Founded by innovative jazz bassist Grant Tyrie and singer lyricist Kat McDonald, there has never been a Fife band before or since, that sounded quite like Little Buddha.
Their unique bass and electronics led sound with an irresistible groove, topped by an alternately soaring yet intimate vocal delivery, was pure hypnotic bliss and led to much critical acclaim and bold statements about them being the ‘next big thing to come out of Scotland’.
Other band members were keyboard player FerGus Black and drummer Ian Anderson and took part in extensive national tours of both the UK and the US, as well as releasing two acclaimed albums.
Impossible to categorise, Little Buddha were one of the first independent Scottish bands to utilise the power of YouTube to promote their music.
Other highlights included being invited to play two aftershow parties for The Alabama 3; playing Jim Gellatly’s ‘Vintage Guru’ stage at Glasgow’s acclaimed West End Festival 2011 and the main stage at Penn Festival 2011 in Buckinghamshire; three tracks from their debut album, Twisted, chosen for film soundtrack and ‘Therapy’ from the album specifically selected by Virgin America for their in-flight ‘New Music’ radio channel.
Grant and Kat played their last gig together as Little Buddha in October last year, though it is believed the band will carry on but with a very different look.