London Grammar, Coldplay, MGMT, Passion Pit, Girl Talk, Vampire Weekend, even Queen. Universities across the world have long been breeding grounds for, not just alcoholism and a load of debt, but creativity and world famous musicians. Glasgow University is no exception. With a range of bands and musicians from orchestras to DJs to Open Mic regulars, Glasgow is ripe with talent and who knows, possibly the stars of the future.
Hannah Jackson is a third year at Glasgow and a singer/songwriter very deserving of a listen. Since her first gig in Glasgow back in 2010, Hannah has been busking and singing in Swing Ltd, a jazz bar on Hope street. Her first EP ‘The Day I Loved’ came out in February and can be found on her Bandcamp profile http://hannahjackson.bandcamp.com/album/the-day-that-i-loved. Her style is acoustic and verging on country, naming influences such as Laura Marling and Eva Cassidy. From the flawless, velvet vocals of the title track to the sunny and slightly sassy Anyone’s Baby, Hannah’s EP is enchanting. She has announced another release in May and, as one of the new members of the GUU’s Entertainments committee, she will be appearing as a regular treat for spectators at Open Mic.
Similarly, first year Law Student, Jemma-Kate, is also a singer/songwriter at Glasgow University. Describing her genre as contemporary, acoustic folk, Jemma-Kate’s impressive vocals and delicate lyrics have got her noticed across Scotland. She has played at venues and events around the country including the Robert Burn Humanitarian Awards and the Ayr Christmas Lights Switch On. The winner of West FM’s ‘One to Watch’ award, Jemma-Kate is due to release a new EP ‘Dream A Little Please’ in April 2014. Some tracks are available on her Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/jemma-kate, including ‘Anchor’ which has been listened to over 1000 times.
Huevo and the Giant are a four piece indie, pop-punk band from Glasgow whose sweet, summery guitar has that kind of Two Door Cinema Club ‘5pm at a festival on a rare day that it’s not raining’ feel. They regularly play in Glasgow, including a recent gig as part of Dr Martins Stand For Something tour and furthermore, their song ‘Bloody Sweet Animals’ was featured in the film ‘Not Another Happy Ending’ staring Karen Gillan. Keep track of the band through their Facebook page and watch out for their new five track EP being released before summer.
A product of the flourishing indie rock scene in Glasgow and Scotland as a whole, Made As Mannequins are a four piece band made up of Glasgow Uni students Ben Macfarlane, Ryan Ramsey, Ian Smith and Jamie Flynn. They have the rough guitar and strong Scottish twang that we know and love from bands such as We Were Promised Jetpacks and Frightened Rabbit and their multiple support slots on the tours of Bwani Junction, Miniature Dinosaurs and Kassidy (who has incidentally also been supported by Jemma-Kate). Following the success of their debut single, ‘Am I Alive?’ which has collected nearly 7000 views on YouTube, the band released their first EP in January of this year. ‘Chief’ is available on the bands Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/madeasmannequins and with the engaging lyrics of ‘Students & Streetlamps’ and catchy ‘On My Way Out’ it is an entertaining listen.
Finally, Calum Baird, originally from Edinburgh, is a folk singer/ songwriter. Having been playing for over a year, Calum released his debut EP ‘Nothing to Lose’ in January 2014. A combination of emotional vocals, acoustic guitar and even a harmonica, Calum is highly influenced by artists such as Bob Dylan. His Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/calum-baird-music has demos from his EP as well as some captivating covers.
By Kate Whitaker