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Driving with the Brakes On: Findlay Napier & Megan Henwood

Driving with the Brakes On: Findlay Napier & Megan Henwood

Cover of Del Amitri’s (Justin Currie’s) song Driving with the Brakes on by Megan Henwood and Findlay Napier. Recorded live in Pollokshields, Glasgow during a day off on Story Song Scientists 2019 spring tour. Megan is playing Findlay's Moon Guitar's custom C2 and Findlay is playing 'Coco' Megan's custom Fylde guitar. We recorded it on an iPhone and edited the video with Nexvio's 8mm and Reel Director apps. STORY SONG SCIENTIST PRESS: “Two of the UK’s finest singer songwriters.” Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2 Folk Show “Charming, fascinating and intelligent folk songs… these two voices sound like they were destined to sing together… two clever songwriters who create intriguing songs… and they both have wonderful voices by the way” The Rocking Magpie “Throughout the songs the pair never fail to produce lyrics that resonate…the variety and sheer beauty of the music on offer here is truly outstanding… Two of Britain's finest songwriters together in one package. Not to be missed in my eyes.” Ian Cripps, Fatea Magazine STORY SONG SCIENTIST'S BIOG Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh 2016 and Megan Henwood and Findlay Napier are a few hours into an EFDSS run songwriting retreat. They are outside drinking their 7th coffee of the morning. Napier’s driven nine hours from Glasgow and is a bit wobbly. Henwood’s back from a month long writing trip to Nashville and she is jet lagged and delusional. “Fancy writing a song about maths?” Napier enquires. And so the seed for this songwriting partnership was sewn. Their collaboration has led to the creation of songs about hermit known as The North Pond Phantom, WBAI host Bob Fass’ lifesaving broadcast on 6th Nov 1971, Georg Cantor’s struggle with infinity, maths and God and something about Shepards and leaders. They are yet to write a song about pickup trucks… or beer. If ever an artist called on the elements in her songwriting, it's Megan Henwood. The distinguished English singer-songwriter is far too self-deprecating to describe herself as a force of nature, but her third album River reaffirms her unique ability to create roots music of beguiling purity from what's around her. One of the finest songwriters and storytellers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene Findlay Napier is an insurgent talent that comes on like a Caledonian Loudon Wainwright. Distilled to artful acoustic guitar and Napier's remarkable voice his most recent album "Glasgow" captures the timeless essence of one of the world's great cities.
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