Let award-winning Scottish troubadour Dean Owens and his band transport you to a sepia-stained cantina with songs from his stunning new Sinner’s Shrine album. Recorded with musicians from Calexico, the album is a unique blend of Scottish roots and Americana, with added desert noir.
The Sinners big band is Craig Ross (electric guitar), Philip Cardwell (trumpet), Duncan Lyall (double bass), Stuart Brown (drums), and Kirsten Adamson on backing vocals, with Dean’s searingly soulful voice upfront. Together they conjure the magic of the US desert states, infused with grit and dust from Scotland’s post-industrial heartland. Songs of love and lust, sinners and saints, the displaced, the wanderers and the border ghosts.
“Owens sings with a dark majesty that matches the gigantic emotional pull of his songs… dirt caked desert noir” (Mojo)
Singer/songwriter Kirsten Adamson summons the same heart-stopping purity as Sandy Denny, by way of Emmylou Harris and Kate Bush. Transcendence runs in the family. Her father was Stuart Adamson (Skids, Big Country) and she spent summers with him, soaking up the atmosphere in Nashville. She was the vocalist and keyboard player for indie-folkers Aberfeldy, before fronting country rockers The Gillyflowers and more recently half of alt-country duo The Marriage. This special Celtic Connections show (with her full band) launches her new album, Landing Place.