English singer-songwriter whose songs are possibly better known than he is! Collaborated with K.d Lang, Mel C, Eddie Reader and Paul Young among others.
As a recording artist, Boo’s first tentative steps came with the band, The Great Divide before the formation of his much-loved eighties group The Bible and a career that subsequently bloomed such that he is now in constant demand as a musician, songwriter, producer, teacher and live concert performer.
Brit Award winning, former Fairground Attraction singer (and Scottish national treasure) Eddi Reader (MBE) is the perhaps the artist Boo Hewerdine is most regularly associated with, as a songwriter, musician and producer. Together they enjoyed international success with the (Hewerdine written) hit single ‘Patience of Angels’ in 1995 and Boo also produced Reader’s ‘Sings the Songs of Robert Burns’ in 2003, an album now viewed as a folk classic. In 2017 Hewerdine continues to enjoy playing live and writing new material with Eddi Reader and will release his first studio album himself in the Spring, titled ‘Swimming in Mercury’, astonishingly his first in 8 years.
“Songcraft and wit in the Difford & Tilbrook tradition” (Sunday Herald)
“Michael Marra meets Elvis Costello. . . Napier oozes class” (Folk Radio UK)
“A beautiful amalgam of Scottish soul, funk and folk” (Irish American Times)
“More rock’n’roll than 50 shitty indie bands” (BluesBunny)
“Weird” (Sunday Mail)
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 (and sometime stand-up comic) Findlay Napier categorically commands musical VIP status.
Co-written and produced by revered UK songsmith Boo Hewerdine, VIP’s ten biographical tracks, invoking real-life sources from Hedy Lamarr to a cave-dwelling Scottish tramp, marked another career high for Napier, building on plaudits and awards for his previous line-ups Back of the Moon, Queen Anne’s Revenge and The Bar Room Mountaineers.
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 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.
Welcome to the ‘contemporary vintage’ world of new UK duo Elma.
Elma comprises songwriter/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Mark Ellis (best known as drummer of controversial indie band Hamfatter) and singer Ellie Gillett, straight out of university her classically trained, intimate vocal style and irresistible personality have proved an instant hit with the duo’s audiences.
As an antidote to the crazy exposure surrounding Hamfatter’s performance on Dragon’s Den and the hectic UK tour after the band’s indie chart success, Mark began penning simple, heart-felt songs which harked back to a less cynical age of pop music. When Mark first heard Ellie singing he immediately knew hers was the perfect voice to bring these songs to life, both on stage and on record.
Elma were quickly scouted for support slots with the Beta Band’s Steve Mason (at The Junction, Cambridge) and cult ‘80s band The Bible (at Under the Bridge, Chelsea), alongside several highly-acclaimed headline performances.
Armed with a clutch of authentic, unforgettable songs including their debut single Slo-Mo and with their debut album on the go it won’t be long before Elma’s unique ‘contemporary vintage’ sound takes the world by storm!
Things that have been said about us...
Roddy Hart - BBC Radio Scotland
“Finely crafted and assured retro-pop from a promising young duo.”
Sue Marchant - BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
“Slo Mo used to be synonymous with The Matrix, but now it’s Elma’s vibrant retro pop - the last thing you want to dodge!”
Maddie Hickish - BBC Radio 4
“What butter does for crumpets, Elma will do for your life. Their music is delectable, comforting, fortifying and essential.”