DKOS Tues 25th Jan 2022
Iona Lane. / Dale McMullen. / Ape House. / Mayah Herlihy. / Emily Lockett Band. / The Paddy Buchanan Band
Iona Lane Tues 25th Jan 2022
Iona Lane is a folk singer and musician, whose emotive and well-crafted songs are delivered with immense. passion, and an understanding beyond her years for the stories she is telling. Having found herself fascinated by folklore and discovering untold folk stories from rural parts of the UK, where the natural environment, landscape, sustainability and community are so integral to people’s way of life, Iona has honed her songwriting to create something really special. Iona has been praised throughout the scene for her delicate yet powerful vocals, which have captivated audiences up and down the country.
Iona recorded her debut album in Spring 2021 with producer Andy Bell at the helm. This album has been long awaited and will be filled with songs that have been nurtured over Iona’s career. Having already released four EPs to date Iona’s debut album has been long awaited by those in the folk scene. The album is due for release in Spring 2022.
Karine Polwart selected Iona to receive the Taran Guitars Young Players Bursary 2020. Iona has worked with luthier Rory Dowling to design and create a custom guitar that is unique for her music. Over lockdown Iona’s piece ‘Western Tidal Swell’ was selected to win Fèis Rois’ / NatureScot’s ‘In Tune With Nature’ Iona’s piece ‘Western Tidal Swell’ was selected to win Fèis Rois’ / NatureScot’s ‘In Tune With Nature’ competition.
“Lyrical ballads, beautifully performed!” – Chris Riddell
“Iona Lane seems to me to already have a very strong identity and focus as an emergent song artist. I’m
impressed by the quality of her songs and her performance” – Karine Polwart
Dale Tues 25th Jan 2022
Dale is a singer-songwriter, book publisher and firefighter based in Glasgow, Scotland.
By day, Dale is a firefighter, he works with mostly men where he’s trained to never, ever, show emotion. Music is his way to express himself, a cathartic release and ultimately – helps him breathe easier.
Dale provides an energetic, fun and relatable live performance every time he steps on stage.
‘You can tell he enjoys being on stage as his interaction and delivery was first class’
‘My Town’ was the first single (23/07/21) from his self titled EP (06/08/2021). He also released a Christmas Single to raise money for Tiny Changes called Lucifer’s Christmas. (01/12/2021)
The EP as a whole is about using escapism and love as a way of processing the day to day woes of a working-class person, and the joy that can create. Five songs are linked through a day in the life of a story, told through recordings of a trip to the sea.
The EP was released physically as a cassette. Side A contains the EP detailed above. Dale is the co-founder of Speculative Books, an independent publisher of novellas and poetry. He portrays his love of short fiction on Side B with an original audio story, ‘The Tallest Tree in the World.’
Recently, Dale has played several gigs. Most notably, a sell-out EP launch at The Old Hairdressers, supporting The Katuns and Lissy Taylor at Broadcast, and Arcade State at their sell-out Nice n’ Sleazy’s show.
Ape House Tues 25th Jan 2022
Ape House is a contemporary traditional band with a passion for vibrant, entertaining music.
A trio of hard-working musicians from various backgrounds comprise the band, blending their individual styles seamlessly to form the sound of Ape House. Their EP, “The Composition Couch”, formed the initial basis of their performance repertoire and in 2021, they greatly expanded on this, discovering new ways to stretch their musical span. Over the last year, Ape House have honed every aspect of their musical conversation; from the sensitive touches to the foot-stamping bursts of energy.
The first point of convergence for the band was in Glasgow, where they met through the traditional session scene. Ape House was formed and before long, an EP was recorded, and a full-length performance set was arranged and perfected. With influences from the South-west of Ireland, the Scottish Highlands, Northumberland and more, Ape House still express a unique identity in their music, which they bring with them onto every stage.
Myay Herliay Tues 25th May 2022
Mayah Herlihy is a 15-year-old singer/songwriter from North Lanarkshire. She has been performing on the Scottish music scene since April 2019. Since then, Mayah has went on to release 4 singles, 3 of which went to number 1 in the UK Country Charts on both Amazon and iTunes. Mayah released her third single ‘Your Fight’ with all proceeds of single sales going to the Beatson Cancer Charity, along with this she also done several fundraisers for the Beatson which were a 10k walk, KiltWalk Mighty Stride Walk and climbing Ben Nevis in June 2021. She has also been nominated for several awards in associations such as the British Country Music Association Awards and UK Country Radio Awards 2021.
Emily Lockett Tues 25th Jan 2022
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I’m an independent British country pop/rock musician and singer/songwriter based in Stoke-on- Trent and Manchester. I’ve been described as a mix of Taylor Swift and Avril Lavigne.
I’m currently in my final year of a songwriting degree at BIMM Manchester.
I have performed at major festivals such as Latitude Festival, The Black Deer Festival, 110 Above Festival, The British Country Music Festival, Foodies Festival and Manchester International Festival and opened for acts such as The Hoosiers, Robert Vincent, Jessica Lynn, Emily Barker, Madison Violet and Morganway.
The tracks I’ve selected are all from my current EP called “Paint The Town Red” which one DJ has described as “trailblazing distinctive”.
All the tracks were written by myself, 4 tracks were produced by Matt Bishop of the band Honey Ryder with another being jointly produced by Matt Bishop and Tim Prottey-Jones (ex Wandering Hearts).
The EP is a mix of upbeat tracks country/pop and rock and was awarded 8/10 by Maverick Music Magazine (Jan/Feb 2021 issue).
The Paddy Buchanan Band Tues 25th Jan 2022
Paddy Buchanan sings his own interpretations of folk songs accompanied by his band. Using up-beat grooves provided by the “Drum Circle” (Davy Cattanach, Claire Hawes and Craig Spink) along with melodies from Euan Reid on Accordion and Craig Dyke on Mandolin. Featuring songs from Scotland, Ireland, the New World and beyond to tell musical tales of love, loss, triumph and tragedy.