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One of Scotland’s most acclaimed pairings, Iona MacDonald and Paul Tasker excel in delivering songs which are intimate and warm, MacDonald’s honeyed voice complemented Tasker’s superb picking skills. Often compared to the likes of Sandy Denny era Fairport Convention along with other luminaries from that era, Americana UK describing them as “our version of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings” after a sold out headline show at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival.
The duo have been playing together for 15 years, combining harmony vocals, guitars and clawhammer banjo, releasing their fourth album to widespread acclaim in November 2019. They established their reputation through the UK and Central Europe, touring on their own and as members of Robert Fisher’s ‘Willard Grant Conspiracy, have swapped songs and jammed with E-Street band member Eddie Mannion and Vinnie Lopez, and shared stages with bands from The Mavericks to Televison
“Our version of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. A similar combination of a superb voice and masterful guitar” – Americana UK
Tasker’s virtuosity and Macdonald’s wonderfully versatile voice shine through and create their own harmonious theme… a highly effective contemporary sound drawing on folk, country and americana influences. **** R2 Magazine
Glasgow based John Alexander is an acoustic guitarist, singer songwriter and guitarist. His performances combine life, landscape and weather inspired songwriting, complimented with riff driven guitar work which struts the high ground between folk, blues and americana music.
"steeped in good old-fashioned earthy organic roots Ameri-cana, Alexander possesses a sound more akin to the banks of the Missis-sippi than his native River Clyde...a ton of influences and a load of natural talent" - AMERICANA UK
"scorching guitar riffs, dusty vocals and beautifully crafted songs" - THE HERALD