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Festivals! Scotland's Music

the weekly Scottish music festival supplement from MUSIC NEWS Scotland

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INSIDE: Cupar Arts Festival : Haddowfest : Frontier Festival : Oxjam Dunfermline + Dundee : Perthshire Amber : The Spree : BBC Alab/MOD : FilmG ..... plus our music festival listings ..... 2013 festivals are not over yet!

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Music at Cupar Arts Festival Cupar : 5-17 October :

Withered Hand, Found, Kid Canaveral, Jo Foster and Wounded Knee are all performing during the 2013 Cupar Arts Festival and there's also some great music sessions taking place at Castlehill Hall in the evenings throughout the festivals twelve. Cupar Arts organises the biannual Cupar Arts Festival, which is a festival of contemporary visual art, with the programme also including music, workshops, and artists talks.

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album, recorded in Summer 2013, scheduled for release in early 2014. Dan will be bringing a new look Withered Hand band to Cupar for a rare romp through his back catalogue and beyond. Singer songwriter and musician hailing from Fife, Jo Foster plays piano and guitar and is known for her melody rich songwriting. Drawing from a variety of influences, Wounded Knee (Drew Wright) plays a sort of punk-primitive acoustic folk, and is an experienced performer on the Edinburgh and Glasgow live scene.

In their continued exploration of experimental pop music, Found have landed somewhere in between the wiry, electronic strains of Kraftwerk, the strident pop songs of Nirvana and the glitchy, schizoid sounds of Sessions at Castlehill Hall include The Coaltown Daisies, Seven Sons Warp Records. Kid Canaveral are firmly wedded to the DIY, vinyl-centric and The David Latto Band who are all playing at the festival hub. ethos of indie, yet staunch believers in accessible, shiny, definitively hi-fi music with chorus melodies that go off like fireworks.

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Edinburgh : 11-12 October -

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Edinburgh’s biggest multi-venue music festival Haddowfest is back for its fourth year but this time it’s not just on the traditional Sunday as it's now a two day festival taking place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th October.

Bottlemen, Anderson, Dry The River McGinty, Webster, Ward, Fisher, Hector Bizerk, Brown Bear & The Bandits, Miniature Dinosaurs , OK Social Club, Arches, The Birthday Suit, The Merrylees, The10:04’s, Jon-Paul Palombo, The Litigators, Blindfolds, The Haddowfest 2013 will see The Rifles and The Holy Ghosts as the main Phantoms, Darc, Steve acts on the Friday night and Dry the River and We Were Promised Heron, Casual Sex, Echo Jetpacks as headline acts for the extended Saturday all dayer, with the Arcadia, The Last Battle, usual Haddowfest mix of the well-known and the more up and coming Misty Miller, Donnie Scottish artists. Willow , Sunset Abbey, Hamish Jolly of Haddowfest said: " I'm really looking forward to this one, Steve Heron, Ded Rabbit, Death Ape Disco, Quiet have even more young Scottish up and comers this year and thrilled to As A Mouse, The Dirty have Dry the River, We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Holy Ghosts and The Rifles and all the others joining us for the two days. After the success Wurks, Suzerain, of Haddow On The Fringe, hoping we can make this the biggest and best Wozniak, The Phantoms, The Last Battle, Have Haddowfest yet!” Mercy Las Vegas, Green Friday 11 October (at Picture House, Maggie’s Chamber, Sneaky Pete’s, Man Running, Caravan Cabaret Voltaire, Whistlebinkies) - The Rifles, The Holy Ghosts, The Club, Lester Clayton, Nature Boys, Hagana, Death Ape Disco, The Rahs, Penny Black, Six Universal Thee, Sea Of Stories High, The Emerald Armada, Jessica McAllister, Ciaran Lavery, Crowns UNIT 7 "Everytime we play Scotland the crowd are always 100% behind us, singing every word and enjoying themselves, so we always look forward Saturday 12 October (at to coming back." - The Rifles Picture House, Liquid Room, Maggie’s Chamber, Sneaky “We like rock n roll and we like you” - The Holy Ghosts Pete’s, Cabaret Voltaire, “Pumped to get back to Edinburgh for Haddowfest ! The city has always Whistlebinkies) - We Were treated us so well. We opened for Plan B at the Picturehouse way back in Promised Jetpacks, Dry the the very early days of Dry the River and have toured all over the country River, Catfish And The as far as Ullapool, Stornoway, and Aviemore. Pete actually lived in The Holy Ghosts Scotland for 3 years so it's exciting to be back in the capital to headline!” - Dry the River “we were really happy to be asked to play Haddowfest again and really enjoy playing at the Liquid Room having grown up going to loads of gigs there. This will be our last show in Edinburgh for a while as we will be concentrating on writing and recording our third album. Hope to see you there !” - Adam, We Were Promised Jetpacks

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Cross the Border for Frontier Festival Berwick-upon-Tweed : 10-13 October :

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8 stages : 30 acts : 4 days of top quality music in Berwick-upon-Tweed Frontier Festival takes its name not just from Berwick’s border location, but from its organisers’ desire to pluck the best music from the very frontiers of folk, indie, Americana, rock and electronica and showcase it across the town. Being only an hour down the road from Edinburgh or a 40 minute trip on the train the festival really is worth the journey. Organisers Alan Thompson (Travelled Music) and Hamish Bell (Corner House Productions) have put together a superb line-up of professional touring acts to play alongside the very best of local and regional talent. Alan Thompson said: "We took our inspiration from boutique festivals such as Eye o’ the Dug which was held in St Andrews earlier this year. It showed us that a small town similar in size to Berwick could utilise its best venues to bring some different sounds and sights to music fans. Saturday 12th has the shows I just can’t wait for! We’re using the Gymnasium Gallery at The Barracks again this year and we have three brilliant acts in there at 6pm – Berwick’s own Electric Penelope, who last year sold out the Maltings main stage, plays with a raft of new songs and old favourites. She’s put together another top-class band for this gig – expect more soul, jazz and 60s pop inspired brilliance in the Gym. What a setting – great venue! King Bees will provide Blues/skiffle sounds from the 50s with the excellent singer/songwriter Craig Jeffrey starting things off. At 9pm in The Maltings (Henry Travers Studio) we have my personal highlight – Lanterns on The Lake. We had to pull out all the stops to get this act as they are really moving up in the music world, signed as they are to Bella Union. Their emotive, swirling, indie sounds are proving irresistible to gig-goers all over the world and we’re so pleased to have

Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher them here in Berwick. As Hamish said, the people of Berwick are so keen to come along and support this festival venture and experience world class music on their doorstep – it really means a lot to us!" Hamish Bell added: "Through running Travelled Music and Corner House Productions respectively, Alan and I both have long experience of staging gigs locally, nationally and internationally. We feel we have combined some old favourites with some new and exciting future favourites. It’s a great chance to get everyone in the town together and start to build a world class festival in Berwick. We’re so excited to be presenting these bands in Berwick - the line-up this year is of a truly fantastic quality, and eclectic – there’s something for everyone! Why travel to T in The Park or Glastonbury when we have a music festival right here featuring bands who play at those very places! The support from the public has been incredible so far and I’d just like to thank everyone for getting behind this project and helping build this music festival in Berwick – I’d especially like to thank our sponsors Pizzaiola, Williams Bros Brewery, Martins Printers and YHA. If I had to pick out one un-missable show I would highlight our Friday night gig at the Maltings: it’s a double header with Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher plus Rob Heron and The Tea Pad Orchestra, with support from Iain S. Thompson (Ordinaryson). I saw AMWWF earlier this year in Edinburgh where they packed out the 500 capacity Pleasance Theatre and absolutely took the rafters off, the crowd were ecstatic! Their sound is derived from upbeat folk, blues and country all blended in with an inimitable Celtic twist and cracking on-stage banter. Coupled with Rob Heron’s hooky gypsy jazz and hokum blues sound, this is a world-class line-up as heard at all the major festivals. And it’s right here."

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Antic Hay + more acoustic acts Barrels Ale House 4.30pm FREE

Le Woodsmen + Easter Street + Warehouse Announcement Ravensholme Hotel 8pm, £5 FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER

Electric Penelope + Craig Jeffrey + King Bees The Gymnasium Gallery@ The Barracks 6.00pm £7

Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher + Rob Heron and The Tea Lanterns On The Lake + Roy’s Iron DNA Henry Travers Studio@ The Maltings 9pm £7 Pad Orchestra + Ian S. Thompson (Ordinaryson) Main Stage@ The Maltings 8pm £10 SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER Best of Berwick DJs (Keeks, RIDNA, Sharpy + more) Steve Dagget + Iain Petrie + The Risky Numbers + Jules & The Blue Charlie’s nightclub – 9pm til late £4 Garnets + Tweed River Jazz band + lots more Kazmiranda Cafe@ The Music Gallery 12-8pm £5


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Dunfermline's getting ready to Rock for Oxjam Dunfermline : 25 October :

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This Silent Forest are part of a tremendous line-up at D Rocks for Oxjam

Donald J Makin is a presenter at Radio West Fife and the 'Oxjam Gigmaker' for Dunfermline. D Rocks for Oxjam is part of October's countrywide Oxjam Festival to raise funds for Oxfam for their work in emergency support and developmental work in developing nations. It is a one-night festival feast of live music at PJ Molloys for only £5 on the door with a 6.30pm start. A year ago, Donald started his radio show as a volunteer on Radio West Fife, with the original plan being to play new music for 2 hours on a Saturday from 79pm in D’s Saturday Night Session. Since then, local bands have regularly come on the show to play a few tunes and have a chat. Discovering that the Oxjam Music Festival were looking for gigmakers to run free local gigs to raise funds Donald stepped up to the mark, arranging with PJ Molloys a venue. Seven bands and artists who had appeared on Ded Rabbit headline D Rocks for Oxjam 'D’s Saturday Night Session' were happy to support D Rocks for Oxjam vision offered to play for free for Oxjam to maximise the return. Twohundredby200 also provided poster design and Nexus Signs printed for free to support the event. For those that don’t know, the Oxjam Music Festival is held every October to raise funds for Oxfam by running 'Takeovers' - one day music festivals- and one off gigs in towns. It's all done by volunteers and all the funds raised go to Oxfam. Oxfam is a charity that raises funds for emergency work- for example the humanitarian crisis in Syria- and developmental work- for example building farms in Africa. The aim of Oxjam this year is to raise £575000.00 for Oxfam- a big target but Donald's event is part of around 3000 events all over the UK! The line-up is; from Dunfermline, there is Rachel McAlpine, Dave McNeil and ANIMALATTIC. There's blues - Jed Potts and the Hillman Hunters and, indie punk guitar-band Phantom Brake Pedal from Dundee. This Silent Forest will be playing a acoustic set specially and our headliner is Ded Rabbit bringing their funky fast guitar sound from Edinburgh. If you want further information or want to volunteer to help out tweet Donald @dunfoxjam and like the facebook page (link below). ADVERTISE IN OUR 3 WEEKLY DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS

The biggest music event of it's kind in Tayside is to be held on the 19 October, with 5 Dundee venues hosting live acts, from indie bands, acoustic artists, DJs, reggae acts and more - this years event will be the largest yet in Dundee's participation in the nationwide Oxjam Music Festival! The live acts appearing are: Drenched, Nick Cheyne, Melophobia, The Un-Romantics, Fluorescent Fields, Courtneys Chain, Foxbeef, Average Andy, Sierra Madre, Room 7, Atom Tan, THE RAG N BONE MAN, Charlotte Brimner, Vertical Lips, Eilidh McGuire, Blind Mattie, We Seek Brightness, Shoogar, Kings and Cowards. With support from the following DJ's: Twisted Kaleidoscope, Roo Adamson (Correlate) and Bicci & Zander The venues for this year's Oxjam will be open from 1pm and they are: The newly refurbished Underground Nightclub. One of Dundee's premier late night venues, Liquid Nightclub. Top notch student hub, Abertay Union. And two of Dundees best live music bars, Duke's Corner and Clarks Bar To participate in this years event you'll need a wristband, which can be bought from the various venues and during our pre-event fundraisers, along with proof of age as some of the venues have age restrictions for those under 18. Wristbands are priced at £6 for students, and £8 for adults. The wristbands will also allow you to get some great discounts along with other fun stuff. All proceeds go to the great charity, Oxfam, which is helping to eradicate poverty across the globe. With the help of this festival, money can be raised to help families all over the world. So whilst you have a great day listening to the best local talent around, you'll be helping out a great cause. As a fundraiser Dukes Corner will have fantastic live music and entertainment on Saturday 12 October, check their facebook for details. Volunteers still required for Oxjam Dundee's various fundraising events this Saturday (12th) in the city centre and at Duke's Corner. If you can spare an hour or two please let their volunteer coordinator, Rebecca, know at oxjam.

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Perthshire Amber Festival challenges Festival Goers to Get Involved Perthshire : 25 October - 3 November :

Get your Amber tickets @ The Perthshire Amber Festival has announced its Amber Discoveries Programme, which complements the main concerts with a fantastic array of expert led activities. Festival organisers are welcoming visitors to the festival and locals to try out new activities, visit somewhere new or explore a different part of the region. Dougie MacLean OBE explains: “Perthshire is such a wonderful region, the landscape is stunning and the history is fascinating, the heritage, culture and the strong sense of community are all things that combine to make it a very special place. I grew up in Perthshire and although I travel the world performing, home is very special to me. I discover new things about the region all the time, so even if you live in the area, I recommend using the festival as a great excuse to discover more about your home county. So many of my songs are inspired by the natural beauty of the area and I want to share that with our festival friends. We don’t just want people to come to a concert and then leave, we want them to really experience the festival atmosphere and get involved!”

Highlights of the Discoveries Programme include: SONG BUS: The SongBus is a musical journey which travels through beautiful parts of Perthshire that are of special musical importance... The passengers are looked after and entertained along the way by some fine musicians brought together by festival favourite, host Ewen Sutherland. There will be lots of singing on the bus, a little walking and a picnic lunch. There are two Song Bus dates 28 Oct and 1 Nov they are always prove a popular part of the line-up.

Heather MacLean at the hand bell ringing workshop

streets of Dunkeld on the morning of Saturday 26th October, where local rivals compete for the coveted ‘Golden Wheelbarrow Trophy’. As the crowds line the streets, around 25 decorated barrows will be led through the streets of Dunkeld by the Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band and meet at The Cross for judging and some entertainment from community choir MUSIC WORKSHOPS: Feeling inspired by all the musicians? The ‘Come ‘Just Singin’’ well as a wee song from Dougie MacLean himself! and try…’ workshops are for complete beginners so sign up and release your hidden talents and join one of the festival’s music workshops: Come For more information on Amber Discoveries, the and try… Group Singing; Penny Whistle; Handbell Ringing; Fiddle; full Perthshire Amber programme of concerts and Mandolin; Bodhran If you’re already mastered your instrument, then bring it along to one of the pub sessions and join in, there will be a full timetable over the 10 days of the festival with pub sessions going on in the pubs in Dunkeld and Birnam. These sessions are free, pop into Amber Central (The Royal Hotel, Dunkeld) for a list of what’s on each day and for timings. WALKS: Autumn is one of the best times to get out and explore Perthshire and appreciate the seasons colours. Visitors can come and get information from Amber Central of some self-led walks in the Dunkeld area and there are also some wonderful guided walks in the programme. Visitors interested in archaeology can join the Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust walks at Queens View and The Black Spout. There are also walks for those photography enthusiasts where an autumn ramble can be combined with some photography hints and tips from our experts.

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GENERAL WORKSHOPS: This year is the Year of Natural Scotland, so come along and join one of our workshops led by Plant Ideas at the Yurt on Stanley Hill, Dunkeld. Classes include ‘Make your own..‘: lip balm, bath melt, moisturiser and medicinal teas – plus you get to take home what you make. Back by popular demand the Beekeeping Workshop returns with John Taylor from Beeware hosting this fascinating insight into the world of bees. DECORATED WHEELBARROW PROCESSION: The Decorated Wheelbarrow Procession makes a welcome return to the

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Biggar - 3rd November, The Corn Exchange, Biggar Strathdon - 4th November, Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon Kilbarchan - 5th November, The Steeple Hall, Kilbarchan Edinburgh - 6th November, House Concert (Edinburgh) Kirkcaldy - 7th November, Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy artist: promoter:

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Scottish Album of the Year winner the RM Hubbert added to Spree bill mns Paisley : 10-20 October :

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Scottish Album of the Year Award winner RM Hubbert has been added to an already stacked festival line-up at The Spree in Paisley this month. ‘Hubby’ will join his Chemikal Underground label mates, Emma Pollock and Miaoux Miaoux, in a special performance with the Cairn String Quartet on Friday 18 October. The Spree is returning after a successful debut in

2012. This year, it will run alongside the Royal National Mòd, Scotland’s premier celebration of Gaelic culture and language, on its first-ever visit to Paisley. RM Hubbert won the 2013 SAY Award with his album ‘Thirteen Lost & Found’. It was described as having; “evocative solo pieces nestled alongside spontaneous and experimental collaboration”. The result is eclectic and beautiful; featuring voice, percussion, violin, piano, accordion, vibraphone, gu zheng and, above all, Hubbert’s extraordinary guitar playing. His follow up album, Breaks & Bone, is an entirely solo effort, notable for the inclusion of Hubby’s vocals on each alternate song. It’s an album of hair-raising beauty and no little emotional clout. Breaks and Bone is also the 200th release from the seminal Glasgow label, Chemikal Underground and so is a landmark release in every conceivable sense. The Spree’s musical line up is Scottish, contemporary and creative. It includes a unique performance from Admiral Fallow and The Twilight Sad who will appear along with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra in the spectacular setting of Paisley Abbey. Rachel Sermanni, Capercaillie, Donnie Munro and Horse McDonald will all play another uniquely glamorous stage in the Spree’s Spiegeltent. There will be comedy too from Craig Hill, Fred MacAulay and the Stand Comedy Club. RM Hubbert will take the place of Oregon band, Loch Lomond, who had to pull out of this year’s Spree due to unforeseen circumstances. There will be over 70 Spree and Mòd fringe events over 10 days in October. For further information on The Mòd fringe visit The Spree is being run in partnership with Event Scotland, Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Horse : photo by

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BBC ALBA TO SCREEN DAILY COVERAGE OF THE 2013 ROYAL NATIONAL MÒD FROM PAISLEY BBC ALBA will broadcast daily programmes from this year’s Royal National Mòd as it is held in Paisley for the first time in its 121 year history. The Mòd, organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, is the Gaelic community’s most prestigious festival celebrating cultural heritage, Gaelic language, music and arts. Produced by BBC Gàidhlig and presented by highly acclaimed singer and musician Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC ALBA will be broadcasting five programmes showcasing the best of the festival from Monday 14th to Friday 18th October.

The BBC ALBA programmes in October include: for singing. Radio nan Gàidheal will also be at the Mòd to provide live broadcasts of many of the week’s events – including the ever-popular Mire ri Mòir cèilidh on Friday at 10am – and live coverage of the Rural Choirs on Thursday from 1.30pm. The choirs will be competing for the Lorn Shield and the Sheriff MacMaster Campbell Memorial Quaich and BBC ALBA will also feature the choir winners on the same evening.

The run of shows includes live coverage of the one of the most prestigious moments of the festival – Thursday’s Traditional Gold Medal Final The latest news, interviews and regular updates throughout the week will also be provided for viewers and listeners with news teams from An Là on BBC ALBA and Aithris na Maidne and Aithris an Fheasgair on BBC Radio nan Gaidheal reporting from across the festival.

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Music Video Competition Launched The FilmG team were at the Loopallu Festival in Ullapool recently to launch the music video category of this year’s FilmG competition and showcase films from the first five years of the competition. Singersongwriter Dòmhnall Eòghainn MacKinnon (pictured) was in attendance to promote the music video category in which he won a number of awards for his entry in last year’s FilmG competition.

Dòmhnall Eòghainn MacKinnon who performed at Loopallu on the Friday evening, said: “It is a great idea to add music videos to the list of film genres as it provides an opportunity for storytelling across platforms, encouraging collaborations between songwriters, musicians and filmmakers.” He added: “Winning the FilmG Music Video Competition last year has given me the confidence to continue developing my skills as a filmmaker.”

Monday 14th, 10.00pm – 11.30pm: Mary Ann Kennedy presents highlights from the first day of the Children's Mod in Paisley, primarily for Gaelic learners. Amongst the performers will be the winners of the main singing competition for learners, the James C MacPhee Memorial Medal. Tuesday 15th, 10.00pm – 11.30pm: Songs, poetry and fun from the second day of the Children's Mod when native speakers are to the fore. Amongst the successful performers will be the winners of the main prize of the day, An Comunn Gàidhealach Silver Medal. Wednesday 16th, 10.00pm – 11.00pm: Mary Ann Kennedy and special guests recount favourite Mod moments along with song performances from some of today's competition winners. Thursday 17th, 7.30pm – 9.00pm: Live coverage of the traditional gold medal competition for singing from the Royal National Mod. Live coverage will also be simulcast on Radio nan Gàidheal. Friday 18th, 10.00pm – 11.30pm: Coverage of the main choral winners of the day will feature from the final concert of the week. Mòd 2013 programming will also cater for younger viewers and fans of Aileag and Dè a-nis? will be pleased to hear that their favourite programmes will be recording in Paisley where Megan MacLellan will join Derek MacIntosh as a new member of the Dè a-nis? team.

FilmG Project Manager Flòraidh Forrest believes this year’s FilmG theme, ‘Rùn – Love, Intent or Secret’, lends itself well to making Gaelic music videos, she said: “‘Rùn’ is a common theme running through many existing Gaelic songs, you only need to Google the word and you’ll uncover lots of songs that use rùn, usually in reference to love. We hope that many people take inspiration from Dòmhnall Eòghainn and decide to have some fun and try their hand at creating a short music video.”

Flòraidh was also at Loopallu screening the fabulous array of Gaelic films that the project has produced over the years. Speaking from the Since its launch in 2008, FilmG, MG ALBA’s festival, Flòraidh said: “We have been playing Gaelic Short Film Competition, has encouraged entirely Gaelic films all weekend and they’ve both young people and adults to pick up their been very well received. We’ve been able to cameras and explore their creative talents in show people the talent we’ve uncovered conjunction with the use of the Gaelic language. through FilmG and we hope that this year’s crop The FilmG music video competition requires is just as impressive.” entrants to submit a 3-5 minute music video which includes Gaelic lyrics, this can be a FilmG is now open for entries, for more completely new song or a reinterpretation of an information visit or contact existing song.


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OCTOBER Cupar Arts Festival Cupar October 5-17 This biannual festival programes the very best in contemporary visual art and is a feast of installation, interventions, exhibitions and performance. The festival won't take place again until 2015, so don't miss out!

Glasgay! Glasgow October 9 - November 9 Welcome to Glasgay!. The 20th anniversary festival runs in Glasgow with an exciting line up including work from Jackie Kay, Scottee, Tina C, Maw Broon, Terry Neason, Stef Smith, Martin O'Connor & Donna Rutherford. We celebrate our LEGACY and the particular contribution made by LGBT artists past and present.

Frontier Festival Berwick-upon-Tweed October 10-13 The Frontier Festival takes its name from Berwick’s border location, as well as the organiser’s desire to showcase the best music from the “frontiers” of lo-fi, indie, rock, electronic and folk. The line-up includes the finest artists from Berwick-upon-Tweed, northeast England and southeast Scotland, along with international touring acts. Tickets from The Maltings 01289 330999 or

Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival Shetland October 10-14 This the 26th festival presents the best in traditional music from Shetland, Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia. The Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Club promotes the best in tradional Shetland music, holding events throughout the year, as well as the annual Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival (SAFF)

The Spree Paisley October 10-20 The Spree is back after a successful debut in Paisley last year…and the 2013 version will be bigger and


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our festivals lisitings - to be included email details to: better. Taking place over 11 days in October, the festival has been designed to wrap around the Royal National Mòd, Scotland’s premier celebration of Gaelic language and culture, which is coming to Paisley for the first time. With Mòd fringe events also taking place in the town at the same time, Paisley will have a real festival feel, and will be the place to be in October.The bulk of The Spree action will take place in the unique setting of a Spiegeltent in County Square in the heart of the town, with bigger shows to be held in the stunning 850-year-old Paisley Abbey .

Haddowfest Edinburgh October 11-12

Biggar Little Festival Biggar October 17-27 A family-friendly festival in the historic market town of Biggar celebrating music, dance, arts and crafts, literature, and drama. Biggar will be filled with an eclectic programme of workshops, exhibitions, children's events, performances, a craft and food fair, and festival clubs. Take your pick from more than 50 events spread across 10 days in October. Many events are free! So start planning your visit to the Biggar Little Festival now!

Edinburgh’s biggest multi-venue music festival Haddow Fest is back for its fourth year but this time it’s not just on the traditional Sunday as it's now a two day festival. Haddowfest 2013 will see The Rifles and The Holy Ghosts as the main acts on the Friday night and Dry the River and We Were Promised Jetpacks as headline acts for the extended Saturday all dayer, with the usual Haddowfest mix of the well-known and the more up and coming Scottish artists.

Royal National Mod Paisley October 11-18 The Royal National Mod will take place in Paisley in 2013. The Feis events will take place in local hotels, public houses and local central venues. An Comunn Gàidhealach is one of the oldest and most respected Gaelic organisations. Founded in Oban in 1891, it has long been a leading light in the teaching, learning and use of the Gaelic language and the study and cultivation of Gaelic literature, history, music and art.

Blazin’ in Beauly Beauly October 12-19 Blazin’ Fiddles host the 13th Blazin’ in Beauly from 12th til 19th October 2013. Expect full immersion into the music, culture and craic of the Highlands of Scotland – things which Blazin’ Fiddles have been championing throughout their 15 years in the Scottish music scene. A unique opportunity to learn from the band and their special guest tutors as well as take part in sessions, concerts, masterclasses and ceilidhs whilst establishing new connections in a stunning part of the country.

international guests. The venues are as special as ever, ranging from the prestigious Perth Concert Hall to town halls and tiny village halls, from atmospheric castles to the historic Dunkeld Cathedral and even including an iron age Crannog on Loch Tay…18 venues in all in 2013!


The festival is always always evolving (remember it began as just a weekend of concerts!) and this year organisers have put a lot of thought into the whole concept of 'Amber Discoveries' to complement their programme of concerts. All the Perthshire Amber team look forward to welcoming you to Perthshire in the autumn.

The Sage Gateshead’s ‘Jambone Youth Ensemble’ and Corrie Dick the winner of Young Scottish Jazz Musician of The Year will share the weekend with The Rick Taylor Big Band, The Brian Molley Quartet and The Stu Brown Sextet who will be playing the music of Raymond Scott the composer of the eye-popping “Looney Toons” music for Tom and Jerry, The Simpsons and Ren and Stimpey.

Oxjam Dundee

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Dundee October 19

Blair Atholl October 26

The biggest music event of it's kind in Tayside, with 5 venues hosting live local acts, from indie bands, acoustic artists, DJs, reggae acts and more, this years event will be the largest yet in Dundee's participation in the nationwide Oxjam Music Festival. Venues will be open from 1pm onwards, with an after party late on. All proceeds go to the great charity, Oxfam, which is helping to eradicate poverty across the globe. With the help of this festival, money can be raised to help families all over the world. So whilst you have a great day listening to the best local talent around, you'll be helping out a great cause.

The Glenfiddich Piping Championship was established in 1974 to inspire and stimulate the world's finest individual pipers, and to seek the best overall exponents of ceol mor or piobaireachd (the great music) and ceol beag (the little music). Blair castle provides a spectacular backdrop for this thrilling musical event.

Sound North East Scotland October 23 - November 21 sound is driven by the passion to make new music more accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. It embraces a network of local organisations to produce a varied programme of events exploring new music. The festival brings together a large range of different genres of music to appeal to a wide variety of tastes and encourage people to discover new sounds and widen their musical horizons.

Perthshire Amber - The Dougie MacLean Festival Perthshire October 25 - November 3 This is the 9th year of Perthshire Amber and promises once again to be full of wonderful concerts featuring the finest of Scotland's musical talent as well as some

24th Glenfiddich Fiddling Championship Blair Atholl October 27 The Glenfiddich Fiddling Championship was established in 1989, to encourage, stimulate and perpetuate the art of fiddle playing throughout the country.

Denholm Folk Music Festival Denholm (Scottish Borders) October 31- 3 November Folk fused with rock and country gives the 10th Denholm Folk Music Festival an added twist. This folk fusion festival in the Scottish countryside is a relative newcomer, slowly building a reputation in the local area. It's a small and cozy affair not far across the Scottish border which has always managed to attract quality headline acts to compliment the workshops and open mic sessions. Free sessions all weekend in the Auld Cross Keys, The Fox and Hounds and Denholm Meet. Sessions, licensed bar and meals available all weekend in the Festival Club, Lesser Hall.

Skye Swing Jazz

Isle of Skye October 31 - 3 November This autumn sees the Isle of Skye host its first “Swing Jazz Festival”, a weekend of wonderful music, fun, nostalgia, glamour and dancing.

One of the highlights of the weekend is a 1940s Big Band Night on Saturday 2nd November some of the finest musicians in Scotland are coming together to perform the music of Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Count Basie and all the greats. You can dance the night away or sit and listen with the 16 piece Rick Taylor Big-Band, featuring The Bevvy Sisters, who bring to life the iconic Andrews Sisters. We are holding weekly dancing classes led by Lorayne McLucas of SKYEDANCE to get us in the mood starting Wednesday 25th September. For tickets and info see

Sonica Glasgow October 31 - November 3 Welcome to the second Sonica, a long weekend of sonic art encompassing music, performance, sound, multimedia and visual art. Sonica is Cryptic’s dedicated festival to world-class sonic arts and music. Sonica adds to Glasgow’s vibrant music scene by presenting work by established international artists, providing a UK platform for further performances of exceptional and rarely seen work and, showcasing the best emerging local and international talent. Tickets on sale now. Early bird tickets, purchase tickets to Tramway by Monday 21 October for £8 instead of the standard price of £12. Special Offers: Buy a ticket for two shows at Tramway and get a free ticket for the third show. This offer can only be purchased by calling the Tramway Box Office on 0845 330 3501.

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unusual and intimate venue. The concerts take place every year in autumn in the village of Kinlochard Aberfeldy Festival is back and this situated in the Heart of the year’s line-up is going to be bigger Trossachs. The concerts offer an and better than ever! With the expo of bagpipe, accordion, strings, latest and greatest contemporary fiddle, vocals and flute music fusing alternative music, alongside poetry, traditional and contemporary art, street entrainment and Scottish styles that have influenced fireworks, it’s certainly going to be the music scene around the globe. a great weekend. Those kind folk at Each night differs from the other DEWAR’S® are sponsoring our but both include a blend of great amazing festival again this year, so music for everyone with a mix of there is sure to be some great folk and traditional styles! whisky too…what more can you ask!

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Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival Carlisle November 8-10

and includes an under-18 “Kinrossshire’s Got Talent Competition” for St Andrews Children in Need. Ticket information St Andrews and sale will be through our website November 30 and TicketWeb.

Celebrating St Andrews Day in St Andrews is like celebrating St Patrick’s Day in Dublin! Join the Strathspèy Away 2013 town in celebrating Scotland’s Kingussie patron saint. Spend the day visiting November 15-17 top tourist attractions including St Andrews Cathedral where it is said a Building on Dannsa's legacy, relic of St Andrew is buried and Strathspe Away will now be lead by then spend the night enjoying the a committee of enthusiastic festivities. Join the pipe band led supporters of the event. Dannsa is torchlight procession through the happy to announce the return of the town culminating in the largest very successful weekend festival of outdoor Ceilidh in the world! Savour traditional dance but this time with the atmosphere of the weekend an international twist. On 15-17th with a variety of fringe events and November 2013 Kingussie will be performances including the St bouncing once again with dance Andrews Food & Drink Festival. workshops, showcases and live music from across the land.

The highly acclaimed Carlisle Blues Festival celebrated five incredibly SSW3 - the third Scottish Soulful exciting and successful years with a Weekender and biggest event so far! The last two year's events were weekend event in November 2011 massive successes and were hailed which many regarded as the best as "the friendliest weekender ever" UK blues festival of the year. 2012 The Piano 2013 even surpassed that cementing the Glasgow by all of the patrons that attended event as one of the top three of its November 16 - December 1 this incredible 3 day and 3 night kind in the country. event set in an incredible venue. Ultimately, the piano, like every Don't be misled by the name The instrument is merely a tool, a Scottish Soulful Weekender, yes we The key to the success of the means to an end. But no other Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival has play a lot of soul music in some of always been the consistent strength instrument can compare with the the rooms but we also cater for piano for the power it gives the of the line up and its refusal to be soulful and jackin' house music lovers in the Pressure Point and nu restricted within a genre. It doesn’t individual player to create a whole many-voiced world of colours, lines, guarantee to please all of the disko, techy vibes and edits in the arguments, textures – and people all of the time but it does Blue Room with everything else in emotions. Few other instruments promise to please the vast majority between. of the audience for the most part of have proven themselves as multifaceted and versatile as this the time. astounding creation of wood, metal, wire, felt and lacquer. That is why Whatever happens the Carlisle Carrying Stream in November, we celebrate The festival in 2013 promises another Festival Piano. feast of the very best in real live Edinburgh music. Would you want to miss out? November 6-13 The 12th annual autumn music festival by The Edinburgh Folk Club who meet every Wednesday at 8pm in the Pleasance Cabaret Bar

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DECEMBER Edinburgh's Hogmanay Edinburgh December 31 Four fabulous days and nights of amazing events kick off the world's greatest New Year party. With the traditional torchlit procession, street performers, fireworks, concerts, ceilidh, the big Hogmanay party itself and a New Year's Day run to blow the cobwebs away Edinburgh's buzzing. Come along and experience the magic for yourself.

Stirlings Hogmanay Stirling Castle December 31

Edinburgh November 22-24

Stirling's Hogmanay Concert on Stirling Castle's Esplanade, it's the big outdoor concert with headline The Scots Fiddle Festival seeks to bands, huge crowds, countdown to sustain and promote Scottish fiddle midnight and one of the very best tradition and idioms, by providing a fireworks displays in the country. platform for performance, Tickets go on general sale for the education, and participation. A Hogmanay concert in October weekend of concerts, recitals, priced at £25 but 500 Early Birds on workshops, talks and exhibitions is sale 17 September at £12.50 held on an annual basis highlighting regional Scottish fiddle styles and intercultural connections.

Kinross-shire Local Events Organisation (KLEO) is delighted to announce that Ricky Ross will Kinlochard perform at the Kinross-shire Music November 7-8 Festival which will take place over two weekends (14-17 Nov and 22Now in its sixth year the House Folk 24 Nov) in Kinross and Milnathort. Scottish Music Festival brings you Other performances will range from two nights of Scottish music Rock, Jazz, Folk, Blues and Classical performed by top artists in a highly


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