Colin Clyne
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Colin Clyne

San Diego, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | INDIE

San Diego, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2006
Solo Folk Americana


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"A Scotsman at Sea"

How would singer/songwriter Colin Clyne describe his music? "Imagine the love child of Mike Myers's Fat Bastard and Neil Young."

Originally from Stonehaven, Scotland, and raised in the U.K., Clyne frequently takes jobs aboard fishing boats traveling to Europe, west Africa, and even the Arctic Circle. "My last album, Songs from the Cold Store, was inspired by the refrigerated-food store on one of the ships I work on. This was the only place I could play and sing loud without waking the night-shift workers on the ship. Imagine the cook's first impression when he came into the store to find me wrapped up in a big jacket, notepad and guitar in hand! Once I had played him some Beatles songs and helped him with the frozen steaks, I had the deal for my practice room all sewn up."
- San Diego Reader

"The Hip List"


Colin Clyne explains his fascination with a certain fruit. "My late Nana used to always have pomegranates in her fruit bowl...I was reading about art history and interpretation and was delighted to read about the symbolism attributed to the pomegranate in art history and how it represented birth and creativity due to its overflowing seeds." The title of his new song "Pomegranite Grey" is purposely misspelled. "I lived in Aberdeen [Washington], which is also known as the 'Granite City' due to the majority of buildings being built of granite. It's a very cold and grey-looking place during the winter months. I have this theory about British music being built round the melancholy of the weather and greyness usually found in most cities."
- San Diego Reader

"Playing in a Fridge made Colin hot stuff"

'....this cool customer is destined to be hot stuff...' - The Sunday Post (Scotland)

"Edinburgh Fringe festival review"

The Edinburgh Fringe festival REVIEW

Review by apparently!

'...Colin Clyne

'...Colin Clyne played a set of mellow country blues, with a kind of Skynyrd-meets-Gomez indie sound. At his best when ripping up tunes fast and lively, and with Clyne's strong Scottish voice lending the music a nice, fresh touch to the imaginative and sometimes irreverent lyrical material...' -


Colin Clyne - Songs from the Coldstore (2007)

Various artists - Here is Christmas (2008)

Colin Clyne - Doricana (2010)



A native of Stonehaven, Scotland, Clyne recently ended a 10 year stay in Southern California, where along with Scotland he had a sizeable following. He is now based back in the NE of Scotland, however plans to tour the US in 2014 are underway.

On the 13th of August 2012, Clyne attended The San Diego Music Awards in California, USA, where he was crowned as the ‘Best Acoustic Act’. Remarkably, Clyne also won this award in 2011. This award has previously been won by internationally acclaimed artists Jason Mraz and Jewel. More recently, Clyne was named by NBC San Diego as one of San Diego’s top 12 Singer Songwriters in amongst an elite list which also featured JewelTom Waits and the late Jim Croce.

Clyne’s introduction to music was via his mothers record collection, a mix of international acts such as Dylan and Neil Young, with homegrown heros, such as The Corries or the Furey’s. Though he began to make music by the age of 16, directly inspired by Oasis, an accident to his hand took away his ability to play until he was in his mid twenties. This only increased his resolve to become a touring artist, kicking into overdrive from the moment a guitar was back in his hand.

Clyne appeared at the 2012 Stonehaven Hogmany Party in Scotland, where he opened the stage for International touring band The Red Hot Chilli Pipers in front of 6,000 party goers. He has also shared the stage with one of The US’s biggest Celtic bands, The Wicked Tinkers. He is also due to support Big Country, Donnie Munro & Skerryvore in the coming months.

Now sponsored by Timberline Guitars and Rotosound UK (strings), Clyne has also been a regular on European and American radio with numerous appearances, including BBC ScotlandNorthsound Radio Aberdeen as well as 91X and KPRI in Southern California. He has also appeared on STV(Scottish TV) and the KUSI Channel 6 and NBC television stations in the US. Clyne also appeared as a top ten pick from Jim Gellatly ‘The voice of new music in Scotland’ and has also gained admiration from BBC Radio 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins, who described his song ‘Stonehaven Radio Station and Me’ as ‘…a very fine piece of work…’. STV (Scottish TV) have also praised him as being a ‘…rising star in Scottish music…’ and a ‘…cult figure in the NE..’.

The songs on Doricana, were a blend of Clyne’s Scottish influences and love of American music, recorded and produced by Grammy award winning Engineer Alan Sanderson, best known for his work with The Rolling Stones and Burt Bacharach.

2014 saw Clyne return with the release of his brand new studio album The Never Ending Pageant. Recorded in Santee, CA & mixed and mastered by long term cohert & Grammy award winning Engineer Alan Sanderson once again at San Francisco’s legendary Hyde Street Studio. Clyne sat on this until he returned to his homeland. Upon his return he released his latest offering in July 2014 through one of Scotlands leading indie record label ‘Fat Hippy Records’ who also boast The US Voice Season 3 runner up Terry McDermott & one of the UK’s leading Bluesman Gerry Jablonski as artist’s on their roster.

The Never Ending Pageant garnered both critical and chart success with it reaching a peak of #6 in the UK iTunes Country album charts in amongst country greats such as Dolly parton & Johnny Cash. Lead off single ‘Merry Go Round’ also reached a peak of #48 in the UK iTunes Country single charts. The record was heralded by STV as being a ‘…truly stunning collection of songs..’ this was confirmed with further great reviews and 8 of the 11 tracks currently sitting at the semi – final stage of the UK song writing contest, the finalists and winners will be announced in October.

2014 continues to be a banner year for Clyne, with more touring, recording and soundtrack work on the horizon. Whether a fan of all manner of different genre’s Colin Clyne’s music is a special sound, which can touch the heart or lift the spirit.

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