Danny Kyle Open Stage Mon 20th Jan 2020 5-7pm
The Flying Penguins 20th Jan 2020
The Flying Penguins
Lesley Barr – Violin / Matthew Jamieson –Guitar /Grant McEwan – Bass / Katie O’Donnell / Nicol Stapinski / Kieran Stewart
An orchestral indie pop group with playful hints of ‘spook’, FLYING PENGUINS create melodic songs that combine expansive orchestration with vocal harmonies and introspective lyrics. Incorporating darker textures offset by dulcet melodies, their music expresses anxiety and excitement, fear and joy. They also occasionally sing about ghosts.
“…classy, affecting, and poignant music which puts you in that state of musical melancholia which
feels just right. It’s rare to discover a band who feel like you’ve been listening to them for years
when you haven’t, but that’s how I feel about Flying Penguins.”
- Scots Whay Hae!
The band recently released their sophomore EP ‘Bodies & Artefacts’ to critical acclaim. The songs are about anxiety, reinvention, and hopefulness. An emotive, orchestral, often delicate collection of songs with a sonic range from hushed to thundering. Built from the collaborative songwriting efforts of friends, the tracks weave together thoughtful guitar and piano with lush violin and flute arrangements, and urgent bass and percussion.
The James Bauld Trio 20th Jan 2020
James Bauld / Malin Lewis / Lewis McLaughlin
Group Biog : Combing newly composed traditional style tunes with flavours of jazz and funk, the James Bauld Trio will perform jigs, reels and irregular time signature tunes. The trio is James Bauld on Flute and Whistle, Malin Lewis Fiddle and Lewis McLaughlin Tenor Guitar.From Dornoch, Portree and Leith they met at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music better known as Plockton Music School. It was there they began playing music together and have now reunited to play again having moved to Glasgow to study Music.
Lisa Kowalski 20th Jan 2020
Aged 19, Lisa has been performing for 5 years, building a reputation as a gifted and hardworking song writer and performer with a number of early successes to her name.
In 2017, Lisa’s debut EP helped her win Renfrewshire Live and Unsigned and nomination for Female Artist of the Year by Radio Wigwam. She reached the finals of the Salute Music UK competition. Lisa was also named “a woman of influence” by Paisley’s Provost. In May 2018, her song Free Spirits reached the finals of the Song Academy Young Song Writer Award, judged by big music industry names such as Guy Chambers and Imelda May.
2018’s gig highlights included Celtic Connections, a Salute Music headline gig at King Tuts and showcases at Music for Youth in both Glasgow and Newcastle, Killin Music Festival and Dougie MacLean’s Perthshire Amber festival. Lisa also began to spread her wings further afield, invited by the American Scottish Foundation to perform at New York Tartan Week, singing at the opening ceremony and to parade crowds on 6th Avenue. She also took part in the Mayor of London Gigs10 Busking competition and made it to the finals.
In 2019, Lisa performed at True North Fest, Edinburgh Fringe, Sonica Fest, with Carol Laula representing female song writers and in the Songwriters Uncovered Series at the Beacon Arts centre! She is currently working on new music and planning a return to NYC Tartan Week 2020.
Martin Jones 20th Jan 2020
Martin Jones is a singer songwriter from Greenock who writes songs in English and Spanish. His music style is a range of soul, blues, country, folk and Spanishand Latin American. In 2020 he took part in songwriting courses in Spanish language which was a big challenge and a lot of fun. The courses helped and inspired him to write new songs one of which is included in his video called Jump for Joy. Hissong Jump for Joy was inspired by his 2 year old cousin Maya and was hisfirst ever bilingual song written in both English and Spanish. Over the years, Martin have supported various artists including Kim Richey, Gaberlunzie, Raging Twilight, Jenn Butterworth and Laura Beth Salter to name a few. He has also taken part in local songwriting projects over the years led by Findlay Napier, James Grant and Yvonne Lyon.
Romy Wymer 20th Jan 2020
Originally from the Netherlands, Romy Wymer moved to Glasgow in 2015 to study the Scottish harp. Over the years, she has developed a unique style rooted in the tradition and history of Scotland, Ireland, and the Netherlands, but her music also draws from other kinds of folk and contemporary music. Her intricate solo harp compositions are inspired by landscapes, nature, artwork, stories and autobiographic events.
Now that she has graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with first-class honours Romy is pursuing a career in music and performance