Megan Henwood & Findlay Napier – The Story Song Scientists

Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh 2016 – Megan Henwood and Findlay Napier are a few hours into an EFDSS (English Folk Dance Song Society) run song-writing retreat. They are outside drinking their 7th coffee of the morning! Napier’s driven nine hours from Glasgow and is a bit wobbly. Henwood’s back from a month long writing trip to Nashville and she is jet lagged and delusional.

Fancy writing a song about maths?” Napier enquires. And so the seed for this songwriting partnership was sewn.

Findlay Napier & Megan Henwood

Their collaboration has led to the creation of songs about hermit known as The North Pond Phantom, WBAI host Bob Fass’ lifesaving broadcast on 6th Nov 1971, Georg Cantor’s struggle with infinity, maths and God plus something about Shepherds and leaders. They are yet to write a song about pickup trucks…or beer.

If ever an artist called on the elements in her songwriting, it’s Megan Henwood. The distinguished English singer-songwriter is far too self-deprecating to describe herself as a force of nature, but her third album River reaffirms her unique ability to create roots music of beguiling purity from what’s around her.

One of the finest songwriters and storytellers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene Findlay Napier is an insurgent talent that comes on like a Caledonian Loudon Wainwright. Distilled to artful acoustic guitar and Napier’s remarkable voice his most recent album Glasgow captures the timeless essence of one of the world’s great cities.

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Saturday 2 March – Holywell Rooms, OXFORD
Wednesday 6 March – The Craigdorroch Arms, MONIAIVE
Thursday 7 March – Montrose Folk Club, MONTROSE
Friday 8 March – The Boarding House, HOWWOOD
Saturday 9 March – The Live Theatre, NEWCASTLE
Sunday 10 March – Glad Cafe, GLASGOW
Monday 11 March – String Theory, HAWICK
Wednesday 13 March – Clark’s on Lindsay Street, DUNDEE
Thursday 14 March – Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club, KIRKCALDY
Friday 15 March – House Concert (Soundhouse) EDINBURGH
Saturday 16 March – The Drawing Room, Chesham, HIGH WYCOMBE
Monday 18 March – Kitchen Garden Café, BIRMINGHAM
Wednesday 20 March – Norden Farm Arts Centre, MAIDENHEAD
Saturday 23 March – St Michael’s Church, Dalton, WIGAN
Sunday 24 March – The Old Fire Station, BOURNEMOUTH
Tuesday 26 March – Kingskerswell Parish Church, NEWTON ABBOT
Wednesday 27 March – The Green Note, Camden, LONDON
Friday 29 March – The Acorn Theatre, PENZANCE
Saturday 30 March – The Hyde Tavern, WINCHESTER