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Dowally

Dowally 7Dowally make unclassifiable, thrillingly energetic music, fusing their love of traditional Scottish tunes with jazz harmony, Balkan rhythms and deep Americana raucousness. Dan Abrahams’ driving guitar and Rachel Walker’s swinging fiddle are joined by the extraordinary Phil Alexander (Moishe’s Bagel) on accordion. Having garnered rave reviews all across the UK, from jazz festivals to pub sessions, they released their second album of original material in June 2018. They’re often also joined by an array of fantastic guests, such as Graham Coe (Cello, Jellyman’s Daughter), Ciaran Ryan (Banjo, Dallahan) and the wonderful singer Dominic Blaikie.

Phil Alexander

Phil was born in London and studied music at Goldsmiths College with avant-garde guru John Tilbury. In 2003 he formed the Edinburgh band Moishe’s Bagel, with whom he continues to explore the lively intersections of folk, jazz and klezmer music. Phil was a central part of the internationally-acclaimed Salsa Celtica, and more recently he can be found playing piano and accordion with Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy and their daughter Eliza, as well as occasional tangos with Edinburgh chamber music radicals Mr McFall’s Chamber. In 2016, Phil completed a PhD in Ethnomusicology at SOAS and currently works as a researcher and lecturer at Glasgow University. His compositions have featured at London’s South Bank, Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall and even once or twice in the Albert Hall.

Dan Abrahams

Dan is part-time renewable energy engineer, part-time musician and composer. He grew up in Sheffield listening to punk, ska and rock, eventually casting them aside after discovering the world of jazz and soul music in his dad’s record collection. A move to Edinburgh in his late teens garnered his first proper introduction to folk music, playing in sessions and in Ceilidh bands up and down the country. He’s formed over 5 bands during his ten years in Edinburgh, ranging from funk/soul (The Foo Birds) and jazz (Bonzai Quartet, Rianna Walcott Band) to old-time folk (Wayward Jane) and prog-folk (Dowally). Dowally is the perfect outlet for Dan’s compositional output, allowing catchy folk melodies to combine with hypnotic balkan rhythms and jazz harmony. He’s recorded as a double bassist and guitarist for various artists, including a European collaboration of European musicians and sound artists (Folkatron 2018)

Rachel Walker

Rachel is predominantly a Scottish/Irish traditional fiddle player. Originally from Glasgow, she moved to Edinburgh in 2008 and immediately waded into the lively trad folk scene. She can now be found playing jigs and reels at frequent sessions and gigs in pubs across the city on several nights of the week. Her musical partner-in-crime at these sessions is Dominic Blaikie, whose voice features on Dowally’s latest album. When Dowally was formed in 2014, it gave Rachel a opportunity to explore new styles and to draw on the diverse musical backgrounds of her bandmates. More recently, she has been delving into the world of gypsy jazz and plays regularly with the Hot Club of Edinburgh. This year, she received a grant from Help Musicians UK to attend a workshop residential in the Netherlands, run by world-renowned improvising violinist, Tim Kliphuis.

 

Gigs

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Dec
Time: 16:00

 

Music

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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