Findlay Napier

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  • The Scottish Situation: Findlay Napier

    This show was on Aug 6th, 2014 | 27 people watched
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    • Aug 6
      First time on the website and discovered it through a tweet Findlay had posted...it was a gig in my livingroom and Findlay was superb...I love his songwriting and singing and I thought it was a great idea having the live messages...
    • Aug 6
      Terrific, I came in late but did enjoy. I shall be looking for his cds.
    • Aug 7
      What a great way to access live music. Findlay sounded great and played a good selection of songs. We loved it!
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Bio

It would be tempting to describe Findlay Napier as a relative newcomer to the folk and acoustic music scene. But his parents recently informed him that, during a wine-fuelled evening, they’d made a list of his career achievements and it filled a side of A4. With a BA in Scottish Traditional Song in hand, Findlay formed Back Of The Moon who won Best Up And Coming Act at the 2003 Trad Music... more

It would be tempting to describe Findlay Napier as a relative newcomer to the folk and acoustic music scene. But his parents recently informed him that, during a wine-fuelled evening, they’d made a list of his career achievements and it filled a side of A4. With a BA in Scottish Traditional Song in hand, Findlay formed Back Of The Moon who won Best Up And Coming Act at the 2003 Trad Music Awards – topping that in 2005 when they were named Folk Band of the Year.

Since 2006 it’s been as a contemporary songwriter that Findlay’s won praise and fans. The albums Out All Night and File Under Fiction are stuffed to the gills with rousing, sing-a-long-able tales of real life and the truth about love. Performing both solo and with his band Findlay Napier & The Bar Room Mountaineers, they’ve drawn comparisons to Elvis Costello, Karine Polwart, Nickel Creek and Loudon Wainwright III. Or… a cocktail of Scottish trad roots with the punk sensibilities of Stiff Records (for those who like a snappy sound bite).

Visitors to the world-renowned Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow will recognise Findlay (with or without beard) as the host and creative director of Hazy Recollections – which has grown from a fringe event to become a major showcase for new talent (and secret appearances from proper famous types).


BIOGRAPHY
But referring back to mum and dad’s list we find Findlay touring the world with his music – stopping off at Philadelphia Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Cambridge, Warwick, Ely, Sidmouth, Priddy, Shetland, Orkney and Fylde, to name but a few. He guested for a year with the mighty Last Night’s Fun and as a result has formed a new duo alongside Chris Sherburn (god help him).

Other achievements of note include a collaboration with Grammy-winning Buena Vista Social Club producer Jerry Boys, and a new songwriting project with Boo Hewerdine. He’s presented BBC Radio Scotland’s Celtic Zone and popped up on telly on numerous occasions (hooray for BBC Alba!) And still manages to find time to perform and teach workshops with his wife – respected fiddle player Gillian Frame (the first ever recipient of the Young Scottish Traditional Musician Award).

But let’s end on a quote from Joe Gibbs, founder and director of the Belladrum Festival, who says of Findlay Napier: “One of the best folk artists we have had at Bella. Those that saw his performance have talked of little else.”

Not bad for a beginner, eh?

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