Robyn Hitchcock is one of Englands most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musicians musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rocks father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).
Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in ‘Storefront Hitchcock’ an in concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme.
Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as ‘paintings you can listen to’. His most recent album is self-titled and marks his 21st release as a solo artist. The album was produced by Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs). Hitchcock describes it as a "ecstatic work of negativity with nary a dreary groove."
It has received rave reviews from UNCUT, Rolling Stone, Paste, Tidal and more.
"A gifted melodist, Hitchcock nests engaging lyrics in some of the most bracing, rainbow-hued pop this side of Revolver. He wrests inspiration not from ordinary life but from extraordinary imaginings..." - Rolling Stone
"These 10 gems slither, rock, roll, glide and shapeshift, coalescing around Hitchcock’s typically anxious, strained but striking and immediately identifiable vocals." - American Songwriter
"Beloved of everyone from Led Zeppelin to REM, Hitchcock has only enhanced his status with this wonderful outing." - Hot Press
"Witty, moving and seriously catchy, Robyn Hitchcock is a glorious return for a man who wasn’t really gone in the first place." - Paste Magazine
Kevin McDermott first came to the public’s attention with his debut single by his first band, The Suede Crocodiles. The group created interest in Glasgow and were exposed to a wider audience when asked to support Haircut 100’s Nick Heyward on his UK tour.
McDermott released his first solo album (‘Suffocation Blues’) on the demise of the Suede Crocodiles, and on release of the album in 2006, he performed live on Channel 4 music show The Tube. McDermott promoted the album by supporting Del Amitri on UK and US dates, on his return he decided he would form a band.
The Kevin McDermott Orchestra were soon signed by Island Records, and released their debut album, ‘Mother Nature’s Kitchen’, to much acclaim. KMO embarked on a concentrated period of touring as both headliners and support slots, playing with artists as revered as 10,000 Maniacs, Squeeze, The Alarm, Sting, INXS, Simple Minds and Rod Stewart. KMO released 4 albums before fragmenting, with Kevin going back to a solo career.
Kevin is one of Scotland’s best loved live performers, with a catalogue of strong material from his solo and KMO albums that highlight his songwriting ability. It is a great pleasure to have him perform an acoustic concert at FRETS.