“A perfectly self-contained release that further underscores MacWatt’s skill as a storyteller as well as a musician, check it out on Bandcamp and work back through his other fine, country-infused releases on the site too”  Mike Davies Folk Radio UK

““...superbly crafted compositions that skillfully combine elements of folk and country...it’s intelligent and absorbing, reminiscent of Steve Earle’s The Mountain” RnR Magazine

I keep going back to SKAIL and with good reason because it is one of those works that once heard you find you need to go back to again and again and each time you pick up a little nuance that you’ve missed before” Neil Vessey, The Folk Pilot

"Malcolm’s sound is definitely American with fiddle, banjo and steel guitar but its roots are in Scottish balladry." Folking.com

“I was taken by surprise with this one and totally captured by the stories and the Celtic Americana Vibe of this wonderful EP” Mary K Burke

“It’s an excellent EP with some powerful and well sculptured lyrics and with an engaging series of melodies. He is unashamedly an old fashioned storyteller and I like that. Have a listen.” Bob Ford, Folk and Roots Show, Abbey FM

"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

“One of the most powerful EPs I've ever played - go get it…” Eddie Stuart, KCR

Wow - these tunes are a joy” Fergus O’Keefe, The Celtic Show WRFG Atlanta GA

“One of the best tracks I’ve heard this year, if you haven’t bought this I don’t know what you’re doing with your money ” Pete Englefield, Country Thunder World

“Just wonderful songs Mal… well done”  Mark Ellen, Riding Point

“Elegant musicianship at work, a folk masterpiece”  Advosound Edinburgh

 “What can I say but ‘wow’. These are truly fantastic stories weaved to a soundtrack that really transport you to another time and place - a really well done series.” Darren Thomas 21CC

 “Malcolm further showcases his wonderful musical abilities and proves that even in lockdown, nothing will stop him from making amazing music!”    Dom Crooke Country Chat UK

 “Skail will get a lot of attention across the world of Country & Americana” David Dodsworth  Cletus & Co Radio Show 

 “Three powerful songs about the Scots who came here two hundred plus years ago. I don't care what label you give to music like this - to me it's raw, authentic and really moving. This is musical storytelling at its best.”    Steve Bonham 

“This EP is so unique...absolute amazing musicality here, Mal” Jesse T, Country Radio UK

“Congratulations on the new material, Mal ... its a great collection of songs” Pete Gow

"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

" You have a great voice and you know how to make your audience feel the words you are saying. Keep speaking your truth and expressing yourself. Loving the honesty in your music.”    Radio Play Today

“I only play the best, keep up the great work!” Brett Anthony’s Rock Show 

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. 

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 70s rock production entitled "Dial It Back" was released in January 2020, followed four months later by the country-influenced "Hearts and Horizons" EP. On July 4th the same year I put out a Celtic folk/Americana EP called SKAIL. All have received glowing reviews and  global radio play.

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