England, and Gregor Niven (Accordion), a Glasgow born accordionist having gone through many Fèisean and a part of the Fèis Fhoirt Cèilidh Trail 2022, now studying Applied Music at UHI.