SCOTLAND | 2021 PARTICIPANT
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. Their Quantum Lyrics tour and second EP are coming in November 2021. He has completed an album of new songs with Blazin’ Fiddles piano/producer Angus Lyon called “t Is What It Is. This album will be available late 2021 when he supports Eddi Reader on her autumn 2021 UK tour.
With his wife Gillian Frame and composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Mike Vass he released an album called The Ledger. Launched in May 2020 The Ledger is time capsule of the 50’s folk scene containing ten traditional Scottish folk songs. They performed The Ledger at the prestigious TED Summit in Edinburgh and at Celtic Connections. The album made three of the top 10 end of year lists on Folk Radio UK.
Working through Covid Findlay and Boo Hewerdine ran Creative Scotland online songwriting retreats and workshops for musicians affected by the Corona Virus. The workshops were a chance to network, build skills and create a fresh body of work. Findlay is also known as the host of Celtic Connections “Late Night Sessions”, the director of Glasgow Songwriting Festival and he recently appeared in season two of Starz network’s flagship show The Spanish Princess.