Findlay Napier is one of Scotland's finest singer songwriters. In 2018 he was the first solo act to be nominated for Live Act of the Year at the Scot’s Trad. Music Awards. Described as Micheal Marra meets Elvis Costello, a Caledonian Loudon Wainwright III or a Scottish James Taylor this master storyteller's songs are full of earthy humour, hopeless love and biting satire.
His remarkable 2015 solo debut VIP: Very Interesting Persons (produced by Boo Hewerdine) was number two in the Daily Telegraph’s top dozen folk albums that year and categorically commanded him musical VIP status.
In 2017 he turned those same supreme songwriting and storytelling gifts, allied with magpie-minded imagination and truly magnificent vocals, to his adoptive home town Glasgow on VIP’s hotly anticipated follow-up.
Findlay was part of Folk by The Oak’s successful “Shake the Chains” touring and album project. 2019 saw his Story Song Scientist’s collaboration with award winning songwriter Megan Henwood tour across the UK in support of their eponymous fIrst EP. A tour and 2nd EP are due 2021. He is currently working with Blazin’ Fiddles piano/producer Angus Lyon on an LP of new songs called “It Is What It Is”. His third solo album will be released in late 2021 when he supports Eddi Reader on her autumn tour.
This year with his wife Gillian Frame and composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Mike Vass he released The Ledger. The album, a time capsule of the 50’s folk scene, contains ten traditional Scottish folk songs. They performed The Ledger at the prestigious TED summit in Edinburgh and at Celtic Connections.
Findlay is also the host of Celtic Connections “Late Night Sessions”, director of Glasgow Songwriting Festival and recently appeared in season two of Starz network’s flagship show The Spanish Princess.
LIVE performance of Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice with Findlay's trio featuring Gillian Frame and Donna Maciocia
Photo by Elly Lucas
"... one of the finest songwriters and storytellers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene." Folk Radio UK (Glasgow)
"Coming on like a Caledonian Loudon Wainwright ... A superbly crafted compilation of Songs" Acoustic Magazine (Glasgow)
“★★★★★ #2 Twelve Best Folk Music Albums of 2015: An inventive and engaging album... Findlay Napier (the sweet voice behind the beard)... an original engaging treat." Martin Chilton, The Telegraph (VIP)
"He's good and he's really funny too! He's got that classic brilliant banter with the audience as well. Lovely to hear the storytelling in the songs as well as inbetween. A wonderful cacophony of bizarre and brilliant tales of real people." Edith Bowman- BBC Quay Sessions (Live)
"An insurgent talent...a wonderful singer... [Napier] proves he has a songwriting talent to match" The Morning Star (Glasgow)
“★★★★ One of the most intriguing and enjoyable albums… a collection of cracking songs that all add up to a cracking album… his voice has a mesmerising addictive quality to it… fabulous arrangements and very classy production… It’s brave creative and a smashing listen”
Maverick Magazine (VIP)
"Napier’s stagecraft is charmingly relaxed and cultivates an engrossed and interested audience." Ravechild, Peter Johnstone (Live)
★★★★★ "Songs full of earthy humour, hopeless love and biting satire… more ‘Michael Marra meets Elvis Costello’ than contemporary tradition.” Folk Radio UK (VIP)
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