Gary Stewart – Year and a Day EP
Label : Babaganoush Records
Format : CD card wallet, 10" vinyl and download
“Definitely onto a winner” – Joe Skrebels - This is Fake DIY
"That’s pop with pizzazz, invention and no little magic, at times bringing to mind the Caledonian earthiness of Alasdair Roberts and the catchy and sparkling populism of Mumford and Sons…”
Oz Hardwick – R2 Magazine
“A distinctively raw voice and … a command over writing memorable chorus songs”
Alan Wilkinson - Maverick Magazine
Gary Stewart’s ‘Year and a Day’ EP takes you right back to likes of Neil Young’s ‘Harvest’ and early Joan Baez whilst remaining contemporary alongside modern folk breakthroughs such as Laura Marling and Momford and Sons. Scottish born Gary combines all the traditional aspects of folk with his own unique freshness and tenderness.
Now based in Leeds, the Perthshire boy caught the attention and imagination of traditional and modern music lovers up and down the U.K with the release of his Debut Album, “Boy Cries Wolf” (featuring performances from Ellen Smith (Ellen and the Escapades) and Rosie Doonan (Radio 2 Folk Award nominee/Rosie Doonan + Ben Murray/Peter Gabriel). The album picked up support from R2 and Maverick as well as radio 2’s Steve Lemacq.
Gary went on to grace the Festival circuit at Glastonbury, Kendal Calling, Live At Leeds, Greenbelt, Larmer Tree and the Wimborne, Warwick, Holmfirth, Bromyard, Fylde and Otley Folk Festivals to name a few. Along the way he has supported the likes of Laura Marling, Noah and the Whale, Fionn Regan, James Yorkston, Emma Pollock, James, Drever, Mcusker & Woomble, Nick Harper, Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson and Dougie Maclean.
The Scottish songsmith is influenced by the singer/songwriters of the '60s including James Taylor, Carole King, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and most predominantly, Paul Simon. Stewart also cites Scottish Nu-Folkies as an influence, including King Creosote, James Yorkston, Admiral Fallow and Rachel Sermanni to name a few.
Live, as well as on record, Gary delivers his songs with a good measure of Celtic Flair, his songs filled with themes and stories of love, paranoia and prostitution.
The EP opens with the tender ‘Thorns’ followed by ‘Eve’, both tracks gracious and elegant. ‘Green’ jumps out as the penultimate track, raising the tempo, brimming full of Celtic charm. Blue closes the EP, an expansive and warm song packed full of soaring harmonies.
Having just returned from touring with Ellen and the Escapades as the bass playing in her band, Gary is set to release ‘Year And A Day’ on the 18th of June 2012 on Babaganoush Records.
‘Year and a day’ is a beautifully written EP which honours Gary Stewart’s craft as one of the most distinct singer/songwriters in the UK, and bound to set him up in the pecking order alongside some of the familiar names he has supported along the way.