In support of Shelter Scotland
Belter for Shelter:
Mike McKenzie + Stefan Clarkin + Kate Harris + Gary Taylor
In association with Shelter Scotland
All profits go to Shelter Scotland
Mike McKenzie creates an eclectic combination of old meets new with extensive songwriting influences from Elton John to Brandi Carlile, Billy Joel to Tobias Jesso Jr. Growing up in a musical home Mike began writing on a banged-up piano, passed down over the years, as soon as his mother taught him the basics. Throughout high school and college he began his discovery of the music scene as a drummer for Edinburgh band JAKIL.
In 2010 he threw himself into songwriting and production behind the scenes, working with other singers he’d encountered along the way. It was after being influenced by his long distance partner in 2018 that he began to explore the possibility of releasing material as a solo artist and found himself back at the piano where it all began. Some people keep a journal to process their lives. Some work out or take long walks to clear the air and reset their minds. Mike’s way of navigating his labyrinth of thoughts is to pour his thinkings into his songs, writing truthfully and honestly about his life.
In September 2019, Mike awarded the inaugural BBC Radio Scotland Singer/Songwriter of the Year by judges Fran Healy (Travis), Geoff Ellis (DF Concerts), Horse MacDonald (Horse), Karine Polwart and Dee Bahl after playing his debut single “Love Like This” LIVE at St. Luke’s, Glasgow.
Kicking off the new year with a headline show on January 8th at the legendary King Tut’s, 2020 is set to be an incredible year for this emerging Artist.
“Love Like This” is set for release Nov 22nd 2019 and was recorded at the prestigious Abbey Road Institute.
28 from Livingston, currently residing in Edinburgh. A musician that experiments with musical styles. Stefan’s style is a mixture of Indie folk with desert blues overtones, with various loops involved.
Stefan has been travelling in the past but has decided to remain in Scotland and pursue his music as “There’s nothing better than doing what you love, to a bunch of sound folk, who don’t even ken your name . bliss”
A 23 year-old Singer/ Song-writer from Perth, Scotland whom has had a passion for music since an early age. She takes inspiration from artists such as Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Nina Simone. Kate’s voice has been described as “angelic” and has the ability to grab the attention of an audience from the outset.
A 26 year-old Singer/Songwriter from Angus, Scotland currently residing in Edinburgh. He takes inspiration from artists such as Bombay Bicycle Club, Bon iver, Lord Huron and many many more
Gary’s style is a modern/indie folk with loops integrated into his sets
Gary has returned to music after a 6 year hiatus