Glasgow’s prodigious talent C Duncan released his second album The Midnight Sun last October to critical acclaim.
Blending electronic elements and sweeping synth sounds with his signature layered vocals and dreamy instrumentation, the follow up to his Mercury Prizenominated debut Architect won huge praise from the likes of The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Mojo, Uncut and The Quietus.
With a brand new and bigger live show in tow, C Duncan has blossomed into a fully accomplished live artist. Having fast-tracked from playing basement venues alone to selling out 900 cap venues within a year, his live show has come along hugely. Now joined by a four-piece band, they provide the perfect backdrop for his hushed vocals and help execute the plentiful harmonies with mesmerising precision.
Glasgow’s C Duncan, is the son of two classical musicians. Surrounded by music throughout his childhood, Christopher initially took up piano and viola. His teens led him to school bands – learning to play guitar, bass and drums – but did little to quell his fascination with the composition and performance of classical music. He eventually enrolled in Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) to study music composition, where his pieces were performed by various ensembles across the UK.
To hear C Duncan’s music now is to grasp those two common threads between his interests in classical and modern music. The pieces that make up his forthcoming debut LP are formed from lush choral harmonies and acoustic instrumentation, textured like contemporary dreampop and all recorded at home in Glasgow on his bedroom studio setup, gradually built up one layer and one instrument at a time. The results of this methodical and isolationist recording process give us charming lo-fi folk with the harmonic width of choral composition, the sweetness of barbershop and the rough eloquence that has so readily soundtracked Glasgow over the past decades.
Christopher is also an accomplished painter, naming Grant Wood and Gerhard Richter as influences. His work has been exhibited throughout Scotland and he provides cover art for his own records, expressing the same musical ideas through painted image.
We’re off to a flying start this week as rabble-rousing indie rockers The Mirror Trap land at The Sunflower Lounge on Monday. Hotly-tipped Irish duo All Tvvins join us at The Rainbow on Wednesday, closely followed by Glasgow quintet Admiral Fallow on Thursday. We’re back at The Sunflower Lounge on Friday for acclaimed alt folk singer-songwriter Rozi Plain, and on Saturday afternoon our weekly free entry Acoustic Sessions at the Glee Club Lounge continue with headliner Tara Chinn. Saturday night sees Essex rockers The Bohicas take on The Rainbow, whilst Chilean electronic-psych mavericks Follakzoid arrive at The Sunflower Lounge this Sunday! Full details for this weeks events below:
Gaining attention whilst joining Placebo on tour, the rabble rousing indie rockers The Mirror Trap unite the political passion of Billy Bragg with the angular chops of Franz Ferdinand. Support comes from psych-blues quartet The Surrenders.
Watch the video for ‘Little Ease’ by The Mirror Trap below:
Recently signed to Warner Bros. Records, Irish duo All Tvvins are influenced by TV On The Radio’s art-pop twists with the leftfield psychedelic excursions of Animal Collective. Support comes from alt-pop singer-songwriter Kiera Lawlor.
Watch the video for ‘Thank You’ by All Tvvins below:
With new album Tiny Rewards released in May, 2015 promises to be a huge year for the Glasgow quintet Admiral Fallow, who have toured with the likes of Fyfe Dangerfield & Snow Patrol. Support comes from fellow Glaswegian C Duncan, and Birmingham indie-folk trio Oh Stockholm.
Watch the video for ‘Evangeline’ by Admiral Fallow below:
Heralded as ‘One to Watch in 2015′ by The Guardian, Bristol based alternative-folk singer-songwriter Rozi Plain released her third album Friend in May to much critical acclaim. Support comes from Solihull songstress Lexis.
Watch the Rozi Plain video for ‘Actually’ below:
SATURDAY 6TH JUNE
Acoustic Sessions: Tara Chinn + Matthew Socci + Eagle Empire + Kerry Smyth @ The Glee Club Lounge MORE INFO • FREE ENTRY
Our weekly free entry Acoustic Sessions at The Glee Club Lounge continue, this week headlined by Birmingham’s own Tara Chinn - blessed with a voice that seamlessly marries soul, blues, Americana and country, recalling classic female voices including Dusty Springfield & Carole King. Support comes from Matthew Socci, Eagle Empire and Kerry Smyth.
Poised for a major breakthrough in 2015, Essex rockers The Bohicas announce a UK tour ahead of the release of their much-anticipated debut album…“Channelling Marc Bolan, Led Zeppelin and Arctic Monkeys to riveting effect.” – The Sunday Times. Support comes from unstoppable punk-rock trio Dead Sea Skulls, and new Brummie quintet TempleVesta.
Watch the video for ‘To Die For’ by The Bohicas below:
Chilean electronic-psych mavericks Follakzoid released their latest album III to widespread acclaim following appearances at Primavera, ATP Festival and Austin Psych Fest. Now they hit the road this spring, calling at The Sunflower Lounge on Sun 7th June! Support comes from garage-blues four-piece The Hungry Ghosts, plus cosmic pop troubadours Sky Children.
Watch the video for ‘Electric’ by Follakzoid below: