Don't you love those rock critic word games like "New artist Z sounds like a cross of X and Y." Our favorite - and very accurate - was an early description of the Pogues, calling them like "The Dubliners on speed." (Not quite a cross of X and Y, unless of course Y is speed.) At any rate Word Magazine review editor Kate Mossman calls Brit folksinger-guitarist Lee MacDougall "amazing and very confident. Like Freddie Mercury meets Rufus Wainwright." So Lee is ... a flamboyant one, aye? He's going to go a long way." McDougall - Who's done opening stins for Van Morrison and Bob Dylan, among others - makes his area debut at Club Passim Mon. Feb. 28
His self-produced debut CD is "If Walls Could Talk” Tour Includes Appearances at BBC Radio 6 host Tom Robinson says of MacDougall: “You absolutely cannot fake that kind of sincerity and passion, and particularly the yearning quality to his vocals." Tom Robinson, you ask? The same guy who fronted the politically charged - and gay rights-oriented - Tom Robinson Band in the late-'70s? Yep. He also fronted Sector 27 and worked as a solo artist and also got married ... to a woman. On his website, he's a "bisexual activist."
Anyway, back to Lee ... Originally from the fishing town of Grimsby in the north of England, MacDougall has been performing on the open mic night circuit in London that has spawned new acoustic English artists in the last two years. His ability to couple a strong lyrical narrative with a memorable melody has enabled him to establish an international fan base that expanded when his music was embraced by the community of fans of the "Twilight" films. Why? He's good pals with Robert Pattinson and has written music with him. Like Pattinson, MacDougall was not hit with the ugly stick. For his U.S. tour dates, he will be accompanied by guitarist-singer Rob Hargreaves.
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