Withered Hand is the nom de plume of Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Dan Willson, originally hailing from London. The long-awaited new album How to Love was produced, recorded and mixed by renowned producer Tony Doogan (Mogwai, David Byrne, Teenage Fanclub, The Twilight Sad, Belle and Sebastian, The Delgados) at Castle of Doom Studios in Glasgow. It features the lead single “Waking Up” and has guest appearances by King Creosote and Mercury-nominated English songwriter Kathryn Williams.
Willson started writing songs and singing in his thirties following the birth of his first child and the death of a close friend. With a wayward tenor and unaffected charm onstage, he has come to be celebrated as a songwriter and lyricist of rare wit and remarkable honesty. Building on his acclaimed debut Good News, the release of a strident second album New Gods almost ten years ago propelled Withered Hand into the charts. With songs picked up by MTV and cult series Skins, he’s gained a legion of fans including Jarvis Cocker and Rolling Stone, who deemed him an Artist to Watch.
Ailsa Tully has created an ethereal world rooted in folk, tinged with indie, and grounded by lo-fi field recordings. Ailsa’s vocals are tender yet determined, central to the haunting soundscape she has crafted. Her lyrics are unflinchingly honest, rousing and poetic as she explores themes such as her own mental health and her experiences as a woman. Ailsa released our favourite EP of 2021 with the magnificent Holy Isle. She recently returned with the excellent singles “Mothering” and “Easy” in addition to collaborating with Hana Stretton and Catrin Vincent on Hiding Place.