My friend, Ged – that helps out at Soul Kitchen with me, has been excitedly talking about The Undercover Hippy for about a year or so. He loves them so much that he’s got them crashing at his after the gig tonight.
It’s not very hard to understand why he loves them so. Billy Rowan, aka The Undercover Hippy, is definitely not your average singer songwriter.
His music brings together acoustic guitar, soulful vocals, infectious reggae rhythms, and the lyrical delivery of a skilled mc. Think Frank Turner, The King Blues or Grace Petrie summoning the spirit of The Clash and going on a reggae tip or Jason Mraz meeting The Cat Empire, on a protest march, at the Edinburgh Fringe..
After seven years spent DJ’ing and MC’ing on the Drum & Bass circuit, Billy swapped the decks for a guitar and started out as a solo act in 2007. He still occasionally does solo gigs but usually plays with a five piece band, mixing guitars, keys, drums, bass, percussion and backing vocals to create a high energy, interactive and highly entertaining live show.
Combining intelligent, provocative lyrics with dangerously catchy hooks and a feel good groove, this is music for the thinking person to shake their butt to.
The Undercover Hippy
Saturday 16th April 2016
Free before 9pm, £4 thereafter