Zak Younger Banks - EP Launch Glasgow
Zak Younger Banks Band + Catherine McGoldrick and Emily Shields
Zak Younger Banks launches his debut EP, Wrong Turns at Broadcast, Glasgow on the 10th of June. The Newcastle and Glasgow based singer-songwriter and guitarist combines emotionally raw vocals, poetic lyrics and intricate finger style guitar arrangements to create original and distinctive songs.
The EP was recorded in a friend’s holiday house in Port Appin in the Highlands of Scotland and features four songs from Zak’s repertoire of original songs, built up over the past few years of gigging. Whilst built around the original guitar and vocal arrangements of his songs, the EP features reworked versions with layers of ambient synths and electric guitar, as well as a stripped-down electric piano version of Both Our Crimes. Also featured is an instrumental track including an original tune inspired by Zak’s involvement in traditional music.
Whilst inspired by singer-songwriters including Josh Tillman, Isaac Gracie, Damien Rice, Hozier and Leonard Cohen, Zak’s involvement in traditional music is fundamental to his writing – studying traditional guitar at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland after having established himself as a guitarist on the Newcastle and Glasgow folk scenes, and playing in duos and trios with musicians from Scotland and the North East.
As a solo artist Zak has played several successful headline gigs at venues including Ernest, Bar Loco, Quilliams and the Cluny, and has played support for bands and artists in venues in England and Scotland, such as Northern Company (Cumberland Arms, Newcastle), Iona Fyfe (Admiral Folk Club, Glasgow), Hareshaw Linn (Quilliams, Butterfly Cabinet, Newcastle upon Tyne), Tom Hickox (Surf Café, Tynemouth) and Raghu Dixit (Sage Gateshead).
He also collaborates with North East singer-songwriter Eve Simpson, performing with her and writing songs together. He has played at festivals including Whitby, Beverly and Mouth of the Tyne, toured in Denmark and the UK with folk supergroup Folkestra and has been a street performer at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival for the past 2 years.
“Zak’s songs project universal sentiments whilst retaining hints of subtle vulnerability” - Eve Simpson
"Zak writes from the heart, sings from the heart and plays from the heart. A rare and unique talent. Not to be missed." - Dave Wood
Support will be provided by flute and guitar duo Catherine McGoldrick and Emily Shields.
Having met on the Traditional Music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, this refreshing young flute and guitar duo comprising of Catherine McGoldrick (Manchester) and Emily Shields (Stirling) ride the leading edge of Scottish and Irish Trad fusion.
Catherine McGoldrick is a whistle, flute and uilleann pipes player from Manchester. From the age of 7 she has received tuition from Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, an organisation dedicated to the promotion of the music, song, dance and language of Ireland. Along with various musicians she has supported bands such as the Alan Kelly band and Connla. She has also played with the McGoldrick, McCusker, Doyle trio on many occasions and with the Michael McGoldrick band at Cambridge Folk Festival 2016 and Celtic Connections 2018. Catherine holds numerous solo All Britain titles on the flute, whistle and uilleann pipes, in addition to titles in duets and trios. She is also is a founding member of ‘Trad Trio’, who last January reached the semi finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2017, and a member of the Manchester based band ‘Nova’. At the All Ireland Fleadh 2016 & 2017, she organised and was a musical director of a band of 8 musicians for the Fly Shannon stage. Catherine recently appeared on BBC’s ‘Trad ar Fad’ and ‘Seirm’ playing with the Declan O’Rourke band.
Bringing a Scottish flare to the duo, Emily is an extremely experienced and sensitive accompanist, using her guitar to create emotional and stylistic context to underpin any piece. After being brought up through the Feis Fhoirt programme in Stirling, Emily has absorbed aspects of the playing style of many of Scotlands top accompanists such as Innes Watson, Jenn Butterworth and Anna Massie. In pursuing her passion, Emily is always striving to reach new heights through research and dedication to her craft, and is constantly in search of the next innovation.
Together, Catherine and Emily are expected to reach great heights in the world of Traditional Music. Their sound is refreshing yet familiar, complex yet accessible. Join this young pair as they continue to explore the boundaries of Trad and what it means to contribute to the continuation of tradition in the modern world.
Tickets £5 adv / £8 otd