Doghouse Roses | New album Lost Is Not Losing

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Tasker is one of the guitarists of his generation.” Maverick magazine

‘…in Iona Macdonald’s singing resides a loveliness that cannot be taught.” Rolling Stone Magazine

Delivers an extraordinary punch” – Daily Express ****

Our version of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.  A similar combination of a superb voice and masterful guitar” Americana UK 8/10

The unique sound of Glasgow’s Doghouse Roses lies in the threads that connect British folk music and Americana. Their third album, “Lost Is Not Losing”, released in November 2016, received widespread critical acclaim, while the duo continue to delight audiences across Europe as they gather material for their fourth release.

Paul Tasker and Iona Macdonald met in 2005 and very quickly after started playing music together. Both were drawn to the fusion music of the Pentangle and Gillian Welch, as well as songwriters like Jackie Leven and Natalie Merchant. Iona describes their musical meeting of minds as, “a happy accident”. “We’re both traditionalists, but not in the traditional sense. We look at music through the same eyes and find beauty in the musical moments that defy definition. Perhaps that’s why we often find our own sound difficult to define”.

Other people have also found it difficult to define. The duo found themselves as at home playing folk festivals as they do rock clubs while they honed their sound playing hundreds of gigs all over Europe and the UK. In the 13 years since the seeds of Doghouse Roses were sown, the duo were invite to become members of the Willard Grant Conspiracy, touring with the collective in Europe for 3 years and have also opened a number of gigs for US cult outfit Television on their recent UK tours.

Whether regularly gracing the stage of the Celtic Connections Festival at home in Glasgow or winning over an audience in an East German roadhouse, Tasker and Macdonald are exhilarating live musicians who bring their love of creating music to the fore every time they appear.

The latest recording, ‘Lost is not Losing’, brings the observational song writing skills of the duo to life with gritty honesty. Their trademark guitars and vocals play with hard-hitting themes, posing questions and stirring the mind of the listener. The reviews agreed, with the UK Daily Express pondering that, “The track ‘Pour’ might be the best song about alcoholism since Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘The Bottle’.”


‘Lost Is Not Losing’ is out now on Yellowroom Records. Available now!

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What are people saying?

  • “Paul Tasker is one of the guitarists of his generation.”
  • "In Iona Macdonald's singing resides a loveliness that cannot be taught"
  • "Her wonderfully expressive voice is the perfect counterpart to his intricate finger-picking."


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