"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
"I love Malcolm's songs. Brilliant songwriter..." Keren Morrall, Forever British Country
“... 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)
As the driving force behind London country-rock band The Glass Mountains, Malcolm MacWatt has already gained recognition for his powerful song-writing. But it’s as a solo performer, swapping out his telecaster for an acoustic guitar, where his story-telling comes to the fore, often with brutal clarity. He writes 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 latest album “Three Truths and The Chord” in Maverick Magazine further reinforces his songwriter credentials.
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.
“Country is heart, guts and soul music, born out of difficult times, and I try to keep that in my writing,” 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 56 years, 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. I’m currently at work on a full band album to be released this December.