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One of Scotland’s finest songwriters - John Douglas of Trashcan Sinatras fame - presents 'I'm Not The Fella', an endearing open-heart narration of an interaction from the past. Featured on his debut solo album, recently released via Scotland's Reveal Records, the accompanying video was filmed at the An Taibhdhearc - National Irish language theatre in Galway City. He also recently released a video for the album's opening track 'Lost'.

Hailing from Irvine on Scotland’s west coast, John has a rich history, making music with Trashcan Sinatras for over thirty years. Apart from his role as a songwriter (and guitarist) there, John has been playing live gigs across the UK and Ireland as part of his partner Eddi Reader’s band.

John Douglas shares, "I was on tour with Galway singer/songwriter Ultan Conlon when this was filmed. I had just added a few verses at the end and you can catch me taking an occasional glance at the lyric sheet on the floor.  Hope you like this song and video, filmed by Black Gate Productions."

The  'John Douglas' album presents an intimate snapshot of the talent, charisma and depth of this celebrated Scottish indie songsmith - the start of a new chapter in Douglas' creative life as he looks back at a lifetime of musical adventures and accolades while moving forwards. This record features original material, along with new recordings of some of John's favourite Trashcan Sinatras material and his own rendition of the Prefab Sprout classic ‘We Let The Stars Go’.

The eleven songs on this record were performed solo, recorded live at Kyoti Studio in Glasgow (with no overdubs) by producer Mark Freegard (New Model Army, Lush, The Breeders, Del Amitri, Marillion), who also mixed and mastered the album.

“I’ve often been encouraged by friends over the years to make a solo album, but the timing or inclination didn’t flow. Last year - out of nowhere - everything suddenly felt right and the process was quick and natural. Mark just set the mics up and I played my songs. No other musicians or overdubs. Me and my guitar. That way, I became the songs and they became me. The finished record, though varied in song styles, has a mood to it… it’s warm, thoughtful and quiet.. as I generally aspire to be," says John Douglas.

Lately, John Douglas has been performing solo sets at shows with musical friends, such as Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Jill Jackson and James Grant (Love & Money). Whilst visiting Irvine recently, John was invited to guest with Martin McAloon (Prefab Sprout), the two artists having first met in 1990 when the Trashcan Sinatras' were touring with Prefab Sprout in support of their album ‘Jordan - The Comeback'.

The 'John Douglas' album is out now, available on CD and digitally from a wide selection of fine music outlets, including Bandcamp.


'I'm Not The Fella' from Debut Eponymous Album

'John Douglas' album out now via Reveal Records.
Watch the new video for 'I'm Not The Fella'

24 November 2023

Written by John Douglas (1, 2, 4, 6, 11), Trashcan Sinatras (3, 5, 7, 8),
Trashcan Sinatras / Dine (9) and Paddy McAloon (10)
All songs published by MCPS/PPL, except Track 10
(published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC)
Recorded, mixed & mastered in Glasgow by Mark Freegard
Photographs taken on the Old Largs Road by Susie Lowe
Cover photo by Janette Ayachi at The Strand Club, Glasgow
Design by Martin Rowsell Simply Marvellous: Music
Thanks to Edna, Charlie, Sam and all my family, all the Trashcan Sinatras,
Tom Rose, Boo Hewerdine and Jill Jackson
CD - REVEAL195CDX  - 7427137071599
Digital Album - REVEAL195DDX - 7427137071605
Publicity by Shameless Promotion PR

01. Lost   04:07
02. I Just Want To Go Home   03:22
03. Weightlifting   04:33
04. Orange Crayons   04:31
05. Leave Me Alone   03:39
06. Maid O' The Loch   04:09
07. The Sleeping Policeman   03:23
08. I'm Not The Fella   02:50
09. Oranges & Apples   03:35
10. We Let The Stars Go (Prefab Sprout)   03:46
11. Always   02:36

December 1  IRVINE - Harbour Arts Centre (with Blue Rose Code)
December.2  IRVINE - Harbour Arts Centre (with Blue Rose Code) -afternoon show
December 10  GLASGOW - The Inn Deep, Kelvinbridge via Last Night From Glasgow (with Louise Connell, Xan Tyler)

Keep up with John Douglas 
Bandcamp | Twitter | Instagram 
 Facebook | YouTube | Spotify | Apple Music

Keep up with Reveal Records
Website | Bandcamp | Facebook 
 Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud

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