Quinlan Porteous

Quinlan Porteous
Quinlan Porteous

It’s been a long road for Quinlan Porteous. For a decade or two he’s been name-checked as a fine thoughtful musician, steeped in the music of southern soul, and with a dry sense of humour. His journey started well before that but somewhere along the line Quinlan’s artistic bearings went askew through being drawn into the eccentric orbits of the famous.

For a while Quinlan became a dressed-up stooge jumping through record label hoops. Now, battered and wistful but tattered heart still beating, he’s doing things on his own terms. And unlike earlier days he’s more willing to recognise the songwriting skills of others – Billie Reid in particular.

Quinlan grew up listening to his family’s record collection. Parents and siblings introduced him to the close-knit harmonies of the Everly Brothers and – like a tossed pebble skittering across a pond – he effortlessly dipped in and out of new influences as he went. South African township music. British blue-rock before Led Zeppelin rewrote the rules. Chet Atkins and other titans of Americana. Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan, James Brown and Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton and Tina Turner.

Now, Quinlan Porteous has come full-circle. After misadventures and problems around the fatal trifecta of ego, substances, and productivity, he’s pretty much at peace with the men he’s been and the man he’s become. Rueful for sure, but no harm in that when another opportunity to put music into the world appears. Still drinking from the same well, and now supping steadily while he works on songs old and new with rising players and producers.

Alt-country is part of the story, and only part. In the same way that the 60s country scene begat Grateful Dead and grew into a roots psychedelia scene, later turning into Green on Red and others of the Paisley Underground, the vibe Quinlan picked up on since coming across Soundscape has rejuvenated him. Partly it’s about meeting younger players who share similar reference points. That makes musical communication so much easier. The results speak for themselves. It’s a simple thing, a guitar and a tune and voice. Sometimes that’s all you need. Quinlan’s heartbeat is loud and strong.


  1. Ain’t It A Shame Quinlan Porteous 4:38
  2. Silver Chains and Magic Eyes Quinlan Porteous 4:55
  3. Acid Blue Quinlan Porteous 3:29
  4. I Can Hear Your Heartbeat Quinlan Porteous 3:24
  5. Ode To The Dudes Quinlan Porteous 4:03
  6. I’m Acid Blue Quinlan Porteous 3:28


Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.


  • Spotify

  • Youtube

  • Amazon

  • Apple


  • Qobuz


  • SoundCloud

  • Facebook