Name of musician: The Cracked Man
Band members: Marcus Wright – vocals, guitar Kim Ayres – bouzouki
Location: Castle Douglas/Gatehouse of Fleet
We would describe our music as… original foot-stomping, spine-tingling, brow-twitching, cheek-spasming, tea-dunking music that will leave you breathless but deeply satisfied.
Primarily just voice, guitar and bouzouki, The Cracked Man moves the boundaries of expectations with these instruments. Using string-bending and even bottle-neck techniques Kim Ayres takes the bouzouki away from its traditional folk roots, while Marcus Wright pours heart and soul into his vocalizations. While there are certainly folk influences, blues rock and even smatterings of punk and psychedelia find their way into the music.
Background info: Marcus and Kim originally collaborated for the launch of the Lost Wasp record label in 2013, but formally came together as The Cracked Man in early 2014. Since then they have played many of the Dumfries and Galloway music festivals, including Wickerman, Midsummer Music, and Eden, and were well received in Glasgow at a recent Lost Wasp Showcase. Their EP was launched in 2015 to wide acclaim.
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