“My songs tell honest folk-like stories with hard, raw, bluesy rock guitar,” says singer/songwriter Colin Clyne. “The music is tinged with humor, sadness, and working-class bravado, all rolled into one little Britpop package. Imagine the love child of Mike Myers’s Fat Bastard and Neil Young.”
Originally from Stonehaven, Scotland, and raised in the U.K., Clyne frequently takes jobs aboard fishing boats traveling to Europe, West Africa and even the Arctic Circle. As of 2011, Clyne divides his time between his homeland and Southern California, with a sizable following in each.
Clyne’s introduction to music was via his mothers record collection, a mix of international acts such as Dylan and Neil Young, with homegrown heros, such as The Corries or the Furey’s. Though he began to make music by the age of 16, directly inspired by Oasis, an accident to his hand took away his ability to play until he was in his mid twenties. This only increased his resolve to become a touring artist, kicking into overdrive from the moment a guitar was back in his hand.
In 2009, Clyne toured the UK and Europe, including a trek along the festival circuit in Scotland and the sold-out Edinburgh festival. While in London, he recorded new tracks with Alan Sanderson (Rolling Stones, Elton John), for an album called Doricana.
The songs on Doricana are a blend of Clyne’s Scottish influences and love of American music. The album includes guest appearances from session musician extraordinaire, Dennis Caplinger (Johnny Cash / Eric Clapton), Matt Hensley (Flogging Molly), Rick Nash and Larry Grano (both of The Eve Selis Band), Tim Foley and Enrique Platas (both of Skelpin), with production work in London, San Diego and San Francisco.
His website features a Behind the Scenes film on the recording of his album Doricana, co-starring producer Alan Sanderson (Rolling Stones, U2, etc.), James Hood, Enrique Platas, and Marvin Glover.
Playing shows in both solo and band mode, Clyne has become a seasoned road vet, impressing crowds at venues ranging from Hollywood’s infamous Viper Room, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, San Diego’s House of Blues, to Scotland’s Tartan Heart Festival and all manner of stages in between. Sponsored by Timberline Guitars, with a hand built model for touring, Clyne has also been a regular on European radio with numerous appearances, including Northsound Radio Aberdeen, Radio Norwich and Leith FM.
On returning to the U.S., Clyne put together an acoustic show band with James Hood and Enrique Platas (Skelpin). At the August 2011 San Diego Music Awards, he took home the trophy for Best Acoustic. Around the same time, he signed an endorsement deal with Rotosound UK Strings, and announced that footage from his Scottish tour would be released on DVD in 2012.
Clyne and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter Catherine Clyne on March 31, 2012, shortly before his April 14 performance at the Mile of Music fest on North Harbor Drive. Most of June and July of that year was spent doing a series of European dates.
In August 2012, Clyne won Best Acoustic at the San Diego Music Awards. Around the same time, he began working with San Diego filmmaker Craig Rian on a Doricana Tour DVD, planned for release in early 2013.
A new single dropped in June 2014, “Merry Go Round,” from his upcoming album The Never Ending Pageant, produced by Grammy winner Alan Sanderson (Rolling Stones, Elton John) and on Fat Hippy Records (label home of The Voice runner-up Terry McDermott).