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If you like your Folk a little rockier, then these guys are for you. They are already really big in their native Scotland and now they are conquering the musical World wherever they play.
In the Summer of 2016, four men in their twenties, all from different corners of the Highlands, crossed paths in the vibrant Glasgow music scene. Drawing on a range of influences, from their native Gaelic culture to classic American song writers, they soon penned a host of original songs and some dynamic bagpipe sets. Within no time, the unique folk/pop sound of Tide Lines was born.
Growing a significant fan base entirely organically, with a clutch of digital singles followed by an album and an EP, they have since racked up well over 3 million track streams on Spotify, and almost 800,000 views on their YouTube videos.
Their debut album, Dreams We Never Lost, has sold over 10,000 copies and demand has grown further with the launch of their latest EP Let's Make Tonight in October 2018. It racked up almost 200,000 Spotify streams in its first week alone. New EP in hand, Tide Lines embarked on their first full scale UK headline tour - a 28 gig journey from as far North as the Isle of Lewis, to as far South as Hampshire; with gigs in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, and Newcastle, and a sold out gig at SWG3 in Glasgow. Over the course of the tour, the band played to unprecedented audience numbers across the country with many shows selling out well in advance, and they will finish off 2018, headlining a Hogmanay celebration in the 15,000 capacity Inverness Northern Meeting Park.
In 2018, their loyal following grew over a summer of festivals, including the Hebridean Celtic Festival and Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival who described the band as:
“one of the stand out performances… a real highlight of the festival”.
As well as British festivals, the band also enjoyed performances across mainland Europe - including Denmark’s Tønder Festival. Their success has caught the attention of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show and Mark Radcliffe gave them their first airplay on national radio earlier in the year, then Kathryn Tickell (sitting in for Mark Radcliffe), played "Bring The Summer" on the Folk Show on Wednesday 14th November 2018.
2019 will see Tide Lines set out to build upon this success with an even more extensive touring schedule throughout Britain and Europe, stopping off at Grayshott Folk Club on Saturday May 11th 2019 as well as a headline slot at Fairport Convention's Cropredy Festival in August 2019. These guys are really going places. Come along to Grayshott to see why.
There is also the exciting prospect of a second album in the pipeline................
Tide Lines are:
Alasdair Turner: Electric Guitars and Bagpipes
Fergus Munro: Drums
Robert Robertson: Lead Vocals, electric guitar, and acoustic guitar Ross Wilson: Keyboards
Listen to "Far Side of The World" here:
Tickets are £14 and are available from Des O'Byrne on 01428 607096