December 09, 2010

Doghouse Roses: This Broken Key

Guitarist Paul Tasker and singer Iona MacDonald are the Doghouse Roses, a folk duo from Glasgow. Their new album This Broken Key is a blend of traditional folk with a few grains of pop and rock. It would be called Americana if they had been living across the big pond.

Tasker is an acclaimed guitar teacher. All song are built around his six string skills and the warm voice of MacDonald, the kind that can charm swords out of stones without even trying. She has been compared with the legendary folk singer Sandy Denny and yes, she comes close. Songs like Evermore and The Highwayman would have fitted on Fairport Convention's Liege & Lief album.

"Intimate" is the one word that is needed to describe This Broken Key. They enlisted Alan Scobie on keys and percussion, Craig Strain on bass, Fraser West on drums and Ian Strain on banjo to lend a hand on the album, but the songs truly come to live when it's just the two of them, performing on a tiny stage playing for an audience that has the decency to shut up when they are playing.

Doghouse Roses: This Broken Key

This Broken Key is a self-released album. Buy it from the band's website. Also available to buy in the Benelux from Rough Trade Distribution.

  1. Atonement
  2. Woodstock
  3. Trouble Gathering
  4. Thunder of the Dawn
  5. Twisted Wheel
  6. The Rain
  7. Blue Moon on the Mountain
  8. Any Kind of Love
  9. Survival
  10. Evermore
  11. Devil In Me
  12. The Highwayman

Video: Doghouse Roses - Thunder Of The Dawn

Live dates:
  • 01/30 ABC 1, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 04/23 Patronaat, Haarlem, The Netherlands
  • 04/27 Burgerweeshuis, Deventer, The Netherlands

More Dutch dates to be announced in the near future.


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