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|Origin||Grantown on Spey, Scotland|
|Genres||Singer-songwriter, Folk, Roots, Indie, Traditional Scottish|
|Occupations||Musician, Song Writer, Presenter, Musical Director|
|Associated acts||Findlay Napier and the Bar Room Mountaineers, Queen Anne's Revenge, Back of the Moon|
Napier was born in Glasgow in November 1978 and that winter, during coldest winter on record, his parents moved to Grantown on Spey. It was there that he would spend the rest of his life until 1996 when he moved back to Glasgow to join the first ever intake of the BA (Scottish Music) course at the RSAMD.
It is somewhat of a miracle that Napier is a musician at all. After a disastrous false start with piano lessons he had all but given up on music. It was only after attending Feis Spe (part of Feisan nan Gaidhael) that his love of music was rekindled. In 1994 he was invited to a Feis for teenagers in Fort William that brought together young traditional musicians from across the Highlands and Islands. It was there he was introduced to piper Dougie Pincock and Jim Hunter who encouraged him to give up on percussion, learn to play the guitar and start singing. Later Jim Hunter would encourage Napier to start writing songs.
After graduating from the RSAMD in 1999 he played with a series of Scottish traditional music bands in Glasgow. In 2000 he had been working as Margaret Bennett’s accompanist and had toured with her in Scotland and France. After working on the "In the Sunny Long Ago" with producer Martyn Bennett he was invited by Gillian Frame, Hamish Napier and Simon McKerrell to join Back of the Moon. That year Back of the Moon recorded their debut album "Gillian Frame and Back of the Moon".
While recording Back of the Moon’s second album at Watercolour Music in Ardgour Findlay was approached by producer and engineer Nick Turner to begin a Song Writing project which they later named "Queen Anne's Revenge". They began writing on the evening of 14 December 2003 (Nick’s 42nd Birthday) and had written four songs by the next morning including "Ship in a Bottle" and "Out All Night".
Before the demise of Back of the Moon, Napier began working on a project called Findlay Napier and the Bar Room Mountaineers at first this project was to bridge the gap between the traditional roots of Back of the Moon and the contemporary song and arrangements of Queen Anne's Revenge. However as the project developed it moved further from traditional material towards the contemporary Indie Folk sound they are known for today.
Findlay has hosted the 'Late Night Session' at Celtic Connections for the last two years and is the organiser of Hazy Recollections a mini festival that celebrates and connects acts whose music meets at the boundaries of the indie, folk and roots scenes.
Findlay Napier and the Bar Room Mountaineers
- "File Under Fiction"- Watercolour Music- May 2011
- Valentine's Day (Single)- Watercolour Music Feb. 2011
- Raise a Glass (Single)- Watercolour Music Feb. 2010
- When Harry Met Charlie (EP)- BRM/Karmic/Watercolour- 2009
- “Out All Night”- BRM/Karmic- 2008
Queen Anne's Revenge
- “Just One Umbrella?” – Watercolour Music - 2008
- “Queen Anne's Revenge” – Watercolour Music - 2005
Back of the Moon
- “Luminosity” – Footstompin Records- 2005
- “ Fortune’s Road”- Footstompin Records- 2003
- “Gillian Frame and Back of the Moon”- Footstompin Records- 2001
- “In the Sunny Long Ago”- Footstompin 2001
as a Session Musician
- “Orain Do Mhullie”/“A Song for Mull”- Arrangements, Guitar and Backing Vocals
- "Beside the Waves of Time" – Iona Leigh Arrangements, Guitar and Backing Vocals
- "No. 1 Scottish"- RSAMD- Lead Vocal, Guitar
- "Thall an Loch Aillse" – Mairi Sine Campbell- Arrangements, Guitar and Backing Vocals
- "Glasgow Skyline"- Gillian Frame and Padraig O Neill – Guitar and Backing Vocals
- "Finlauy MacDonald" – Finlay MacDonald - Vocals
- co-producer (with Phil Cunningham) "Scottish Music At The RSAMD - The Future Of Our Past" Greentrax Records 2010
- co-producer (with Back of the Moon) "Luminosity" – Footstompin Records- 2005
- "Garaids" BBC Alba 2008- Performer, Assistant Musical Director
- "Around Scotland" BBC Education 2007- Musical Director, Presenter
- "Scotlands Music with Phil Cunningham" BBC Scotland 2007- Performer
- "" MnE- 2007- Arrangements, Guitar, Backing Vocals
Awards and nominations
- Best Scottish Album – "Out All Night" – Irish American
- Best Scottish Album – "Out All Night" – Mid West Irish Times
- Best Scottish Album – "Out All Night" – Blarney on the Air
- Song of the Year- For "Ship in a Bottle"- The Garden Sessions Radio Show
- Folk Band of the Year- The Scottish Trad Music Awards (with Back of the Moon)
- Best Up and Coming Band- The Scottish Trad. Music Awards (with Back of the Moon)
- The Bolad de Loic Raison- Best Folk Band- Lorient Festival Interceltique (with Back of the Moon)
- Songwriter of the Year MG Alba Trad. Music Awards
- Song of the Year- "George" – The Garden Sessions Radio Show
- Best Live Act- The Scottish Trad Music Awards (with Back of the Moon)
- Album of the Year – for "Luminosity" (with Back of the Moon)
- Finalist "BBC Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year 2002"
- Edmundson, Mark (11 December 2008). "Findlay Napier and The Bar Room Mountaineers - Out All Night". The List. Retrieved 16 January 2011.