Reviews

Findask has performed as a successful duo touring extensively during the 1980's and 90's and appearing regularly on radio, television, and on five recorded albums featuring all their own songs and music.

Daily Telegraph (London)

A mini festival of Scottish music at the Purcell Room. (February 1985)

"Findask, Willie Lindsay and Stuart Campbell, newcomers to London, are musicians and song writers, witty and penetrating in their lyrics, and in their blending of the guitar and mandoline evocative at times of the dance measures of the 17th and 18th century. A more satisfying mini-festival than many more ambitious ones I can remember."

Maurice Rosenbaum, London Daily Telegraph: Monday, February 1985

Music Week

"As an example of new folk-based music, and inventive, lyrical blending of old and new styles of playing, this stands up rather better than Sains Welsh collection. A strong and colourful offering from a very talented duo."

*** (Good)

The Herald

"The thing that there is least of in contemporary Scots folk song is good intelligent lyric writing.

Willie Lindsay, the wordsmith of Scots duo Findask, has penned some literate, evocative songs, and they were displayed to considerable advantage on Saturday evening.

His clear ringing tenor and crisp guitar playing combined well with his partner Stuart Campbell's intricate picking on a variety of fretted instruments. The show featured material from their two records and some interesting new compositions- both songs and instrumentals. On this showing the partnership is developing impressively - musically as well as in the writing. Catchy tunes such as Staffin Canter and Sturdily Crafted songs like Nightshift more than made up for the occassional dud.

"Anyone who is keen on distinctive new Scots music tangily rendered should catch them" With a little more structural discipline in the songs Findask will improve an already impressive act. They can be seen again this saturday and anyone who is keen on distinctive new Scots music tangily rendered should catch them."

Edinburgh Festival review, Donny O'Rourke, Herald

The Scotsman

"The third album from Findask has the title "Waiting for a Miracle" (Temple) - A show of their own on telly? ...a nationwide concert tour? ...a Best selling single? ...a summer show at Saltcoats? No such luck.

Since their first album, issued in 1983, they have won a lot of admirers, both here and abroad. But there is a real injustice in the fact that they haven't made a bigger impression outside the folk scene, for their songs are among the best being penned in Scotland today -tackling issues big and small with a kind of poetic assurance and flair that bites into the listener's imagination.

"Like many of the duo's songs it is able to say a lot in a lean no-messing lyric" The title track actually deals not with any hopes of fame and fortune that Findask may harbour, but with the hopelessness of inner city decay. Like many of the duo's songs it is able to say a lot in a lean no-messing lyric. "Old Wild Men" examines another form of decay - its a graphic and moving piece on a Glaswegian whose pride has been lost in the gutter. Here as elsewhere, Brian MacNeill, of the Battlefield Band lends a helpful eloquent hand on fiddle.

Memorable too are "Nightshift" where heavy industry is depicted as a living hell, and "Winter's Own" where Findask express a lyrical moodiness that I haven't heard from them before.

If I give the impression that Findask are all about doom and destruction, I should point out that they have their lighter moments. "Monkey Blues" with its hairy, honky-tonk buzz, and "strain on the brain" crackling with witty lines, provide the best of these."

Alastair Clark, The SCOTSMAN

St Andrew's Citizen

"Willie Lindsay and Stuart Campbell are quite simply the most talented folk duo in Scotland" "Take one of the finest poets in Scotland today, give him a warm flexible tenor voice, a keen eye for the ridiculous, a partner who is a superb musician with a wicked mischievious sense of humour, and there you will have Findask. Willie Lindsay and Stuart Campbell are quite simply the most talented folk duo in Scotland. They entertain with an array of delightful songs, complex sets of tunes arranged for such unlikely instruments as the bouzouki, and a stream of jokes and banter that keeps the audience happy, and have them roaring for more at the end.

The songs were works of art. In "Glasgow Town" Willie evokes the city without mawkishness or mockery, while the "Boys and Jimmy" has more to say about urban unrest than six volumes of social work reports.

A marvelous evening of music and laughter ended with everyone singing "Independence Day"

Sheena Wellington, The St ANDREWS CITIZEN

Folk Roots

Lindsay has been honing his songwriting to a considerable extent - his perceptive sideways glances at some of the less desirable aspects of modern life are all the more effective for the condensed, poetic and slightly mystical imagery of the lyrics. As contrast, the hummable tunes provide just the right setting for the words to strike home. The songs are less obviously Scottish and perhaps less easy to get into than past albums, but well worth the effort.

"The hummable tunes provide just the right setting for the words to strike home" Most of the songs are serious in subject though the treatment ranges from the poignant "Old Wild Men", to the light hearted "Strain on the Brain". Also noteworthy is one of the nicest Christmas songs for many a year "We Wish You The Christmas That You Wish Yourself." The arrangements are rather heavier than before, with sterling help from Alan Reid and Brian McNeill. Despite that Willie Lindsay's high tenor voice and the crisp close-miked guitar and cittern gives the whole album a slightly brittle feel to it, wholely appropriate to the content, and by now almost a Findask trademark.

Bob Walton, FOLK ROOTS

Dirty Linen

Findask may not be the best known Scots' duo, but they are consistently good at crafting subtle songs played with elan. If I put on their earlier Between The White Lines as background music, it ends up kidnapping my brain. No More Lies, their fourth and newest continues in the same vein, travelling the border of folk and acoustic rock.

Bill Lindsay's vocals have improved over the years and are expressive and wry; Stuart Campbell's playing is sensitive on a variety of fretted things.

(WD) DIRTY LINEN (Baltimore, USA) 1994

Folk Roots

I've spotted bits of the back catalogue from the Edinburgh duo Findask at various record stalls at festivals - and now I know what they purvey, I might even be tempted to invest, if the price is right, of course. They have a neat line in well turned out original songs, lightly underpinned with no small amount of deftness on various fretted instruments. I prefer the songs and tunes on which they keep it simplest and most acoustic, and therefore most hard edged: a certain 'smoothness' creeps in when they overdub parts to bring their music closer to the bland radio-friendly norm.

Andy Cheyne, Folk ROOTS, April 1994

Evening News

Ten o'clock came too soon for fans of Findask last night. After a slightly nervy opening couple of songs (understandable this being only the second live rendition from their new album No More Lies) the duo of singer/guitarist Willie Lindsay, and Stuart Campbell on cittern and bouzouki, just got better and better.

"Versatility bordered on virtuosity" In particular "Our Time will Arise", "Far too Far" and "Shadow Boxing" showed Campbell's versatility bordered on virtuosity.

They saved the best till last with a hum-dinger of an instrumental in "Devolution" and triumphant toe tapper "Celtic Lost Soul". The highlight for me though was how Bill Lindsay made Torville (as in Jane) rhyme with bovril during a song about the pilgrimage to Hampden.

Andrew Hoyle *** EVENING NEWS Edinburgh