Lee MacDougall Singer/Songwriter

Busk Till Dawn – THE DEBUT ALBUM

For the last three years Lee MacDougall has travelled the world with nothing but an old suitcase in hand and a battered guitar on his back. He has played music everywhere from Alabama to Austria, including raucous gigs at famous venues such as LA’s Hotel Cafe and NYC’s Bitter End, as well as festivals such as SXSW and Hard Rock Calling in London’s Hyde Park.

Independently supporting himself on the road, and often crashing on sofas and floors while travelling more than 50,000 miles, Lee played hundreds of unique shows, collecting tales and hangovers along the way. His music has taken him to places a boy from Grimsby should never see. There have been performances in hotel rooms in Vegas, millionaire’s mansions in the Hollywood Hills – and who could forget the time he was asked by 15 cheerleaders to put on a show in a Jacuzzi? Certainly not Lee. After a club shut down, Lee and his music would often carry on regardless, often staying up all night, often busking till dawn.

These experiences became stories, and these stories became songs. Once back in London, Lee met up with his old friend, producer Jim Lowe. Jim was fresh from No.1 success producing British band Stereophonics and was looking for some new music. After several large gins and confessions of all their sins it was decided: they would team up over the summer to record Lee’s debut album.

Featuring 10 songs and 10 true stories, as well as a guest appearance by The Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock on bass guitar, “Busk Till Dawn” is everything you would want from a modern British guitar record of instantly memorable lyrical pop.



British singer/songwriter/storyteller Lee MacDougall has the kind of voice that can “fill every crevice of a room and every fibre of your body” (Backseat Sandbar). Crafting songs like short stories, or 3 minute mini-movies, Lee’s brand of modern folk-pop combines instantly memorable melodies with true tales of real life experience that almost anyone could relate to. From the everyday mundane of growing up in the rock n’ roll town of Grimsby, to eloping to London, and of all the love, life, and characters he has met along the way.

Inspired by the wry observational humour and storytelling of classic Brit acts such as The Kinks, The Beatles and Rod Stewart, and proclaimed by The Huffington Post as one to watch, Lee’s intensely personal lyrical style has helped win him many admirers:

“You absolutely cannot fake that kind of sincerity and passion.” (BBC 6 Tom Robinson) …. “An amazing storyteller, his songs are like paintings framed in music.” (Skope Mag)

Lee was born in Grimsby – a small town on the east coast of England, and began working in the local fish factory soon after he left school. The defining moment in Lee’s career came one day when a co-worker stole Lee’s shoes meaning he had to walk home barefoot. Lee quit the fish factory and at 21 he relocated to London where he soon established himself on the local open mic circuit. As word-of-mouth of his performances began to spread, Lee began to amass an army of dedicated supporters as word of his music also began to grow rapidly online. Independently, Lee promptly took to the road, capitalising on his growing popularity and performing more than 150 shows around the world in less than two years. This included three tours of the USA, four tours of Germany, and a series of captivating support slots across the UK with the likes of Train, Paolo Nutini and Rumer.



Amsterdam! What a cool way to end the tour! Massive thanks to you all and of course to the wonderful jamie lawson for having me. Hope to see you again very soon xoxo ...

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Last show of the European tour with jamie lawson tonight, and it's sold out! See you later Amsterdam! ...

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Having such a great time on tour with my old mate & huge talent that is jamie lawson, big thank you to him & also to all of his incredible fans for making me feel so welcome - It's been so nice meeting you all. Hope to see some of you again on my own tour next year xoxo ...

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Sad to say that my support shows in Brussels and Paris with Jamie Lawson have been cancelled for reasons beyond my control. Tickets are still valid, and the shows will hopefully be rescheduled soon. Sorry for any inconvenience caused xoxo ...

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Köln!! Ausverkauft und wunderbar ;) that's "sold out and lovely" for the English. Thank you for being so incredibly nice. Hope to see you again soon xoxo ...

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