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

Martin Guitar Night

A lot of fun at The Mercat in Edinburgh last Wednesday, as Martin Guitars hosted their Takeover Open night. A great singalong…complete with unusual facial expressions from yours truly.

 

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Live

A couple of live dates coming up this week as I head to London to play The Green Note, Camden, on Monday 22nd April, and then play a short set at The Mercat in Edinburgh on Wed 24th.

The London date sees me opening for Adam Holmes and the Embers (tickets from www.greennote.co.uk) while the Edinburgh set is part of a Martin Guitars showcase.

There are also details of a special show at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe coming soon, so stay tuned…

Live in London – April 22nd 2019

DK_tbreak3I’m returning to London to play live at The Green Note, Camden, on Monday 22nd April.

I’m delighted to say I’ll be opening for the excellent Adam Holmes and the Embers. I played alongside Adam in Biggar last year and it was a great night, so we’re really looking forward to this one. Tickets are available now from: www.greennote.co.uk

 

2019 Begins…

Hello and a Happy New Year to you all.

Thanks to everyone who listened to the 12 Downloads of Christmas, or watched the Winterland and On Christmas Days over the Festive period. Your support is, as always, much appreciated.
I’m also grateful to all the broadcasters and podcasters out there who aired my music during 2018, particularly to Jim Gellatly of Amazing Radio, Iain Anderson of BBC Radio Scotland and to Keith Easton and Caroline Gilmour on The Cake Show – all of whom have given me a lot of support over the years.

This year is set to be another busy one, with a series of gigs in the planning – more details to follow.

Meanwhile, if you missed my December appearance on The Cake Show it’s not too late to listen in. Click on the link below to hear some chat about songwriting, filming, my work with The Sorries and (of course) festive TV viewing. Oh, there’s a couple of live cover versions in there too…

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Cake Show - Dec 2018Douglas appeared on The Cake Show this week, where he joined regular hosts Keith Easton and Caroline Gilmour for their Christmas special. He took his guitar along and did a couple of Christmas covers – one from the contemporary canon and another a crooners’ favourite!

You can listen again to the show (which goes out regularly on Tuesdays at 9pm)  HERE.

Douglas is also set to be featured THIS SUNDAY (23rd December) on Jim Gellatly’s Amazing Radio show. Tune in live  from 2pm or listen again from Monday at www.amazingradio.com/shows/jimgellatly