Mal MacWatt & The Glass Mountains is my side project where I can power up an amp, plug in an electric guitar and play some retro rock music with people I enjoy jamming with! It's where I can indulge myself with a guitar solo over the swirl of a Hammond organ. It's also where I can explore deeper into the soul, blues, country and rock roots of Americana music. The Glass Mountains was my first band in London and most of the guys are still very much onboard and ready for the return of live music. In the studio, however, "the band" is just myself and producer Phil Dearing with contributions from Clare Portman on vocals and Steven Hicken Jr on the pedal steel. The name represents the London skyline but also the invisible barriers we need to overcome to creat a fair and just society.
Since January 2021 it's officially another part of me standing alone from Malcolm MacWatt the folk singer with two brand new EPs called Blue Hour and Twilight. Blue Hour and Twilight are different terms for basically the same thing - the time zone between daylight and darkness. It's the wee small hours before dawn breaks or when just after the last rays of the sun sink below the horizon. And it's when you're alone with your thoughts.