Congratulations to Lewis McLaughlin who have been nominated in Trad Video of the Year sponsored by Threads of Sound in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2021. Vote here! Vote now!
We asked Lewis McLaughlin the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
Edinburgh-born Lewis McLaughlin was inspired by the likes of John Martyn and Villagers to begin writing and recording his own songs. He has performed across Europe in various outfits, accompanying his father at folk shows and playing with his brother in a folk duo before going solo. Lewis performed at Folkest Festival in Italy, and showcased at Celtic Connections in 2019.
He currently lives in Glasgow, recording new music at 312 in the city with Andy Monaghan (Frightened Rabbit), which will be released through Andy’s Monohands Records.
Since joining forces with Monohands Records, Lewis has been working on his debut album and evolving his musical style. The creative collaboration has taken his craft to anew and unique place that blends indie, folk, art and pop.
‘Summer’ the new single from Lewis McLaughlin is a testament to the simple joys of being young, having few cares in the world, whatever the weather. It brings musical escapism – asking us to leave our worries in the house and enjoy a moment with others in the sun.
The music video for ‘Summer’ was produced, edited and directed by Ellen Francis, choreographed by Amber Dollin and Jourie Fraser-Harris was camera operator.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
There’s such a buzzing scene here and it’s exciting to be a part of it! Always folk pushing boundaries and finding new ways to collaborate and create.
Any particular career highlights?
Playing Folkest (Italy) with my trio in 2019 was a big one. Felt amazing to be touring in another country with my own music. More recently, supporting Flyte on their UK tour in Glasgow in September was amazing. Signing to Monohands Records and starting work on my debut album would also be a big highlight.
What are your plans for the future?
Get out on the road as much as possible, and release my debut album next year through Monohands Records!
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Unfortunately due to Covid there are no tickets for sale to the 2021 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. You will be able to watch it live in the UK at 7pm (GMT) on BBC ALBA and here. Bands performing on Saturday 4th December include Dàimh, Ìmar, Hannah Rarity, Strathspey Day Band and more to be announced.
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