The Stripped Sessions w/ Carol Laula
SATURDAY 21ST JUNE 2014
Scotland is famed the world over for it's exports and one of it's finest has to be singer-songwriter Carol Laula.
With "a style which bobs around somewhere between the sweet, clear delicacy of Joni Mitchell and the tougher edges of Joan Armatrading", it's hardly surprising that she's risen from a young unknown to become a household name.
She first captivated the media and her audience in 1990, when her independent single, "Standing Proud" was chosen to represent Glasgow in its year of culture. But Scotland isn't the only country lucky enough to play host to the Paisley Born performer.
Carol has a massive fanbase that stretches to every corner of the globe. During the '90s, she toured Asia and Europe, collecting fans and souvenirs along the way, before appearing on stage in at New York's famous Carnegie Hall and showcasing her angelic tones on the stateside circuit.
The same decade saw Carol team up with Stuart Adamson to produce a series of songs that will no doubt be seen as a legacy to the talent of the late Big Country singer / songwriter. Carol has also collaborated with Jane Weidlin of the Go-Gos, Ryan Hedgecock of Lone Justice and Australia's Cheryl Beattie.
In 1997, Carol took a study break - supposedly - but in between achieving her MA Honours Degree in Politics & English Literature at Glasgow University, she couldn't resist branching out into other aspects of the media and made her debut presenting shows for both BBC Radio and Scottish Television.
The noughties are shaping up to be another busy decade her. As well as touring new areas such as Iceland, she has performed across the UK and Ireland with Eliza Gilkyson and appeared at Glastonbury - something of a highlight, when she not only shared the bill with Billy Bragg, but met her hero, Tony Benn.
With seven albums under her belt, she still stirs critics to describe her as "Scotland's leading singer-songwriter" and "an undeniably passionate and whole-hearted singer".
It's her ability to remain true to the raw gigging experience that has made her such an enduring performer and brought her such critical acclaim, along with numerous awards including 'Best Performer' at the Celtic Connections festival.
Despite releasing seven albums - "Still", "Precious Little Victories", "Naked", "First Disciple", "To Let", "Kitchen Stories" and her most recent "Answers in the Mirror" - Carol still finds the time to tour extensively, treating her fans worldwide to a voice and repertoire that can move even the hardest heart. Although her albums capture her incredible tone and clarity, it's when you see her perform live that you truly appreciate the depth and range of her talent.
It's also when she truly feels at home; chatting between songs and even encouraging the audience to make requests. It would strike fear into the heart of most seasoned performers, but Carol has good reason for the structure of her shows;
"It can be quite disappointing when you see someone perform live and then they act all precious on stage, taking themselves terribly seriously.
"No, I really want to make the live side of my work that little bit special and accessible to those who take the time to come along to the shows - that way, I get to enjoy it too!”