"Tristan Mackay was born in Tiverton, Devon and was educated in Wellington, Somerset. He first picked up a guitar at the age of 14 after hearing the Eric Clapton `Unplugged' album. This started his life long love for blues guitar music and the storytelling songs of Dylan, Young and Springsteen.
In 2001 he moved to Yorkshire to study at Leeds University. During his student days he would busk to pay the bills and it was to this pursuit he returned after university to promote his music. Tristan built up quite a fan base in Leeds through his busking, appearing several times on local news programmes, printed press and radio, where he was hailed as `the next big thing out of Yorkshire.'
He self recorded and released his first two E.P's `Tales From A Bedroom Orchestra' and `Live From The Lounge'. Although these were only produced and sold from his bedroom `studio', his track `The Wine and Me' was featured in the Channel 4 show `Skins', as well as being a recommended track on Indiestore.
In 2010, Tristan was discovered on myspace by Grammy award winning producer Martin Levan (John Martyn, Andrew Lloyd Webber) who invited him to his studio to lay down demos. Later that year they embarked on a collaboration to produce Tristan's debut album `Out Along the Wire'. With a team of outstanding musicians, including Pete Van Hooke (Mike and the Mechanics, Van Morrision) and friend John Garden (Scissor Sisters) as well as a cameo organ performance from Paul Carrack, the album of all original tracks is about to take the world by storm..."
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. --Maverick Magazine
A sincere & finely crafted album that will stand up to relaxed after hours listening perfectly - **** -- --Guitarist
Out Along The Wire is perhaps the best light blues/singer/songwriter album I have heard in recent years. Quite why Mumford & Sons and Ed Sheeran are household names and Tristan is not is a crime (that is not knocking those acts but Tristan is as good as them or better). The songs are all gems, relaxed, beautifully written and performed to the highest standards...Mainly acoustic, when the electric guitar is utilised it is heartfelt with its chimes and precision, the playing is second to none, bringing to mind in places Mark Knopfler, Chris Rea and Eric Clapton...A fantastic cross over album that should be there for any rockers, blues fans or lovers of decent singer /songwriters lighter moments.
Darken the room, light a candle, put on Out Along The Wire and pour a large red wine. THAT S AN ORDER! --ireviewrock.com