STAGED. Live! presents Songwriter’s Showcase ft. Nick Shane + Pete Smith + Felix Saunders

Nick Shane and his band The 121s are a UK Mod/Punk/Indie outfit based in Dundee, Scotland, evoking the likes of The Strypes, The Sherlocks, Shambolics, Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller and Johnny Marr. 2021 saw the band total over 100k worldwide streams and downloads, having been featured on Spotify’s ‘All New Rock’ Playlist, and recommended by Scottish Actor Robert Carlyle, BBC Introducing, and Amazing Radio UK/US. Frontman Nick Shane has been part of the Scottish music scene for a number of years, gaining attention with a large Mod/Psychedelic back catalogue, and has been heavily involved in LGBT Rights Activism over the past ten years. The band recently released debut album ‘Wired To The Moon’ with the eponymously titled single garnering new levels of support across Europe and the USA. Nick has recently finished a Scottish tour and is currently working on his next solo project.

Felix Saunders is a singer songwriter that hails from the Western Isles. He plays the kind of music that is usually heard in smoky back rooms as the sun comes up. Where people spill their most vulnerable secrets and try to wash them away with each drink they take. Felix’s debut solo single ‘This Old Town’ gained national radio play including BBC Introducing’s Rapal Show and received over 80,000 streams on Spotify. In 2021 he released his debut EP ‘I Guess This Is Progress’ which received fantastic reviews and raised his profile so much so that he featured in a Herald Scotland story about the music scene in his native Stornoway and recorded a session with BBC Radio Nan Gaid Heal. Both single releases from said EP, ‘King Of Nothing’ and ‘Sinking Fast’, picked up airplay across the globe as well as rave reviews. In early 2022 Felix released ‘Fool That I Am’ via the label No Big Deal Music and the single gave him his first BBC Radio Scotland play on the Roddy Hart show. He will be performing at this year’s HebCelt Festival.

Pete Smith is a no holds barred, singer-songwriter from Dundee. His songs will have you on the edge of your seat, smiling from ear to ear one minute and crying the next as he writes about real life, he writes about people for the people. Since 2019 he has been performing live across Scotland, and has a string of single releases to his name over the past few years too including: ‘The Lord’s Call’, ‘What Happened To You Girl’, ‘Allez’, ‘The Good, The Bad & The God Damn Ugly’ and most recently ‘A Boy Named Sue’. Over the last 6 months his popularity in the scene has increased and with that has come an array of support shows with the likes of Wrest, Connor Fyfe and Mark Sharp. In early 2022 he released the single ‘No Smoke Without Fire’ which opened up the singer to a new fanbase as the single was picked up both nationally and across the globe on a variety of grassroots and commercial radio stations. He will be going on a short run of shows in July to promote his next single.