Bearsden musician releases debut single

Emerging Scottish indie-roots artist Hector Shaw from Bearsden has announced his debut single Gravity will be released on Friday, February 19.

Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 4:12 pm
Hector Shaw
Hector Shaw

Brought up in a family of acclaimed musicians, it was no surprise when Hector began etching out his first unique song ideas during school downtime.

Now, at just 20 years old, Hector can’t wait to release his own material.

Hector has grown up surrounded by the musical creativity of his parents: musician, composer and producer Donald Shaw (Celtic Connections/Capercaillie) and revered songstress Karen Matheson (Capercaillie), whose collective passion for song has inspired Hector to forge his own artistic path.

Hector Shaw’s vocals and guitar are accompanied on Gravity by Sorren Maclean on guitar, Hannah Fisher on backing vocals and Andrew Samson aka DUNT on drums.

Hector said: “Gravity is a song that’s really close to my heart and explores the desperation of witnessing someone you care about suffering. The track talks of the confusion and longing you feel when you see that person distance themselves from the world.

“Musically, I’m continually inspired by John Martyn and Joni Mitchell, particularly their percussive hybrid of folk and jazz guitar playing. I wanted to recreate that timbre in a song of my own.

“This has been my first proper recording experience and I’m grateful to have had the chance to collaborate with the musicians involved and for their support. I’ll always look back on the experience of recording my first single with real fondness and now feel so excited to share it with others.”

Studying English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, Hector quickly became part of the city’s normally burgeoning live music scene, selling out his first headline show with a full band at Sneaky Pete's in January 2020.

He has performed with Scottish touring project Hit The Road, including a headline slot at Websters Theatre as part of the tour, and at a number of much-loved Glasgow venues such as The Hug and Pint as part of Celtic Connections, Stereo and Broadcast.

He has also performed at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.