Gillan Edgar

Gillan Edgar

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I'm a British-based, Scottish-voiced troubadour/songsmith. I'm a multi-instrumental egomaniac posing as an acoustic singer/songwriter who tends toward the retro and organic.

Biography

Biog / Article by my good friend Taylor Mitchell -

According to his myspace blurb, Gillan Edgar describes himself as “…a British-based, Scottish-voiced troubadour/songsmith… a multi-instrumental egomaniac posing as an acoustic singer/songwriter who tends toward the retro and organic.”

Over the past year, he has been drawing comparisons with, amongst others, Paolo Nutini, Neil Finn, Travis and (most pleasing to Gillan) The Beatles. “It always comes back to them for me. No contest.”

Other influences are many and varied however, Gillan citing the complex and emotive music of Elliott Smith, the curious productions of Jon Brion, the quirky writing of Ray Davies and the sheer musical bravado of Queen as key influences in his style of writing and performing. He also has a place in his heart for “Good, honest pop music; regardless of how fashionable it is”

So why does he feel the need to write and perform music?
“There’s something inside me that is so focused on creating music, that it seems a brilliant idea to drag myself out of bed at 3 in the morning to record an idea that’s woken me up and won’t let me get back to sleep. I’m sure my neighbours would disagree.”

His musical career began at a very early age, beginning with piano lessons at the age of 7. The biggest influence on his decision to become a musician appears to have been his Papa.
“He was deeply into classical music, though never a player himself, and he’d always be suggesting composers and works I should listen to. For my 10th birthday, he gave me the violin his Grandad had played, so the family encouraged me to learn to play it to quite a high level. I had other ideas though – I thought the guitar was far sexier when I became a teenager, plus I couldn’t really sing with it under my chin; all my heroes at the time were singers in bands, and it’s pretty hard to play Paperback Writer on the violin…”
However, almost as a ‘tip-of-the-hat’ to his grandfather who passed away a couple of years back, Gillan now incorporates the violin playing into his live performance, as well as the piano.
“I figured it was about time I really started showing what I can do. Plus I think the violin is kind of sexy again.”

Since the decision to go it alone at the turn of last year, Gillan has been busy playing his music to receptive crowds up and down the country, from the bars of Glasgow (armed with two acoustics, a wealth of catchy, upbeat pop songs and his engaging positivity) to the Mount Ephraim Gardens in Kent for an appearance at this year’s Electric Gardens Festival (bolstered by a recently assembled and slightly boisterous backing band).
“It’s great to have all the noise and fireworks of a full band. I mean, I was brought up on Queen, so there’s definitely a bombastic element to my musical makeup. But I’m glad I started out playing by myself; one man and a guitar. I proved to myself I can get the crowd singing along with me on my own, so adding the band just enhances what I do – they’re not there to hide anything.”
Gillan sees a bright future ahead of him, and there’s no sign of him deviating from the musical path he’s been on for close to 15 years.
“I frequently get people from America and Europe asking me through myspace where they can buy my CD. I have to tell them there isn’t one in the shops just yet, but to keep their eyes peeled – we’re working on it!”
Surely for Gillan, with his incontestable stage presence, intelligent and catchy songwriting, sheer drive and love for music, getting a CD in the shops, and much more besides, are only a matter of time away.

Taylor Mitchell

Discography

Various birthday and christmas albums for friends and family, (1994 - present). No formal releases!

Set List

All my own stuff, an upbeat melange of pop heavy singalong-ish stuff, peppered with a few more introspective numbers. With a very occasional Beatles cover (usually by request).