Mick West Band
"a richly talented band with a
deep knowledge of their craft"
Mick West: Vocals
Frank McLaughlin: Guitar, Scottish Small pipes
Stevie Lawrence: Bouzouki, Mando-cello
Fraser Fifield: Sax,Whistles,Percussion.
The Mick West band combine one of the best voices in Scotland with three superb musicians to produce a sound rooted in the tradition, but delivered in a more modern setting. Performed with virtuosity, imagination and presence, this band have been described as "a must for any fan of Scottish song".
Mick West is considered one of Scotland's foremost exponents of Scottish song. He has toured extensively with his band, delighting audiences at home and abroad. Mick has always attracted top class musicians to collaborate with and to make the most of his warm, expressive voice. His new CD release brings together four musicians with a wealth of musical experience and ability to match.
Frank McLaughlin is a highly regarded guitarist and piper who has worked with many top musicians on the Scottish scene. His unique guitar accompaniments and intricate technique have brought him to the fore and seen his reputation grow with musicians and audiences alike. As a session player Frank's talents are increasingly in demand. Highlights include recording and filming for the ITV (UK)drama series "Distant Shores" series II , starring Peter Davidson. He also performs as part of a duo with singer Gillian MacDonald; with fiddle player Stewart Hardy; and the Newcastle based four piece Tod's Assembly.
Stevie Lawrence - a member of Iron Horse from 1992-95, has toured worldwide. Stevie has recorded three CDs including a soundtrack for a BBC documentary 'The gamekeeper' Stevie is a sought after musician who has worked with many top Scottish Bands. He has appeared on more than 70 commercial releases as either musician, producer, or arranger
Fraser Fifield is a composer and producer, world class piper, soprano saxophonist, and low whistle player with a background in traditional Scottish folk music. He has been described as " one of the most exciting talents to emerge in Scottish folk in recent times" (Scotsman). When not performing with his own trio , the Mick West Band or with the Chris Stout band he is usually in his studio at home working on television or library music. Recently released is his first solo recording, "Honest Water", on his own label, Tanar Records.
"a richly talented band with a deep knowledge of their craft." - Edinburgh, Evening News
"West and his band are a pedigree outfit" - Pay the Reckoning
The new CD is "the best yet from the Glaswegian singer and his fine backing band" - Kenny Matheison, Scotsman
"One of Scotland's most lyrical folksong exponents"-Sue Wilson Scotland on Sunday
"West is a wonderful singer with a big, rich, warm expressive voice - in approach and stature somewhat of a Scottish Christy Moore" Norman Chalmers ,The List
A poor Man's labour (Claytara Records, 2004)
Right side o' the people (Lochshore, 1997)
Fine floors and foolish glances (Lochshore, 1995)
61 Brunswick Street
Edinburgh, EH7 5HT