DKOS Artists Fri 3rd Feb – Solea /. Becci Wallace. / Orphean Sprig. /. Alt. /. Maria San Miguel and Galen Fraser. /
Solea – Glasgow
Solea are a guitar based quartet with influences from flamenco and jazz as well as Turkish folk. Formed during lockdown by Gerry Magee and David Sim (guitars) we have now realised one EP and our debut album. We’re currently working on Album no::2.
Solea are completed by Colin McGibbon on Percussion and Jon Mulrine on Bass, all four are long time friends and BAAM alumni.
The new album features guest appearances from Jack Smedley (Rura) and Marco Cafolla.
Thanks for listening.
Becci Wallace – East Kilbride
Often described as folk-hop, due to her blend of traditional melody, lyric and multi syllabic delivery, Becci Wallace is firmly placed at the heart of Scotland’s songwriting community. As a solo artist her first album Fragmentality was longlisted for The Scottish Album of the Year, released in 2015, gaining plaudits across the country and securing multiple national and local radio plays. Her most recent project, Present Tense, was released in November 2020 to critical acclaim, featured as BBC Radio Scotland The Roddy Hart Show’s ‘Record of Note’ and gained airplay across national radio in Scotland and local radio across the UK and Europe. Her next release, After The Fog… Air, is scheduled for Spring 2023 and Becci will be touring the festival circuit as part of her release schedule in collaboration with local music legend, Steg G. Becci is also a session singer and collaborator with Glasgows, The Pearlfishers and Dopesickfly. 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 the COP26 summit, Becci worked with the COP26 Climate justice cabaret, sharing a stage with Greta Thunberg, Jeremy Corbyn and activists from across the globe to share the message through creativity.
Orphean Sprig – Cambridge
Songyuan Zhao, North East China – guitar / Isobel Barber, Peak District – fiddle / Liam Cooke, Scottish Borders – fiddle / Isaac Uden, South East England – fiddle and viola
Originally crossing paths in the session scene of Cambridge, Orphean Sprig are an instrumental folk band with a shared passion for the traditional music of Scotland. Comprising a guitar, three fiddles, and occasional viola, they explore arrangements of traditional, contemporary, and self-penned tunes, creating a rich texture and original sound. As a nod to their beginnings, they like to include an element of spontaneity in performances, a characteristic of the sessions in which they met.
ALT – Isle of Harris
They are Anna MacLeod (vocals, guitar, piano) Fiona Langley (vocals, piano) Ellie-Ceit Johnson (vocals) Isla Scott (vocals, guitar
We are Alt – a group of friends from the Isle of Harris with a shared passion for music. The four of us are fluent Gaelic speakers and we have been brought up surrounded by island songs and culture from a very young age. This, as well as our interest in country, pop, folk, and other genres, broadens our opportunity to share our music and be inspired by others. Taking part in performances together since October 2022, we were amazed by the support we had received from the community, encouraging us to plan and record a three track EP. It has been an exciting and worthwhile experience to learn how to work in a professional studio environment. We are really looking forward to the year ahead and can’t wait to see where we go!
Maria San Miguel and Galen Fraser – USA /Spain
Celtic +Castilian fiddle duo, María San Miguel and Galen Fraser, are multi-instrumentalists and educators who celebrate the values of community and traditional music in their unique chamber music style.San Miguel Fraser is a project that will always stand for community, celebrating the joy of music and shared inspiration. The dynamic duo was born as a result of the 2020 quarantine with the “Stay At Home Festival”. Thanks to the beautiful and universal folk community, they raised over $60,000 with the aim of bringing light to the world, maintaining morale and financially helping musicians around the globe. The “Stay At Home Festival” family lives on today with San Miguel Fraser.