Author Archives: Douglas Kay

About Douglas Kay

During the past decade Douglas Kay has honed his stagecraft in theatres, clubs, bars and coffee houses on 4 continents. The 2003 release of his debut album Of All The Towns To Sleep In generated airplay on radio and TV stations worldwide, including BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Scotland, Australia's GWN and Xfm London. In addition to tours of Europe, the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Douglas has played a number of notable gigs in the UK. These include shows alongside the likes of KT Tunstall, Amy MacDonald and Nell Bryden, the T-Break Showcases and the 2010 Ben & Jerry’s Sundae on the Common where Douglas played alongside acts which included Billy Bragg and Frightened Rabbit. The album Into Your Head was released in late 2009 and features ten tracks penned by Kay. This eclectic collection offers the listener moments of delicate beauty - on tracks such as Everything In The World - contrasted by the swelling crescendo of tracks such as Haunted. Second track Better topped a poll of songs by Scottish acts in the Edinburgh Evening News and has also received airplay on the BBC. An acoustic album, Last Touch, was released in late 2012. This stripped-back collection features 12 tracks which showcase Kay’s vocals, guitar & piano, and hint at some of his traditional folk influences. Lead track, All That We’ve Lost – a duet with Joanna McQuillan – received considerable airplay and critical acclaim. The tour Douglas played in support of that album included a guest slot for Grammy Award winner and former Men At Work frontman, Colin Hay. Douglas returned to the studio in 2014 to work on Lift, which like its predecessors gained airplay on BBC Radio. Perhaps his most eclectic work to date, the upbeat, rootsy stomp of opening track Casablanca Face introduces a collection which veers from contemporary folk ballads to slide blues, from piano ballads to melodic guitar rock. The album’s release was followed by a UK tour during the middle part of 2015. 2017 saw a flurry of studio activity, the fruits of which arrived in December with the release of the Winterland EP (and accompanying video) and then in February 2018 with Kay’s 5th album, Volcanoes. In addition to solo recording, Douglas has undertaken numerous other projects in recent years. Collaborations with others have seen him record a radio session with Adam Holmes for BBC Radio 2 and record backing vocals on Rebuild the Universe by Australian band, The Winter Migration. Kay has been the driving force behind A Songwriters’ Circle, a show which features Douglas and other songwriters sharing the stage to perform their songs, discuss the writing process and collaborate on each others’ material. Douglas has also recorded and performed across the UK with his traditional folk duo, The Sorries, a project which has not only seen the pair play countless sell out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe but also deliver lectures and perform in schools, explaining something of the origins of Scotland’s traditional songs and how the folk tradition has been perpetuated throughout history. For more details see: www.douglaskay.com www.facebook.com/DouglasKayBand

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Hi all, hope you’re keeping well.

Obviously all live music in public is off at the moment, but there are lots of opportunities to get your music fix in other ways. Countless acts are streaming live shows from home, recording videos or coming up with other inventive ways of getting their music out there. I aim to get some content to you soon, I’ll post here and on Twitter as soon as I do…

In the meantime, please bear in mind that a lot of your favourite musicians who can’t get out and play are missing out on their main source of income. Musicians are obviously not alone in being affected financially by this, but if you’d like to support them don’t just stream tracks on Spotify, Amazon or Apple Music – buy some product. If they don’t have physical product for sale you can pay to download their music at Bandcamp.com or can donate to them through PayPal. And if they have a store on their website, that’s probably the best place to buy!

Stay well, and stay home.

Australian Bushfire Fundraiser – 5th April

I’m playing at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh on Sunday 5th April, as part of an Australian Bushfire Fundraising concert. I’ll be joined by a number of old friends and collaborators at the gig, including Paul Gilbody, Alan R Davison & Caroline Gilmour (who’ll be performing with her band, The Eves).

In keeping with the Australian theme we’re following classic Sunday session timing, with the gig on from 4.30 – 9.30pm. For more details see:

https://www.edbushfireappeal.com/

February gig…

I played my first solo gig of the year when I returned to Bar Brig for the Sunday session on 19th January, and it was nice to get the first one under my belt while the year was still fresh! It felt good to mix up the set too, with a few from Volcanoes plus a couple of oldies which I hadn’t aired for quite a while.

I’m playing in Edinburgh again next month – Friday 21st February – at a benefit to help those affected by the bush fires in Australia. I was over there back in early 2009 when there was a particularly bad fire season on the East Coast, and saw the devastation caused by the fires. Details of the gig are still to be confirmed but I’ll post them as soon as they’re sorted.

Meantime, you can hear my music here on the site or on the usual streaming platforms. Heck, you can even go old-school and BUY the music if you want!

Live at The Empress – 5th / 12th December

I’ll be playing my last two solo gigs of the year at The Empress (Broughton Street, Edinburgh) on:

Thursday 5th December (8pm)
and
Thursday 12th December (7.30pm)

Both shows are free entry, and may just feature one or two of my Festive numbers…

RLS Day – Requiem on BBC Radio

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November 13th saw the anniversary of writer Robert Louis Stevenson’s birth marked by RLS Day. To tie in with the day, Iain Anderson gave a spin to my track Requiem on his BBC Radio Scotland show.

Requiem, taken from the most recent album Volcanoes, uses the words of RLS’ poem of the same name and marries them to an original tune. Also featured on the recording are my Sorries partner, Martin Philip, and Alan R Davison.

You can listen again to the BBC show by clicking HERE.