Kieran Begbie has been playing music in the Glasgow music scene in Scotland for 10 years as one of the founding members of the highly acclaimed band The Dirty Beggars. They played across various venues in the city from the old Captains Rest to sold out Stereo shows. The Dirty Beggars received airplay on many national radio shows including the BBC, having been featured by Ricky Ross and Iain Anderson, Stations in the USA and Canada also picked up on the band resulting in airplay across North America. American bluegrass / folk-rock band Trampled by Turtles’ team heard the Beggars’ cover of one of their tunes, resulting in a chain of events which included performing the song together at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, and accompanying them on a full UK tour. Another outcome of their partnership was an opening slot at a sell out show in North Carolina, USA – the kickoff for the band’s “Born in the Wrong Country” Tour, which carried them over 5000 miles in 16 days - from The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, to Ossipee Valley Music Festival in Maine, Floydfest in Virginia. The Dirty Beggars also performed live on the streets of Nashville, to film an exclusive clip with Country Music Television – expanding their fanbase further across the globe. Back in the UK, the band performed at Country 2 Country Festival at the O2 Arena in London, at Dougie MacLean’s festival Perthshire Amber, and opened for rising Americana stars The Stray Birds.
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About Smile Kieran says
" This song has been a long time in the making. It is about going through a period of loss.
I guess it kind of highlights when things like that happen, the pain will always be there.
It gets easier but it doesn't leave you."
Produced by Kieran Begbie / Dave Gray / Kyle Begbie
Engineered and mastered by Dave Gray
Recorded at The Sound Cafe Recording Studio, Nine Mile Burn, Scotland
Genre: Roots, Americana
Kieran Begbie: Vocals and acoustic guitar
Tommy Ashby: Lead Guitar
Daniel Harris: Drums
Amitai Ladin : Bass
Hector Stuart Duncan: Keys
Adam Holmes: Backing Vocals