There are many who find themselves described as stalwarts, some for the rugged determination to keep slogging away and others because they contribute so much to stay actively involved on a whole range of levels, keeping sharp artistically and selflessly championing others who deserve attention.
Findlay Napier is one of the most highly-regarded performers and creative forces on the Scottish music scene – thoroughly active and truly energised with a heart-warming zing.
He made his name touring and recording with multi-award winning traditional Scottish folk band Back of the Moon. In his more recent projects “Queen Anne’s Revenge” and “The Bar Room Mountaineers” his song-writing took centre stage and was described by The Sunday Herald as “Genuine songcraft and wit following in the Difford & Tilbrook tradition”. Findlay is also well known for hosting Glasgow’s premier open mic night at Bar Bloc, as the host of Celtic Connections’ Late Night Sessions and for his Hazy Recollections concert series which showcases the very best in new roots music.
His new album VIP Very Interesting Persons contains ten songs about real life characters that have led very interesting lives. The album was co-written and produced by Boo Hewerdine and features performances from Admiral Fallow’s Louis Abbott, Gillian Frame, Roy Dodds, Hamish Napier and incredible Danish multi instrumentalist Gustaf Ljunggren.
The VIP project came together when Findlay began a Creative Scotland’s Advanced Mentoring project with Boo Hewerdine. The first song they wrote together is the oft covered ‘After the Last Bell Rings’. It quickly became obvious that the pair worked well together and they decided a themed album was the way forward.
Heddy Lamaar, a song about the actress who invented Bluetooth and WiFi, was the second piece that came from the creative pairing – and inspired the tone that would follow to bring VIP about. Other interesting individuals include Valentina the first woman in space; the master conman who sold the Brooklyn Bridge at least once a week for thirty years; the ghost of a pugilist; the stunt pilot who discovered Angel Falls, and the Japanese soldier who fought the Second World War well into the 1970s.
UPCOMING ‘LIVE’ DATES:
Oct 05 Hazy Recollections @ Glasgow Americana
Eddi Reader October Tour Support
Oct 07 – Town Hall, Paisley
Oct 08 – Buccleuch Centre, Langholm
Oct 10 – Town Hall Birmingham
Oct 11 – Theatre Royal, Winchester
Oct 12 – Mary’s in the Castle, Hastings
Oct 14 – George’s, Bristol
Oct 16 – The Gala, Durham
Oct 17 – Parr Hall, Warrington
Oct 18 – Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl
Oct 20 – The Junction, Cambridge
Oct 22 – Royal Hall, Harrogate
Oct 23 – The Core, Corby
Oct 24 – The Grand Pavilion, Matlock
Oct 25 – Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Nov 07 – The 2014 House Folk Scottish Music Festival, Kinlochard
Jan 17 Official physical launch of the album at Celtic Connections, Glasgow (venue details TBC)
VIP Very Interesting Persons is released digitally on 6th October and on CD 12th January 2015
More here: www.findlaynapier.com