Friday 16th March 2018
with special Guest Nick Ellis
Welcome to the second of our 2018 Acoustic Roots concert series.
As defined in the title of his remarkable 2015 solo debut ‘VIP: Very Interesting Persons’ (No.2 in the Daily Telegraph’s top dozen folk albums that year), Scottish singer-songwriter Findlay Napier categorically commands musical VIP status. He now turns those same supreme songwriting and storytelling gifts, allied with magpie-minded imagination and truly magnificent vocals, to his adoptive home town, on VIP’s hotly anticipated follow-up, ‘Glasgow’.
Continuing his collaboration with Boo Hewerdine, the new album combines freshly-penned originals with classics and rarities from Glasgow’s vast and colourful ballad canon, by authors as diverse as Hamish Imlach and The Blue Nile. Together, they form an extended musical love-letter to Scotland’s metropolis, celebrating 20 years since Napier first arrived as a student, swapping his idyllic Highland childhood home for the 14th floor of the city’s notorious (and since demolished) Red Road flats.
Napier’s own songcraft today vibrantly reflects this increasingly rich stylistic melting-pot – a mix he’s played no small part in creating, especially the cross-fertilisation between Glasgow’s folk and indie communities, as both co-host of a long-running open-mic night, and promoter of the decade-old Hazy Recollections concert series. In 2016, too, Napier launched the Glasgow Songwriting Festival, a weekend of workshops and performances which completely sold out its inaugural outing, and returned in 2017. In between putting the finishing touches to Glasgow, Napier also toured in Feb 2018 with acclaimed contemporary protest-song showcase Shake the Chains.
More info: www.findlaynapier.com
We are also delighted to welcome Liverpool-based singer-songwriter Nick Ellis on his first visit to Acoustic Roots to open the evening for us. Nick is on the Mellowtone Records roster and has a new album out called ‘Adult Fiction’, his third in a space of two years.
More info: www.mellowtonerecords.com/artists/nick-ellis
Tickets: £14.00 direct from David Hiney (07875 881436) or Symphony Music Wigan or WeGotTickets
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