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Sunday Spotlight: Dawnings (Music is Torture)

Sunday Spotlight: Dawnings (Music is Torture)

Today felt like a good day for a Sunday Spotlight on a Thursday! We really wanted to get the word about this week’s feature, because we are really digging the tune, and their part-gig part-play show ‘Music is Torture‘ starts today: Dawnings are performing at Tron Theatre in Glasgow 18th-20th May, Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh 25th-27th and Eden Court 1st June. Find out more below!

Resized__25571. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.
I’m Louise Quinn – I’m a singer/ songwriter and playwright. I’m from East Kilbride.

2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.
I’ve made music with A Band Called Quinn for many years. We started crossing over to theatre when we did Vanishing Point’s Beggar’s Opera at The Lyceum in Edinburgh in 2009 and since then we’ve made and toured our own gig-theatre show Biding Time (remix).
Currently we’re performing as Dawnings in a show called Music Is Torture which is part gig, part play and set in a recording studio. It’s inspired by my musicologist cousin’s research into music torture.
We use a digital drum kit, guitar, bass and everything else DI’d so we have total control over the levels to create the illusion of a recording session.
The show is at Tron Theatre in Glasgow 18th-20th May, Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh 25th-27th and Eden Court 1st June.

3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?
I started making music when I was a baby – my Mum said I used to sing and make up songs in my pram.
Debbie Harry made me want to be in a band! As soon as I heard Heart Of Glass and saw the cover of Parallel Lines I wanted to front a band.
My big brother Shug made me want to play guitar because I thought everything he did was cool and I wanted to be like him. I got my first guitar for my ninth birthday.

Resized__25614. Stage or studio?
Tough one but I think studio. Although sometimes it’s hard to finish things.
In the show Music Is Torture the band Dawnings have been recording the same album for fifteen years!

5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?
With the Dawnings album we’ve tried to keep the palette small using a Casio MT68 keyboard (from Ebay), a Freshman electric and Freshman Apollo acoustic guitar, Premier Kit and Fender Precision bass. We record using logic pro.

6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?

Apollo Freshman acoustic – lovely sounding guitar which I write all my songs on.

7. Where can we check out your tunes?
The Dawnings single Activate It is picking up plays on 6Music and Steve Lamacq just added it to the 6Music Selects playlist.

Listen to the Dawnings album with the songs from Music Is Torture here.
And live in the show here.


Red Dog Music Sunday Spotlight is your chance to get your music in front of the world, and our chance to discover some great new sounds. If you want to be featured in this weekly column, you can get all the details here.

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