Findlay Napier & The Bar Room Mountaineers
THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2012
FINDLAY NAPIER BIOG
Heavily influenced by the music of Elvis Costello and Loudon Wainwright III, Findlay Napier and his tight four-piece band deliver upbeat musical vignettes on a host of subjects that range from love sick librarians and dumb struck magicians to peeping toms and guilty johns all dispatched in his native accent. His catchy sing-along songs have been likened to that of Ben Folds or a Scottish Ian Dury.
Nominated as Songwriter of the year in the 2010 ‘MG Alba Music Awards’ Napier has been emerging as a writer and performer of increasingly impressive stature and is clearly relishing the chance to put his own work centre stage. It certainly merits such standing, especially matched with his colourfully expressive, thrillingly powerful voice.
The first Bar Room Mountaineers album, ‘Out All Night’ was released in July 2009 at Cambridge Folk Festival and received rave reviews. The album was followed by three single releases leading up to the launch of the new album on 15th May 2011.
Findlay and The Bar Room Mountaineers also run the Hazy Recollections mini-festival in Glasgow. Since January 2010 Hazy Recollections has celebrated and connected acts whose music meets at the boundaries of the indie, folk and roots scenes. Over the past year they have brought together a wealth of these versatile artists and built a loyal following in and around Glasgow featuring acts like Pearl and the Puppets, Admiral Fallow and the French Wives. This year Celtic Connections 2011 hosted three Hazy Recollections which featured, among others, The Staves, Amelia Curran, Humbert and Humbert, Alex Cornish, Kitty the Lion, and Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers.
Napier is a graduate of the BA Scottish Music Degree course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he studied Scots song and guitar. On leaving the RSAMD he went onto form multi-award winning band Back of the Moon. The band released three critically albums and toured extensively in the UK, Europe and North America.
In 2002 Findlay began writing with Nick Turner and the writing project called ‘Queen Anne’s Revenge’ was born. The pair have released two albums under the pseudonym ‘Queen Anne’s Revenge’ and continue to write together. He is also a member of the Northern Songs Collective led by Ronan Keating sideman Jimmy Docherty. In October 2010 The Northern Song Collective signed a publishing deal with Hornall Brothers publishing in London.
WHAT THE PROMOTERS SAY:
"One of the best folk artists we have had at Bella. Those that saw his performance here have talked of little else; those that missed it, rue the day."
Joe Gibbs- Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2011
"What a great live band! Excellent musicians and stage presence. They really impressed our late night audience at Wickham."
Peter Chegwyn, Organiser, Wickham Festival