“he's very good” Eartha Kitt
“great voice...loving that...” Shaun Keaveny, BBC Radio 6
“insightful lyrics” Michael Potvin, Indie In-Tune Mgazine
“beautiful acoustic melodies” Karen Dorrat, T-Break Reviews
During the past decade Douglas Kay has honed his stagecraft in the theatres, clubs and bars of Australasia, North America, Africa and Europe.
The release of his debut album Of All The Towns To Sleep In generated airplay on radio and TV stations worldwide, including Australia's GWN, BBC Radio One, BBC Radio Scotland and Xfm - where Moving Target won the listener vote after featuring on the show X-Posure.
Douglas Kay Band, which features Alex Hunter (bass) and Hugh Martin (drums), was formed following the release of "Towns..." and the trio has since played a number of notable gigs around the UK, including the Ben & Jerry’s Sundae on the Common (alongside Billy Bragg and Doves) and numerous appearances at the world famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
In addition, Douglas has continued to play solo acoustic shows; these have included gigs alongside KT Tunstall and Amy MacDonald as well as tours of the USA, Australia and New Zealand.
The band's album Into Your Head was released on CD, download and USB drive in late 2009 and features ten tracks penned by Kay. The album offers up an eclectic collection of songs, with moments of delicate beauty contrasted by the swelling crescendo of tracks such as Haunted. The common threads throughout the work are Martin’s sympathetic, jazz-influenced drumming, Hunter’s melodic basslines and the thoughtful, passionate lyrics of Kay which are delivered in his warm, honeyed tenor.
Douglas returned to solo recording during 2011 and in December of that year released the "On Christmas Day" EP.
A full acoustic album, Last Touch, was released at the end of October 2012. The album is his most stripped-back to date, featuring 12 tracks which showcase his warm vocals & thoughtful lyrics, and hint at some of his traditional folk influences. Lead track, "All That We've Lost", is a duet with Joanna McQuillan and has already received critical acclaim.
The album will be officially launched with an intimate “Songwriters’ Circle” show (Meadow Upstairs, Edinburgh, Saturday 1st December) which will feature guest appearances from some of Scotland’s finest independent songwriters as well as poet Grant Gillies. Douglas will then head play Glasgow before further shows (including The Bedford in London) in January.
Douglas Kay - vocals, guitars, piano
Alex Hunter - bass
Hugh Martin - drums / percussion
"Last Touch" - 12 track album (2012)
"On Christmas Day" - 3 track E.P. (2011)
"Into Your Head" - 10 track album (2009)
"Late" - 5 track solo acoustic mini-LP (2006)
"Of All The Towns To Sleep In" - 11 track album (2003)
"How Can I Be Sure?" - 4 track EP (2003)
The track "Better" from "Into Your Head" has been featured on Radio Scotland and won a reader vote in Edinburgh's Evening News.
Songs from "Of All The Towns To Sleep In" have been featured on radio in the UK (BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Scotland and Xfm London) and on Australian radio and TV (Central FM, GWN)
Tracks from the album are also receiving regular podcast play worldwide, on podcasts affiliated to the Podcast Music Network.
The song "How Can I Be Sure?" remained in the PMN's top ten "Highest Rated" and "Most Listened To" lists after over two years.
Fondoo Review, Jan 2008
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Finishing up the evening was the headline act, Douglas Kay Band. Fronted by vocalist and songwriter ...Finishing up the evening was the headline act, Douglas Kay Band. Fronted by vocalist and songwriter Douglas Kay,
the Edinburgh 3 piece impressed with high quality acoustic rock music. Playing effortlessly through an extended set it
was easy to see why the band has had such success so far. Distinctive vocals and great songs were backed up by
intricate bass lines and solid drum beats making the Douglas Kay band a real pleasure to listen to. Watch this space for their eagerly anticipated new album.
T Break Live Review, May 2005
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There’s always one poor soul who catches the technical hitches bug, and sadly tonight it falls to th...There’s always one poor soul who catches the technical hitches bug, and sadly tonight it falls to the delightful Douglas Kay. Pushing through he sweet-talks the crowd and plays beautiful acoustic melodies ably supported by his new full band. By third song “Straight” from his album “Of All The Towns To Sleep In” the mellow side of Kay is creeping out and lovely it is too, more of this would lead him dangerously close to David Gray sized classics.
WORDS: Karen Dorrat
Album Review, April 2003
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This is Douglas Kay’s debut album, the product of five months work in Edinburgh’s More Human recordi...This is Douglas Kay’s debut album, the product of five months work in Edinburgh’s More Human recording studio. He’s been playing solo acoustic gigs in Edinburgh since 1996 and has played his way around Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Europe, all the time gathering confidence and material for songwriting.
Of All The Towns To Sleep In sees Kay using the studio to colour in the outlines of his careful song sketches – he plays pretty much all the instruments on the album and avails himself of modern digital techniques to manipulate them. The ploy usually works really well, like on the loop-driven opening track Moving Target, the dual lead vocal on How Can I Be Sure and the treated spoken section of Facing Up, although sometimes there’s the feeling that we’re being presented with a full sound stage simply because it was possible.
The songs, happily, are the record’s strong suit. Consistently thoughtful and passionate, the constant theme is passage; passage of time and distance, passage of people and the passage involved in living itself. Given the similarity of tone and pace throughout the album, you have to listen a few times to really appreciate the songs, but it’s worth it. Kay has a honeyed, warm voice reminiscent of Steve Forbert, best presented on the lovely, resigned When You’ve Gone and the almost unplugged closing track Year.
Of All The Towns To Sleep In is available from www.douglaskay.com
Shows played are either solo acoustic or done as a three-piece (guitar and vocals / bass / drums).
Sets can be anything up to 90 minutes long.
Here is a typical setlist:
3. HOW CAN I BE SURE?
4. LET ME IN
5. SEE IT COME DOWN
6. HANG ON
7. FACING UP
8. WHEN YOU’VE GONE
10. ALL THAT WE'VE LOST
11. MOVING TARGET
|Jul 11, 2013 Thursday||7:30 PM||The Pelton Arms||London, England, GB|
|Douglas returns to play The Icarus Club, Greenwich.|
|Jul 13, 2013 Saturday||7:00 PM||Blastonbury, Balham||London, England, GB|