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Songs In The South 2019
The Glad Cafe
GLASGOW United Kingdom
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Songs In The South 2019
Back for another show, due to popular demand!! :-)

Join David Starr (Colorado/Arkansas), Martha L. Healy (Glasgow) & Al Shields (Leith) for an evening of the finest Americana songwriting from both sides of the Atlantic.


"David Starr has a voice you will never forget. His music is authentic, his songs are honest, full of emotion and truth."  John Oates  

David Starr owns a thriving guitar store in the heart of Cedaredge, Colorado, yet he believes his most compelling instrument is his voice: a strong, beautiful baritone that is the cornerstone of his EP, The Head and Heart.

Starr wrote or co-wrote five of the six songs on The Head and Heart, which was produced and arranged by John Oates and recorded in Nashville. The longtime friends decided to let the recordings have some breathing room, while still giving the citys brilliant session players an opportunity to shine.

David Starr grew up in Northwest Arkansas and started playing drums at 10, then picked up guitar at 13. He has released eight albums (including The Head and Heart) and opened shows for Survivor, Clint Black, Restless Heart, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Guess Who.

In a perfect world, I would be playing in a room where everybodys listening, he says. Thats why I like a situation like a house concert or listening room because I like to tell a story. I like to talk about the inspiration behind the song. I just like connecting and thats what I hope to do with this new music.  


like a classic Nanci Griffith album with songs by Gretchen Peters...' -  Country Music People magazine
"With real emotions, real people and real stories coming through in spades via Martha L. Healys emotive vocals, youll find it difficult to find a better album from these shores in 2018."  Nick Cantwell, Belles and Gals
 One of the finest Americana albums out of the UK this year, Healy doesnt just keep the flame alight, she ensures it blazes.  Mike Davies, Folk Radio UK
Martha was raised on a diet of The Eagles, The Traveling Wilburys and folk heroes, The Dubliners. These were  and still are - staples of the Healy family vinyl collection.

At the same time, she was listening to female artists like Sheryl Crow, Carol King, Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline and picked up the guitar to start writing her own songs.

Her new album, Keep the Flame Alight was written on Martha's "life sabbatical" to Nashville in 2016 and she returned there to record in Oct 2017, with David Spicher in the producers chair. The album was released on 5th October 2018 at Glasgow Americana Festival and followed up with a tour of Scotland and England. It entered the ITunes Country charts at no. 11 and has received praise for its lyrical and melodic content.   


"Songs that would make any country troubadour proud." Bluesbunny Review

"oozes authenticity" Fatea Magazine

Al Shields is an Edinburgh-based singer and songwriter, with influences spanning old-time country, folk and blues music.

Citing Americana artists such as Jason Isbell and Ray La Montagne amongst his biggest influences, he is a prolific writer and live performer and has supported some notable Americana artists.

With two EPs and album, Slow Burner, under his belt, Al's most recent offering, Fire On Holy Ground (EP)  was with his band, The Delahayes.


The Glad Cafe (View)
1006a Pollokshaws Road
United Kingdom


Music > Americana
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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