Under the Radar: Hector Shaw

With his debut single Gravity already finding its way onto the airwaves, Hector Shaw is definitely one to watch, write Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon

Hector Shaw

We first discovered Hector Shaw at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in 2019 via youth music projects Musicplus+ and Hit The Road. He was performing a live session for NetSounds and his set was so mesmerising he’s been on our radar ever since.

Growing up in a musical family has helped him hone his craft – his parents Karen Matheson and Donald Shaw are members of Capercaillie.

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Recorded at An Tobar on the Isle of Mull by Gordon Maclean, Shaw’s single Gravity is a fantastic debut, showcasing his intricate guitar playing and warm vocals. He’s accompanied by Sorren Maclean on guitar, Hannah Fisher on backing vocals and producer DUNT (aka Andrew Samson) on drums. Last week the track was Single of the Week on BBC Radio Scotland’s The Afternoon Show with Janice Forsyth and Grant Stott, and we predict a lot more attention in the coming months. See https://www.facebook.com/hecshawmusic

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

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