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August 2021

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(Photo by Lesley Martin)

Dowally were recently part of a City of Edinburgh Council commission to produce the soundtrack for a short film consisting of footage of old Edinburgh. The 15 minute film entitled Cinescapes: Redrawing Edinburgh has been created with archive film from the areas which amalgamated with Edinburgh in 1920. It transports you back to the streets and tenements that you know so well, but in a different time. We were very proud to write and record the music for this mesmerising piece of work. The soundtrack was recorded at Chamber Studio and features all new Dowally original music.

Click here to read a newspaper article on this from the Edinburgh Evening News

February 2021

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"On our latest album, we discovered the joy of the studio, adding new sounds and layers, not necessarily restricting ourselves to a live take. There's harmonium, muted piano, samples of camera clicks and we have our first turn on lead vocals... "
Early Bird Night Owl cover

Listen to or buy the new album, early bird // night owl, by Dowally, on our Music Page

December 2020

Earlier this month, Cinetopia commissioned Dowally to write and record a piece of music as part of their new 'Cinescapes' project. The music was to accompany a ‘Pop-Up Christmas Card’ of images and videos from wintery Edinburgh in the past and now. And here it is - ‘Deck the Walls’! It’s a love letter celebrating the things that make this time of year special. Enjoy and have a happy holiday!

October 2020

We’re extremely happy to say that we have recorded the third Dowally album and we’ll be releasing it shortly!

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October 2019

Just a wee heads up to mention that we're playing in the Old Fruitmarket at Celtic Connections on the 26th January 2020!

Celtic Connections Old Fruitmarket (Photo by Glasgow Live)

(Photo by Glasgow Live)

August 2019

September tour dates out now!

Dowally September 2019 tour dates poster

July 2019

Had such a great time at Stonehaven Folk Festival over the weekend, thanks to everyone for listening! Here we are, fresh off the festival's famous rickshaw!

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March 2019

New Video!

This is, of course Fluorescent Banshee, from our second album - Somewhere

February 2019

Rachel and Dan at Danny Kyle 2019 - photo by Michael OzmondWe are absolutely over the moon to have been awarded a Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections 2019. What an honour. Thank you very much!

August 2018

The first half of the Edinburgh Fringe festival saw Dowally perform twice, in two quite different settings. The first gig was at the awe-inspiring ‘Pianodrome’, located in the Royal Botanical Gardens. This amphitheatre is the first in the world to be created from 60 upcycled pianos. There is nowhere else like it - it’s really a sight to behold (and the acoustics are brilliant!). Thanks to S!nk for having us at this gig. Our second Fringe gig was in the delightful Argyle Cellar Bar. We played acoustic to a lovely audience, preceded by a performance from the Oxford-based experimental duo ‘Limpet Space Race’. The traditional Dowally raffle took place with gusto at half-time. Come along next time - you have to be in it to win it, innit!

Somewhere, by Dowally (2018):

Dowally’s highly anticipated second album is a culmination of much more jamming, writing and development as a band. Here, 8 out of 10 of the tracks are original compositions and 2 are (perhaps surprising) arranged covers. The album has been described as “a teeming mass of musical ideas and cultural exchanges” (Living Tradition) and “rather splendid” (The Herald, Highlights of the Week). Several reviewers described enjoying the record for its unpredictable twists, turns and “emotional intensity” (Northern Sky Magazine). Indeed, Northern Sky commented - “This is music that goes where it needs to, finding its own way and confounding expectations”.



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You can use this handy little player to have a listen to our new album, 'Somewhere'.

Head over to our Music page to hear tunes from both of our albums, or go to our Video page to see us in action!



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