Tristan’s story has received massive interest from the British press including features and articles in The Sun, London Evening Standard, Channel Five News, BBC Look North, BBC London, West Country News, BBC Radio 2 and more.
Press for Wire & Wood
Tristan Mackay’s beautiful, uncluttered Wire & Wood ensares you…gorgeous songs and some stunning licks bleed from his fingers throughout.
The Devon born musician has made that ‘difficult second album’ by assembling a stunning 10 song collection on an acoustic based album.
Wire and wood is testament to the craft of outstanding songwriting, understated production that allows his songs to breathe and delivery of sublime vocals. His acoustic guitar work is pretty impressive too.
Wire and wood is an intimate, emotionally raw and honest portrayal of his versatile songs, and more than proves Tristan Mackay is no one hit wonder, more than deserving of a wide audience.
‘Mackay’s hoarse-choirboy vocals float in a warm bath of hushed, hammond fuelled soul – not too removed from Rod Stewart’s early homages to Sam Cooke. If you can entertain the notion of Ed Sheeran in Memphis, this is for you.’
Rock and Blues News
Wire and Wood is a beautiful collection of introspective love songs…Tristan’s velvet rich, crystal clear voice evokes comparisons to luminaries such as Damian Rice and Ray Lamontagne.
I Review Rock
The songs are heartbreakingly beautiful with the subjects that of the everyday man: Love, loss, loneliness, happiness, alienation and the joy of fatherhood are all there tugging your heart strings with Tristan’s fantastic voice and delicate acoustic guitar work. Quite frankly ‘Wire And Wood’ is a charming, wonderful lesson in songwriting, emotion and refrain and is better than any top ten album from the giants of this genre.
Press for Out Along the Wire
The record oozes beauty…definitely an album for the summer, it credits Tristan endlessly as a singer-songwriter who has surely paved his way to lifelong success.
A sincere & finely crafted album that will stand up to relaxed after hours listening perfectly.
‘A touch of class from Devon’s aspiring Eric Clapton.’
Mackay is a mixture of James Morrison style vocals and John Mayer style music, with a gentle vocal that matches some of his sparse arrangements superbly. Don’t Let Me In’s opening chords further betray his love of ‘Slowhand’, in a late night ballad that could be a cousin of Wonderful Tonight.
The tender Last Love and slow waltz of Million Little Things display Mackay’s accomplished playing even more…his obvious talent should serve him well.
Get Ready To Rock
Mournful vocals that bring images of David Gray and Paul Simon to mind. He also writes a lovely tune. The ace in the pack that makes ‘Out Along The Wire’ stand apart from the rest is the clean, Clapton style blues guitar flurries that permeate the album. The result is a blues based singer songwriter album that is immaculately played and produced. And something that’s just a little different.
If there is any justice in this world of music, this boy is destined to do well.
There’s more to this guy than the obvious comparisons to the two James’ (Blunt/Morrisson). It’s a finely honed talent that can produce a debut which draws from so much and yet retains such a fresh sound.
Leeds Music Scene: 9/10
Tristan Mackay is Britain’s long-awaited answer to John Mayer. Out Along The Wire restores faith in popular music as an expression of the soul, I loved it.
UK Jazz Radio
Mr. Mackay is a very fine songwriter. It’s clever, witty, touching & heartfelt, there are shades of Springsteen & Dylan, but really it’s all Tristan. He shines as a musician on the record too, his sweet guitar & passionate vocal delivery are the backbone to his amazing songs. This is a wonderful record that deserves your attention
The stately piano-intro to ‘Last Love’ is classic pop recalling Elton or Lennon with string-quartet embroidery around Tristan’s breathless voice. Tristan knows his way around a fret. ‘Out Along The Wire’ has all the power-ballad ingredients that fire up Radio 2 heavy-rotation.
A fine piece of work, smooth soft rock with a soulful edge, well written & equally well performed. A good album which will appeal to those who like their Rock music on the mellow side.
Reel 2 Reel
His songwriting is clever and ‘Don’t Let Me In’, ‘Still Here’ and ‘Lonely All By Myself’ elevate him from the herd. This is a fine debut.
You can hear on this album that Tristan Mackay was already a complete one-man package before he got to the studio: he has a bunch of neat, sensitive love songs which he sings in a voice that has a little husky soul to it, and he plays guitar in an ear catching manner, reminiscent of some obvious heroes. Eric Clapton in hit song mode (Beautiful Tonight, say) certainly comes to mind as you hear Tristan bend some blues-y notes.
…there’s definitely an eye on some serious commercial success here; several songs have a decidedly radio friendly air about them, and the big pitch comes with Last Love, curiously mid-70s in atmosphere with its lush string arrangement (think Clifford T Ward – seriously!) and sounding like a pretty-much-guaranteed hit. Between the voice, the songs and the guitar playing this man covers a lot of bases and it could well be that an awful lot of people come to love Tristan Mackay.
Roots n’ Branches
…with the lazy blues Wherever You Lay Your Head (featuring a tasty guitar break), strings soaked romancer Last Love, the lyrically wry late night slow dance Don’t Let Me In and Million Little Things, a mid-tempo tune with tapped guitar percussion, intoxicating rhythm and ‘you know you’re beautiful’ chorus that could well prove a huge hit single, he’s clearly got the voice, musicianship and songs to earn considerable attention.
He’s very much in the Clapton/Knopfler/J.J.Cale mould, with a pleasant Britpop voice & an easy on the ear playing style.
Blues in Britain
Singer-songwriter Mackay’s debut album is a polished affair. Tristan is a fine guitarist…knopfleresque… & his vocal delivery throughout is light & high which works well on the softer ballads.