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Ceylan Hay is a reclusive singer-songwriter originally from Ayr, Scotland, but now living in Glasgow.
She began writing songs in early 2005, on an early '80s classical guitar, completely self-taught. During her childhood, she sang in a childrens' choir, and began playing guitar merely to accompany herself. The biggest influences on these early songs are Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Nick Drake and Tim Buckley.
During 2007, she frequently toured the UK singing backing vocals in The Viking Moses! band, soprano in Glasgow's The Parsonage Choir, also showcasing her own material, performing to a variety of crowds. She occasionally provides backing vocals for the Fence Collective's Jo Foster, and vice-versa.
Over 2008, Ceylan cut ties with The Parsonage Choir, singing more sporadically in The Viking Moses! band, and occasionally a rare solo appearance.
July 2009 brought a 3-date English tour taking in Canterbury, Brighton and Bournemouth.
During February 2010, Ceylan Hay toured the UK for a fortnight as part of Golden Ghost's band, sharing bills with George Thomas and the Owls. A solo performance at the end of February supporting Martin Carthy in Milngavie was a highlight.
In May 2010, Ceylan began recording with John Cavanagh who most recently produced the new Trembling Bells album (co-producer Stevie Jackson) Abandoned Love which featured a backing vocal from Ceylan Hay on "September Is The Month of Death". The recordings feature 6-string, 12-string, harmonium, zither and dulcimer amongst others.
Ceylan Hay's influences include Tim Buckley and Roy Harper, amongst other late '60s/early '70s luminairies and the natural curl and pull of life.
She has a music page on MySpace, just like everybody else: www.myspace.com/ceylanhay but search for her on Facebook to hear more recent songs.
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