“The Wine and Me an evening (2nd September 2017) with Tristan Mackay, Craig MacDonald (whoisthiscraig?), I, Claudia , James White and Daniel Pipe.
Kick back with evening of music with a wine,coffee or a beer or sample Ed’s Italian food at a laid back event of perfect singer/songwriting with all profits to Cancer Research.”
[Photo credit: Martin David Porter http://www.martsartsphotography.com]
“Tristan was born in Tiverton, Devon.
He first picked up a guitar at the age of 14 after hearing the Eric Clapton ‘Unplugged’ album. This started his life long love for blues guitar music and the storytelling songs of Dylan, Young, and Springsteen.
In 2001 he moved to Yorkshire to study at Leeds university. During his student days he would busk to pay the bills and it was to this pursuit he returned after university to promote his music.
He self recorded and released his first two EPs “Tales from a bedroom orchestra” and “Live from the lounge”. Although these were only produced and sold from his bedroom studio, his track “The Wine and Me” was featured in the Channel 4 show “Skins”.
Another of the songs from his first EP, “Be all that you can be” was featured by Aled Jones on “Good Morning Sunday” and was used by World Duty Free as their summer Campaign song in all their stores through 2011.
While busking full time, Tristan was discovered on Myspace by Grammy award winning producer Martin Levan (John Martyn, Andrew Lloyd Webber) who invited him to his studio to lay down demos.
In 2010 they embarked on a collaboration to produce Tristan’s debut album “Out Along the Wire”. With a team of outstanding musicians, including Pete Van Hooke (Mike and the Mechanics, Van Morrison) and friend John Garden (Scissor Sisters), as well as a cameo organ performance from Paul Carrack, the album of all original tracks was released 20th Feb 2012.
The album went straight to No. 1 on the iTunes Blues chart in the UK and Australia and received a swathe of 4 and 5 star reviews. It was also record of the week on several UK radio stations including BBC Somerset and BBC Devon.
His follow up album “Wire & Wood” was released in 2015. An all acoustic record, with the same band and featuring organ cameos from Don Airey (Deep Purple), it received critical praise from the music press including a feature in Blues Magazine. It topped the iTunes Blues chart after a live session with Fern Britten on BBC Radio 2.”
“London-based Craig MacDonald, aka WhoIsThisCraig, is a singer/songwriter with hints of blues, country, soul, and folk bringing warm sounds and a unique level of musical depth and honesty. With a voice that is both soulful and passionate, and a raw emotion that characterises his earthy style. He has self-produced a collection of “Songs From Life & Love” (2012), and most recently “WhoIsThisCraig” released in Nov 2015. Craig has been performing all across the UK while on a support tour for singer/songwriters Danny Vaughn(Tyketto/Waysted) & Dan Reed (Dan Reed Network), and most recently has brought his unique style to The Underworld, Live Rooms, The Bedford Live, The Troubadour, and other excellent venues in and around London/UK. The next chapter, the following 6 months will include new songs, new album, and a whole new band.”
All proceeds to Cancer Research: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org