New record celebrates Hector’s coming of age

Hector Shaw's new EP Gravity is him 'figuring out his life' as he comes of age at 21

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Indie-roots artist Hector Shaw releases his debut EP Gravity this week.

The self-penned  EP was recorded and engineered by Gordon Maclean at An Tobar in Tobermory on Mull last year.

The 21-year-old  singer songwriter travelled back to Mull recently to celebrate the release of Gravity by recording a live gig of it in its entirety.

That recording will be released in June as part of a summer series from An Tobar, featuring material from musicians and artists with a love for the Argyll arts venue.

Gravity’s producer Sorren Maclean features on guitar with Hannah Fisher on backing vocals, Andrew Samson aka DUNT on drums, Hector’s dad Donald Shaw on piano, Fenwick Lawson on trombone and Gordon Dickson on saxophone.

In Hector’s own words, the five-track body of work is ‘a collage of coming-of-age experience and epiphanies’, marrying his roots in folk music with contemporary indie-pop to create a new collection of songs about relationships, identity and growing up.

With his first three singles – the title track and debut Gravity, second single Paying the Price and recent release Masochist – earning acclaim from BBC Scotland Introducing, BBC Radio Scotland’s Afternoon Show, Jim Gellatly, Scotland On Sunday and Folk Radio UK between them, Hector is looking forward to sharing the two remaining tracks, entitled The Brae and There’s A Life.

He said: ‘It feels strange and so positive now that the EP will soon be out in its entirety. In a way, this collection of songs neatly sums up a chapter of my life, and that will be lovely to look back on. The response has been great; I’ve received some really thoughtful feedback from various people about how the songs have touched them which has been to heartening to hear. People can now enjoy the EP as a whole and I hope they resonate with the remaining tracks.’

Hector, who first began writing and performing songs at high school, has grown up surrounded by the musical creativity of his parents: musician, composer and producer Donald Shaw of Celtic Connections and Capercaillie fame, and revered songstress Karen Matheson, also of Capercaillie.

Originally from Glasgow and now studying English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, Hector quickly became part of the city’s normally burgeoning live music scene, selling out his first headline show with a full band at Sneaky Pete’s in January 2020.

Hector has performed with Scottish touring project Hit the Road, including a headline slot at Websters Theatre as part of the tour, and at a number of much-loved Glasgow venues such as The Hug and Pint as part of Celtic Connections, Stereo and Broadcast and at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.

And he is set to support Beth Malcolm and Angus Munro on Tuesday May 25 as part of Perth Festival of the Arts.

Gravity EP will be available on CD on Bandcamp and to download and stream tomorrow on Friday May 21.