One of Scotland’s finest singer-songwriters, Findlay Napier has been described as Michael Marra meets Elvis Costello, a Caledonian Loudon Wainwright III or a Scottish James Taylor. His songs are full of earthy humour, hopeless love and biting satire.
In 2018 he was the first solo artist to be nominated in the "Best Live Act" category in the Scot's Trad Music Awards. In 2021 he was nominated for "Musician of the Year'.
His fourth album It Is What It Is was released on 1st October 2021 via The Bothy Society and was supported by a seventeen date Eddi Reader support tour, followed by an nine date tour with Megan Henwood.
It Is What It Is follows his 2017 and 2015 albums Glasgow’and VIP (respectively). 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 gifts and truly magnificent vocals to his adoptive hometown Glasgow on VIP’s hotly-anticipated follow-up.
It Is What It Is was recorded and mixed at Gran’s House studio with Angus Lyon and Chris Waite. It also features a plethora of incredible people from the folk scene, including co-writes by Boo Hewerdine (The Bible / Eddi Reader), and features BBC Radio 2 Award winning singer songwriter Megan Henwood, Juno Award and Polaris Music Prize Nominee Terra Lightfoot, alongside Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), Euan Burton (Beth Nielson Chapman/Kris Drever), Gustaf Ljunggren, Donna Maciocia and Gillian Frame.
Covid did not slow Findlay down as 2020 also saw him working with his wife Gillian Frame, and (composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist) Mike Vass on an album called The Ledger. The Ledger is a time capsule of the 50’s folk scene containing ten traditional Scottish folk songs. As well as being invited to perform The Ledger at the prestigious TED Summit in Edinburgh and at Celtic Connections, it also made three of the top 10 end of year lists on Folk Radio UK. 2019 saw his collaboration with award-winning songwriter Megan Henwood tour across the UK in support of their Story Song Scientist’s EP. Their Quantum Lyrics tour and second EP are coming in November 2021.
LIVE performance of "I've Never Been Wrong" from the album It Is What It Is Filmed for Global Music Match 2021 by Showcase Scotland Expo.
Findlay Napier & Megan Henwood aka The Story Song Scoentists perform their 2021 single "Ode to the Man With the Golden Arm"
"... 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)