Released May 2005

Best known for his work with Celtic rockers Coinneach, Davy Cowan emerges here in solo mode with a cracking long player chock-a-block with good yarns and bursting with sing-along tunes.

While his folk rock roots shine through – there’s also a nod to bluegrass and country – the lasting impression is of a storytelling songwriter at the top of his form regardless of genre.

Whether it’s the restless shuffle of “Moving On” or the ode to youth that is “16 + Reckless” , the album bristles with ideas. Sift through the 60 minutes on offer and you’ll find more hooks than a fisherman’s tackle box.

The driving “Unfortunately Yours” positively spits with indignation while at the other end of the spectrum the lovely “Each Day I Die” is a wistful call to seize the moment and stop procrastinating.

Whoever inspired “The Gatecrasher” – the tale of an ultimately lonely party animal – will probably cringe on hearing the story relayed here. Think of The Beautiful South at their brilliant best and you get an idea of what’s in store.

Here and there are gentle washes of accordion though the touches are subtle embellishments to his own acoustic guitar. All in all a thoroughly satisfying affair that has you going back for more.

Hector Mackenzie - Inverness Courier (Fragile People PPCD003}

Track Listing: 1. Moving On 2. Tender Sleep 3. Song For Summer 4. Show Me The Way 5. The Gatecrasher 6. Fragile People 7. Each Day I Die 8. 16 & Reckless 9. Emily's World 10. Unfortunately Yours 11. Cynical Man 12. Last Stop 13. The Likes Of Me 14. Praise

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(No doubt about it, Davy Cowan is a unique talent and this is a highly listenable album. (Maverick)

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Live Shows

  • Aug 18
    The Gellions,  Inverness
  • Aug 23
    MacCallums,  Inverness
  • Aug 24
    THE ARCH INN,  West Shore Street
  • Aug 30
    MARKET BAR,  Inverness
  • Sep 4
    The Violin Music Bar,  Luxembourg