New Album “Lift” – out November 2014

Hi folks,
I’m delighted to announce that my new album, Lift, will be released in November on CD and MP3 download. The album was recorded during June and July this year and features 14 tracks and a number of very special guests.

A pre-mastered promo version of the opening track, Casablanca Face, is available to listen to NOW by clicking below. Please feel free to pass the word on…hope you enjoy.


Hello all,

I hope you’ve managed to make the most of the summer and are feeling refreshed as we get set here in the Northern Hemisphere for autumn. Things have been pretty hectic for me the last couple of months, firstly with recording new material in June / July and then with playing 22 shows in 20 days at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August, but I wouldn’t have it any other way…exciting times!

The new material I’ve been recording is sounding great (I think!), and I have high hopes that I’ll have an album finished before long and ready for release before the end of the year. The tracks are a bit fuller in their instrumentation than those on Last Touch, and with about 15 to choose from the main issue could be selecting which ones to leave out…

The Songwriters’ Circle show which I played at the Fringe (alongside Caroline Gilmour & Alan R Davison) was a great success, so thanks to all those of you who made it along. The good news is that having had such a good response in Edinburgh, we are now making plans to take the show on the road. Keep an eye on the site for further details – I’ll post them as soon as we have things confirmed.

Take care,

Queen’s Hall gig, Edinburgh Festival and recordings…

Hi folks,
Things have been pretty quiet – publicly at least – since I recorded the session with Adam Holmes for BBC Radio 2 in April, but I’ve been busy in the background, preparing for the show at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, doing some more writing and beginning work on some new recordings. It’s still early stages with those, but I’ll update as things progress.

Good news on the live front is that I’ll be doing my first solo live gig the year on Saturday 21st June at The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh. I’m then down to London for a one-off date in early July before the A Songwriters’ Circle show at the Fringe in August. Tickets for that are now on sale from:

See you soon,

BBC Radio 2 Session

Douglas is recording for BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe this Sunday, playing a session with Adam Holmes and the Embers. The session will be broadcast on next week’s show and will also be available on the BBC iPlayer. For more details about the show click here.

A New Year Begins…

Happy New Year all, I hope you’ve had a good start to the year. Thanks to all those of you who downloaded the 12 Downloads of Christmas from the DK Soundcloud page in December, I hope you enjoyed hearing a few previously unreleased tracks. Thanks also to the people who bought the On Christmas Day EP over the festive season, it was very much appreciated.

2014 looks like being another busy year, with plans for a series of UK gigs and also tentative plans to start recording some new material. More on those activities as they come up…

In the meantime, remember you can buy all the music in the website shop or download it from iTunes, Amazon MP3 and all good download stores.

The 12 Downloads of Christmas

12 Downloads Of Christmas - main coverNow that we’re into December it seems only fitting that the ever-popular 12 Downloads of Christmas should return.

And so on each of the days leading up to Christmas Day we’ll be posting a live, rare or previously unreleased DK / DKB track for you to download absolutely free!

The 12 songs will be posted on Douglas’ Soundcloud page but you can access all the tracks below:

You can also sign up to the Douglas Kay mailing list for occasional updates on upcoming live shows, releases, etc. To sign up just CLICK HERE.

TV Performance – ESPN

I found this video the other day about so thought I’d share it.

It’s a performance by my other (occasional) band, The Elements, on ESPN’s Talk of the Terraces. We were invited to appear live on the programme in April 2011 and closed the show with this song, Superhero.

The Elements also features Alan R Davison (who wrote the track), Andy McCarroll, Shona Smith & Chris Gibson.