A band defiantly in the classic mould, Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire have been lauded for their compelling and darkly anthemic sound. Led by Hart’s distinctive voice and songwriting, the band create a vivid sonic landscape that has seen them perform across the UK and make their American network debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. This led to an invitation to take up a rare week-long residency, playing tracks from the new album to a combined audience of over 12 million people. They followed this with a nomination on the fiercely contested long list for the Scottish Album of the Year award for their eponymous album, which was described by Uncut as “Widescreen…poetic and [with] verve”. Helmed by acclaimed producer Danton Supple (Morrissey, Patti Smith) – and recorded everywhere from a Glasgow church, the band’s own rehearsal room in Govan Town Hall (once home to Franz Ferdinand), to the legendary Dean Street Studios in London (the birthplace of albums by David Bowie and The Smiths) – the album was critically hailed as dark, brooding and atmospheric, but shot through with moments of beauty and hope. They continued to make new fans following its release, with performances at the opening party for the Commonwealth Games in Scotland and their celebrated show at Paisley Abbey with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
After their return from South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, 2015 saw the band hunkered down in their studio in Glasgow working on a new album with legendary Scottish producer Paul Savage (Admiral Fallow, Mogwai, Emma Pollock), due for release in Spring 2016.
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Selected Press Reviews
“Widescreen…poetic and [with] verve…evoking the epic rock of Springsteen. Local hero turns contender” Uncut
“Gorgeous…exquisite Americana with a neat Scottish touch” Clash Music
“Hart deserves a legitimate place in the long line of classic Scottish pop writers” The Sunday Herald
“Hugely impressive” Bob Harris, Radio 2
“Outstanding” The Daily Express
“The real deal: mature and measured songwriting” Scotland on Sunday
“For me [at Celtic Connections 2013] nothing went deeper than the…Roaming Roots Revue…deftly curated and overseen by Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire” Simon O’Hagan, The Independent
“Huge anthemic hook-laden melodies, massive choruses, soaring guitars and chest-swelling, emotion choking vocals…Think The National [and] Springsteen…They’re clearly set to blaze a path of glory” Roots and Branches