Abagail Grey

Abagail Grey

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

The shape shifting creative guise of Scottish songwriter and pianist Claire Campbell. With a recent performance at Summerfest in Milwaukee and having just secured a publishing deal with Chicago based label Minty Fresh, Abagail grey are set to reach new heights in 2013 on both sides of the Atlantic.

Biography

ABAGAIL GREY: NEW EP DARK WOOD RELEASED AUGUST 30TH

PRODUCED BY CHRIS GEDDES & TONY DOOGAN

Uniting the intensely personal with the wholly universal, Dark Wood is the latest release from Scotland’s Abagail Grey, the creative alter ego of Highland singer-songwriter, pianist and fiddler Claire Campbell. Following widespread praise for last year’s second album Apple Cherub Dove, and December’s seasonal download single ‘Winter & Icicles’, Campbell has again teamed up with long-time collaborators Chris Geddes (Belle & Sebastian) and Tony Doogan (Snow Patrol, Teenage Fanclub) to record Dark Wood, an achingly poignant yet magically affirmative mini-suite of songs in memory of Campbell’s aunt, who died of leukaemia in October 2010.

Dark Wood’s release marks another highlight in an exciting year for Abagail Grey, including appearances at Celtic Connections, London Folkfest and a headline slot at the world’s biggest music festival, Summerfest in Milwaukee, alongside the likes of the Beach Boys, Foo Fighters and Iron Maiden. With interest in Campbell’s music mounting fast around the UK, and US licensing and publishing deals recently secured, this captivatingly heartfelt, exquisitely crafted EP will further enhance her reputation among Scotland’s most gifted emerging artists.

ABAGAIL GREY WILL RELEASE SNOWFLAKE REMEMBER ON 1ST DECEMBER 2012

Praise for Dark Wood
"the purity of her voice and the emotion in the delivery suggest a performer of real talent....deliciously poignant but sweet...simply beautiful"
http://www.musicosis.co.uk/?p=1962

"Well regarded Scottish artist Claire Campbell goes under her artistic nom de folk Abagail Grey again as she follows her 2011 sophomore release ‘Apple Cherub Dove’ with this deeply personal quartet of songs based around reminiscences of her aunt who played a pivotal part in her upbringing, and sadly succumbed to leukaemia in 2010.
Having gathered the assistance of musicians who have recorded alongside Caledonian Indie luminaries Teenage Fanclub and Belle and Sebastian, she charts this story chronologically backwards; the lead and title track ‘Dark Woods’ tackles the aftermath of Campbell’s loss with yearning and the need for more time, and hope s for the other side beneath keening violins, as pianos and soft drums pick out a tortured slow rhythm.

The other tracks deal with various stages of remission and disbelief. ‘Water‘ catches Campbell near the top of her vocal register interweaving melodies with violins. Its sudden quirky twists are sometimes Tori Amos-like in their intent, and remain beguiling and unpredictable for the most part. The highlight comes with the final claustrophobic rhythms and atmosphere of closing hymn ‘Flame’. It’s restrained grace, and grounding feel rounding off this fitting and heartfelt tribute"
http://www.americana-uk.com/reviews-cd-live/latest-cd-reviews/item/abagail-grey

Discography

EP Snowflake Remember - Due for release 1st Dec 2012 - produced by Chris Geddes and Tony Doogan and mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road. Supported by national radio and press campaign currently underway.

EP Dark Wood - released 30th August 2012 - produced by Chris Geddes and Tony Doogan. Supported by national radio and press campaign, received press coverage and radio play on a national level. Available on itunes and other digital stores - distributor www.theorchard.com

Digital Single - Winter & Icicles - released Nov 2011 - produced by Chris Geddes and Tony Doogan. Available on itunes and other digital stores - distributor www.emubands.com

Album - Apple Cherub Dove (old line-up) - released April 2011 - produced by Chris Geddes and Tony Doogan. Available on itunes and other digital stores - distributor www.emubands.com. Released on vinyl in USA via http//:www.mplsltd.com - available in retail stores throughout USA.

Album - Long Case Clock Suspension (old line-up) - released July 2009 - produced by Chris Geddes and Tony Doogan. Available on itunes and other digital stores - distributor www.emubands.com. Released on vinyl in USA via http//:www.mplsltd.com - available in retail stores throughout USA.