mUmbo is the umbrella for solo artists Doug MacGowan and Emma Semple.

Doug had a thriving career on the UK folk and blues circuit in the late 90s into the early 2000s, releasing 2 acclaimed CDs (Diving For Pearls and A Slight Remove) as well as touring and playing alongside such artists as Wizz Jones, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Robin Williamson and Kate Rusby. He also taught at many guitar workshops around the country. A severe back injury in 2007 meant a decade was lost, but he's now back writing and playing solo and as the new duo that is mUmbo.

Emma studied Visual and Performing Arts in Brighton and subsequently she played and wrote in a variety of bands and musical ensembles. She also composed music for several theatrical productions. A singer, violinist and viola player, she trained classically and studied with the renowned Hungarian virtuoso, Professor Nicholas Roth. Alongside her musical talents, Emma is also an accomplished artist and visual multi media professional.


mUmbo is a British music project created by guitarist Doug MacGowan and singer Emma Semple. Their music sounds interesting and fresh, bringing their charm and elegance to the London music scene. ”

Indie Dock Music Blog

Showing, once again, that the British always have something unusual to bring to the world, mumbo surprises with the variety of rhythms and moods created in I Fly With Swallows.” - Fabiano Menon

Roadie Music

..."ambient, shoegaze, stoner, transportive" ... in a world of genres, sub genres and the endless need for definition, the musical collective that is mUmbo elude the chains to offer music that is both contemplative and earthy. I Fly With Swallows is their first release. Watch this space ...🌻