Dundee singer-songwriter Ed Muirhead blends folk and rock influences in his songs, weaving everyday observations with deeper thoughts along to catchy tunes. Whether it's a heartfelt ballad about love and destiny, or a moan about likes and shares, the songs may make you move, laugh, cry, think, or all of the above.
It's been 10 years since Ed's first solo gig. Back in the winter of 2009, he volunteered to sing some songs at a nightclub, as his band weren't able to make the show. That night he was bitten by the music bug, and began playing shows around Dundee and putting together a collection of songs. Fast-forward 10 years, and a few albums later, 'stars from a sidecar' is his latest offering.
The new album has a rootsy/folky sound, developing ideas from previous releases. The songs touch on love, loss, prejudice and finding a place in the bigger picture. A couple of songs were written as long ago as 1996 at the age of 19, when Ed took a year out to recover from a breakdown and time in hospital. The rest are more recent, talking about being a father, society and social media, or exploring the world through his travels with work.
Since his previous album 'Day Job', Ed quit a job in engineering to study music therapy, and is now a self-employed piano tutor and music therapist. He's seen a lot of what music can do for all kinds of people, and continues to be inspired to keep making music.
"An earthy, rootsy songwriter, with a beautifully rough-hewn voice." Oli Arditi
"A self-aware cheeky slapdashery belies Ed's rampant musicality and his piano chops are there for all to hear" Letham Nights
"Ed's live show is slick and entertaining with a sound somewhere between Tom Waits and Mick Marra. Awesome."
Dave Arcari Alt-Blues singer/guitarist, after Ed opened his Aberdeen and Dundee shows.
Ed's 4th album stars from a sidecar released (Tattie Records TATTCD06)
Article in Courier - "Dundee music therapist Ed Muirhead pays tribute to evicted ‘A9 lay-by man’ on new album"
Ed was interviewed about music therapy on That's TV Scotland East
Ed appeared on the radio show "Gee Force", discussing his new album with Andy G, and singing several songs live in the studio.
"A self-aware cheeky slapdashery belies Ed's rampant musicality and his piano chops are there for all to hear from the earnest loveliness of Life They Dreamed Of through the haunting homage to The Tay Bridge, The High Girders, to set closer Where Is The Love. Ed is one of the most engaging performers you’ll see with easy #bantz and laughs coming as frequently as the songs. Do go see him. You'll be entertained." Full review
Ed's 3rd album Day Job released (Tattie Records TATTCD05)
Ed spoke to Andy G on The Sound Radio Show, and performed some songs live (on accordion).
Oli Arditi described Ed as "an earthy, rootsy songwriter, with a beautifully rough-hewn voice." "This is songwriting done right, skillfully realised, performed without equivocation; the results are moving."
Ravechild review of Simple Life, "You can tell that so much hard work has gone into every detail of the record, one that you struggle to find anything to criticise - a truly amazing talent."
TunATheDay.com featured "Simple Life" as album of the week from 27th October (and the title track as song of the day on 11 Oct 2013) - describing it as a "delightful piece of folk/pop" / "King Creosote sings Leonard Cohen and The Saw Doctors"
Forum feedback included: "Love the feel of this, love the directness and clarity" and "most enjoyable indeed".
"Simple Life is a perfect example of his accomplished songwriting ability as it moves from humour to wistful, accompanied by infectious accordion and a toe tapping beat."
"Michael Marra's shoes will take some filling, but it's this Jack Russell's view that Ed Muirhead's got what it takes..."
Review by Ralph
Folk Radio UK featured "Simple Life" as song of the day 27 Sep 2013
STV News featured Ed's song "Ode to the Kingsway" on News at Six.
Dundee Courier ran a half-page feature in the newspaper, plus an online article and video interview.