Described by the magazine Rootstime in Belgium as One of the greatest talents of our era, and listed as the 2nd best gig by the major UK newspaper The Independent, becoming the #1 most played artist on Canadian Galaxie Folk/Roots radio, Western Canadian Music Award winning artist Sarah MacDougall is getting known for her honest and poetic songs, passionate performances, and unique voice. Born in Sweden, Swedish magazine Nöjesguiden declared her One of Swedens best singer/songwriters.
Since the release ofaward-winning The Greatest Ones Alive in 2011, Sarah has been touring Canada and Europe endlessly, taking time to work on songs and record between tours. Last winter, she hunkered down under the Northern Lights in Whitehorse and put the final touches on the sonically rich album which was to become Grand Canyon. The album, co-produced by Sarah and Caleb Stull (Field Study, Dominique Fricot, Language Arts), which was recorded in Toronto and Vancouver, features 8 songs and guest appearances from Erika Angell (Thus:Owls), Rose Cousins, Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq, Dan Mangan), Peggy Lee, and Leah Abramson (Abramson Singers). Stepping outside of traditional folk and flirting with sounds that could have come from The Postal Service or Kate Bush, Grand Cany on keeps the acoustic guitar but infuses the sound with heavier drums and richly textured strings and synths.
The songs are about identity, love, fear, hope, growing up, rootlessness, forgiveness. They are written from the point of view of the hopeful outsider, trying to figure out their place and make sense of the world. Grand Canyon sees Sarah challenging herself and pushing new boundaries musically and sonically, and it is an album that will surely see Sarah reach new levels in her career.
Sarah has played festivals such as Iceland Airwaves, Winnipeg Folk Festival, The Great Escape, and she will continue to tour and write music throughout 2017 / 2018.
Tiz McNamara began singing and writing songs in2013 after dropping a piano on his foot he was left unable to drum for over a year so he began playing the guitar and writing his on song. His debut single went on to be streamed more than 2.5 million times on Spotify as well as featuring in UK TV Shows Emmerdale ,Hollyoaks and received major praise from BBC Radio in the UK.
His live highlights include supporting Brit award winner James Bay, as well as sell out shows in London, Liverpool, Cork and Dublin. This summer Tiz reinforced his growing stature with performances at Irelands four major music festivals, Electric Picnic, Indiependence, Sea Sessions and Castlepalooza.
In the past he also performed vocals on the UK Christmas No.1 single ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s my brother’ alongside some musical legends such as Sir. Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams and Shane McGowan.
“Rarely has an EP given off such prominent real love, until greeted with this radiant bestowal; truly mind-altering.” – GETINTOTHIS, Liverpool (EP review).
“Wow, I don’t know what to say, it’s hard to find any words when something over powers you like that, amazing. I am so glad you starting writing songs” – Gaby Roslin,
“Wondrously numbing, Tiz McNamara has the ability to serenade a million sinking ships with his soothing vocal flicks and joyously tasteful guitar strokes, invading imaginations with the songwriter’s Irish heritage.” – Lauren Jones, Liverpool, Echo.