“I love Malcolm MacWatt’s music, it’s absolutely sensational and heartfelt. Beautiful, beautiful songs” Simon Birds, Country Music Showcase
"The vocal and sound of Malcolm MacWatt... I do like the variety of styles of tracks on his latest album Dial It Back" Craig Parry - Moonshine Experience
"Mal MacWatt truly is an extraordinary powerful songwriter...Too Many Love Songs really really great song from an album packed full of them that I can’t get to any other listening for repeat playing!" Rob Ellen, Medicine Music, founder of the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival
"Powerful performance of original Americana inspired songs, with hard-hitting, political lyrics" The Acoustic Folk Highway
"You can't help but love Malcolm's music. His record THREE TRUTHS AND THE CHORD is a cracker and it was a pleasure to have him in session on Russell Hill's Country Music Show" Russell Hill, Express FM
“... a talented guitar player who switches it up enough with style... his singing is also top notch... he has that stoic sort of voice that can proudly reflect upon the past no matter how many troubles were there...this album contains heartfelt and sincere songs which are the backbone to this experience” Recommended 3.8/5 Jamie Funk (Divide & Conquer)
"This is very good album that is well worth listening to with MacWatt really stepping up on this record and making his talent known" Melanie Glass Maverick Magazine
"Dial It Back is an absolute gem of an album......." Forever British Country
"I am just loving this! Great album. Mal MacWatt well done you!” Keith Greentree BBC Radio Big Country Show
“Packing all of his natural soul in vocals, lofted guitar, and low-key melodies, Dial It Back is his most impressive studio release to date, really showing his depth as a musician today" GuitarTimeless.com
"Can’t believe I’ve not found you earlier absolutely first class" Brian O’Reilly Country
Scottish musician Malcolm MacWatt has already gained recognition for his powerful song-writing. As a solo performer, swapping out his telecaster for an acoustic guitar, his story-telling comes to the fore, often with brutal clarity, writing about love, loss, guilt and loneliness with recurring themes of home, connection and family. By paring songs down to the absolute minimum he allows the lyrics and melodies to take priority. A 4 Star review for his 2019 album “Three Truths and The Chord” in Maverick Magazine further reinforces his songwriter credentials. On his new album Dial It Back he turns the electricity back on to revisit the 70s rock era he grew up with.
Age 12 and getting into the guitar, Malcolm first heard Johnny Cash at San Quentin and was immediately hooked into country music, especially the more traditional, folk elements with roots stretching back across the Atlantic to Britain and Europe. As his interest in the guitar developed over the years he has been influenced by players from across the music spectrum including Jimmy Page, Jimmy Vaughan, Brian Robertson, Robert Smith, Django Reindhardt , Tony Rice and many others. He includes Justin Currie, Martin Stephenson, Steve Earle, John Martyn and Gillian Welch as songwriters who have shaped his writing in some form.
“Country is heart, guts and soul music, born out of difficult times, and I try to keep that in my writing whether it's a country song or otherwise,” he says. “In one way or another I’ve lived my songs. They’re very personal and honest but at every gig people always tell me how they relate to them… I love when that happens.”
I’ve packed a lot of experiences into my life, working as a newspaper journalist, a roustabout in the North Sea offshore oil industry and most recently in inner-London schools. My first band The Firewatchers toured extensively through Scotland during the eighties. I moved to London in 2010 to study guitarmaking with some of the UK’s best luthiers and in late 2016 started The Glass Mountains where I played guitars, dobro and fiddle. In November 2018 I released my first solo album Anywhere But Here, followed by Three Truths and The Chord in June 2019. My third album, a full band rock production entitled "Dial It Back" was released in January 2020.