DKOS Wed 26th Jan 2022
Becci Wallace / Ren Lawton / STAGG / Christine Kammerer. / Robin Adams. / GLASTUR
Becci Wallace Wed 26th Jan 2022
Becci is firmly placed at the heart of Scotland’s songwriting community. Her current album Present Tense was released to critical acclaim, featured as BBC Roddy Hart’s ‘Record of Note’ and across national radio in Scotland, the UK and Europe.
Becci is known for unique vocals and thought provoking lyrics. She’s been featured on STV Glasgow, BBC Radio Scotland, Celtic Connections and various stages in Festivals across the UK, including Wicker Man, Electric Fields, Kelburn, Doune The Rabbit Hole, Lindesfarne, West End Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Chester Music Festival, and Queens of Art.
Becci writes across genres, co-writing on the Pearlfishers latest album Love and Other Hopeless Things, Catherine Rudie’s Mobius Kiss and Loki’s Government Issue Music Protest. Most recently, Becci has written for Karine Polwart’s Enough is Enough, COP26 project, with hip-hop collective This is It played across national radio and the video streamed Globally during COP26.
Ren Lawton Wed 26th Jan 2022
Multi-instrumentalist Ren Lawton has had a diverse, often tumultuous, career in the music world. Originally performing under his own name, Conor Owen, he experienced the highs of supporting the likes of We Are Scientists and The Subways. Having taken a break to concentrate on tour management, Conor gained a well of experience living out of a van, travelling and playing in bars. Reinvigorated, the time was right for Conor to reinvent himself, begin writing and ultimately perform under the moniker Ren Lawton.
With a notable ability to play a varied section of instruments – from guitars and trumpet to harmonica and piano – Ren Lawton was a project that would transform Conor’s style of music. He was able to create mature vignettes inspired by the great storytellers from music and beyond such as Bob Dylan and Frank O‘Connor. The result is debut album, Today Today Tomorrow; a collection of songs, emotive and personal, cutting right to the heart of who Conor is.
Today Today Tomorrow is distinctive album drawing inspiration from British folk traditions, Americana, blues and soul. Conor illustrates his eclectic methodology through the gentle soothing of forthcoming single and album title opener, to the playful, uplifting bop of ‘Thinking About You’. As you move through the record the multi-genre variety becomes ever more apparent. From the ethereal beauty of ‘Willow’ and ‘Come All You Mourners’ to the harmonica-filled crescendo of ‘The Writer’, Today Today Tomorrow dazzles throughout.
Conor’s atmospheric brand of contemporary folk has resonated far and wide. With over 1 million Spotify streams of single ‘Piece of Your Heart’ as well as airplay on Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6), BBC Wales, BBC Newcastle and BBC Bristol. He has also picked up press support from tastemakers such as Clash Magazine, Folk Radio, Thank Folk For That, Narc, Fame Magazine, Contact Music and many more.
STAGG Wed 26th Jan 2022
STAGG is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist who creates a unique fusion of nu-folk through worldly influences and roots in Scottish traditional music. His unique vocals, evocative lyricism and innovative musicality – often featuring the accordion – span timeless folk and contemporary pop.
STAGG released his debut album, 3.0, in November 2021. It brings together his passion for visual design in a 36 minute video of 9 performed completely live and solo and then edited DIY with visuals and hand-written lyrics.
STAGG is currently working on his next EP while performing regularly in London and will be touring England and Scotland in late 2022.
Christine Kammerer Wed 26th Jan 2022
In Christine Kammerer’s compositions ancient Celtic and Nordic soundscapes weave together with the classic singer/songwriter sound and elements varying from ethereal and hypnotic to epic and dramatic.
Her performances are characterised by the theatricality of musical theatre and the storytelling characteristics of the bard.
Kammerer is singer, lyre player, pianist and composer in Gjaldulei and Jotun Revolution. She has performed at markets, festivals and venues Denmark, the UK, Germany and USA.
With her band Gjaldulei she performed for Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, at the opening of the exhibition “Togtet” at the National Museum of Denmark. Recently, Kammerer performed at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival (2021) and she created a rendition of “The Dragonborn Comes” for the game company Bethesda for the 10th Anniversary for Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.
Over the past 5 years Kammerer has been on radio
shows in Denmark, UK, USA and the Netherlands,
playing her songs and talking about her music. Especially about her work with pre-historic music. In 2021 Kammerer’s song “Eversong” was among the finalists in World Songwriting Awards.
Robin Adams Wed 26th Jan 2022
1.To Be Free. /. 2. The Pale Queen. /. 3. The
Robin is joined by David Bowden on Bass and Emma Pantel on Fiddle for the live session recorded by Robins brother Chris Adams especially for The Danny Kyle Open Stage.
Robin Adams is a Glasgow based singer/songwriter. He has released 7 full length albums, spanning from 2009’s Down to Reverie, to 2021’s critically acclaimed album, One Day, voted Album of the Year on Celtic Music Radio. In 2016 he curated and released the charity compilation album Refugee, featuring new compositions contributed by luminaries such as Bonnie Prince Billy, Richard Dawson, Linda Thompson, Alasdair Roberts and Kathryn Joseph. Adams has won several songwriting awards including The Billy Kelly Songwriting Award and the Burns Song Award.<br>
Fans of Robin’s music include Ralph McTell – ‘If Robin had been on the circuit I was on back in the day, he would already be an underground guitar singer songwriter star!’ – Ricky Ross – ‘Robin Adams is the best kind of songwriter. He draws you into his music and once you’re in you’ll never want to leave.’ More recently Adams has been selected by the Bert Jansch Foundation to contribute to Around The World In 80 Plays, performing alongside artists such as Johnny Marr and Richard Thompson to celebrate the music of Bert Jansch
Robin currently has a record out called Wrong Road Home, on Holy Smokes Records.. And I has a show coming up on the 4th of February for Celtic Connections supporting John Francis Flynn.
GLASTUR Wed 26th Jan 2022
Martin Laird, whistle; Amy Lewis, fiddle; Mike Pont, whistles, guitar, bass; David Fernández. flute and whistles: We are GLASTUR. Formed in early 2020, we came together out of a love of playing music. GLASTUR is a band born out of the lockdown with the founding members never having actually all met in person until 2021. A mixed blend of Scottish, Asturian and Bretton flavours, GLASTUR is a true symbol of connecting our Celtic traditions. Throughout 2020, as everyone adjusted to life in lockdown, the band gained a strong social media following through our trademark videos, which were made possible by using technology to stitch together our individual performances into a cohesive band sound. Jump to 2021 and we have been joined by a variety of musicians including French percussionist Nicholas Dupin (Bodhran) and Gary McEwan (drums). We have recorded a self-titled EP of three original tracks that shows how our sound has evolved. At the end of 2021, GLASTUR has taken the next step in our journey and put together a live show. The live band is a six-piece including a solid rhythm section comprising Gary McEwan on the drums and Jon Shaw on bass. Founding members Amy and Mike are joined by Lewis Walker on guitar and Iain Wright on Scottish small pipes. With luck, our friend and founding member David Fernández may be able to join us from Asturias.