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Born To Be Wide to host goNORTH extravaganza Edinburgh : 30 May Born To Be Wide is to host a special night on Thursday 30 May, dedicated to preparing for Scotland’s leading creative industries convention, goNorth. The panel, which takes place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus, will include Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway, Chasing Owls frontman Ben Sunderland and two of the event’s organisers, Alex Smith and Amanda Millen. They will focus on how both bands and delegates can get the most out of the convention, which is free and takes place in Inverness on June 5-6. The discussion will provide advice on everything from meeting key speakers and promoting gigs, to practical tips such as where to get cheap accommodation. This year’s goNorth, boasts panels on A&R and International Booking Agents hosted by Born To Be Wide. Other musicrelated seminars include publishing, getting compositions into television shows, the role of producers and a discussion with leading music supervisors. In addition, the programme also features a diverse range of talks relating to film, screen, book publishing and broadcasting. “GoNorth provides a unique opportunity for the creative industries to come together,” says Born To Be Wide director, Olaf Furniss. “The event has led to acts getting radio play, festival bookings, syncs and record deals.”

GIGnotes: Price: Free get tickets here - Panellists: Vic Galloway [Radio Scotland/Sunday Herald] Amanda Millen [goNORTH Festival Director] Alex Smith [goNORTH Project Manager for music] Ben Sunderland [Chasing Owls] Date: Thursday 30 May Venue: The Electric Circus, Edinburgh. EH1 1DF (map: ) Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm Seminar / 2130-Late DJ Sets by seminar guests



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Nairn Book and Arts Festival Launches New Songwriting Competition Winning entrants to perform live at Festival Nairn : 3-8 September

Organisers of the Nairn Book and Arts Festival are calling for entries for a new songwriting competition. A Nairn Festival first, the competition will be judged by top Scottish singer/ songwriters Gillian Frame and Findlay Napier. Winning entrants will receive a cash prize and perform live at the Festival, in a concert to be headlined by Frame and Napier, best known as members of folk group Back of the Moon and, subsequently, contemporary indie folk band Findlay Napier and the Bar Room Mountaineers. Elizabeth Findlay, Chair of the Nairn Book and Arts Festival said: “This new competition offers a great opportunity for a budding songwriter to perform their work live in a concert featuring two of Scotland’s finest musicians, and we’re looking for young talent as well as entries from more experienced musicians. It’s an exciting new element to the Festival, now in its tenth year.” The Nairn Book and Arts Festival runs from 3-8 September. Competition winners will be informed in late August and asked to perform their song, or have someone of their choice perform it, in a concert on 4 September at Nairn’s Little Theatre. Entries from under-18s and over-18s will be judged separately and two cash prizes will be awarded in each age category. All topics and styles of song will be considered, and the focus of judging will be on the nature and content of the song, rather than performance. Entries must be received by 31 July 2013. For more information about the competition and how to enter, visit Gillian Frame and Findlay Napier first won acclaim with Back of the Moon. Gillian, a fiddle player and singer, was the inaugural winner of the Young Scottish Traditional Musician Award and has subsequently toured and recorded with a number of bands. Findlay is a respected songwriter, known for the contemporary indie folk sound of his band Findlay Napier and the Bar Room Mountaineers, with whom both now perform. Findlay has hosted the 'Late Night Session' at Celtic Connections and is the organiser of Hazy Recollections, a mini festival that celebrates and connects acts at the boundaries of the indie, folk and roots scenes.

A SELECTION OF OUR GIGS .... 16 May (Greens) Tokyo Rosenthal 21 May (Greens) Nine Below Zero 23 May (Greens) Steve Poltz 26 May (Greens) Nimmo Brothers (acoustic) 29 May (Greens) Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash 30 May (Greens) The Kennedy's 31 May (Greens) Lyndon Anderson & Sandy Tweeddale 8 June (Greens) Sid & The Spires


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Crowd Funding appeal launched for ABCQ Edinburgh Fringe Festival multimedia appearance Edinburgh : 4,11+12 August

A Band Called Quinn has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support performances of their critically acclaimed multimedia show Biding Time (remix) at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show received four star reviews from The Scotsman, The Herald, TV Bomb & Public Reviews when it premiered to a sold out audience at The Arches Theatre in Glasgow last autumn. The band need your help to fund three performances at the award winning Summerhall venue on the 4, 11 & 12 August. In return for supporting the project the band are offering various rewards including a chance to appear in a music video or play cowbell on a recording. Find out more here: ABCQ needs your help to fund the cost of peforming this show at Edinburgh Fringe 2013 as Biding Time (remix) is a hugely ambitious production and as a result is expensive to put on! However if you come to see it I'm sure you'll agree that it's worth it... They need support to pay for: Headphone hire, AV equipment, Lighting Tecnician, Sound Technician, AV Technician, Production Manager, Performers, Venue Hire, Marketing, Posters, Flyers, Travel, Accomodation... see


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A Band Called Quinn : The Cast: Biding Time (remix) A BAND CALLED QUINN are

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singer/ songwriter Louise Quinn, drummer/ producer Bal Cooke, trumpet player Robert Henderson & bass player Steven Westwater. Their recordings feature on soundtracks to films by the likes of David McKenzie, Penny Woolcock & many TV productions. Louise wrote the songs for Vanishing Point Theatre Company's reinterpretation of The Beggar's Opera in which the band toured in 2009. These songs were released as an album with liner notes written by Scottish Crime Writer Ian Rankin.

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Biding Time (remix) is a stunning collaboration between musician Louise Quinn (A Band Called Quinn), Grid Iron Theatre Director Ben Harrison and Scottish Film maker Uisdean Murray in response to international shared story project Biding Time. The show combines a live band with feature-film-quality visuals, a big rabbit & the first ever use of silent disco technology in this context to give a truly immersive & original audience experience. Biding Time (remix) tells the story of aspiring singer/ songwriter Thyme and her journey through the fame factory as she pursues success in the music industry. A lot of it is based on Louise Quinn's own experience of being signed to a major record label and the highs & lows that ensued. REVIEWS The show premiered to a sold out audience at The Arches last autumn and garnered 4 star reviews from The Scotsman, The Herald, TV Bomb & The Public Reviews: '....A vital piece that's alternately comical and sinister but musically compelling throughout.' The Scotsman **** '...thought provoking, memorable & one-off stuff.' The Herald ****

BEN HARRISON is Co-Artistic Director of Grid Iron. His many productions for Grid Iron include Decky Does A Bronco, Roam, Gargantua, The Bloody Chamber, The Devil's Larder, Fermentation, Tryst Yam, Spring Awakenings & The Authorised Kate Bane. He was a fellow of the National Endowment for Science, Technology & The Arts which supported his work from 20022005; from 2000-2002 he was Associate Director of the Almeida Theatre London & from 2004-2008 he was director of the Dutch theatre company Muztheater. His production of Peter Pan for 360 Entertainment, launched in London in 2009, toured to the US for 20 months & was seen by over a million people.

UISDEAN MURRAY is an award winning filmmaker from North Uist, Scotland. His films have screened at festivals around the world. He made a series of films about a female murdress starring Joy McAvoy called The Jemima Trilogy. His film Siublachan won Best Professional Film at the first ever Galic Language FilmG competition in 2009. His collaborations with A Band Called Quinn have screened on NBC & been nominated for awards at international film festivals.

BIDING TIME is an international theatre project created by Independant Theatre Producer Pippa Bailey. Pippa was associate director of The World Famous, innovative fireworks comapny for 10 yrs & produced Total Theatre Awards at Ed Fringe 2007-12. Pippa has developed Biding Time to experiment with how theatre can be greener, more locally relevant & exploring the role of/ roles for women. This project is about change, sharing this story around the world to be adapted into different contexts. Climate Change is a significant thread. There are many ways to get involved.

TROMOLO PRODUCTIONS was established in 2012 by founder members of A Band Called Quinn Bal Cooke & Louise Quinn. Since then with the support of Creative Scotland they have produced a four times nominated short film Oh Jackie featuring vocals & production by Parisian Music Producer Kid Loco as well as Biding Time (remix). They aim to combine their experience of producing music, film & live performance in innovative & exciting ways.


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Not a band to rest on their laurels, the relentless Dead Sea Souls follow up the success of last year's debut album with a blistering double A side single Brave / The Comet. This builds on their upbeat, bouncy power pop sound

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The best music, entertainment and intense rivalry are guaranteed in the ‘Gun Sgot’ pub on BBC Alba BBC Alba, 9pm : 16 May

Live pub music, along with the rivalry of its quiz teams, can now be enjoyed from the comfort of your own sofa as BBC ALBA’s new Gun Sgot series comes to your screens. Musicians featured throughout the series will include established and up and coming talent including Miss Irenie Rose (Lewis), Sorren MacLean (Mull), Willie Campbell (Lewis) and Rachel Cormack (Skye).

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Set in the lounge of their local, cleverly located in the Fàs studio on Skye, three teams compete each week to see who can call time on the competition and claim ownership of the Gun Sgot pub bell.


To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Electric Honey Records at Stow College the label releases the debut album 'Self Help' by Young Aviators. A fuzzy, no-nonsense, garage pop band based in Glasgow. Recorded at Chem19


By the time you reach the final track of Standing in the Shadows you'll be left in no doubt, they've nailed it. Alan Nimmo and the boys have given you their best songs, staying true to their Glaswegian blues-rock roots A superb new album from Battlefield Band, one of the great institutions of Scottish music. A fusion of ancient and modern traditional music, continually evolving, while their songs of social history are powerful, relevant and moving

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Journalist and sports commentator Derek MacKay takes up the role of barman and host as he tests the knowledge of the punters while keeping them in order, and welcomes some of the best singerDòmhnall Eòin Mackinnon & Terry Balfour songwriters in Scotland to the music snug. On this the pub’s opening night, Derek MacKay welcomes singer Dòmhnall Eòin MacKinnon, with Terry Balfour, to the pub, whilst teams from Glasgow, Skye and Aberdeen take up the challenge of finding out who really has their wits about them. The series, which commences on Thursday 16 May has been produced for BBC ALBA by Morag Stewart and Sealladh TV, and directed by Michael Hines. BBC ALBA is available on the following platforms: Sky 143 (UK) : Freeview / You View 8 (Scotland only) : Virgin Media 188 (UK) : Freesat 110 (UK) : BT Vision 8 (Scotland only) : Smallworld 170 (Ayrshire and North West England) : Live on BBC iPlayer (UK) : 10 hours of content per week available to view on demand via the BBC PC iPlayer and the BBC iPlayer on Virgin Media BBC ALBA is run by MG ALBA in partnership with the BBC. MG ALBA is the operating name of Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig, the Gaelic Media Service. Find out more about MG ALBA and the partnership at or visit www. for scheduling and programme information

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SEVEN HEARTS : “The heart is the root of all emotions” ..... an MNS band profile by Melanie Miller

Scottish lass and vocalist Zoe Harris, originating from Haddington in East Lothian met Bosnian born guitarist Vladimir Keca whilst travelling the world. Their friendship developed as they enjoyed and nurtured each other’s musical talents which ultimately resulted in the formation of their eclectic acoustic folk roots act Seven Hearts. The pair, based in Melbourne Australia, have since launched their six song debut EP “The Story of Three” in March 2012 to huge acclaim with over 200 fans turning out in support, with the video for their single “Mono Girl” due to be released soon. They are also now listed on Australia’s “Triple J Unearthed”, an award winning initiative for discovering and sharing independent and unsigned artists across the country. You can vote for and write a review for their track “Murder”. Vladimir emigrated to Australia as a refugee during the 1990s where he later became guitarist for the cult ethno fusion rock act Jika with whom he recorded and toured with for 12 years, he has also worked as a guest guitarist for a number of different touring bands. His cultural upbringing in Bosnia meant he grew up listening to eastern style Balkan gypsy music, erring away from popular westernised influences down a more progressive and experimental route. Zoe’s musical influences follow a similar dynamic with her love of folk, roots and reggae, and an intense focus on the lyrical meaning of songs. She describes herself as happiest whilst singing around a campfire with much of their writing and creative processes occurring whilst travelling, chilling out and camping. The Seven Hearts vibe is undeniably natural, candid and pure. Zoe’s vocal and lyrical talents are heart-warming and emotionally charged, weaving the tale of her personal journeys; understanding old and new love, the pain and joy of learning life’s lessons and the meaning of loving honestly - stories which we can all relate to. Combined with Vladimir’s rhythmic guitar riffs and some funky percussive grooves, their music makes for easy and soulful listening. The beautifully designed artwork for both their logo and EP cover, created by some faithful and talented fans, has a similarly natural, organic and emotion focused feel, in keeping with the Seven Hearts sentiment. The quote from their EP “The heart is the root of all emotions, my heart bleeds to grow, when you look inside and you will find all your beauty in your mind” encompasses the powerful qualities embedded within Zoe’s lyrics.

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So, stop by Seven Hearts Facebook page and give them a ‘like’, take a minute to listen to their tunes and check out their merchandise. The pair will also be visiting Scotland in August 2013 and have plans for some intimate gigs in Zoe’s hometown of Haddington and Edinburgh. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for regular updates.

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Scottish Ensemble to take up mini residency in Shetland Shetland : 31 July-3 August The Scottish Ensemble will take up a mini residency in Shetland from 31 July to 3 August, engaging with the community in a programme of events including a silent movie screening and performance, a day of community events all around the Isles, an afternoon of ballroom dancing and tea, and culminating in a concert at Mareel which will feature a special composition about a sea journey from Dundee to Shetland – Seavaigers by Sally Beamish.

Business Scotland to benefit the community of Shetland.”

The project is sponsored by Inksters Solicitors, owned by Shetlander Brian Inkster. Brian said: “After hearing the premier of Seavaigers at Celtic Connections in Glasgow in 2012 I thought it was appropriate for the piece to be performed in Shetland. My law firm, Inksters, has a strong Shetland connection with us doing legal work for many Shetlanders from Glasgow. I am delighted to strengthen that link and help take Scottish Ensemble to Shetland to perform Seavaigers with Chris and Catriona." The Ensemble has been awarded a New Arts Sponsorship The programme for the Saturday evening concert aims to create new grant to support its connections between folk and classical traditions, interweaving Scots folk work during the with baroque and 20th century string music. The Scottish Ensemble will Shetland residency. team up with folk super-duo Shetlander Chris Stout (fiddle) and Catriona The grants provide McKay (Scottish harp), for a programme centring on two double match funding for concertos. This first describes a sea journey from Dundee to Shetland in new arts sponsors, Seavaigers, composed by Sally Beamish specifically for this combination doubling their of performers. In Bach’s instantly recognisable Concerto for 2 Violins, sponsorship Chris Stout and Catriona McKay join the individual virtuosi of the Scottish benefits. The Ensemble in a fresh take on core string repertoire. Tickets for this concert scheme is funded by will go on sale on Saturday 18 May at 2pm via Shetland Box Office. the Scottish Government and The residency in Shetland will kick off with Faust, a boundary-pushing delivered by Arts night of electronic music, film and live performance from the Scottish and Business Scotland. David Watt, Chief Executive, Arts and Business Ensemble and DJ Alex Smoke on Wednesday 31 July in Mareel’s Main Scotland said: “Inksters Solicitors’ sponsorship of the Scottish Ensemble Auditorium. Murnau’s 1926 expressionist fantasy, Faust, tells the classic clearly demonstrates how business can really benefit from associating cautionary tale of the deadly consequences of entering into selfwith the arts. The New Arts Sponsorship grant also recognises how this destructive deals with the devil. Paying homage to the musical partnership has empowered the Scottish Ensemble to create an accompaniments of the silent film era, DJ Alex Smoke has created a 21st- innovative programme of activities that will engage with a wide variety of century soundtrack for electronics and strings bringing this dark and audiences during their residency in Shetland.” fantastical film to life. Lauded by the house and techno communities, Alex’s sets blur the boundaries between electronica, classical and hip hop Lisa Ward, Shetland Arts’ Marketing Officer, said: “The Scottish Ensemble and have led him to appear across the globe, including at the prestigious is famous internationally for their ability to inspire audiences with vibrant Sonar Festival in Barcelona. performances which are powerful, challenging, and rewarding for all. On Thursday 1 August, the Ensemble is planning an Out & About Day – a day of events and performances all around the Islands. They are keen for members of the public, community groups, and local businesses to get in touch with Shetland Arts to suggest how the Ensemble and its musicians might best benefit the community. This might be a performance in a workplace, workshops with young musicians, or care home and community performances. If the environment is waterproof they are willing to consider all suggestions! Please email or call 01595 743 843 to register an interest or make a suggestion. On 2 August, the Scottish Ensemble will take up the role of palm court orchestra for a Friday afternoon of ballroom classics, dancing and afternoon tea in Mareel’s Main Auditorium. Members of the public are invited to choose their partners and dance to favourites from a golden age performed by the talented players of the UK’s only professional string orchestra while enjoying a delicious afternoon tea. During the residency, the Ensemble will also lead workshops with local musicians and interested parties.

"Get in touch with Shetland Arts to suggest how the Ensemble and its musicians might best benefit the community on their 'Out & About Day' on 1 August."

Shetland Arts is pleased to work with them to deliver these residency activities in Shetland and the final concert at Mareel.”

TICKETS: Tickets for the final concert cost £18 and go on sale on Saturday 18 May at 2pm via Shetland Box Office in Mareel & Islesburgh, over the phone on 01595 745 555,and online at and Tickets for the residency activities will also go on sale soon via Shetland Box Office. Shetland Arts Development Agency manages Mareel, the Garrison Theatre, and Bonhoga Gallery. They also develop a year round programme of film, music, theatre, literature, visual arts, and dance events. Shetland Arts is supported by Creative Scotland and core funded by the Shetland Charitable Trust.

Scottish Ensemble Chief Executive, Thorben Dittes said: “Our residencies are all about developing relationships with communities. We respond to their individual needs by crafting a tailored programme of onand off-platform events specific to the local area. Our collaboration with Shetland Arts is a dynamic new partnership which has been generously supported by Inksters Solicitors and Arts and


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Lyell Cresswell

This is a MUSIC NEWS Scotland series profiling Scottish Music Centre members

"The Scottish Music Centre's task is to champion the wealth of talent that abounds in Scotland's musical community" Lyell Cresswell was born in 1944 in New Zealand and is a composer of contemporary classical music. He then studied in Wellington, Toronto, Aberdeen and Utrecht. He moved to Scotland in the 1970's and has lived and worked in Edinburgh since 1985. He received the APRA Silver Scroll for his contribution to New Zealand music in 1979 and he won the Ian Whyte Award for the orchestral work Salm in 1978. In 1979, 1981 and 1988 he received a recommendation by the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers. In 2002, Victoria University of Wellington awarded him an honorary D. Mus degree and the inaugural Elgar Bursary. Lyell has written music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, choir, voice and solo instruments. His works include several concertos. His concerto for accordion, Dragspil (Icelandic for "accordion"), was commissioned for the BBC Proms and premièred by James Crabb and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the 1995 season. In 2001, the Scottish Arts Council granted him the Creative Scotland Award and commissioned a work, in collaboration with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, exploring the issues of exile and identity. His composition Shadows Without Sun combines elements of oratorio, opera, music theatre and cantata. It requires orchestra, singers, speaking voices and recorded voices. The work intertwines the story of exiles living in both Scotland and New Zealand with the story of Cassandra. The Money Man, 2010, was written in collaboration with librettist Ron Butlin with whom Cresswell regularly works. Cresswell's music is recorded on the Naxos Records label. The Scottish Music Centre currently supports in excess of 100 composer, group/small business and corporate members. Offering a wealth of advantages, initiatives include the bi-monthly Composers' Digest and Exposed Melodies podcast series, annual Composition Marathon, regular networking events and notification of valuable opportunities, extensive publicity and increased correspondence with national companies, chamber ensembles, soloists and festivals.

For further information, please contact: Christopher Glasgow, Communications Officer: / 0141 552 5222 or visit:

Lochaber's 'Watercolour Music' House Concert Lochaber : 26 May

Lochaber’s top recording studio opens its doors next month to give music fans a one-off opportunity to listen to an American old-time music legend play in the unique and intimate setting of Watercolour Music. In this, Watercolour’s only House Concert this summer on the 26 May, Bruce Molsky, a native of the Bronx with his musical heart in the Appalachian Mountains, will be showcasing music from his brand new solo album, ‘If It Ain’t Here When I Get Back’. Bruce has a world reputation as the finest exponent of old-time fiddle, and he combines this with his rich baritone voice for a fiddle-singing style he has made his own. No wonder he is a first-call guest each year for the hugely popular 'Transatlantic Sessions'. His love affair with the music of Appalachia started as a teenager in New York, but he served his time at the feet of the masters during many years in Virginia, whilst working as an engineer, learning from great tradition bearers such as Tommy Jarrell.

GIGnotes: Bruce Molsky on Sunday 26th May @ 3pm. Entry by £10.00 Donation, under 16's FREE Advance booking advised on 01855 841320, email:

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STG Promotions : 24 May, Glasgow

We are delighted to introduce to you STG Promotions who are a new music and arts promotions company based in Glasgow. Their aim is simple - to bring the best live music to various venues around the Glasgow area. STG plan to bring better-known artists to smaller venues and support the local music scene by offering attractive support slots. STG Promotions grew out of a love for music and the chance for two old school friends, Allan and Gerry, to work together after 20 years. Enjoy their journey with them. Their launch gig is on 24 May at Glasgow's Audio with Happy Martyr, The Coffins and The Apparells. Happy Martyr who consist of Boz Boorer (The Polecats/Morrisey) and Alex Lusty (Acarine and Who shot who?) will be playing their first ever performance in Scotland, with a mixture of acoustic and rap and with rave reviews of their last album it will be one to watch support comes from two rising local bands The Coffins and The Apparells. Doors are at 7p with tickets costing £6.50 from www. STG also have their 'Stripped Sessions' which will be taking place at the Victorian Bar in the Tron Theatre. They launch with Jono on the 31 August and then Fiach on the 26 October and they also have Mark Geary on the 26 September which will be in Brel.

VAMM : album - 'VAMM' release date - out now :

VAMM is the work of three of our finest string players – Patsy Reid, Catriona Macdonald and Marit Fält who have combined their prowess to create a music that’s rich, refined, joyous and new. Did we mention it was new? The tunes that VAMM have recorded on their debut collection were chosen for their melodic beauty and harmonic and rhythmic potential. They’re tunes that, while rooted in the Scottish and Scandinavian traditions of the band’s respective backgrounds, have been set free to soar and surprise in gorgeous and driving arrangements that dart between old and new, classical and traditional, restful and rousing. While their joint CV includes past positions in globally respected groups such as Breabach and Blazin’ Fiddles, alongside several critically acclaimed Celtic Connections New Voices commissions, VAMM is unlike anything you’ve heard from these three musicians before. In concert and in the studio, Patsy, Catriona and Marit challenge each other to play to the edge of their talents, exploring texture, tone and harmony with a unique combination of fiddles and Låtmandola. The sound of VAMM is the thrill of the new. The remaining album launch tour dates during May are:17th Tayvallich Village Hall, 01546 870 363; 18th Braemar Village Hall, 01330 825 431; 21st Inverness Eden Court Theatre, 01463 234 234; 25th Shetland Fetlar Public Hall, 01595 745 555; 26th Lerwick Mareel 01595 745 555 ADVERTISE IN OUR 3 WEEKLY DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download JOHN MACKIE POET A Strand of Pearls Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

A Strand of Pearls is the new album from John Mackie Poet. The album centres around the poems from John's work, Pearl Diving By Moonlight, backed by the music of Gavin Sutherland, Miguel Padilla, Alexander Jarvie, Kris Orskov, Alastair Thomson and Duncan Wood. "Generously hypnotic verse - at once intellectual and intimate." Listen:

own path. The Collar Up sound is partly informed by the soundscape reveries and sophisticated arrangements of Beach House, Mercury Rev, Kate Bush and Cocteau Twins. Bookended by instrumental opening and closing credits, Ghosts gushes with a veritable torrent of lush, reverb-heavy textures. Listen: Available from: ------------------------------------------------

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Release Date: Out Now After growing popularity within the Edinburgh music scene and a series of successful gigs, The Well Rested have decided to release Family Tree as a single. The Well Rested are a three piece, Edinburgh based band and I would describe the music as Alternative Indie/ Folk. This stripped down music is refreshing, original and easy to listen too. Prominent bass and drums play along side catchy guitar riffs. Listen: Available from: Every major download and streaming service, including iTunes, spotify and amazon etc.







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Oh! Enlightened

Debut Album : cd / vinyl / download Release Date: 20 May

Following the release of her two previous EP's 'Sticks and Bricks' (2010) and 'I Begin' (2011), Panda Su returns with new single 'Maps', (Peter Panda Records) on 29th April 2013. Somewhat different from her previous work, 'Maps' signifies a new experimental direction.

Delta Mainline are from Edinburgh and their muchanticipated debut album 'Oh! Enlightened' was recorded at Chem19 Studios over two years, with engineering and co-production by Davey McAulay (Mogwai, Mike Heron, Remember Remember). The album flows effortlessly, its celestial air countered by an unpredictable sonic menace, before climaxing in a serene, haunting end. The band will be touring Oh! Enlightened across the UK from March. Listen: Available from: deltamainlineofficial ------------------------------------------------

TOMMANI Banzai Bushi

Album : cd / download Release Date: 17 May Banzai Bushi is the debut album by recording artist/ producer, Tommani, and released by a new Scottish Independent label, Rock Aye Records Ltd based in Midlothian. It draws on the artist's long held love of computer games and related technology, the creative influence of Joe Hisaishi (composer for many Studio Ghibli movies), and the inspiration of traditional Japanese Edo period folk music. Listen: Available from:, iTunes,

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Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now Eureka is the new album from the Phil G Band. The album has been written by singer/ songwriter Phil Gibbons and talented Italian guitarist Marco Degiorgi, and was produced by freelancer Matt Butler (Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Phil Collins). Listen: Available from: Available from:, iTunes,

ROBERT LAMBIE Moon Bay Tides Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Robert Lambie is a singer/songwriter from Scotland. Moon Bay Tides, released by Broad St. Music Productions, is his debut album. The result of a voyage of creative discovery, the album uncovers vast musical landscapes and acoustic expressions of the human condition. ------------------------------------------------

THE OK SOCIAL CLUB Nothing in Common Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now Their highly anticipated debut album 'Nothing in Common' via Platform Records. They concluded 2012 with a slot at Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street party on New Year's Eve alongside Simple Minds and The Maccabees. 'The Shape Of Things To Come' was BBC Radio Scotland’s Janice Forsyth show ‘Single Of The Month‘ and Steve Lamacq’s Rebel Playlist Winner on BBC 6 Music. Listen: Available from: CD - Download ------------------------------------------------


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Album : cd / download Release Date: 13 May Second album Ghosts is an excellent snapshot of a band achieving its full potential while resolutely following its

THE WELL RESTED Family Tree single : download

Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now Craig Jeffrey is a very talented singer-songwriter from the Scottish Borders and his new EP 'Connected' is written by Craig, produced by Donald Shaw and released on Vertical Records. Craig started out

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download performing in small pubs and anywhere else he could get a gig progressing on to playing some big festivals, including winning a Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections and playing the Royal Concert Hall.

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Having been compared to My Morning Jacket and Neil Young, In Here Somewhere features Three Blind Wolves’ warm Americana-tinged sound, yet with a chilling core. With plays and support from John Kennedy at XFM and Vic Galloway at BBC Radio 1 Scotland and the band also popped into BBC Radio 2 to perform a session for Dermot O'Leary. Listen:

Gag Reflex is the debut EP from Cactus & Cardigan. The band went into the studio at the start of the year to record five relentless, song shaped bombardments, containing bizarre lyrics, pounding percussion and dextrous guitar work. In turn, creating a sonic assault, taking influence from bands such as Cancer Bats and Reuben. Listen: (will be available here from 26.04.13)

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DUNCAN WOOD Swarbtricks

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AMY DUNCAN Cycles of Life

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The Day The Earth Stood Stupid Album: cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Bombskare release their second album, ‘The Day The Earth Stood Stupid’ on 1st April 2013 with a mammoth 15 new songs. Renowned as one of the most explosive and entertaining live acts in the country; incorporating 1000mph dance-floor fillers, various musical styles and tongue-incheek humour. Guaranteed to get you moving! Listen: Free MP3 Single from album:

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‘Cycles of Life' is a deeply personal, honest and ultimately uplifting account of the difficult life The music of the legendary Dave Swarbrick. experiences Amy has faced and encapsulates the sense Thirty seven original compositions from the pen of moving from dark to light. Her determination and of the master, tastefully arranged and performed strength of character is evident throughout as this by Scottish North East fiddle and mandolin album doesn't dwell on the darkness but rather the Waiting for the Season player Duncan Wood, with guests including ‘light at the end of the tunnel'. Album : cd / download veteran Boys of the Lough front man Cathal Release Date: Out Now McConnell from County Fermanagh on flute and Listen: whistle, and Martin McDonald from the Isle of ‘Waiting for the Season’ is the result of five days spent Lewis on guitar. A rich assortment of traditionalup at the cottage on Loch Fyne. This was followed by sounding melodies which demonstrate the Available from: many months of homemade mixing, debating, remixing, versatility and supreme compositional skills of arguing, making up and pulling in a few favours from Britain’s most celebrated folk fiddler. A unique some talented musician friends of ours. Though we’ve and compelling insight into the creative mind of never been shy of a reverb dial or an overdub, this one of the great characters of British traditional time, we wanted to capture as many instruments live music, illustrated in over an hour of richly-


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Alt-folk sextet - Woodenbox release their second album End Game on 27th May 2013 via Olive Grove. Working alongside acclaimed producer Paul Savage (Chem19 Studios), Woodenbox are building upon the success of their debut Home and the Wildhunt with their wild, vivid and moving unique brand of folk. Listen: Available from:

Release Date: Out Now As the Dr Jekyll to his Mr Hyde, Thompson has appointed Ordinaryson to carry the work of sibling electronic outfit Roy’s Iron DNA into the realms of more traditionalist acoustic rock and roll. His music is expressive of such a passion - with deep and immersive lyrical content documenting thought processes as vast as worldview, totalitarianism and even alien existence. Listen: Available from: ------------------------------------------------



LORI McTEAR Taigh Solais

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DAVE’s new album Whiskey in my Blood, featuring the Hellsinki Hellraisers, will be released on Finnish label Blue North Records on 25 March 2013. The release will be available on limited edition heavy coloured vinyl (c/w free download), deluxe digipak CD and digital download. See a 30-second trailer video for the album - Listen: Available from: davearcarimusic

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Taigh Solais is the latest release from Lori McTear. Originally the b-side on her last single "Freedom and Machine Guns" which was called Lighthouses, Taigh Solais is described as a contemporary and alternative twist on gaelic music Listen: Available from: ------------------------------------------------

TOM HOUSTON Open The Skylights Album: cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Open the Skylights is the new album from Tom Houston, and a somewhat belated follow up to his first solo album released in 1989. The idea for a new solo project began with encouragement from respected songwriter Boo Hewerdine. The finished result is an album of depth, fusing together potent songs, imaginative melodies, and impeccable musicianship.

The White Eagle Lounge Debut solo album Release Date: Out Now

Belfast born Alan has forged a career at the heart of the Scottish music scene. Alan’s debut album has attracted a line-up of more than 35 players who were keen to perform alongside him – this includes special guests Nathan Connolly and Tom Simpson from Snow Patrol, singer/songwriter Alex Cornish and Rick McMurray from Ash. Listen: Available from: Amazon / iTunes

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A superb new release from Battlefield Band, one of the great institutions of the Scottish music scene. The band's ever-fiery instrumental dynamic, with bagpipes and fiddles to the fore, exhibits the intuitive interplay and understanding between world class traditional musicians, while their songs of social history, plaintive -----------------------------------------------ballads and songs from the Scots Gaelic tradition are as powerful, relevant and moving as ever.


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THE ZIPS Road To Strummerville Download only Release Date: Out Now

Glasgow punk band The Zips have released a download-only single of Road To Strummerville, as a tribute to Joe Strummer, the much-loved frontman of The Clash, on the 10th anniversary of his untimely death. All proceeds are to go Strummerville, a charity which was set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer in the year after his death. www.

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Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now 2012 saw the band support some of the best ska/ reggae bands out there, including: The Selecter in Dundee, Bad Manners in Edinburgh, The Skatalites and Toots & The Maytals in Glasgow. Now with the release of their fantastic new album “Platinum” they are planning for 2013 to busier and even more successful.

A natural continuation from their commercially and critically acclaimed Dirty Honey EP, the rousing six-track record, released via Whimsical Records, sees the A three piece alternative/modern rock band they have sprightly quartet combine infectious funk rhythms with teamed up with Alan Haggerty (aka Lord Hagos) at lush harmonies, captivating pop hooks and rollicking Feral Mobile Recordings to record their first full EP. classic rock riffs, over the course of 24 riveting minutes. Hagos was the producer behind Senser who had a UK Super 8 Flashback boasts a clean, crisp and full bodied number 4 chart album ‘Stacked Up’. He has also played vintage sound that rekindles a now-bygone golden era bass for Ozric Tentacles & Lode Star, and has worked of DIY guitar-music. as front of house sound engineer for Ash, Black Label Society, Kate Nash, Marianne Faithful and many others. Listen:



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With Inchfad Drive Glasgow born singer songwriter Johny Corrigan has crafted out a superb range of work inspired by the likes of Neil Young, Carole King and Blue Nile. It was produced by Robin Rankin who has produced work for John Martyn', Deacon Blue and Belle and Sebastian among many other Scots legends. One reviewer wrote: "Can't understand why this is not getting UK exposure on radio and TV? Absolute blinding album. ALL OF YOU and THE HARDEST THING, are superb. Best Scots songwriter since Gerry Rafferty." It

Surf's Down (live) is the live track taken fromDundee band Fat Goth's second album 'Stud'. Second album 'STUD' out now! FAT GOTH: the musical vehicle for three relatively young Scotsmen with a collective passion for all things guitar, drum and music-of-the-somewhat-antisocialnature orientated.

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Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now The collective chemistry of Drever McGuire Young has produced Gifts, a warm, charming and easy on the ear debut album that embraces a variety of musical influences from folk, country and pop to a touch of Americana. The complimentary diversity of Gifts is perhaps best exemplified by the 2am blues/ jazz café feel of ‘So Strong’ sitting comfortably alongside the lovely but more traditional ‘My Father’s Son.’ Listen:


'Record Store Day 2013' was on 20 April : We encourage you to support independent record shops in Scotland : A selection of popular ones are below. If you run or have a favourite not listed please let us know and we'll happily include it.

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Avalanche (Edinburgh) Grassmarket EH1 2HY : Apollo Music (Paisley) Causeyside Street PA1 1YH : Barnstorm (Dumfries) Queensberry Street DG1 1BU : 01387 267894 Coda (Edinburgh) [trad/folk specialist] Bank Street EH1 2LN : Concorde (Perth) Scott Street PH1 5EJ : Europa (Stirling) Friars Street FK8 1HA : Imperial (Inverness) Market Hall IV1 1PJ : Love Music (Glasgow) Dundas Street G1 2AQ : McAlister Matheson (Edinburgh) [classical] Grindlay St EH3 9AT : Monorail (Glasgow) King Street G1 5RB : Ripping Records (Edinburgh) South Bridge EH1 1HN :

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Stirling Rugby Club with each year getting better and better. Four stages of music and a charity fete make it a fun day for all the family.

Southside Fringe Glasgow May 10-26

We are a group of creative Southside professionals giving our time to build a Southside Fringe Festival to run in tandem with and complement the Southside Festival in May 2013. Working closely with Public-I Events and Media, we will act as an agency, bringing together venues and performers. The Southside Fringe is focused upon providing a fortnight of quality opportunities for acts, performers and musicians in May 2013. It’s an incredibly exciting time in the Southside with fantastic new venues The Glad Café and The Bungo actively encouraging creativity and supporting local Southside talent. The ethos of the Southside Fringe is very much ‘strength in numbers’ : the more facets of the community and local businesses who get involved the louder our voice and the bigger the Southside’s profile will be on the festival map.

Perth Festival of the Arts

Moniave Folk Festival Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, May 10-12 The Moniave Folk Festival has something for everyone, Great music, Piping competitions, Open stages, children’s events and concerts. Workshops. Come along for a wonderful family weekend.

Perth May 16-26 The Festival intends to celebrate its 42nd birthday by staging some world-class events with an international flavour with artists coming from the USA and Russia as well as the UK. The Festival covers many art forms from classical music and opera to comedy, rock, folk and the visual arts.

Buchan Heritage Society Strichen Festival Strichen, Fraserburgh May 17-19

most of all a friendly and happy family atmosphere where old friendships are rekindled and new friendships formed through the mutual love of the music.

Orkney Folk Festival Orkney May 23-26

Here we are folks – Orkney Folk Festival number 31! Once again we have some big names coming north to join in the fun in May, and from the ceilidh bands to the almost indie strand, we have brought together a broad mix of artists that we hope appeals to everyone’s interpretation of the increasingly expansive folk genre. We are also excited to be working on some new and collaborative events within our fourday programme, more of which will Portsoy Folk Festival be revealed in the New Year. As ever, our local traditions and musicians – both established and emerging – will be centre stage alongside those visiting the festival. You would be hard pushed to find another festival throughout the country that has such a strong home representation, and it is one that we are hugely proud of.

The Buchan Heritage Festival at Strichen is one of the finest places to appreciate our rich tradition of music, song, verse, drama and story, and, at the same time, enjoy listening to, or using, the broad 'Doric' language which is still very much alive here in the North East, Knockengorroch and enjoy a friendly family atmosphere where contestants have World Ceilidh come from a' the airt's and pairt's o' Kirkcudbright Scotland and sometimes beyond. May 23-26

Skye Accordion & Fiddle Festival

Stirling May 12 The Scribbler’s Picnic is a charity that was set up in 2001 to raise money for five cancer charities – CHAS, Strathcarron Hospice, Maggie’s Centre, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Care. This outdoor event is held at the

Skye May 23-25 The annual Isle of Skye Accordion and Fiddle Festival just goes from strength to strength. The festival has built up a superb reputation for the quality and quantity of music, fine venues and hospitality and


“The 4th Haal”

If you prefer a bigger festival in a smaller pot you are a Knockengorrocher! Join us beside the glittering Water of Deugh Comlongon Rocks beneath the broad shoulders of Dumfriesshire southwest Scotland's great May 18 FifeSing mountain peaks to celebrate some Collessie, Fife of the finest music from the Celtic Comlongon Rocks is an annual May 10-12 exciting, live music outdoor festival diaspora and everywhere inbetween. The World Ceilidh melds held in the grounds of the This unique event brings together together the most ancient roots spectacular Comlongon Castle at some of Scotland's finest exponents music with the latest cutting edge Clarecefield, Dumfries. Now in its of traditional singing for a weekend sounds. This first truly backwoods second year, Comlongon Rocks is of old songs and bothy ballads in upland music fest in Scotland hosts the newest and most exciting concerts and singarounds in the some of the best musicians and rural surroundings of the Fife Farm annual music event to arrive in performers from across the world. Dumfries & Galloway. This unique, Park. The weekend also includes All are invited to journey over hill workshops/talks on topics related to one-day event raises funds for local charities. Tickets are available from and dale by rock and stream to our traditional song and culture. natural greenfield auditorium and to the Comolongon Rocks Ticket our upland stage to experience the Hotline on: 01387 870283 biggest little festival this side of anywhere!

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fun. And so in May 1993 the first Fling happened. Since then the Fling has gone from strength to strength. Somewhere along the line the first 'Fling by the River' began. Held each Fling Saturday on Dunblane's historic Drying Green, its activities have ranged from an open stage for local young musicians, fire engines, space-hopper races and fire-eating jugglers, to the annual Rotary Club race for 4,000 plastic ducks down the Allan Water. Gradually a 'Fringe Fling' has developed, featuring over the years everything from ghost walks, pub quizzes, plays from the local Drama Group, master classes in everything from fiddling or mandolins to harmony singing or bodhran, and the now-annual Thursday Jazz Night.

Doune & Dunblane Fling May 23-26 Like many others, the Fling was conceived with the help of music and alcohol. It began as an idea at the Dunblane Folk Club, among a group of people fond of music and

Portsoy May 24-26 A weekend of songs, tunes, stories, poetry, dance, workshops and sessions to be held in and around Portsoy. Main Festival Concert on Saturday featuring Glasgow based Irish Trio The Friel Sisters, who play Fiddle, Flute, Uillean Pipes and Sing. Irish International Sensation, the composer of ‘A Woman’s Heart’ Eleanor McEvoy. Songs and stories from our MC for the evening MC Arthur Johnstone.

Montrose Music Festival Montrose May 24-26 Featuring local and national bands and musicians Some of the greatest musical talent on show Something for everyone. “Music fans can expect bigger and better during the 2013 ‘MoFest’

Kintyre Songwriter's Festival Campbeltown May 24-26 The Kintyre Songwriters Festival is a music festival which aims to showcase and promote the song writing and musical talent in Kintyre. It also aims to encourage a new generation of local songwriters and musicians, by means of donations to local musical groups/ organisations and the presentation of an annual memorial quaiche at Campbeltown Grammar School for original folk song.


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Islay Malt & Music Festival

Kilmarnock's Dirty Weekender

Islay May 24 - June 1 Since our beginning in 1984 the Islay Festival Association must have greeted literally hundreds of thousands of visitors, and still you find us!! This year we will be featuring a ‘Food Event’, an outdoor gig, Gaelic lessons, music, songs, ceilidhs, fishing, whisky tasting and much more. The Festival is held in the last week of May every year, with ceilidhs, dances, recitals, children's workshops; there is something for everyone. For the last number of years all of the Islay distilleries have held open days throughout the week of the festival, adding to the mix! Come along and enjoy a week long celebration of music and all that Islay has to offer.

Kilmarnock May 31 - June 2 Kilmarnock's Dirty Weekender returns in 2013 building on the success of 2012's festival. This years festival includes an additional venue, allowing the festival to cater for more acts and this year also sees the addition of an over 14's venue, giving the younger audience a chance to experience the festival.

Glasgow West End Festival Glasgow May 31 - June 23

The West End Festival is an independent event that takes place in the west end, but it’s not just for the west end. WEF has grown from Dumfries & Galloway small beginnings in 1996 to a major Arts Festival festival and has now run as long as Dumfries and Galloway Mayfest, which ended in 1997. It is May 24 - June 2 partly produced by its founder and director Michael Dale, but much of it Welcome to the 34th Dumfries and is self-produced by one or other of Galloway Arts Festival. As ever, this the many talented people who year we have a varied and lively choose to live and work in this great mix of entertainment, something for city. everyone you and old with all our usual genres of music and the arts represented.


Northern Roots Festival

goNORTH Inverness June 6-7

Inverness May 31 - June 2 Established in 2009, Bruce MacGregor's Northern Roots Music Festival is held at Bogbain Farm in Inverness and features the very best in acoustic, roots, folk and blues from around the world. The Celtic Connections of the Highlands. 2013 sees a stellar line up.

The Border Gaitherin

goNORTH is an annual Creative Industries Festival taking place in Inverness featuring a broad range of Music, Screen, Publishing, Fashion and Interactive content. Each year the event brings a wide programme of panels, workshops, film screenings, training opportunities, Q&A sessions, keynote interviews and live music showcases to the north of Scotland.

coming Scottish bands. Expect a folk/blues/country vibe with a dose of good old rock n roll thrown in!

Moffat June 7-9

Eden is a welcoming, atmospheric, family friendly festival, located in Isle of Arran the stunning Raehills Meadows and June 6-9 will be set across 8 stages from the 7th to the 9th June 2013. The Arran Events are responsible for the whole aim behind the festival is to continuance of The Arran Folk provide a 3 day celebration of Festival which will run from 6-9 music, dance, colour, culture and June this year. As well as being fully community built on an ecologicaly supportive of the work that Arran sound and carbon friendly set of Folk Festival have done since its principles and to exhibit live music creation in 1990, we aim to widen hand in hand with stunning our scope and include all genres of decorations and surroundings. music and hope that we will cater for most musical tastes!

Arran Folk Festival

Rockness Inverness June 7-9 Get ready to shake it and get your rocks off alongside the best artists in electronic, dance and rock & roll at one of the most breathtaking natural festival sites in the world just outside the village of Dores on the shores of Loch Ness

Cumnock Music Festival Ayrshire June 7-15 The Cumnock Music Festival and Carnival is organised by Create a voluntary company and charity set up to establish a much needed music and arts centre in the area. The festival has been running for 10 years and getting bigger each year. The event runs over two days at Cumnock Town Hall and Woodroad Park from 7.30pm each evening with the Carnival starting at 12 noon on the Saturday.

Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival

Loanhead Music Festival Midlothian June 14-16 The 13th Loanhead Music festival is a weekend of pub sessions, with workshops and competitions, and concerts. As always the emphasis is still very much on sessions and fun. Come and help us celebrate - as usual, we have a Friday evening concert, a full Saturday programme including a Craft Fair, an open mic event, a song-writing competition and a recycled instrument competition, as well as workshops in a variety of musical skills. And of course, there are the pub sessions, which form the heart of any good festival.

TMSA Keith Festival Moray June 14-16 Long established traditional music and song festival with competitions, ceilidhs concerts and sessions attracting singers and traditional musicians from throughout Scotland. Organised by the Keith branch of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland.

Kirkcudbright June 13 - 16

The 16th annual festival in this unique small Scottish town promises to be even more appealing Kyles of Bute and exciting than ever. Visitors will The Border Gaitherin focuses on June 6-8 have the chance to enjoy top class providing a range of traditional and highly professional artistes, instrumental and song workshops Head to Argyll's Secret Coast for some on a first time visit, as well as featuring internationally renowned this weekend of music and great some old favourites, ensuring that artists as both tutors and company set against the backdrop performers. Blend this with its of the stunning Kyles of Bute. There the festival caters for jazz lovers of reputation as a very friendly event, will be live music in loads of venues all ages who appreciate quality as well as variety for their with something for all the family, in across Tighnabrauich and Kames. the beautiful surroundings of Most of the pub-based music events entertainment. Coldstream, and you have a recipe are free entry plus there is a £10 for a great weekend. ticket gig with three great up-and- Coldstream May 31 - June 2

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