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"Culture Studio With Janice Forsyth"

Siobhan performs live in the studio and takes part in a discussion with fellow musician Eddi Reader and Wide Days organiser Olaf Furniss. - BBC Radio Scotland


"Culture Studio With Janice Forsyth"

Siobhan performs live in the studio and takes part in a discussion with fellow musician Eddi Reader and Wide Days organiser Olaf Furniss. - BBC Radio Scotland


"BBC Alba Rapal TV Show"

Siobhan performs All Dressed Up on BBC Alba's Rapal TV show. Full episode also includes an interview - BBC Alba TV


"Music Alliance Pact Track of the Month: Siobhan Wilson"

Siobhan Wilson is someone we’ve featured a few times on this site – not a surprise since she ticks the boxes marked ‘fascinating back story’ and ‘immensely gifted’.

Now we’ve got her on the Music Alliance Pact with a free download of what (we think) is her best song yet, taken from a record that Gordon Skene of Frightened Rabbit produced and plays on. Check out previous The Pop Cop interviews with Siobhan here and here.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the whole 38-track compilation through Ge.tt here.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
Siobhan Wilson – All Dressed Up
Siobhan Wilson’s music pursuits have taken the 24-year-old from her native Scotland to a surprise pop career in France, back to Scotland and now London, where she finds herself charming all-comers with her folky, jazzy bilingual storytelling and cartoon-like glamour. Unrequited love is the dish of the day in All Dressed Up, the captivating standout track of her just-released mini-album Glorified Demons.
October 10, Brunel Museum, London
November 3, The Barras Art and Design Centre, Glasgow (Spaced In The City) - The Pop Cop


"Siobhan Wilson w/Willy Mason In Photos"

N/A - Drowned In Sound


"Track of the Month - Siobhan Wilson"

Classically trained musician Siobhan Wilson caught our attention in the summer with some demos of the songs now released as the Glorified Demons mini-album. Recorded with Frightened Rabbit’s Gordon Skene, it boasts an acoustic sensibility combining piano, glockenspiel and electric guitar, making for some very pleasurable listening. Our track of the month is ?Ta Petite Minette, a beautifully gentle song alluding to the years Wilson spent in France. Definitely worth watching, www.siobhanwilson.bandcamp.com - The Scotsman


"Track of the Month - Siobhan Wilson"

Classically trained musician Siobhan Wilson caught our attention in the summer with some demos of the songs now released as the Glorified Demons mini-album. Recorded with Frightened Rabbit’s Gordon Skene, it boasts an acoustic sensibility combining piano, glockenspiel and electric guitar, making for some very pleasurable listening. Our track of the month is ?Ta Petite Minette, a beautifully gentle song alluding to the years Wilson spent in France. Definitely worth watching, www.siobhanwilson.bandcamp.com - The Scotsman


"Glorified Demons Review"

Siobhan Wilson. La première fois que j'ai entendu ce nom cela date de maintenant de presque quatre ans. Son premier Lp Songs sorti en 2010 avait recueilli des louanges notamment de ma part. J'ai vraiment ressenti un coup de coeur pour son univers musical à la fois ludique et classieux. En conséquence, j'avais surnommée Siobhan : une princesse pop/folk. La jeune et belle écossaise a depuis pris son envol après son passage en France, étudié la musique classique et le jazz tout en prenant le temps de financer avec l'aide des internautes sur My Major Company son premier et excellent Lp Songs.

Cependant, depuis 2010, Siobhan Wilson a parcouru un cheminement artistique moins médiatisé mais non moins remarquable. Cette excellente musicienne (piano, violoncelle, glockenspiel, etc.) est retournée s'établir à Glasgow, n'a jamais arrêté de se produire que cela soit en Grande-Bretagne ou en France, elle reste une chouchoute dans le coeur des parisiens, et surtout elle a continué à enregistrer des morceaux avec l'aide de son ami Gordon Skene.

Cette collaboration a donné jour à son ep Glorified Demons en août 2012. Une petite sortie comme cela peu relayée, réalisée à quatre mains sans aucune pression de l'extérieur. Et pourtant, ce self-released est sans doute l'un des meilleurs ep apparu sur la toile l'année dernière. J'y ai retrouvé une Siobhan Wilson plus sobre, mature mais toujours dotée d'une superbe voix pure et limpide agrémentée d'un léger accent gaélique qui illumine son chant.

Ce nouvel ep est tout simplement parfait. En guise d'introduction, la splendide lullaby acoustique et cottoneuse Laugh and Die au charme printanier. Son charme discret et ensorcelant saura capter l'attention de l'auditeur. S'ensuivront deux morceaux ayant le potentiel de singles : All Dressed Up et Soldier Of The Night. Des guitares électriques viennent relever la saveur de ces deux titres tendrement étourdissants aux couleurs bluesy. A écouter. Mon coeur néanmoins a surtout vibré pour deux autres morceaux : Reading You et Car Crash Two : deux ballades voluptueuses dont l'élégance et la sobriété m'ont bouleversée. Pour clôturer, la chansonnette en français Ta Petite Minette le fait avec grâce, douceur et simplicité et cerise sur le gâteau c'est la bonus track Rudy + Vanessa qui vous sera délivrée lors de l'achat de la version physique ou digitale sur bandcamp mais je vous laisse la découvrir seul(e) ce bijou amical.

Petit must have au charme incroyable. Siobhan a tous les atouts pour délivrer un second Lp de haut vol. On reste en attente.

Note Finale : 18/20 - With Music In My Mind (FR Blog)


"Siobhan Wilson - All Dressed Up"

From start to finish “All Dressed Up” is an absolute charmer. But it’s the 24-year-old Scottish singer-songwriter Siobhan Wilson who really sells the folk-pop track. Amidst the simple but warm acoustic guitar, floats her lovely, angelic and sometimes breathy vocals. They are elegant, but teeming with a real, palpable sense of longing for the one she loves (but who sadly doesn’t feel the same). Who could possibly resist such a porcelain voice?

Siobhan Wilson’s latest EP is called Glorified Demons and you can purchase it on her Bandcamp page. - The Music Ninja


"Siobhan Wilson - New Waves"

Today we’re introducing the music of Siobhan Wilson to the blog. It seems an appropriate time to do so as yesterday evening we went to to see Glasgow based Frightened Rabbit, a band whose stirring crossover album Pedestrian Verse is one of our favourites of the year so far. So why does this post on Siobhan feel so timely? The answer is that Wilson has worked with Gordon Skene from said band on her rather exquisitely crafted 6 track EP (it's actually 7 as there's a bonus track with the download) Glorified Demons. The EP (or is it a mini-album, we can’t keep up with the correct terminology these days?) was released last year and is still available from her Bandcamp – although if you want one of the CD’s jump in quick as at the time of writing there are only 6 left.

Siobhan’s music has a sense of fragile intimacy and simplicity that allows each song to paint its own subtle colour, from the jealous country blue of All Dressed Up “I’m all dressed up tonight but you couldn’t even care,” (Caitlin Rose fans will probably approve of this one) to the gritty yellow of Soldier of the Night “all the girls are dancing, all the girls are laughing.” There’s occasional hints of Laura Groves aka Blue Roses in some of the songs songs (Breaking More Waves favourite album of 2009) particularly on the track Car Crash Two, which features elegant piano arrangements to accompany the wistful vocal. It's a composition that seems to be more based in classical music than the pop / folk / country / roots genre’s it would be easiest to file Siobhan's songs under.

You’ll be able to catch Siobhan out on the road soon as in March where she supports Willy Mason on a variety of dates including in Breaking More Waves home town of Portsmouth. - Breaking More Waves


"Siobhan Wilson - New Waves"

Today we’re introducing the music of Siobhan Wilson to the blog. It seems an appropriate time to do so as yesterday evening we went to to see Glasgow based Frightened Rabbit, a band whose stirring crossover album Pedestrian Verse is one of our favourites of the year so far. So why does this post on Siobhan feel so timely? The answer is that Wilson has worked with Gordon Skene from said band on her rather exquisitely crafted 6 track EP (it's actually 7 as there's a bonus track with the download) Glorified Demons. The EP (or is it a mini-album, we can’t keep up with the correct terminology these days?) was released last year and is still available from her Bandcamp – although if you want one of the CD’s jump in quick as at the time of writing there are only 6 left.

Siobhan’s music has a sense of fragile intimacy and simplicity that allows each song to paint its own subtle colour, from the jealous country blue of All Dressed Up “I’m all dressed up tonight but you couldn’t even care,” (Caitlin Rose fans will probably approve of this one) to the gritty yellow of Soldier of the Night “all the girls are dancing, all the girls are laughing.” There’s occasional hints of Laura Groves aka Blue Roses in some of the songs songs (Breaking More Waves favourite album of 2009) particularly on the track Car Crash Two, which features elegant piano arrangements to accompany the wistful vocal. It's a composition that seems to be more based in classical music than the pop / folk / country / roots genre’s it would be easiest to file Siobhan's songs under.

You’ll be able to catch Siobhan out on the road soon as in March where she supports Willy Mason on a variety of dates including in Breaking More Waves home town of Portsmouth. - Breaking More Waves


"Fresh Meat - Siobhan Wilson"

Would you care to introduce yourself?

Hello my name is Siobhan Wilson and I play music and do other things too.


How would you describe the music you make?

When I make music I try to paint a picture of an emotion, a state of mind, an event, a wish and more. My new EP "Glorified Demons" has 6 songs which I wrote and recorded in Glasgow with Gordon Skene. Words I would use to describe them are escapist, moody, expressive, colourful.

How did you start out making music?

It all started when my grandparents gave us their piano after they moved house when I was 7. I fell in love with the cello and started composing when I was 13. It wasn't until I was 18 that I realised my voice was my favourite instrument. Gordon and I play all of the instruments heard on the EP.


What process goes into the way you write songs?

I try not to have a process because I get bored very easily of repeating the same things. My favourite way to record just now is to write lots and lots of songs, pick a couple of my favourite ones, show them to Gordon, then he dresses them up and makes them breathe.


What can people expect from your live shows?

Come along and find out at the next Spaced in the City event "Roots and Ruins Winter Festival" on the 3rd of November in Glasgow


What are you listening to at the moment?

Right this second I'm listening to my French friend Captain Kid's song "We and I". I played a show with him in Paris last week and this is a lovelybeautiful song.

Before I sleep I sometimes listen to the whole of Sharon Van Eten "Because I was in Love". At any time of the day, anywhere, pretty much anything by Chet Baker.


What can we expect to see/hear from you in the future?

Expect to see/hear a collaboration with Adam Stafford, another collaboration with Anoraak, another album produced by Gordon Skene, lots and lots and lots more live shows, some new covers, new videos, and lots more. Hopefully a new name once I actually think of one but I've been saying that for 2 years now and I'm still called Siobhan Wilson.


Siobhan's new EP, Glorified Demons is available to download now from Bandcamp. It's well worth £5, trust me!! - Peenko Blog


"Fresh Meat - Siobhan Wilson"

Would you care to introduce yourself?

Hello my name is Siobhan Wilson and I play music and do other things too.


How would you describe the music you make?

When I make music I try to paint a picture of an emotion, a state of mind, an event, a wish and more. My new EP "Glorified Demons" has 6 songs which I wrote and recorded in Glasgow with Gordon Skene. Words I would use to describe them are escapist, moody, expressive, colourful.

How did you start out making music?

It all started when my grandparents gave us their piano after they moved house when I was 7. I fell in love with the cello and started composing when I was 13. It wasn't until I was 18 that I realised my voice was my favourite instrument. Gordon and I play all of the instruments heard on the EP.


What process goes into the way you write songs?

I try not to have a process because I get bored very easily of repeating the same things. My favourite way to record just now is to write lots and lots of songs, pick a couple of my favourite ones, show them to Gordon, then he dresses them up and makes them breathe.


What can people expect from your live shows?

Come along and find out at the next Spaced in the City event "Roots and Ruins Winter Festival" on the 3rd of November in Glasgow


What are you listening to at the moment?

Right this second I'm listening to my French friend Captain Kid's song "We and I". I played a show with him in Paris last week and this is a lovelybeautiful song.

Before I sleep I sometimes listen to the whole of Sharon Van Eten "Because I was in Love". At any time of the day, anywhere, pretty much anything by Chet Baker.


What can we expect to see/hear from you in the future?

Expect to see/hear a collaboration with Adam Stafford, another collaboration with Anoraak, another album produced by Gordon Skene, lots and lots and lots more live shows, some new covers, new videos, and lots more. Hopefully a new name once I actually think of one but I've been saying that for 2 years now and I'm still called Siobhan Wilson.


Siobhan's new EP, Glorified Demons is available to download now from Bandcamp. It's well worth £5, trust me!! - Peenko Blog


"Siobhan Wilson ready to sparkle and shine at Wide Days Live Showcase"

Known for discovering musical gems in the treasure chest of up and coming talent across Scotland, Wide Days are back with their Scottish music convention.

The two-day event hosts a range of seminars, speeches and showcases educating and celebrating the best in up and coming Scottish talent.

The live act showcase will take place on Thursday, April 11 across three venues; The Pleasance Theatre, Sneaky Pete’s and Electric Circus.

One particular jewel shining from the box is 24-year-old singer and songwriter Siobhan Wilson who will perform at Pleasance Theatre.

Siobhan Wilson explained: “I got involved with the Wide Days showcase after meeting the organiser last summer at the Fringe Festival.

“I was performing two songs at one of the Born to be Wide showcases at Electric Circus and this year they asked me back to play the main event and I was over the moon.”

Siobhan grew up in Elgin and has lived in Paris and London, but she is no stranger to Edinburgh either as she spent two years studying at a music school in Corstorphine when she was 16.

She said: “I was technically too young then to go 'out on the tiles' so it is really nice playing those venues now.

“I feel although I know them all, it's new to me. I guess because I know them, but not in the music scene.

“I’m based in Glasgow at the moment so that is home for now, but every time I venture away I always come back.

“Scotland is the best place. I think there is a real community within the music scene in Scotland and that is what makes you want to stay.”

Despite being influenced by classical and jazz music, Siobhan explained her heart lies in folk music focusing on artists Joni Mitchell and Sandy Denny.

Siobhan said: “I’d say it is quite folk-sounding but not your traditional Scots folk, only in the music sense.

“There are sweeping medleys and lyrically there is a folk twist. It’s not all acoustic either; I also play electric guitar and piano.

“I like taking that folk vibe and making it really modern.”

Her visit to the Pleasance Theatre will be her debut performance at the venue and she will perform alongside Aberdeen's Washington Irving.

It is not the first time the two artists will share the stage, as the band’s guitarist Kieran Heather is known for collaborating within her live set.

Siobhan said: “It should be a really chilled out acoustic gig.

“I always prefer intimate settings for gigs; they have the perfect vibe for what I do within that cosy atmosphere.”

Writing all her own material, Siobhan cites her lyrical inspirations as John Martyn and Joni Mitchell after growing up listening to their music, she has been drawn back to their talent to inspire her forthcoming tracks.

And these possible releases will also excite fans of Frightened Rabbit, as Siobhan has been recording home demos with Gordon Skene from the band, yet has not decided what the outcome will be with the finished product.

As she builds on her live appearances, Siobhan is set to play Wickerman and Solas Festival this Summer.

Tickets for Siobhan's Wide Days showcase slot are available to book for free online, limited to one ticket per person. - STV News


"Siobhan Wilson ready to sparkle and shine at Wide Days Live Showcase"

Known for discovering musical gems in the treasure chest of up and coming talent across Scotland, Wide Days are back with their Scottish music convention.

The two-day event hosts a range of seminars, speeches and showcases educating and celebrating the best in up and coming Scottish talent.

The live act showcase will take place on Thursday, April 11 across three venues; The Pleasance Theatre, Sneaky Pete’s and Electric Circus.

One particular jewel shining from the box is 24-year-old singer and songwriter Siobhan Wilson who will perform at Pleasance Theatre.

Siobhan Wilson explained: “I got involved with the Wide Days showcase after meeting the organiser last summer at the Fringe Festival.

“I was performing two songs at one of the Born to be Wide showcases at Electric Circus and this year they asked me back to play the main event and I was over the moon.”

Siobhan grew up in Elgin and has lived in Paris and London, but she is no stranger to Edinburgh either as she spent two years studying at a music school in Corstorphine when she was 16.

She said: “I was technically too young then to go 'out on the tiles' so it is really nice playing those venues now.

“I feel although I know them all, it's new to me. I guess because I know them, but not in the music scene.

“I’m based in Glasgow at the moment so that is home for now, but every time I venture away I always come back.

“Scotland is the best place. I think there is a real community within the music scene in Scotland and that is what makes you want to stay.”

Despite being influenced by classical and jazz music, Siobhan explained her heart lies in folk music focusing on artists Joni Mitchell and Sandy Denny.

Siobhan said: “I’d say it is quite folk-sounding but not your traditional Scots folk, only in the music sense.

“There are sweeping medleys and lyrically there is a folk twist. It’s not all acoustic either; I also play electric guitar and piano.

“I like taking that folk vibe and making it really modern.”

Her visit to the Pleasance Theatre will be her debut performance at the venue and she will perform alongside Aberdeen's Washington Irving.

It is not the first time the two artists will share the stage, as the band’s guitarist Kieran Heather is known for collaborating within her live set.

Siobhan said: “It should be a really chilled out acoustic gig.

“I always prefer intimate settings for gigs; they have the perfect vibe for what I do within that cosy atmosphere.”

Writing all her own material, Siobhan cites her lyrical inspirations as John Martyn and Joni Mitchell after growing up listening to their music, she has been drawn back to their talent to inspire her forthcoming tracks.

And these possible releases will also excite fans of Frightened Rabbit, as Siobhan has been recording home demos with Gordon Skene from the band, yet has not decided what the outcome will be with the finished product.

As she builds on her live appearances, Siobhan is set to play Wickerman and Solas Festival this Summer.

Tickets for Siobhan's Wide Days showcase slot are available to book for free online, limited to one ticket per person. - STV News


"BBC Introducing - In Session Blog"

It's a hard task to stand out in a crowd of any kind, but the world of singer-songwriters is more swamped than most. There are literally thousands of talented young men and women with a guitar in hand and a clutch of heart-felt songs to unleash on the general public. But when you discover someone with genuine talent in the quagmire, it's always exciting and somewhat gratifying. I'm delighted to say that Elgin born and bred songbird Siobhan Wilson has the full package - a smooth, controlled and yet passionate voice; personal, touching lyrics; and swoonsome, jazz-inflected melodies in abundance.

Having stumbled across her debut Glorifying Demons EP on Bandcamp in 2012 and played a few tracks, I was smitten immediately and desperate to get her into the studio to play live! Here was someone who sounded mature and world-weary one minute, then innocent and fragile the next. Having spent a few years living in France, and signing a small record deal there, she also has the ability to bring a bilingual edge to her songs, adding mystery and elegance.

For her BBC Introducing session, she brought a friend and accomplice in the shape of Gordon Skene, a multi-instrumentalist you may recognise from Frightened Rabbit and The Moth & the Mirror. Playing 2 songs from the aforementioned EP and a stunning cover of the iconic Moon River, it was one of the finest sessions we've ever had on the programme and showcases a serious talent in bloom. With some cheeky chat, a sense of humour, true honesty and that coy smile; and it's impossible not to fall for her and her songs. Watch these videos, listen and then feel your heart melt... Thank you Siobhan! - BBC Radio Scotland (Vic Galloway)


Discography

LP - Songs (2010, French Release)
EP - Glorified Demons (2012, ltd edition CD)
EP - (Title TBC, 2014)

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Bio

Siobhan Wilson has a rare ability to appeal to a diverse spectrum of promoters, media, audiences and fellow musicians, as well as a healthy number of people who avoid singer-songwriters.

Recent converts include BBC taste-makers Steve Lamacq [6 Music], Janice Long [Radio 2] and Vic Galloway [Radio Scotland], with the latter describing her appearance on his show as “one of the finest sessions we've ever had on the programme.”

Live bookings in 2013 included festivals, clubs, house gigs, The Great Escape, a UK tour opening for Willy Mason, and sold out London supports for Turin Breaks [Club Fandango] and Norway's biggest act, Kaizers Orchestra [Koko].

Wilson's musical foundations reflect her diverse audience. As a teenager in Scotland her classical cello and piano studies combined a love for Tchaikovsky, Mendelsohn and Shostakovich, with records by Joni Mitchell, John Martyn, Nina Simone, Jacques Brel and Serge Gainsbourg - all discovered in her father's collection.

Aged 18 she moved to Paris, signed a one-album deal with a crowd-funded label and was sent off to Woodstock's Dreamland Studios, where she was adopted by a community of veteran session musicians including drummer/producer Jerry Marotta [Peter Gabriel, 10,000 Maniacs, Elvis Costello,
Hall & Oates, and Suzanne Vega].

Keen to develop her own sound and explore new directions, she returned to Scotland in 2012 and immediately immersed herself in Glasgow's vibrant music scene, collaborating with numerous artists. The Glorified Demons EP recorded with Gordon Skene, a member of Atlantic-signings Frightened Rabbit, provides an excellent calling card for her musical and lyrical style. Unique, captivating and accessible, it ranges from the hauntingly dark Ta Petite Minette, to the upbeat All Dressed Up. The DIY release, only available at gigs and via Bandcamp, is approaching sales of 2000 copies.

Now managed by the team who booked her to showcase at Scotland's Wide Days convention in spring 2013, Wilson will spend the rest of year expanding her live network and selecting songs to record for an album.