“Campell rises above all other references and stakes his claim to being one of the country’s truly great pop songwriters”. The Herald
Willie Campbell is a Scottish singer-songwriter based on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Regarded by a broad cross-reach of respected voices as among the finest songwriters in the country, Campbell came to widespread attention co-fronting indie contender Astrid, and also as a founding member of Gary Lightbody’s Reindeer Section. His current creative guise, The Open Day Rotation, have released two critically acclaimed albums- their 2008 debut, Down by the Head, and Toxic Good Toxic Bad, the latter produced by Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle and Sebastian).
Campbell’s artistic collaboration with award-winning author Kevin MacNeil further illustrates his creative versatility, dropping full length offering Visible From Space to a fantastic response- with focus single, Local Man Ruins Everything, garnering Single of the Week across a range of respected media including, The Guardian, The List and Steve Lamacq’s radio show. Campbell was also the subject of the BBC documentary, An Estate Car and a PA, which documented his return to his native Lewis and successful writing trips to the fiercely competitive environment of Nashville.
As part of this year's Cabaret Amber Willie Campbell with the Tumbling Souls will perform on Friday 2nd November (6 -7.30pm). The band have been described as
"… old school country with some traces of Trad and Cajun...a real old time sound with a supergroup of local performers. But most of all, it's very fun!" ... and they went down a storm at both HebCelt and Loopallu (photo above) in 2017!!