Album of The Week – ‘Glasgow’ – Findlay Napier 9 Sep 2017 General release Oct 13.
Available on pre release Digital Album on Findlay’s Web site
NO ONE say’s it better than Findlay!!!!
“In 1997 I moved from the banks of the River Spey to the fourteenth floor of the Red Road Flats in Springburn. I was born in Glasgow and had visited the city periodically over the years, the Garden Festival in ‘89 and City of Culture in ‘90 being particular highlights. I remember the buildings being black. I remember being jostled by the people on Buchanan Street. I remember the sound and the shoogle of the Clockwork Orange. I remember the people and their patter. I remember it like the first time I watched Blade Runner. I remember it like the first time I saw Billy Connolly.
Mostly I witnessed Glasgow from afar. On the telly it was a place full of humour: Francie & Josie, Naked Video and Rab C. Nesbitt. Taggart, bookended with Maggie Bell’s ‘No Mean City, was Glasgow’s darker side.
I heard the music, I even sang some of the songs; street songs, folk songs, mimicking Frankie Miller’s Tennent’s selling growl or howling along to City to City on long car journeys north. Yet I was so out of touch with the city’s music I didn’t know that Del Amitri bloke with the leather trousers off the telly was from Glasgow. Rab Noakes’ Standing Up introduced me to The Blue Nile and Michael Marra. I came round to The Bard of Dundee very quickly but I confess it was years before I understood the wonder of those four immaculate albums by The Blue Nile.
By ‘97 Glasgow was undergoing a kind of spring cleaning for the forthcoming City of Architecture. It was the gleaming champagne and red sandstone promised land. I was seventeen and about to enroll on the first ever BA in Scottish Music at the RSAMD. ‘Jock Hawk’s Adventures in Glasgow’ would be a good soundtrack for the next few years of my life in Glasgow, that or ‘Erin Go Bragh,’ a clueless country bumpkin falling in every pitfall the big smoke had to offer.
After graduation it never occurred to me to leave Glasgow. It became my home. I’ve been here for almost exactly twenty-one years to the release date of this album. I’ve lived all over the place, mostly in Dennistoun and Haghill, a year on North Street (above The Bon Accord), a year in Bridgeton, some time in Cathcart and I am now settled in Pollokshields. First I was staying here, then I was living here, now this is my home.
This album is for Glasgow and for the fantastic people I’ve met; unique formidable characters like Big Jim McKenna who told me before walking on stage one night that, “No-one wants to hear you singing your own f*:*+& songs. Your sad f*:*+& songs about your boring f*:*+& life. They want to hear something they know. Maybe something about their home?. Mix them up a bit.” He liked my songs though. He told me when I came off stage! He said I should learn that Hamish Imlach song —- I f*:*+& did!
*In Glasgow swearing is considered a form of audible punctuation
Join Findlay on his journey of making ‘The Dear Green Place’ his home!
Findlay Napier- Guitar, Vocals
Boo Hewerdine- High Strung Guitar, Piano
Donna Maciocia- Backing Vocals
Tracs – Buy download
- Yount Goths in The Necropolis
- Wire Burners
- St Antony’s Digging a Hole
- Cold Liver Oil And The Orange Juice
- A Walk Across the Rooftops
- There’s More To Building Ships
- King Kong’s Visit to Glasgow
- The Blue Lagoon
Sep 09 NESCol Basement Thetare Aberdeen
Sep 09 Logie Durno Village Hall (Session) Inverurie
Sep 10 True North: My First Gig Aberdeen
Sep 15 Poolewe Village Hall Achnasheen
Oct 04 Bella Hardy & Findlay Napier Inverness
Oct 19 Old Bridge Inn Aviemore
Oct 20 Rogart Village Hall Rogart
Oct 26 Kirckcaldy Acoustic Music ClubKirkcaldy
Nov 02 Clarks on Lindsay St Dundee
Nov 10 Songwriter’s Circle: Simon Todd, Findlay Napier, Phil Caffrey North Shields, United Kingdom
Nov 16 The Old Stables Cricklade
Nov 17 The Big Comfy Bookshop Coventry
Nov 19 The Green Note London
Nov 30 Cluny 2 Newcastle
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