Under the Radar: Blair Davie

Blair Davie’s songs come straight from the heart, write Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon

Blair Davie
Blair Davie

Blair Davie is a captivating young artist hailing from Perth. He was among the first acts we saw performing at Creative Scotland’s showcase at the Great Escape Festival in Brighton last week, and not only were his songs beautifully written, they also touched us (and seemingly the entire room) on an emotional level. For an emerging musician, winning over a roomful of strangers is no mean feat.

Sometimes co-written with his friend Kyle Fummey, Davie’s songs explore themes like heartbreak, bullying and coming to terms with his bisexuality, and a particular highlight was his second single Platform 10, released earlier this month.

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There are plenty of opportunities see Davie live, and we recommend you do so soon. He plays London’s Notting Hill Arts Club on 26 May, supports Under The Radar favourites Fatherson at Glasgow Barrowland on 28 May and performs at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in Beauly on 30 July. Full more information, see https://www.blairdavie.com/

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run music industry seminar and social night Born To Be Wide, www.borntobewide.co.uk

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Cryptic is an award-winning, internationally renowned producing arts house based in Glasgow, creating unique experiences that combine music, sonic and visual art. Cryptic produce Cryptic Nights supporting emerging talent, Sonica Glasgow, their international audio-visual festival, Cryptic Artists and various artist residencies. Cryptic Nights returns to Glasgow’s CCA this month and Down the Wire Live is open for musicians, audio-visual, and visual artists to apply, visit https://www.cryptic.org.uk/whatson/