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KEN WORDS: Findlay Napier

with support from Rebecca Loebe

"Songcraft and wit in the Difford & Tilbrook tradition”  Sunday Herald
“A beautiful amalgam of Scottish soul, funk and folk” Irish American Times

The third Ken Words Festival opens with Findlay Napier, a legend in the making. His debut album VIP was No.2 in the Daily Telegraph’s top dozen folk albums that year and the Scottish singer-songwriter (and sometime stand-up comic) categorically commands
muscal VIP status.  In 2016, Napier launched the Glasgow Songwriting Festival, a weekend of workshops and performances which completely sold out its inaugural outing, featured artists to date include Karine Polwart, Emma Pollock and Stanley Odd MC Dave Hook. He now turns those same supreme songwriting and storytelling gifts, allied with magpie-minded imagination and truly magnificent vocals, to his adoptive home town, on  VIP’s hotly anticipated follow-up, Glasgow. In his second collaboration with Boo Hewerdine, the new album combines freshly-penned originals with classics and rarities from Glasgow’s vast and colourful ballad canon, by authors as diverse as Hamish Imlach and The Blue Nile. Together, they form an extended musical love-letter to Scotland’s metropolis, celebrating 20 years since Napier first arrived as a student, swapping his idyllic Highland childhood home for the 14th floor of the city’s notorious (and since demolished) Red Road flats.