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the gypsy soul experience

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom | SELF

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom | SELF
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"an organic celtic soul wins string jam club's top honour"

"iain impressed all with his confident relaxed style, catchy accessible songs and dynamic performance."

a capacity audience was treated to top class entertainment in galashiels when the string jam club staged its musician of the year contest.
held as part of the club's 10th anniversary celebrations, the competition saw eight acts do battle in front of a professional judging panel comprising Rod Clements of lindisfarne, kathy stewart and gavin dicke.
Iain Petrie won the coveted award pipping his rivals with catchy songs in a style that iain himself describes as 'organic celtic soul'
joined by his brther ali on keyboards iain impressed all with his confident relaxed style, catchy accessible songs and dynamic performance.
he picked up a selection of prizes including free studio time at big sky studios, £500, a sennhieser vocal mic and a future support slot at the club. - southern reporter

"Skinny Review"

A winning combination of melodic folk-pop songs – with a distinctly Celtic flavour. - The skinny


May 2010 ALBUM RELEASE 'Paradise'

June 7 2009 SINGLE RELEASE 'beautiful world'

APRIL 2008 ALBUM RELEASE 'ILL STAY BY YOU by iain petrie on fourtrak records (



"A winning combination of melodic folk-pop songs - with a distinctly Celtic flavour."
The Skinny

Straight-to-digital-download newcomers The Gypsy Soul Experience take a magical mystery tour to the Voodoo Rooms on Sunday 7th June 2009 with their first, brand new debut release single - the soundtrack to this year’s summer - Beautiful World.

Described as “one of the most visionary artists in Scotland”, critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter, Iain Petrie, leads the Borders-based seven-piece band, whose single has already been described as “the aural equivalent of being kissed by an angel in a sunny meadow”.

As Petrie, himself describes Beautiful World: “The message is relevant to the times; the world is going through a transformation, therefore a positive message with a positive vibe is what people really want to hear. The song is empowering; it puts the listener in touch with their true nature.”

A former winner of the prestigious Borders String Jam Club Musician of the Year Award, and lauded for last year’s solo album (I‘ll Stay By You), after a brief period of hibernation Petrie is about to bloom again. Formed this year following a chance encounter at a music festival, The Gypsy Soul Experience is already renowned for their trademark sound: their seductive dual, (female-fronted) fiddle and vocal sound. Have you got your tickets yet?

Firmly rooted in both Californian pop and traditional Celtic-folk, The Gypsy Soul Experience describe their “gypsy vibe” as “a wanderlust, a communal vibe; soulful, heartfelt expression bolstered by irrepressible uplifting energy.” They also feature some of the Borders, if not Scotland’s finest musicians. From the flirtatiously funky fiddle playing of Rachel Cross and Carly Blain (both finalists of BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2004/5), to the Motown sounds of all-singing, all-dancing 17-year-old’s Hannah Simmons an Anna Merryfield, the band also comprises the drumming skills of ex-Hobotalk and Average White Band alumni Allan Cranston and Gabriel Merryfield (bass).

As well as the band’s single, the show will feature songs from the band’s upcoming as-yet-untitled debut album. Songs, Petrie maintains that sound like “Paul McCartney and Fleetwood Mac had they met in a gypsy caravan. We‘re Sly & The Family Stone-style troubadours.”

What truly sets The Gypsy Soul Experience apart from their peers, however, is their universal appeal. As likely to recruit 15-year-old pop fans as 70-year-old folk-music followers, their music has a timeless-like quality to it that will no doubt go on to mesmerise all who fall under their magical, gypsy spell.