DKOS Artists 31st Jan 2024 :- Dave Sutherland. – Frank O’Hagan. – Beatha. – Lussa. – Unbroken……
Dave Sutherland is a London based Americana/Country singer-songwriter and winner of ‘UK Male Country Singer of the Year’ at The UK Country Music Awards 2022. An accomplished performer filled with raw energy and emotion, Dave’s music speaks of life, love and London with the eye of an artist and the ear of a poet. Dave’s been treading the musical boards for 30 years, releasing his first record, ‘Navigator’, under the direction and guidance of Bert Jansch. A successful tour of America soon followed. His next albums ‘Comfortable Junction’ and ‘American Refrigerator’ cemented his popularity in the UK and elevated him Stateside with his US audience delighting in asking: “How can you speak like this and sing like that?” He was then signed by Martin Levan at Red Kite Records and his next album, ‘On The Waiting List’ was a commercial and critical success both in the UK and the US.
Singer-songwriter, guitarist and keyboard player, Frank O’Hagan has five albums to his name and has enjoyed a career in the Scottish music scene over the course of five decades.
Frank bought his first electric guitar at 13 years of age. Within a year he had graduated to a Fender Stratocaster and was copying the guitar riffs of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. He was, and still is, a great admirer of Steve Winwood and when he heard him playing Hammond organ around 1965, a new ambition was born. Using months of “gig money” to buy a second-hand Hammond organ which Frank has been playing regularly since the late 1960s.With the Hammond organ playing such a pivotal role in Frank’s love of music it is no surprise that the subtle tones of his B3 and C3 weave in and out of many of his tracks.
Frank was involved in session work with the Hammond throughout the 1970s and 1980s but a combination of family life and academic interests took over for .almost thirty years. The release of his first album A Long Way from Home, in 2005 was met with positive reviews
Since then, Frank has created four more albums all heavily influenced by his Celtic roots and his admiration for artists such as Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Paul Buchanan. His background in teaching History is also at the forefront of his thoughtful lyricism and many of his tracks are concerned with human rights, social justice, and political issues.
Beatha are a recently formed folk group based in Glasgow. They are multi-instrumentalists who have delved into their Scottish roots to create a modern twist on traditional folk music. They create an energetic atmosphere with a mix of whistle, percussion and piano.
Inspired by the Latin word for “light”, Lussa is an upcoming folk band based in Glasgow. We create fresh, spirited arrangements of both original and traditional tunes. Lussa’s unique sound and style has evolved from the varied musical backgrounds of our members, bringing a taste of tradition from Scotland and further afield.
Fiddlers Elisabet McConnel and Naomi Priestnall are joined by pianist Bailey McCoo and multi-instrumentalist Eneko Lane to form a musically tight, lively show.
Unbroken is a coming together of two very special musicians: Singer Songwriter Shelagh McKay Jones and lead guitarist DeeDee Calmayer.
Live music is an experience best shared with friends and loved ones. We’d love to share our music with you. We are a Scottish duo playing both original material and our own interpretation of 60s and 70s classics by the artists that influenced us.
These range in time from the 1950s to more contemporary material. Our genre-bending set encompasses 60s pop, country, rock n roll, blues, singer songwriters like Jim Croce, the Beatles and our interpretations of classics by such vocal icons as Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley. Maybe we should call it “genre-blending” as the songs flow together well. After all, as someone once said: “There are really only two kinds of music. Stuff you love and stuff you don’t”. We love everything we play.
Shelagh’s original songs, with her trademark gorgeous melodies and lyrics about life, the universe and everything, are decorated by DeeDee’s melodic, sometimes rock’n’roll, guitar playing, and sung beautifully by Shelagh.
DeeDee’s love for echoed 1960s style guitar blends beautifully with Shelagh’s shimmering ethereal melodies on her Native American influenced “Athabasca” – a love song to our threatened planet.
The duo formed late 2022, was supported with rehearsal space funding by the Touring Network and made their first appearance in March 2023 at a Dandelion legacy performance in the library attached to The Drying Green, Greenock’s Unexpected Garden.
Later that year Unbroken were filmed live at West College Scotland performing seven of Shelagh’s songs including some that had been commissioned by RIG Arts for COP26 and some written during her Dandelion residency.
Recently Unbroken have been focussing on rehearsals for our live shows in 2024. We are excited about getting out there and sharing the music we love.
Vocals: Shelagh McKay Jones & DeeDee Calmayer. ; Acoustic Guitar: Shelagh McKay Jones; Electric Guitar: DeeDee Calmayer