RNLI Parkfest, Stranraer

RNLI Parkfest, Stranraer

RNLI Parkfest, Stranraer

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Louise McConnell

Louise Connell

 

Louise Connell is a Scottish singer-songwriter from Airdrie, outside Glasgow. Recording and performing under the name Reverieme, she received considerable critical acclaim for her first full studio album, Straw Woman (2016), and her previous acoustic mini-LP Or Else The Light (2015). Appearing both solo and with various band line-ups, she has performed at most of the major Scottish music festivals (T In The Park, Wickerman, Belladrum, XpoNorth, Solas Fest, Butefest etc) as well as many gigs across the country both as a headline artist (selling out Glasgow’s Glad Café at the launch of the Straw Woman album and following it up with two further headline Glasgow shows at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut and the O2 ABC2 in quick succession) and supporting the likes of Gotye, Newton Faulkner, Emmy The Great and American Idol’s Haley Reinhart. She has also played very well-received solo shows in both Sweden and England, including a sold-out show at St John’s Parish Hall in London in April 2017. 

 

The Straw Woman album received excellent support and airplay from various radio stations (BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Scotland, Virgin Radio, Amazing Radio etc) with one song, Plankton, being chosen by Lauren Laverne as one of her coveted “Headphone Moments” on Radio 6. The album was also the featured Album Of The Week on two separate Radio Scotland programmes, The Roddy Hart Show and The Iain Anderson Show, and led to the BBC filming and broadcasting a 45-minute concert performance.

 

Louise has already garnered a considerable reputation as a songwriter whose notable skill with words is easily matched by her way with beautiful, haunting melodies. Recently her music came to the attention of renowned artist and designer James Marsh, who designed iconic sleeves for Talk Talk and Jamiroquai, amongst many others. Having read the lyrics, James has drawn inspiration from the latest batch of songs Louise has written and created three thematically-related sleeves for the series of three EPs she will release in the coming months – Squall, Echo and Rale, which will be available exclusively via a Pledge campaign in physical formats.

 

The first of these EPs, Squall, will be released in October 2017 with a launch gig at Glasgow’s O2 ABC2 on the 26th. For this show she will be joined by her current band, who feature various ex-members of acts like The Pretenders, Talk Talk, Altered Images and Kevin McDermott Orchestra. Featuring probably her strongest writing and performances to date, Squall is sure to enhance her growing reputation, and will be joined by the releases of Echo and Rale in early 2019, with all three EPs being released together as a double album SquallEcho Rale in June 2019