IN DEMAND NEW ACTS SET FOR GLASGOW AMERICANA DEBUTS
The London-based act – Al Lewis is from Wales and his musical partner Alva Leigh hails from Mississippi – are creating a unique blend of Celtic folk and American, or “Celticana” as they dub it.
And they’re getting a lot of attention with their debut EP, Night Drives, spending four weeks on the BBC Radio 2 playlist. They have opened for Grammy-nominated songwriter John Fullbright and performed at this year’s Celtic Connections.
A first-time visitor, Curtis McMurtry, is the 24-year-old son of the famous, James. Curtis recently brought out his first album, Respectable Enemy, immediately winning generous praise for a remarkably assured and focused release for someone his age.
Influenced by the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Ray Charles, Curtis’ compositions range from chamber pop to jazz-funk while capturing folky-toned Americana as well.
“This is a great line-up of emerging musical talents,” said Glasgow Americana Festival director, Kevin Morris.
“They have put together highly-praised collections of songs so Festival fans are in for a real-deal treat.”
- Lewis & Leigh and Curtis McMurtry, The Glad Cafe Glasgow Saturday, October 10, 2015, doors 8pm.