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: www.douglaskay.com www.facebook.com/DouglasKayBand

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

Just over two weeks until the Edinburgh Festival Fringe gets underway, and I’m really looking forward to playing this year’s A Songwriters’ Circle show.

Taking place at The Jazz Bar (Venue 57) on Sunday 6th August, the show will also feature my old cohort Paul Gilbody, and fantastic Welsh-born troubadour Jack Harris. Together, we’ll be playing our songs and talking a little bit about how those songs were written.

Tickets are available from the Edinburgh Fringe website and also from the Fringe Box Office on the Royal Mile:

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/songwriters-circle

Corstorphine Festival

Douglas is making an appearance as part of the Corstorphine Festival on Friday 2nd June at RHC Cougars Rugby Club in Union Park, Corstorphine. This music event will also feature Paul Gilbody and will see the two songwriters collaborating on each others material as well as performing some tracks solo.

The event is to raise funds for the Corstorphine Public Hall Rebuild and tickets will be available on the door, priced £5.

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 (pasda.org.uk) 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.