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

Radio

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

The 12 Downloads of Christmas

After a fallow December in 2017 – when amongst other things I was finishing the Winterland EP and Volcanoes – the 12 Downloads of Christmas return in full festive form for Christmas 2018.

First appearing in 2011, the 12 Downloads sees a rare DK track – a live recording, cover, remix or newbie – posted on each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas. This aural (half) advent calendar, is available for you to stream until New Year or, better still, for you to download and keep for free!

The first of the 12 songs for this year was recorded at the Volcanoes album launch in February, and is the title track of that album. 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.

A Songwriters’ Circle – Edinburgh Festival Shows

Douglas returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August with two Songwriters’ Circle shows. The shows will see Douglas join two other songwriters on stage to perform songs and talk about how those songs were written.

Tickets for the shows – on Sun 12th and Fri 17th August – are available from the Edinburgh Fringe website:
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/songwriters-circle

Sunday 12th August @ 10pm
Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, EH1 1HR.
Douglas Kay
Alex Cornish
Alan R Davison

Friday 17th August @ 10pm
Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, EH1 1HR.
Douglas Kay
Paul Gilbody
Jack Harris

Of All the Towns – 15th anniversary offer

15 years ago today the debut album, Of All the Towns to Sleep In, was released…and to celebrate you can get a FREE copy of the album on CD when you buy a copy of the new CD, Volcanoes, from the SHOP here on the website. And then you can go and party like it’s 2003…