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"Changes" is a Creative Scotland funded project by award winning singer/songwriter Mike McKenzie. Using "change" as an overarching theme to explore the inward reflection faced as storytellers, Mike will co-write 4 original songs with independent Scottish songwriters Finn Brodie, Liv Dawn, Liam Narrie and Jamie Robertson.

The collection of songs will then be arranged for strings, piano and vocals by Mike and string arranger Elspeth Mackay ready to be recorded and mixed by Paul McInally at his Glasgow studio 45/a Side Recordings.

Head over to YouTube to follow their progress as they research, write, produce and record these brand new songs.

T H E   S O N G W R I T E R S

Mike McKenzie

Mike McKenzie (he/him) is an award winning, queer, independent singer/songwriter and producer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Finding his feet in the quiet listening rooms of Edinburgh, he won the inaugural BBC Scotland “Singer/Songwriter of the Year” in 2019 and went on to play some of Scotland's most iconic venues including King Tut’s, Sneaky Pete’s, Queen's Hall and Rosslyn Chapel as well as opening the King Tut's Stage at TRNSMT 2021. Mike has been featured by Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 and has received huge support from Grant Stott, Roddy Hart and Janice Forsyth on BBC Radio Scotland as well as Jim Gellatly on Amazing Radio, Ruth Clark at RTÉ and countless online stations across the UK.



Fin Davidson

Finn Brodie (he/him) is a Scottish singer/songwriter based in Glasgow. After releasing his debut EP 'Out in the Ocean' in 2017 (produced by Billy Kennedy and Andy Monaghan of Frightened Rabbit), Fin has been traveling around the UK and Europe honing his craft and making a name for himself as he goes with his unique style of bittersweet folk music.


Fin has released two singles since his first EP, "Holding On" in 2018 and "Save Me a Seat" in 2019 which received national airplay on BBC Scotland from Janice Forsyth and on BBC Introducing form Vic Galloway.




Liv Dawn

Liv Dawn (she/her) is a singer-songwriter from Scotland who delicately blends pop and folk within her music. Much like storytelling, Liv crafts compelling tales relating to everyday life and relationships in the hopes that it will resonate with her listeners and create a one-to-one connection.

Liv was selected as a finalist in the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland’s Singer/Songwriter of the Year Award in 2019 and went on to support Tom Walker as well as appear on festival line-ups including Glasgow’s Country to Country Festival.




Liam Narrie

Liam Narrie (he/him) has previously worked at Abbey Road Studios, Milloco The Square, Metropolis, EMI Studio and Soup Studio as a freelance mix engineer. He graduated from Abbey Road Institute in London (2018/19) with distinction and has a First Class BA Honours degree in Popular Music from Edinburgh Napier University (2007/11).


Liam’s studio engineering ranges from recording bands, singer-songwriters, orchestral ensembles to podcasts and audiobooks. Besides his studio work, he has worked as a live sound engineer at private events for the likes of Paul McCartney and Richard Branson.



Jamie Robertson

Jamie Robertson (he/him) is a freelance songwriter, musician and producer from Edinburgh, Scotland.


As a former member of London pop trio Liimo, his various projects have clocked up over 3 million streams on Spotify, been featured on Apple Music playlists and championed by publications such as The 405, Record of the Day, Clash, EARMILK and 1883 Magazine as well as features on BBC Radio 1.




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Elspeth Mackay

Elspeth Mackay (she/her) is graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with recent commissions for classical artists such as saxophonist Jess Gillam and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Bond 25 - Moonraker, Tomorrow Never Dies and Writing’s On The Wall): and also popular artists such as Horse. Elspeth has also provided several arrangements for Music Lab Collective at Decca Records. She has also had arrangements commissioned for performance in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow Cathedral and the T in the Park music festival, and composed the strings for the album ‘The World of Things’ -  a collaboration project with Scottish actor Billy Boyd




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45/a Side Recordings

Paul McInally (he/him) has built something truly unique at 45/a Side Recordings. Not only does he offer more than a decade of experience, paired with both state-of-the-art and vintage equipment, he has built a refreshing personalisation to the services he provides. The chilled out home-studio-esque vibes surround you as take in the fully customised rooms; creating the perfect place to create something special.



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