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"Candlelight & Scars" - 6 track mini album (2001)
"Seeping Beauty" - album (2005)
"Trial Separation" - radio single released in The Netherlands and Belgium.




Kinkajou were formed by Scottish ice maiden Polly MacLean and English owl-lover Andy Chapman in early 2001 after an encounter by the beer barrel at a party. Feverish writing, recording and gigging as a duo ensued, culminating in the release of "Candlelight & Scars" in December 2001 on our own Happy Accident label.

From this base, the band has gradually expanded, with Al Firrell (bass and cello) joining in the summer of 2002 and Sharon Forbes (violin) and Andy Astle (guitar) joining since. We released our first full album "Seeping Beauty" in 2005, also on Happy Accident.

Live Work & Radio

Kinkajou have gigged extensively around the London club and small festival scene, including dates at The Borderline, the 12 Bar, the Troubadour, Blackheath Halls, Lewisham People's Day and Crystal Palace Bowl.

We recorded some live tracks that were featured on Tom Robinson's show on BBC Radio 6 and are currently getting airplay on several local and national radio stations in the Netherlands and Belgium.


Our songs are our strength: emotive, intelligent and dark lyrics, unusul musical twists and turns and a variety of settings that shows the influences of everything from French chanson to traditional Scottish music to Tom Waits, 70's rock and more. And simply gorgeous melodies too!

The other thing that sets us apart is the amazing connection we always make with audiences when playing live. We believe in making our gigs as entertaining as possible and there is always a strong streak of black humour that surfaces when we play.