Glasgow Musicians' Biographies

Glasgow is a city full of music and musicians - you will find some of their biographies here:

Jim McAteer

Photo: jim mcateer. Jim McAteer

"Jim McAteer is a guitarist and singer from the musical city of Glasgow in Scotland.

Recent gigs include support slots for a dazzling list of folk legends - Martin Carthy, Wiz Jones, Davey Graham, Robin Williamson and John Renbourn, as well as appearing in his own right at international venues from New York to Iran.Further information

Jim will perform at: Folk Blues and Beyond 2010, Acoustic Music Festival, West End Festival

Photo: ciaran dorris.Ciaran Dorris

Not only an acclaimed singer-songwriter, but also a fine interpreter of song, Ciaran has lived in Glasgow for more than twenty years after moving there from his native Belfast in 1988. He had already carved a name out for himself in the Ulster folk scene and has proved to be equally popular in Scotland having earned plaudits from the likes of Billy Connolly

Ciaran presents a regular Sunday show on Celtic Music Radio. CMR broadcasts across Glasgow and is also online at

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Lynnie Carson and Hammond's Folly

Photo: lynnie carson. Lynnie Carson and her band Hammond's Folly are set to self release their debut album in the new year. Having previously supported Scottish artists such as Paulo Nutini and Stephen Lindsay, Lynnie and her band are now looking to start a following in their own right. With a sound harking back to Rumours era Fleetwood Mac, they are heavily influenced by The Band, Neil Young and Bob Dylan and are hoping to join their contemporaries Midlake and Fleet Foxes in popularizing melody and harmony once again in the charts.
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Photo: the dirt. Dark country from a dark country

THE DIRT are a Glasgow-based threesome drawn from the punk country well that spawned Johnny Cash, The Violent Femmes, Green on Red and Uncle Tupelo. They sing of feral children, broken guitars, dead dogs, dark rivers and aching love.


Graeme Dirt on vocals, guitar, banjo and harmonica
Jen Dirt on vocals, percussion, squeezebox and melodica
Jo Dirt
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The Dirt will perform at: Folk Blues and Beyond 2010, Acoustic Music Festival, West End Festival

The Doghouse Roses

Photo: the doghouse roses. Paul Tasker and Iona Macdonald started playing music together soon after meeting in late 2005. Tasker's inspiration to play the guitar came after hearing legendary guitarist Bert Jansch in a Glasgow working men's club in the early 1990s. He subsequently went on to win a 'Danny Kyle Award' at Celtic Connections in 2004 as guitarist and songwriter for Aberdeen based band Sal. Iona Macdonald's increasing reputation has led to her being much in demand as a session singer, and in 2008 she performed with Howe Gelb and the Pilgrim Road Orchestra on the Willard Grant Conspiracy Pilgrim Road tour

Tasker & Macdonald formed Doghouse Roses in 2006, after one too many nights drinking red wine and listening to Pentangle, Fairport Convention and Gillian Welch records. Since then they have played many shows in the UK and Europe. They also started their own record label, Yellowroom Music, on which they have released a single, three EPs and a full length CD, distribution being handled by Proper Distribution.
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The Doghouse Roses will perform at: Folk Blues and Beyond 2010, Acoustic Music Festival, West End Festival

Photo: jamie flett. Jamie Flett

Defiant urban alt blues or melancholy acoustic folk or woozy DIY bluegrass that?s ?close enough for jazz, far away enough for folk.?
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Photo: alistair ogilvie. Alistair Ogilvie

A traditional Scottish singer Alistair enjoys singing and bringing to life songs that tell of times gone past. Most of all he loves sad songs and in his performance he tries to portay the heartrending emotions they contain.

With a wide-ranging repertoire from Burns to Lady Nairn to Fairport Convention, he is a very versatile performer. Still a mere slip of a lad at 22 you don't expect the voice that comes out when Alistair starts singing in a rich, deep resonant tone that captures and holds your attention.

Growing up in the lovely village of Strathblane just outside Glasgow he draws a lot of inspiration from the beautiful countryside. He has been influenced by Scottish singers like Karen Matheson, Jim Reid, Doris Rougvie and Dougie Maclean among others.

Alistair will perform at Folk Blues and Beyond 2010, Acoustic Music Festival, West End Festival

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Photo: bill adair.Bill Adair

As well as being a fine guitar player Bill Adair is one of Scotland's busiest and most respected singer/songwriters.

Combining influences from folk and blues, Bill's music addresses universal themes of love, work, loss and redemption. Equally at home singing a traditional Scottish ballad, playing blues from the Mississippi Delta or performing one of his own songs, Bill's performances are complemented by a natural story-telling style that is both thought-provoking and entertaining.
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Photo: wing and a prayer. Wing and a Prayer

Are Dave Dick and Jim Gilbert, a blues based guitar duo, with a life-long association with Glasgow?s West End. These veteran musicians have been plying their trade in pubs, clubs and cafes. Most recently, in the Tchai Ovna teahouse at the end of Otago Lane ? a wonderfully eccentric venue which suits their laid back approach to life and music. As part of the 2010 West End Festival they will be performing their mix of self penned rhythm/blues/folk/Americana at the Tchai on the evening of Friday 25th June. 8 till 10.30.
May, 2010.

Wing and a Prayer will perform at: Folk Blues and Beyond 2010, Acoustic Music Festival, West End Festival

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John Taylor

Photo: john taylor. John Taylor is a Glasgow born singer/songwriter, who after many years of playing in different bands is now enjoying some success as a singer/songwriter in the Glasgow Folk Scene. This summer he will launch his second album at Brel at Glasgow's West End Festival 2010, prior to heading off to play at Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival and other gigs in Ireland.
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Photo: dinny.Dinny

Singer and multi-instrumentalist from Glasgow, Dinny has performed throughout Scotland in a variety of bands, playing anything from bass guitar and drums to electric violin, covering a wide spectrum of musical genres.
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Bad Bad Men

Photo: bad bad men. Bad Bad Men are a Glasgow based band consisting chiefly of vocals, guitar, piano, double bass and drums but also on occasion bringing in additional strings and brass. Drawing their musical influences from the worlds of country, rock and pop, their sound has evolved over their brief history into something wholly unique yet commercially viable. Comparisons have been drawn with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash and Arcade Fire to name but a few.
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Photo: stevie lawrence. Stevie Lawrence

Was involved in rock bands from schooldays and active in the Glasgow pub rock scene before turning to acoustic and roots music in the early eighties.

Influenced by a mixture of glam and prog rock, his early idols were musicians such as Zal Cleminson from The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Ron and Russell Mael from Sparks, Mick Ronson from The Spiders from Mars, as well as multi instrumentalists such as Steve Howe.He is also currently involved in multimedia and specially commissioned projects.

Stevie currently tours and records with Big Sky artists Rallion , as a duo with fiddler Fiona Cuthill (debut album due early 2011), Mick West, Cellist Wendy Weatherby, Chilli piper Kyle Warren and Duncan McCrone.

He is also heavily involved with The Red Hot Chilli Pipers handling Bass and Bouzouki duties having performed with them on their triple platinum CD/DVD "Blast", their self titled debut release and their new release "Music for the Kilted Generation"

He also performs with Wendy Weatherby Trio, ex Clydesiders member Duncan McCrone, prog rockers Abel Ganz and fellow Big Sky artists Real Time.

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Photo: the follies. The Follies

The Follies didn't know they were a band until a month after their first gig. All friends and independent artists for many years, they were brought together by Scottish artist, Raymond Hackland for the UK launch of his debut single 'Just One Night', which had already hit No.1 in Holland gaining him national press coverage and even a slot on STV News! It was at The Captain's Rest on a chilly night in September 2010 where the line up of The Follies was subconsciously finalised.
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Photo: alan reid. Alan Reid: Folk Musician and Songwriter

Alan Reid was born in Galsgow's Bridgeton and moved to Kilmarnock when he was seven years old. At Strathclyde University in 1969 he met up with Brian McNeill and joined the fledgling folk group Battlefield Band . The band quickly became pre-eminent in the emerging new Scottish folk scene of the early 1970s that produced such influential groups as the Tannahill Weavers, Silly Wizard, the McCalmans and later Ossian.

February 2011 has seen the release of an album of Alan's favourite songs from his Battlefield Band years which should further cement his reputation as a songwriter as well as being a record of a distinguished career in Scottish music.

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Duncan McCrone

Photo: duncan mccrone. Duncan McCrone is a Glasgow-based singer-songwriter whose musical CV goes right back to the early seventies, when he joined Hot Toddy, with Billy Ross (of Ossian fame) and Cy Jack, who has been his songwriting partner and fellow musician in virtually every musical venture since.

Full details - new cd May, 2012.

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