Celtic Connections 2023
Lewis McLaughlin and NANI
Fri 20 January 2023
Edinburgh-born Lewis McLaughlin was inspired by the likes of John Martyn and Villagers to begin writing and recording his own songs. He has performed across Europe in various outfits, accompanying his father at folk shows and playing with his brother in a folk duo before going solo.
Based in Glasgow, Lewis released his debut album Feel The Ground You Walk Upon, on Andy Monaghan’s (Frightened Rabbit) Monohands Records. His recent EP, Rollin’ On, came quickly after winning the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition. This raw dynamic EP widens the landscape of McLaughlins cinematic approach to songwriting.
Austrian-born, Edinburgh-based NANI has been gradually making waves around the Scottish music scene. Her sound ranges from dreamy alt-pop numbers to indie-folk songs. NANI has built a considerable catalogue of releases over the past few years and has been playing shows all over Scotland and beyond. Most notably King Tut's Summer Nights, The Great Eastern Festival, Liverpool SoundCity, and supporting acts such as Art School Girlfriend and Coach Party.
Her 2020 release, the 6-track EP Pure Frustration has been met with critical acclaim with the track 'Sunshine' being featured on BBC Introducing's Hot List. NANI describes Pure Frustration as “A collection of songs that spans contexts, locations, people and sounds but truly is about finding the world extremely f***ing annoying.”
Part of Celtic Connections 2023