DKOS Artists for Mon 30th Jan – Lori – Paper Sparrows -Fairweather Friends – Flew The Arrow – Àirdan
LORI – Edinburgh
My live set features a band- on drums I have Ryan Bradley, on bass, Steff Corr and on lead guitar, James Allen. I started singing from a very young age and I picked up the guitar at the age of 12. I started busking at the age of 14 and realised that performing is what I want to do in life. With this, I have now played venues including The Barrlowland Ballroom, Voodoo Rooms, Glasgow Royal concert hall and many pubs across the UK. I have also busked in Cities across the UK such as London and Manchester. I now want to focus on my own material- I am currently working on my first EP which will be released soon. I want these songs to be heard in a live setting.
PAPER SPARROWS – Midlothian
Paper Sparrows are a contemporary folk/Americana trio from Edinburgh who’s sound centres on a distinctive twin acoustic guitar style, harmonies and double bass. Arrangements draw upon the work of 60s folk-revivalists such as Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Dylan and Donovan up-to contemporary acts Dave Rawlings, Kris Drever and the Milk Carton Kids.
Following the release of debut ‘Silver EP’ in December 2021, Paper Sparrows were invited to play Celtic Connections, Glasgow Americana and opened for Ely Folk Festival in 2022 (who have invited the band back for 2023). Summer 2022 also saw them host and play a run of shows at the official Fringe in Edinburgh with their club ‘Folksville’.
Shindig! Magazine said “This constitutes the debut recordings of Paper Sparrows with each of the five songs throwing up images of old time nostalgia; a yearning for a time already long passed. There’s a real emotional depth going on here plus an undeniably rich songwriting craft that can be heard throughout the sterling performances, all of which bodes well for the future of this Edinburgh-based acoustic three-piece.”
Of the band’s opening slot of Ely Folk Festival 2022, RNR Magazine said “Edinburgh’s Paper Sparrows provided an impressive folk/Americana mix that easily won over an audience that had never seen them before”.
The band have also collaborated established artists such as Kris Drever, Katherine Priddy and Rod Clements through their Folksville folk/acoustic music club – the club at which the band met. The band have collectively toured the UK, Europe and North America with Paper Sparrows and the members’ other respective bands
FAIRWEATHER FRIENDS – Glasgow
Fairweather Friends are a Glasgow based songwriting duo who write, record and perform original music exploring and expanding upon the folk sensibilities of the early 70s counterculture. Intricately interwoven acoustic guitar parts and characteristic vocal harmonies blend with their open and organic recording style to achieve a certain timelessness. Their first album ‘Forever Approaching’ was released earlier this year in collaboration with a host of talented Glasgow musicians.
FLEW THE ARROW – Glasgow
‘Flew The Arrow is the inner workings of acoustic guitarist and Folk singer Lee McGilvray, hailing from the West coast of Scotland in the small town of Ayr, and residing in Glasgow where he grows his reputation as an original Songwriter and Performer. Lee independently released his debut EP “If You’d Only Care To Listen” in 2016 and since has made his mark performing at festivals around the central belt, whilst honing his craft and building his network of listeners in the city
Having signed to 23rd Precinct Music Publishing in 2018, Flew The Arrow began 2019 performing for the Celtic Connections Hazy Recollections, followed by a signing to Electric Honey Records, which gave birth tohis Double A-Side Single release in March (Come The Wind, Come The Rain/Trail Of Thought). This was but the very start of a full EP released in December ’19titled ‘Trossach’.
Lee independently released his next Double Singles on vinyl record, titled ‘Huntress/The Warmth & The Weight’ as he begins a new chapter in the flightof the Arrow and expands his sound on record and on stage with a quartet accompaniment creating a soundscape of Cello (Sarah McWhinney), Fiddle (Ross Hull) and Flute (Caitlin MacKenzie) that truly bring his songs to life, giving insight into the direction of his song-craft and touching on influence from traditional sounds.’
ÀIRDAN – Edinburgh
Àirdan are an exciting trad band born from the pubs of Edinburgh. Their high energy grooves and dynamic arrangements see melodies and riffs juggled between fiddle (Paul Sinclair), accordion (Coll Williamson), guitar (David Lennon) and drum kit (Ewa Adamiec). A small madhouse of cultures and influences, this multinational group of musicians first met in 2017 through their shared thirst for Scottish trad music, and have now joined forces to captivate listeners with their fresh and exciting take on their unique musical heritage.