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. Last year saw Douglas return to solo recording. In December 2011 he released the three track EP On Christmas Day and he has a solo album scheduled for release during the second half of 2012. For more details see:

April Gig & Recording

I’ll be making my first solo live appearance of the year on Sunday 2nd April 2017, at The Granary, in Leith, Edinburgh. I’ll be playing a short set as part of a charity event organised by PASDA ( to mark World Autism Awareness Week. Full details on the Live Dates page.

After a little flurry of recording in advance of the 12 Downloads of Christmas last November, I also have tentative plans to begin recording again in April, this time for a new album. I’ll keep you up to date as things proceed…

12 Downloads of Christmas 2016

While some organisations egg us on to begin the Christmas build up in October, the best festive traditions don’t start until we’re safely into December. In that spirit, today sees the return of my very own contribution to the season with the start of the 12 Downloads of Christmas for 2016.

I’ll be posting a live recording, a cover version, a remix or previously unreleased DK track every day from the 13th December right up to Christmas Day, for you to download and keep.

The first of the 12 songs for this year is an exclusive recording of a brand new song called Chimed. You can hear that song and the others, as they’re posted, by clicking below:

The 12 songs will be posted on the Douglas Kay Soundcloud page and you can access the tracks as soon as they’re posted by clicking HERE.

And Relax…

Thanks to everybody who made it along to see me playing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August, it was fantastic to see so many folk out. Between solo gigs, A Songwriters’ Circle and The Sorries shows I ended up doing about 25 performances over the month – which was very hectic but thoroughly rewarding.

I’m having a little break from live stuff just now, but the arrival of a new digital piano has seen me writing some little things which may well make it on to the next album. In the meantime, you can still get all the other albums – including the latest, Lift – through iTunes or on CD here on the site.

Edinburgh Festival Dates

7th July 2016 cropAfter making my first solo appearance of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe last Sunday, I’m now gearing up for two more shows this week.

I am particularly excited about the first of the two (this Thursday, 11th Aug) as it will see me sharing the stage with my frequent collaborator & chum Alan R Davison, and also with the fantastic Edwina Hayes (of whom I have long been an admirer). The three of us will take the stage Song Circle 2016together as part of A Songwriters’ Circle, and then take turns to perform our songs and chat a little about how they were written. These nights are always special and this one promises to be no different.
For tickets, visit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Box Office or use the link below:

The second show of the week (Sunday 14th) will see me return to the Edinburgh Gin stage in St Andrew’s Square Gardens to perform a solo set of songs. And the good thing is, with this being Edinburgh and it being an outdoor show, it’s BOUND to be sunny…