An A-Z of musicians & music organisations on the Isle of Lewis. If you would like to be added to this list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black Bay Studio
Black Bay Studio is a high-end residential recording facility located on the west coast of Lewis. Opened in 2016 in a former crab factory, the studio incorporates three acoustic rooms, accommodation for nine and a dedicated team of staff who treat making records as a way of life.
It is the UK’s most remote recording studio, but still easily accessed with several daily flights to Stornoway, plus ferry services to the mainland. Find out more at Black Bay Studio's website.
Willie Campbell is a Scottish singer-songwriter based on the Isle of Lewis, who first came to widespread attention co-fronting the band Astrid, and as a founding member of Gary Lightbody’s Reindeer Section. As The Open Day Rotation, he released two critically acclaimed albums, Down by the Head and Toxic Good Toxic Bad, the latter produced by Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle and Sebastian). He continues to perform with Astrid and as part of the Tumbling Souls.
"Willie Campbell rises above all other references and stakes his claim to being one of the country’s truly great pop songwriters”.
Charlie Clark / No Big Deal Music
Charlie Clark is a multi-talented songwriter, musician, promoter and more. First rising to prominence as a founding member of acclaimed Glasgow indie-pop band Astrid, Clark has been a pro-active presence in the underground music scene for over two decades. From his role in Scottish supergroup The Reindeer Section to his own projects Broken Arrow and MJ12, Clark has earned a cult status amongst public and peers alike, becoming a go-to guest musician to the likes of Mogwai, Arab Strap and Snow Patrol in the process. He also runs the Isle of Lewis based record label, No Big Deal Music, which has released music by The Joshua Hotel, Scott C Park and more.
Josie Duncan grew up on the Isle of Lewis before immersing herself in Glasgow's traditional music scene, studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2017, Josie was awarded BBC Radio 2's Young Folk Award alongside guitarist Pablo Lafuente. Following the release of the duo’s debut album ‘The Morning Tempest’, the pair toured extensively across the UK and beyond. Her other projects include: INYAL, an innovative 5 piece fusing mercurial tunes, ethereal Gaelic songs and intricate electronics; The Dusk (Innes White, Megan Macdonald and Duncan) seamlessly intertwine three part harmony with delicately crafted instrumentals, all in aid of the stories found in Josie Duncan's honest and charming self-penned songs. In 2022 she released her debut solo album, As The Moonlight Melts.
Andrew Eaton Lewis
Andrew Eaton Lewis is a singer-songwriter who has lived on Lewis since 2018. He released his first album for island label Wee Studio Records in 2022.
Eleanor and Spanish
Eleanor & Spanish are a musical duo from the Isle of Lewis, both of whom also perform as solo artists. Eleanor has supported musicians such as KT Tunstall and Lucy Spraggan, and Spanish’s original song Cast My Wish Upon the Sea has been covered by Trail West and featured on their album. He has also performed on BBC Alba’s Hogmanay Show and was a headliner at Stramash Festival's tenth anniversary in 2022.
They began performing together in 2015, playing in venues all around the Highlands and Islands, and also further afield, including The Quay Sessions for BBC.
Eleanor Nicolson on Facebook
Iain Spanish on Facebook
Sean Harrison and Band
Sean Harrison & Band are a four piece alternative group originating from the Western Isles.
Known for their emotive songs and unique soundscapes, the group's music is inspired by life on the remote islands they call home and the elements and landscape that surrounds them.
The band's discography includes the albums 'a Silent Ovation', 'Chapter End', 'Billboards' and digital singles 'Parachute' and 'Keep Me in Your Heart'. The band's previous releases have gained airplay from Vic Galloway, BBC Introducing and Iain Anderson, BBC Radio Scotland.
Sean Harrison and Band on Facebook
A farmer from the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, singer/songwriter Colin Macleod's flavour and sensibilities as a country boy are unique and compelling. Audiences have fallen in love with his old fashioned character and love for his local community. In a former life, he was alt-folk artist The Boy Who Trapped The Sun, cutting his teeth on the same vibrant Glasgow scene as his friends Frightened Rabbit and Snow Patrol. But his love for the wild land he was raised on, 300 miles north of Glasgow, proved too strong and he made the move back to the Eye Peninsula, east of Stornoway, buying a small farm - which turned out to be a very good move for his music career.
Calum Martin has been involved in Gaelic music for most of his adult life in one capacity or another. He started his recording and song-writing career in 1979 as a founder member of the Gaelic Folk Rock band Island Express with the release of their first and only Album (Making Tracks). After the band split in 1982 he continued to work as a solo artist with the release of a further two (all Gaelic) albums (The Megantic Outlaw in 1983 and Gael Force in 1988) before commencing a new career as a full time Gaelic Music Instructor in Primary and Secondary schools on the Isle of Lewis in 1992.
He has released several more albums in recent years on the label Leum Music.
Keith Morrison / Wee Studio
Keith is a musician, sound technician, film creator and entrepreneur who runs the studio and record label Wee Studio (which represents Peat & Diesel, Heron Valley, Abigail Pryde, Iain Wilson and more). Keith has been performing and recording music professionally since 1999 at the age of 15 and has been a consistent champion of Lewis's music scene ever since, as well as performing on stage himself with the bands Face the West and Heron Valley.
Wee Studio Records
Mother Night is the electronica alias of Lewis-based musician Callum Alistair Macleod, who self-styles his music as “pagan pop from a misty isle”.
Anna started her performing life as a pipe before moving effortlessly to the worlds of song, drama and TV presenting. She was a member of the highly successful Gaelic and Scottish Women music projects and was the first Gaelic singer to take part in Moscow's Scottish Festival in 2002. She has returned to her roots and now teaches piping to the next generation of young pipers on Lewis.
Peat & Diesel
Stornoway coves Innes, Uilly and Boydie have taken the UK music scene by storm since their debut album, Uptown Funk, was released in 2019, selling out Glasgow’s iconic Barrowlands in one day in 2020 and making their Glastonbury debut in 2022. Find out more at the band's website.
Scott C Park
Scott C Park is a Lewis-based singer-songwriter who performs with numerous bands as well as making his own country-tinged alt-pop about what it feels like to change. He writes about identity, religion, and the weirdness of human behaviour through sharp and breezy songs that want to get stuck in your head. Scott has released two EPs, Pacho Macho and Scampy Lampy, and was the opening act at HebCelt 2022.
Mary Smith, MBE
Mary Smith is one of the Island's most respected traditional singers and has been a frequent representative of the tradition at overseas festivals. She is also a visual artist who taught in Australia and throughout the Western Isles for many years. As well as Gaelic song, her experience and skills stretch across a wide range of areas, from Gaelic book illustration to screen-printing and curating. Mary published her book of Gaelic songs and photographs in 2006 Sheòl Mi’n Uiridh and has worked with the BBC since 1967 on numerous productions.
Rosie H Sullivan
Rosie H Sullivan is a singer-songwriter who grew up on Lewis and is now signed to Canadian record label Nettwerk, home to such names as Angus and Julia Stone, Passenger and Hollow Coves.
The Tumbling Souls
The Tumbling Souls are a country music band comprised of members of Face The West, Astrid and Ho Ro. Their sound is heavily influenced by the Country music and Bluegrass of America from the 1950s and 60s with just more than a hint of Scottish Traditional music seeping in through the instrumentation of the band.
The Tumbling Souls on Facebook
Peter Urpeth is a writer, musician and creative business director based on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Peter is a founding Director of Emergents Creatives CIC Ltd, with more than 15 year's experience in creative industries development, and also manages Emergents' programme of business development support for writers and publishers in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
Peter is also a pianist and composer working in alternative and radical musics, and film music, and is a published novelist and arts journalist. His free time is spent reviewing CDs and books for online jazz magazines, and his own free improv podcast series is available on the iTunes store, and has reached as high as number 8 in the podcast charts. He is a board member/ Director of An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway, and Rural Nations CIC, a community arts production and promotion company, both based in the Outer Hebrides. Peter has performed and toured extensively in various free improvisation and alternative new music ensembles, and has recently composed and performed scores to classic black and white silent movies, being typecast in production of scores for grainy vampire movies.
Willowcroft Music is a small family run music business offering a range of musical services - tuition on strings, woodwind and music theory, music composition and arranging, and performance (various genre including classical, scottish traditional, rock & pop, jazz).