Countess of Fife
The Countess of Fife is an insurgent country outfit – described as “Cash meets The Cramps” – featuring Fay Fife – best known as the singer with Scottish punk legends, The Rezillos. The Countess of Fife defies categories but somehow locates itself within the insurgent country world.
Fay says ‘The Countess of Fife has a strong country slant but also a punky edge in that some of the songs are raw and edgy… but some of our songs have a more gentle touch… The Countess allows me to sing a different way and to get in contact with spiritual and softer themes…’
The Countess of Fife Live is released (on digital and as a limited edition physical CD) on Fri 9 May. There are 4 songs – the reflective Angel in My Pocket, the dark and grungey Humans Are a Bad Breed (co-written with Goodbye Mr Mackenzie/Filthy Tongues’ Martin Metcalfe), a defiant Don’t Dress Me Up and country death rocker Take Me To the Grave (With a Broken Heart).
The Countess of Fife began as a writing project in late 2016 by Fay and Allan Mcdowall of post punk country outfit So You Think You’re A Cowboy. A more permanent live band formed in 2019 and The Countess of Fife has grown into a live outfit with a dedicated following.
Along the way they have played several well received radio sessions and attracted fine press reviews. Shows include Bute Fest, Outsider Fest, Edinburgh Fringe & Cash Back in Fife festival. They recently headlined at Mac-Arts Galashiels and were due to play Muck & Mac Fest, July 2020, until Covid 19 put paid to live gigs for 2020.
A studio album is in the finishing stages (funded by Creative Scotland and Kickstarter) with release scheduled for 2022.