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Steph Macleod / Press

“Inspirational singer/songwriter Steph Macleod to perform in Perth tonight (Thursday) Apr 26 2012 Acclaimed singer/songwriter Steph Macleod plays in Perth on Thursday night. He won hearts and critical acclaim with his hugely powerful solo album 'Light In The Darkest Of Nights'. He's become well-known for his individualistic style of bluesy folk music. At times his set's acoustic, other times alive with full rock attitude.”

“Scotland's own Steph Macleod opened the set with his first concert rendition of "Crucifixion", as directly a cross-centred song as you'll hear, and a central focus of Steph's dramatic testimony.Just as he had opened the evening's programme, so too Steph brought it to a close, with a further three of his self-penned tunes. "Hope Shines On", "Snake Eyes" and "Shine On" all appear on his debut recording 'Light In The Darkest Of Nights' - three powerful songs in that acoustic rootsy-blues style that is his own. Thus ended a three-hour-plus extravaganza of wonderfully diverse and top quality musical entertainment, all the while lifting up a banner”

“Steph Macleod brings a compelling back-story to his debut album Light in the darkest of nights.His songs offer fresh, compelling testimonies of suffering and redemption, framed in a sparse acoustic folk sound reminiscent of John Martyn, Bert Jansch and Tracy Chapman. Macleod’s smoky tenor takes on the voice of a weary sinner and an ecstatic believer, sometimes within the same song. A bruised sort of humor — reminiscent of the stoic wit of classic bluesmen — shines through “Lord Have Mercy” and “Little By Little.” There’s a distinct Celtic element present as well, heard in tracks like the expansive praise tune “Rain Down” and the antiwar ballad “Human Condition.” Most of all, Macleod uses his songs to thank God for giving him a second chance – “Hope Shines On” is an especially moving account of sorrow and salvation. Macleod’s classically trained guitar touch graces each track, with fiddle, organ and drums providing sturdy backup.”

"Glasgow bands and musicians have come together to launch an album in aid of the victims of the Haiti earthquake disaster. Tomorrow sees the launch of the Glasgow4Haiti album at the Shed Nightclub in Shawlands. It features some of the best known bands and artists from the city’s underground scene, including the Lynsey Dolan Band, Steph Macleod, Some Boy and Stylus Automatic."

“When Steph Macleod sings, "I was broken and couldn't stand on my own two feet" and "I was down and out and living on the streets," he really means it. The 29-year-old from Edinburgh, Scotland, was a homeless alcoholic till he found (in order) God, rehab, sobriety, and songwriting. He had been a classical guitar student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music before booze got the best (and worst) of him. But now four years sober, he's put together a collection of a dozen songs—both poignant and plaintive—about where he's been, where he is, and where he's going. Great Scot, it's good stuff.”

“Literally every track could be singled out for attention. Yet the opening "Hope Shines On" particularly demands mention, not least for the quirky vocal sounds and increased intensity brought on it mid-way through. While an attitude of worship attends "For Your Glory", the only congregationally-suited tune is the simply infectious "Hallelujah", originally written for a friend's wedding. "Saved" is a short acoustic piece, giving simple testimony to Christ's saving powers. All these songs are refreshingly free of clichés, perhaps because Steph is so young in the faith that he hasn't yet learnt any!”

"and this was after a set by the emerging Edinburgh singer-songwriter Steph Macleod. Drawing from his own personal experience of alcohol addiction and of when he was homeless, Macleod impressed with his keen, straight talking lyrics. ‘Man In The Cold’, ‘Alone In The Dark’ and from his forthcoming debut album ‘Lord Have Mercy’ reached all parts (be sure to check it out). His closer, the bruising ‘Goodbye EMI’ featuring frenetic strumming of guitar and likewise aggressive vocals had him go out on a high, and there were many people in agreement of the honest, authenticity of his music"

"On Friday 13th (oooohhhhh) we had the privilege of hosting one of the best acts we have had at Paisley Unplugged, Steph Macleod and The Winey Shuffle. We had had Steph through for a couple of solo sets previously and we all thought he was awesome THEN. But with The Winey Shuffle, they have that intangible that makes all great acts stand out when you hear them. These guys rocked the joint and were well liked by the audience in attendance and we are sure to have them back"

“BUDDIES who love live music are in for a treat when a Paisley Unplugged favourite takes to the stage on Friday night. Steph MacLeod is back to perform at Paisley Unplugged only this time he has brought his band The Winey Shuffle in tow. Supported by local singer/songwriter Johnny McAuley, this promises to be a great night.”

“Steph Macleod shines impressively as one of the most talented independent musicians to come out of the United Kingdom. Anyone who’s heard Macleod play will certainly identify the pure honesty that rings through the chords of his steel string guitar.”

“Despite traveling 500 miles to play just 2 songs in front of our judging panel, Steph Macleod had overcome a far more difficult journey to get where he is today. His fantastic voice and brutally honest songs wowed the judges.”

Beautiful Days competition: Runner Up - Acoustic Magazine Issue 23 - Sep. 09