Gus Munro is one of the hidden gems of Scotland’s thriving music scene; the singer songwriter is starting to create waves in his hometown of Glasgow. His music has been described as Scottish-folk–blues, combining his love of Scottish traditional music and his passion for the blues. His song writing manages to retain the feel and emotional expression of the deep-rooted blues, while pushing through his Scottish roots in a modern context.
“My influences definitely come through in my music, the sound feels very natural to me. I grew up listening to pipe music, (John D Burgess and Donald MacLeod), then when I discovered the blues it was a whole new world, Elmore James in particular had a major effect on me”.
The emotional depth of his music and soft, melodic tone of his voice often display a real sense of vulnerability. He is an artist who is not afraid to show his emotions and convey them through his music. His singing and song writing are complimented by his imaginative and melodic slide guitar work, which adds to the emotional impact of his live performance. He is quickly gaining a reputation as a unique talent. A genuine, warm engaging performer, Gus will draw you into his world and compel you to listen.
Gigs and Touring
Gus is fast becoming a regular on the circuit and steadily building a loyal fan base. He has performed at an array of festivals from Le Blues Du Zinc in France, to the Living the Blues festival in the historic Culloden battlefield visitors centre in Scotland. He has also performed at some of the UK’s biggest blues festivals including, Maryport, The Great British R & B Festival, and the Dundee Blues Bonanza. In the past year he has completed three European tours, playing a variety of shows across France, Belgium and Germany, receiving fantastic reactions from audiences, venues and promoters alike. Gus has also shared the stage with a variety of performers, Buddy Whittington, Billy Bass Nelson (Funkadelic), King King, Derrin Nauendorf, The Nimmo Brothers, and Bruce Foxton. With a return tour of Germany booked in November to coincide his album launch, he is really looking forward to promoting his music to a wider audience.
Gus's talents were recognised when one of his own compositions "Fever" was selected to appear on the Scottish blues album "Jock's Juke Joint Volume 1". The album features 17 of the finest blues artists in Scotland and is the first ever Scottish blues compilation album.
Up and coming releases
Gus is currently promoting his first single "Skye to Glasgow" which is now available for download on itunes and Amazon. He also made a video to accompany the song, "I am so proud of the song, I have played to a variety of audiences across Europe and they all seem to connect with the emotion of the lyrics and the sentiment of the song.”
Gus is now busy in the studio recording songs for his debut solo album "Fortune favours the Brave", which is due out at the end of the year.