Broken Chanter – Edinburgh
Broken Chanter + support
The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh
Saturday 6th May 2023
Broken Chanter is David MacGregor, on his lonesome, or accompanied by an array of very talented musicians. MacGregor spent 2007-2017 as the principal songwriter of Scottish Alt-Pop darlings Kid Canaveral – a band that could get you to dance, laugh, and weep all in the space of a set.
Their Debut LP Shouting at Wildlife was described by The Herald as ‘a Scottish pop classic that should be mandatory in every record collection in the country’, with follow-up Now That You Are a Dancer being nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year Award in 2014.
A light-hearted raconteur and heavy-hearted singer when accompanied by just a guitar, and a spectacle of energetic melodic noise when fully electric, MacGregor released the eponymous Broken Chanter to critical acclaim in September 2019. It is a record which paints an emotional and expansive soundscape with a distinct sense of place, and showcases MacGregor’s ear for melody and dexterity at tugging heart-strings.
A record filled to the brim with sharp pop sensibility and sublime gentler moments, Catastrophe Hits peaked at #7 in the Scottish Album Chart, #10 in the UK Vinyl Chart, #16 in the UK Independent Chart, and #29 in the UK Physical Sales Chart.
A stunning, stately debut – The Skinny
A tasty slice of Scottish indie avant-pop – The List
One of the elements which resonates most clearly throughout is MacGregor’s continuing ability with a shining pop chorus – The Scotsman
While the return of Broken Chanter might not save us from a looming climate disaster, it will make it sound a lot better – For The Rabbits
MacGregor cuts to the heart with the tiniest lyrical details – Gold Flake Paint
Extinction Event Souvenir T-Shirt – #20 in The Herald’s Top 100 Tracks of 2021
Always one to turn a finely crafted tune, [MacGregor] has not let us down, these ten songs are some
of the best in his career – Scene Alba
Truly magnificent – Is This Music?