BETH MALCOLM (UK)
Country: Scotland (UK)
Genre: Singer/Songwriter, folksy
Danny Kyle Open Stage winner, Celtic Connections 2020
Malcolm is currently making moves in the folk world… She could go down the folk-pop route of Amy MacDonald, KT Tunstall or perhaps the more artistic route of say, Karine Polwart. Whichever she chooses, Malcolm clearly has the ability to make a success of it. // SHIRE FOLK
2020 started with a bang for Beth Malcolm. After performing with award-winning Jazz collective Fat-Suit on the opening night of Celtic Connections, Malcolm went on to be announced as a winner of the prestigious ‘Danny’ award on the closing night of the festival in Glasgow.
2019 was no different for Beth; frequently floor-spotting at the Glasgow Star; performing at the Orkney Folk Festival; The Carrying Stream Festival; winning Edinburgh Folk Club’s 44th songwriting competition; and launching ‘Choose My Company’ EP on her first solo tour. The 22-year-old singer/songwriter has recently moved to Edinburgh after graduating from University in Glasgow – the city which became her lyrical muse.
Beth’s folk-influenced music is stripped back and acoustic. Think of a young Joni Mitchell meeting Norah Jones on the streets of a Scottish city.
Beth performing her song ‘Choose My Company’ with Fat-Suit
“She provides proof that there is still life in the concept of a musician writing words and music designed to go from ears to heart in one smooth move.” // Bluesbunny
Beth met Fat-Suit guitarist Dorian Cloudsley while they were both performing at the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections in 2017, and they have been writing and performing captivating sets together ever since.
“Beth Malcolm’s songs are not only beautiful, they also remind the listener to take more care of their surroundings, that the source of inspiration is not only caught in the lure of someone’s face, but in the immediacy of the place it happened in.” // Liverpool Sound and Vision
(Ferry ride from the Isle of Sanday to Stromness @ Orkney Folk Festival 2019)
Photography in order of appearance: Lisa Earl, Todd Weller, Francesco Furlan