“He's very good...” Eartha Kitt
“Thoughtful and passionate songwriting” Scotland on Sunday
“insightful lyrics” Michael Potvin, Indie In-Tune Mgazine
“great voice the man's got, very mellow...loving that...” Shaun Keaveny, BBC Radio 6
“delightful... beautiful acoustic melodies” Karen Dorrat, T-Break Reviews
During the past decade Douglas Kay has honed his stagecraft in theatres, clubs, bars and coffee houses across four continents.
The 2003 release of his debut album Of All The Towns To Sleep In generated airplay on radio and TV stations worldwide, including BBC Radio One, BBC Radio Scotland, Australia's GWN & Central FM and Xfm London - where Moving Target won the listener vote after featuring on the show X-Posure.
In addition to solo tours of Europe, the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Douglas has played a number of notable gigs in the UK. Sometimes solo, sometimes with band, these have included shows alongside the likes of KT Tunstall, Amy MacDonald and Nell Bryden, the T-Break Showcases and the 2010 Ben & Jerry’s Sundae on the Common where Douglas Kay Band played alongside acts which included Billy Bragg and Frightened Rabbit.
Douglas Kay Band's 2009 album Into Your Head was released on CD, download and limited edition USB drive and features ten tracks penned by Kay. This eclectic collection has moments of delicate beauty (as on the guitar and strings number Everything In The World Outside’s Alright) contrasted by the swelling crescendo of tracks such as Haunted. The song Better was particularly well received, topping a poll of tracks by Scottish acts in the Edinburgh Evening News and receiving airplay on BBC Radio.
Douglas returned to solo recording during 2011 and in December of that year released the "On Christmas Day" EP.
A full acoustic album, Last Touch, was released in late 2012. The album is his most stripped-back to date, featuring 12 tracks which showcase his warm vocals & thoughtful lyrics, and hint at some of his traditional folk influences. Lead track, All That We've Lost, is a duet with Joanna McQuillan and has already received critical acclaim.
2013 has seen Douglas touring to promote the album; shows planned for the middle of the year include a guest slot for Grammy Award winner Colin Hay, a series of appearances in London and a special show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe alongside Alan R Davison & Carol Laula.