Glasgow Musicians Biographies: The Follies

Photo: the follies. " Incredible musicians! A truly special and unique sound " -

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.

"Pure class!" - Eddi Reader

Alan Frew (a young guitar genius who has shared a stage with Paulo Nutini, Albert Lee and Texas among many others) on vocals, lead guitar, and harmonica. Amy Belle (formally of The Alice Band who has duetted with Rod Stewart at the Royal Albert Hall, recorded with the guys from The Doors and is now a published song writer most notably for Miley Cyrus) on vocals, rhythm guitar and banjo and Raymond Hackland (a relative newcomer to the scene but with his debut single being a hit in Holland and receiving glowing reviews from press and contemporaries alike through the UK and Europe, he's here to stay) on rhythm guitar, vocals and harmonica.

"Sensational!" - Rod Stewart

Following this first gig in Scotland, plans were made to tour together in Holland and one month later, after a week of shows and much jamming The Follies were born with the phrase, "So, are we a band now?"

With a sound more suited to 60's and 70's classic Americana, brought out by the close three part harmonies and their choice of instruments, their on stage energy and charisma has already earned them some great reviews and some die hard fans. This is a group who make amazing music with a distinct lack of ego with an inclusive, accessible vibe and stage performance.

"Lyrically awesome" - Music News Scotland

Their upcoming showcase concert at the Oran Mor in Glasgow's West End on the 18th February promises to be the event of the year. With support acts, Jono and Sean Kenedy warming the evening up, the stage will be firmly set for The Follies who will also be joined on stage by more talented Glasgow based musicians.

Catch them if you can, you won't be sorry!

"Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!"- The Scottish Sun

Amy Belle

Raymond Hackland