The Lorelei/ Craig John Davidson/ Dirty Shoes
Fri 19 Jul 2013
At 08:00 PM
Respected Scottish indie label Fat Hippy Records put on their first ever showcase at The Half Moon Putney with three of the best new and established acts from their talented and diverse stable of bands. Headliners The Lorelei have been rocking crowds in London for over 20 years with their unique total-thrash-speed-folk sound and are one of Fat Hippy's most successful bands. Support comes from new signings to the label indie pop rockers Dirty Shoes and one of the best of a new bread of acoustic singer songwriters Craig John Davidson.
The Lorelei formed in 1990 in a garage in Dyce with Jonny and Beefy being original members along with Martin Watson, the original singer. Over the next 2 years The Lorelei settled on a line up which apart from John.S.Martin, The Lorelei’s new frontman, remains to this day.
After being selected by M8 magazine to feature on a free tape of Scottish unsigned talent, The Lorelei were offered a 2 album deal with Lochshore records. The Lorelei went on to record their 2 albums “Headstrong” and “ Progression”.
The Lorelei spent 7 years touring from Lerwick to London doing more than 100 gigs a year. Gigs ranged from playing in small bars to a few locals to playing to a huge crowd at the Royal Concert Hall as part of Celtic Connections in 1995. Managed originally by Rob Swan and then by Tam Balloch they built up a solid fan base across the country, becoming regular features in venues throughout Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. Touring was constant and The Lorelei way of life was based around travelling, playing, drinking and laughing – their reputation for having a good time preceeded them. This was part of the whole charm of The Lorelei, and something that remains with them to the present day. Fans of the Lorelei are loyal – known as the Clangers, and The Lorelei continue sell the first two albums all over the world. After constant touring and living in a yellow transit van together for too many years, The Lorelei split….Until now!
Craig John Davidson is an Aberdeen based singer songwriter who has been writing and recording from home since he was 15 years old. So far he has released 3 albums off his own back, Soaked in Harm (2008) Curiosity (2009) and All in Song (2010). He has been playing live shows around Scotland supporting such acts as I Am Kloot, Terry Reid Thomas Truax and The Pines.
With many more dates to play and ...many more records to release he is not slowing down, In his songs, Craig brings an intelligent eye to the problems in modern society as well as interpreting the influences and challenges most young citizen meet today. This uncompromising style and approach has earned him a good fan following, all enamoured of his unique vocals and accomplished finger-picking ability, comparing him to a young Bert Jansch.