A co-headline show from 2 of Scotland's new breed of songwriters
Withered Hand is the creative output of Edinburgh-based musician Dan Willson.
A cult figure in the Scottish music scene since 2009, Dan has released two widely acclaimed albums, New Gods (2014) and Good News (2009) and several lo-fi EPs and has toured extensively, both solo and with his band, and with the likes of King Creosote, Kris Drever, James Yorkston, Scott Hutchison/Frightened Rabbit.
Currently working towards his third full length album under the name Withered Hand, Dan is also working with the Mercury-nominated songwriter
"As life-affirming as music gets" - Live review 2013 - The Herald
"He records like Billy Childish and mixes like the Blue Nile" - Darren Hayman (Hefner)
"The UK's best lyricist" - King Creosote
SCOTTISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2014 - Sunday Herald
"Godlike Genius" - Justin Currie (Del Amitri)
"As fine a lyricist as the Isles have produced in many a year an accomplished and polished album" (God Is In The TV, 5/5)
"New Gods affirms Willson's superlative abilities" - (The Skinny, 4/5)
"Beautifully and shrewdly constructed every song is a gift that is guaranteed to leave you fulfilled." (Drunken Werewolf)
"A high quality collection of songs, full of memorable moments" (Music OMH)
"An unusually good album" (The Line Of Best Fit)
"Wilson is still a charmed, charming fuck-up of the first order" (Drowned In Sound, 8/10)
"Endlessly lovable stuff zings with Teenage Fanclub-ish exuberance." (NME, 7/10)
"An album to sink into the heart" (The Scotsman, 5/5)
"The warmest, saddest, downright heartbreaking collection of songs you'll hear this year." (A Layer Of Chips)
"A triumphant return" (The 405, 7.5/10)
"Edinburgh's Dan Willson scales-up the celestial folk of his 2009 debut. King Creosote, Eugene Kelly and members of Belle ">Billy Liar
Jangly, acoustic-meets-electric punk ripper that should appeal to fans of anything from The Menzingers to Frank Turner to classic '70s punk.'
'Billy Liar has a certain kind of charisma that can only be explained by listening to his songs. He could easily silence a room full of drunk punks with simply a guitar and his voice, but he also has the ability to play with a full band without losing any of the magic. Powerful, emotional, yet somber and sweet; a near perfect blend of punk rock sound and great songwriting.'
'Every label needs a vegan Scotsman, so went out and nabbed the very best: Billy Liar. The wee lad is known as a punk troubadour who has covered a LOT of ground in Europe and America with his acoustic guitar, but on Billy's debut album, "Some Legacy", our hero is backed by a loud rock band. Imagine a horde of rowdy punks led by a very, very small version of William Wallace with big songs about friendship, despair, tolerance, love, anxiety and life in Edinburgh. It's an 11-song uplifting battle cry that will rally all the clans!'
Toby Jeg - Red Scare Industries