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Scotland. FINDLAY NAPIER sits in and plays an ecletic mix of music from the anitques presenter. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland Ceolraidh: 11.30pm on BBC ALBA. Music and song in a humorous vein. www.bbcalba.co.uk FRIDAY 28 JULY Another Country with Ricky Ross: 9pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Nashville singer-songwriter ANDREW COMBS plays songs from his new album. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland

Nicola Meighan: 10pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Get It On... With Bryan Burnett: 6.30pm on Kenny Anderson aka KING CREOSOTE talks BBC Radio Scotland. Bryan plays songs about the about the classic song ‘Bats in the Attic’. great outdoors. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland SATURDAY 29 JULY Travelling Folk: 9pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Bruce MacGregor [resents the very best in folk Take the Floor: 7pm on BBC Radio Scotland. and roots music from around the world. Gary Innes with the very best in traditional music www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland and song. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland Buskers: 10pm on BBC ALBA. Featuring KASSIDY, KRYSTINA MILES and busker MATT Na Trads: 7.25pm on BBC ALBA. DOSCA play at JOHNSTON. the 2015 Trad Awards. www.bbcalba.co.uk www.bbcalba.co.uk

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Dundee Perth, Fife Stirling Falkirk

Horo Gheallaidh: 10.30pm on BBC ALBA. In this Togaidh Sinn Fonn: 8pm on BBC ALBA. A programme JULIE FOWLIS and WENDY selection of Scotland's best musicians and MacISAAC are among the guests. singers. www.bbcalba.co.uk www.bbcalba.co.uk

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Vic Galloway: 11pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Vic Ceol Country: 9pm on BBC ALBA. Includes plays you his selection from the SAY Awards performances by MOE BANDY, LISA McHUGH since 2012. and festival veterans THE JACKS. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland www.bbcalba.co.uk

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Na Trads: 11.50pm on BBC ALBA. DUNCAN CHISHOLM plays at the 2015 Trad Awards. www.bbcalba.co.uk

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THURSDAY 27 JULY The Janice Forsyth Show: 2pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Janice tunes into what is happening in music, arts and culture from across Scotland.

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Pipeline: 9pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Gary West presents music from FRED MORRISON, including archive recordings and album tracks. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland Billy Sloan: 11pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Billy has a musical tribute to THE STRANGLERS and highlights BE-BOP DELUXE. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland Cuirm @ Celtic: 11.55pm on BBC ALBA. Celtic Connections presents mouth music, Quebecois style, with special guests. www.bbcalba.co.uk SUNDAY 30 JULY

Classics Unwrapped: 10pm on BBC Radio Scotland. The Best of Classics Unwrapped with Jamie MacDougall. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland

Take the Floor: 7pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Gary Innes with the very best in traditional music and song. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland

Belladrum: 10pm on BBC ALBA. BOMBSKARE at Belladrum Festival. www.bbcalba.co.uk

Jazz Nights at the Quay: 7pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Seonaid Aitken gets to know Scottish trumpeter COLIN STEELE. Jazz Nights at the Quay showcase the best of jazz weekly with also a monthly concert featuring emerging talent from

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do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via nine internationally TUESDAY 15 AUGUST acclaimed solo CD releases. Arcari’s latest Horo Gheallaidh: 10.30pm on BBC ALBA. release – the Hellbound Train EP – entered In this programme PHIL CUNNINGHAM & The Janice Forsyth Show from the the iTunes blues charts at number seven in ALLY BAIN and JOHN SMITH are among Edinburgh Fringe: 2pm on BBC Radio June 2016 and a follow up album, the guests. Scotland. The Janice Forsyth Show will be provisionally titled Givers & Takers, is www.bbcalba.co.uk co-anchored with Sonya Feldhoff from ABC scheduled for release in early 2017. Adelaide, with these programmes broadcast www.davearcari.com Vic Galloway: 11pm on BBC Radio in Australia and Scotland. The link up Scotland. Featuring live sessions and new follows on from The Janice Forsyth Show 22 AUGUST material from the best alternative artists. broadcasting from The Adelaide Fringe in www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland February. The Adelaide Fringe signed a DEAN OWENS with GRANT LEE memorandum of understanding with PHILIPS: At Borderline, London. VelvetSATURDAY 5 AUGUST Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016. voiced Dean Owens is one of Scotland’s www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland most acclaimed and established singer BELLADRUM 2017: 9-11pm on BBC ALBA. songwriters, with fans including Bob Harris, ------------------------------------------------ Irvine Welsh and Russell Brand. Dean’s solo Coverage from the final day of Belladrum. Fiona MacKenzie and Niall Iain MacDonald career has seen him tour far and wide, give us the full flavour of the Belladrum including in Europe, USA and Australia. festival, hosting live coverage from Bella's Dean is also highly regarded among other Garden and Hothouse Stages. They will be musicians and has played shows and toured offering a select capture of performances with Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Joan As and backstage chat and social media shout Policewoman, Eddi Reader, John Hiatt and outs to boot. Now in its 14th year, Nanci Griffith, to name but a few. Belladrum Festival is renowned as a family www.deanowens.com friendly celebration with a fun and welcoming atmosphere. Fiona and Niall Iain 22 SEPTEMBER will bring audiences the magic of Belladrum and on Saturday night the show will feature THE RACHEL NEWTON BAND: At King’s Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, KT Place, London. Show 8pm Tickets £12.50 Tunstall and culminate with what promises Tel. 020 7520 1490. Since the release of to be an epic show from Franz Ferdinand. her album Here's My Heart Come Take It in Alex Kapranos remains a commanding April 2016, Scottish singer and harpist ringleader and their set list promises a Rachel Newton has been awarded both the selection of new songs coupled with BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Musician of the favourites like "Take Me Out" which reached Year 2017 and the Scots Trad Music Awards HELPING SCOTTISH BASED #3 in the UK Charts.. Instrumentalist of the Year. Rachel Newton MUSICIANS PROMOTE www.bbcalba.co.uk specialises in interpreting traditional folk LONDON GIGS songs in Scottish Gaelic and English as well MONDAY 14 AUGUST as writing and arranging her own music. A Send us all your gig skilled collaborator and one of the folk dates for London! The Janice Forsyth Show from the scene’s busiest and most in demand Email them to Carol Edinburgh Fringe: 2pm on BBC Radio musicians, Rachel is also a founding Scotland. The Janice Forsyth Show will be carol.musicnewsscotland@gmail.com member of The Shee and BBC Radio 2 Folk co-anchored with Sonya Feldhoff from ABC Awards Best Group 2017 The Furrow Adelaide, with these programmes broadcast 8 AUGUST Collective. in Australia and Scotland. The link up www.kingsplace.co.uk DAVE ARCARI: At Blue’s Kitchen, Camden, www.facebook.com/rachelnewtonmusic follows on from The Janice Forsyth Show London. Slide guitarist & songwriter Dave broadcasting from The Adelaide Fringe in Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as much to February. The Adelaide Fringe signed a 26 NOVEMBER trash country, punk and rockabilly as they memorandum of understanding with Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016. LAU: At Cadogan Hall, London. An “Evening

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with Lau” – two sets spanning the first ten years. www.lau-music.co.uk

new percussion powerhouse Donald Hay. A Scottish band that takes their historical ties seriously, Old Blind Dogsʼ new recording captures parts of a tradition that goes back 20 APRIL 2018 a long way. Great story telling and timeless tunes made for the ups and downs of life ... KRIS DREVER and special guests: At and dancing! Union Chapel, London. 7.30pm. An evening www.oldblinddogs.co.uk with BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of Year. Latest album and tickets @ www.krisdrever.com

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albums, each of which won them glowing reviews and put them in many “Best-Of” end-of-the-year lists. We are delighted to finally be bringing them in for a run of dates, to quench the thirst. www.thehoneycutters.com www.brookfield-knights.com 11 AUGUST ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At Fringe by the Sea, North Berwick. Aly Bain is Scotland's supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is unique - driving, impassioned and pure - with vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him a following of ardent fans throughout the world. Phil Cunningham is a superb, innovative instrumentalist, with not simply the fastest fingers in the West but some of the most sensitive ones, too! The man who, in Scotland at least, made the accordion respectable again and also plays fine keyboard and whistle. www.philandaly.com 16 AUGUST DEAN OWENS – ‘Cash Back’: At New Town Theatre, Edinburgh. Velvet-voiced Dean Owens is one of Scotland’s most acclaimed and established singer songwriters, with fans including Bob Harris, Irvine Welsh and Russell Brand. Dean’s solo career has seen him tour far and wide, including in Europe, USA and Australia. Dean is also highly regarded among other musicians and has played shows and toured with Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Joan As Policewoman, Eddi Reader, John Hiatt and Nanci Griffith, to name but a few. www.deanowens.com

birthday and his 50th year touring Scottish singer songwriter Rab Noakes launched his AUGUST / SEPTEMBER EP ‘The Treatment Tapes’ in January. Early SKERRYVORE: On tour in America – details in 2015 Rab Noakes was diagnosed with tonsillar cancer. From March to May that to be confirmed. Skerryvore are a multiyear the treatments took place. The songs award winning band creating a ‘trad-rock’ on this EP were written during the postfusion that has seen them perform in over 25 countries worldwide. Twice awarded 'Live treatment period and were part of that process. There’s no self-pity though, here Act of the Year' at the Trad Music Awards you’ll find defiance, resilience, love, support www.facebook.com/skerryvore 20-22 AUGUST and wit. www.rabnoakes.com SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER SOUNDING at the Edinburgh Fringe with MODERN STUDIES and LOMOND OLD BLIND DOGS (album launch tour): 10 AUGUST CAMPBELL + THE PUMPKINSEEDS: At Touring USA in September/October. Old Stockbridge Church, Saxe Coburg Street Brookfield Knights presents ….. THE Blind Dogs are back in 2017 with a new Edinburgh. SOUNDING will take place over record and a new line up. Original member, HONEYCUTTERS: At ‘Fringe by the Sea’ in three nights – 20-22 August 2017 – during North Berwick, East Lothian. There’s been Jonny Hardie (Fiddle / Vocals) is joined by the Edinburgh Fringe, in the beautiful long term partners Aaron Jones (Bouzouki / quite a hunger in the UK to see this band Stockbridge Church, a Georgian building following the release of two stunning Vocals), Ali Hutton (Pipes / Whistles) and

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with stunning acoustics.The show will feature special projections, an exclusive publication and downloads given out free to ticket holders, and a bar run by The Glad Cafe. SOUNDING is presented with Made in Scotland and The Glad Cafe. Two of the most progressive and highly regarded new Scottish acts will present their unique brand of pastoral and lyrical landscape pop at SOUNDING at the Edinburgh Fringe. Sets by Modern Studies and Lomond Campbell will be accompanied by intricate arrangements played by renowned ten-piece string section The Pumpkinseeds, with brass and gospel voices, in what promises to be a spectacle of contemporary indie talent. www.sounding.org.uk

fiddles (Gràinne Brady and Tricia Mullan). The sound is a charming concoction of classical, Scottish, Irish and English traditional music as well as their own deftness for the art of composing. www.routesstringquartet.com 31 AUGUST

ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At Regal Community Theatre, Bathgate. Aly Bain is Scotland's supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is unique - driving, impassioned and pure - with vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him a following of ardent fans throughout the world. Phil Cunningham is a superb, innovative instrumentalist, with not simply the fastest fingers in the West 23 AUGUST but some of the most sensitive ones, too! The man who, in Scotland at least, made LOU MCLEAN: At Edinburgh Fringe Venue the accordion respectable again and also 25, George Heriot's School, Lauriston Place, plays fine keyboard and whistle. Edinburgh. EH3 9EQ. 5pm. Fresh from the www.philandaly.com success of her latest E.P., 'Good Morning Easter Road' Lou Mclean has been invited to 2 SEPTEMBER take the stage as part of BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals. Lou Mclean is an DAVE ARCARI: At Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh based singer-songwriter who Edinburgh. Slide guitarist & songwriter Dave writes uplifting pop with razor-sharp lyrics. Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as much to Her debut EP was released in May 2016 & trash country, punk and rockabilly as they she won the Famous Grouse House Fringe do pre-war Delta blues and have been Headliner competition by public vote. Since showcased via nine internationally acclaimed then, she has toured across the UK & solo CD releases. Arcari’s latest release – released her 2nd E.P. ‘Good Morning Easter the Hellbound Train EP – entered the iTunes Road’ , which received rave reviews across blues charts at number seven in June 2016 the Scottish music press. A unique vocal & and a follow up album, provisionally titled creative talent, Lou's lyricism has been Givers & Takers, is scheduled for release in praised for her take on traditional early 2017. storytelling, and has earned her comparison www.davearcari.com to the likes of Courtney Barnett, Kate Nash & Lily Allen. THE SKIDS - 40th Anniversary Tour: At www.facebook.com/loumcleanmusic Midfest, Dalkeith. The Skids formed in 1977 in their home town of Dunfermline, Scotland THE ROUTES QUARTET: At Edinburgh by Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson, Bill Fringe Festival, National Museum of Simpson & Tom Kellichan. After releasing an Scotland (Live Music Now Scotland). The independent single the band were played by Routes Quartet is an exquisite blend of the John Peel, supported The Clash in concert folk and classical traditions, featuring and then were signed to Virgin Records in evocative arrangements of folk tunes and 1978. Their first singles were ‘Sweet stunning original compositions. The Routes Surburbia’, ‘The Saints are Coming’ and Quartet is made up of the classic string ‘Into the Valley’ - the latter reaching the UK quartet instrumentation of cello (Rufus Top Ten in early 1979. Their seminal debut Huggan), viola (Emma Tomlinson), and two album ‘Scared to Dance’; came out in 1979.

Skids briefly reformed in 2007 to celebrate the band's 30th Anniversary with concerts in their native Scotland at T in the Park and in their hometown of Dunfermline. The 40th Anniversary Tour will feature Richard Jobson, Bill Simpson, Mike Baillie, Bruce Watson & Jamie Watson. www.midstockfestival.com www.facebook.com/officialskids 18 SEPTEMBER Brookfield Knights presents ….. 3hattrio: At Traverse Theatre Bar, Edinburgh. Having consistently won 4 and 5-star ratings from the UK media, 3hattrio became the band that everyone was raving about after their outstanding debut here at Celtic Connections festival in February. BBC presenter Ricky Ross loved them so much he invited them into the studio to play ‘live’ on his Another Country radio show. Since introducing them to the UK in mid-2015, interest has continued to develop, with recent albums attracting maximum exposure from music publications and radio shows. Reviewing their Celtic Connections show for AmericanaUK, Paul Kerr said they were “the perfect balm after a hectic day – a singular experience that was hugely rewarding on several levels.” www.facebook.com/3hattrio www.brookfield-knights.com 20 SEPTEMBER SPARKS - The Hippopotamus Tour: At The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh. Musical mavericks Sparks - Californian brothers Ron and Russell Mael – release their new studio album ‘Hippopotamus’ on 8 September accompanied by the first European dates of The Hippopotamus Tour. The title track, first played on BBC Radio 6 Music, was released as a single on 24 March after the band performed it, as well as 3 other songs from the album, in their set at the 6 Music Festival in Glasgow www.allsparks.com 21 SEPTEMBER ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At Howden

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6 NOVEMBER Brookfield Knights presents ….. THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS: At Traverse Theatre Bar, Edinburgh. The Slocan Ramblers are one of the hottest bands on the Canadian circuit and since breaking into America, have been making a big impact there too. The band was nominated in the Traditional Album of The Year category at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards, following the outstanding success of their Coffee Creek album on both sides of The Atlantic. www.slocanramblers.com www.brookfield-knights.com 18 NOVEMBER EDDI READER plus special guest DAN WHITEHOUSE: At Howden Park Centre, Livingston, West Lothian. www.eddireader.co.uk 2 DECEMBER EDDI READER plus special guest DAN WHITEHOUSE: At The Brunton, Musselburgh, East Lothian. www.eddireader.co.uk 7 DECEMBER

16 OCTOBER Brookfield Knights presents ….. FRONT COUNTRY: At Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. Those who caught Front Country in action when they toured over here for the first time were simply blown away. This is no ordinary bluegrass band; they play big, brave, invigorating music that is seldom encountered. Last year, they were flown over from their base in San Francisco as headline act at the Didmarton Bluegrass Festival and were for many, the stand-out act at Purbeck Valley Folk festival too. When “Whispering” Bob Harris played tracks from their last release on his BBC 2 radio show, he told listeners: “This is currently the biggest band on the bluegrass scene in America.” www.facebook.com/FrontCountrySF www.brookfield-knights.com

LAU: At The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh. An “Evening with Lau” – two sets spanning the first ten years. www.lau-music.co.uk

also draws in influences from across the rock genre. Working with people with one foot in country music and one foot in rock, Hannah Aldridge makes a fresh kind of Southern Rock styled by Southern Gothic storytelling. Gold Rush is Hannah Aldridge’s second album, a follow up to her 2014 debut Razor Wire. While that album launched her career, drew the attention of music writers and sent her touring across the world, Gold Rush shows a more mature and introspective artist with more life experience -- and music experience -under her belt. The honesty Hannah Aldridge crafts into each track is off-set by her stubborn, maybe defiant, nature, which gives her music a hopeful silver lining www.hannah-aldridge.com 28 JULY DAVE ARCARI + ZIPS: At Strummerville @ McChuill's, Glasgow. Slide guitarist & songwriter Dave Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via nine internationally acclaimed solo CD releases. Arcari’s latest release – the Hellbound Train EP – entered the iTunes blues charts at number seven in June 2016 and a follow up album, provisionally titled Givers & Takers, is scheduled for release in early 2017. www.davearcari.com

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Noakes launched his EP ‘The Treatment Tapes’ in January. Early in 2015 Rab Noakes was diagnosed with tonsillar cancer. From March to May that year the treatments took place. The songs on this EP were written during the posttreatment period and were part of that process. There’s no self-pity though, here you’ll find defiance, resilience, love, support and wit. www.rabnoakes.com 19 AUGUST

ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At Motherwell Theatre, Motherwell. Aly Bain is Scotland's supreme traditional style DAVE ARCARI: At Mugstock Festival, fiddler. His playing is unique - driving, Milngavie. Slide guitarist & songwriter impassioned and pure - with vibrant, Dave Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as unmistakable tone that has earned him a much to trash country, punk and following of ardent fans throughout the rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues world. Phil Cunningham is a superb, and have been showcased via nine innovative instrumentalist, with not internationally acclaimed solo CD simply the fastest fingers in the West but releases. Arcari’s latest release – the some of the most sensitive ones, too! Hellbound Train EP – entered the iTunes The man who, in Scotland at least, made blues charts at number seven in June the accordion respectable again and also 2016 and a follow up album, plays fine keyboard and whistle. provisionally titled Givers & Takers, is www.philandaly.com scheduled for release in early 2017. www.davearcari.com 20 AUGUST 30 JULY

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ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At Town Hall, Paisley. Aly Bain is Scotland's Celtic Music Radio presents ….. KYLE supreme traditional style fiddler. His CAREY: At Celtic Music Radio Studios, playing is unique - driving, impassioned Admiral Street, Kinning Park, Glasgow. and pure - with vibrant, unmistakable Doors 7:30 pm. Entry by donation (£10 tone that has earned him a following of suggested) – BYOB. Acclaimed singer/ ardent fans throughout the world. Phil songwriter, Kyle Carey, is bringing her Cunningham is a superb, innovative unique and lauded ‘Gaelic Americana’ instrumentalist, with not simply the brand of music to a House Concert at fastest fingers in the West but some of Celtic Music Radio. The Brooklyn-based, the most sensitive ones, too! The man fluent Gaelic speaker has wooed who, in Scotland at least, made the audiences on both sides of the Atlantic accordion respectable again and also with her atmospheric songs that carry plays fine keyboard and whistle. flavours of Celtic tones, Appalachian folk, www.philandaly.com rootsy Americana and gospel. Her vocals have been compared to the likes of Nanci 28 AUGUST Griffith and Mary Black and critics claim Kyle, who sings in English and Gaelic, is The Bungalow presents ….. BAND OF an artist with a troubadour heart. To SKULLS: At The Bungalow Live Music reserve seats email: Venue, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley. PA1 houseconcerts@celticmusicradio.net 1YD. Teaming up with the Independent www.celticmusicradio.net Venue Week organisation and Jagermeister, Band of Skulls will be live 8 AUGUST in The Bungalow for the bank holiday weekend. Band of Skulls formed in Brookfield Knights presents ….. THE Southampton in 2004 and have since HONEYCUTTERS: At Performing arts released 2 studio albums which also saw Centre, Kilbarchan. There’s been quite a their tracks being featured on Guitar hunger in the UK to see this band Hero: Warriors of Rock and on The following the release of two stunning Twilight Saga: New Moon Soundtrack. albums, each of which won them glowing After selling our London’s Electric reviews and put them in many “Best-Of” Ballroom, the three piece took to touring end-of-the-year lists. We are delighted to in the USA and Canada and then went on finally be bringing them in for a run of to open shows for Muse and feature on dates, to quench the thirst. programmes with Jools Holland. Local www.thehoneycutters.com bands can also get involved with their www.brookfield-knights.com chance to support the band – all details are available on the Independent Venue 12 AUGUST Week and The Bungalow Facebook pages. Tickets are only £10.00 from RAB NOAKES: At Milngavie Folk Club at www.Skiddle.com The Fraser Centre, Milngavie, Glasgow. Show 7.30pm Tickets £12. Celebrating 1 SEPTEMBER his 70th birthday and his 50th year touring Scottish singer songwriter Rab DAVE ARCARI: At King Tut's Wah Wah

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MUSIC NEWS Scotland GIGguide page 15: glasgow + surrounding area Hut, Glasgow. Slide guitarist & songwriter Dave Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via nine internationally acclaimed solo CD releases. Arcari’s latest release – the Hellbound Train EP – entered the iTunes blues charts at number seven in June 2016 and a follow up album, provisionally titled Givers & Takers, is scheduled for release in early 2017. www.davearcari.com

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REDWOOD MOUNTAIN (Dean Owens & Amy Geddes): At Glad Café, Glasgow. Inspired by the lyrics of the classic folk songs featured in 'The Book Of American Folk Songs'. CD out 27 April. www.deanowens.com

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EMILY SMITH and JAMIE MCCLENNAN 15th Anniversary Tour: At Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock. Award winning Scottish folksinger Emily Smith and New Zealand born Jamie McClennan celebrate 15 years of making music together in 2017. Their anniversary tour showcases a big new sound for the duo, with newly written songs from Smith and McClennan paired with some of their favourites from the past 15 years. Don’t miss them on this very special tour. www.beaconartscentre.co.uk www.emilysmith.org

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unmistakable tone that has earned him a following of ardent fans throughout the world. Phil Cunningham is a superb, innovative instrumentalist, with not simply the fastest fingers in the West but some of the most sensitive ones, too! The man who, in Scotland at least, made the accordion respectable again and also plays fine keyboard and whistle. www.philandaly.com

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DEAN OWENS: At Glasgow Americana (Songwriters Circle). Velvet-voiced Dean Owens is one of Scotland’s most acclaimed and established singer songwriters, with fans including Bob Harris, Irvine Welsh and Russell Brand. Dean’s solo career has seen him tour far and wide, including in Europe, USA and Australia. Dean is also highly 16 SEPTEMBER regarded among other musicians and has played shows and toured with Steve Earle, THE ROUTES QUARTET: At Shawfest, Emmylou Harris, Joan As Policewoman, Eddi Glasgow. The Routes Quartet is an exquisite Reader, John Hiatt and Nanci Griffith, to blend of the folk and classical traditions, name but a few. featuring evocative arrangements of folk www.deanowens.com tunes and stunning original compositions. The Routes Quartet is made up of the 14 OCTOBER classic string quartet instrumentation of cello (Rufus Huggan), viola (Emma Brookfield Knights presents ….. LAURA Tomlinson), and two fiddles (Gràinne Brady CORTESE & THE DANCE CARDS: At The and Tricia Mullan). The sound is a charming Spiegletent, Spree Festival, Paisley. concoction of classical, Scottish, Irish and Following their outstanding success at the English traditional music as well as their 2016 Shetland Folk Festival where they own deftness for the art of composing. were hailed by many as one of the www.routesstringquartet.com highlights of the event, Laura was back over again for a hectic round of collaborative 19 SEPTEMBER work at this year’s Celtic Connections, to launch her stunning solo album, All In EMILY SMITH and JAMIE MCCLENNAN Always. After they toured here in 2015, th 15 Anniversary Tour: At Live at The leading music writer David Innes told Star, Glasgow. Award winning Scottish readers of R2 magazine that they had been folksinger Emily Smith and New Zealand his most memorable gig of the year. That’s born Jamie McClennan celebrate 15 years of what happens when you are THIS good! making music together in 2017. Their www.thisislauracortese.com anniversary tour showcases a big new www.brookfield-knights.com sound for the duo, with newly written songs from Smith and McClennan paired with 18 OCTOBER some of their favourites from the past 15 years. Don’t miss them on this very special Brookfield Knights presents ….. FRONT tour. COUNTRY: At Performing Arts Centre, www.starfolkclub.com Kilbarchan. Those who caught Front Country www.emilysmith.org in action when they toured over here for the first time were simply blown away. This is 20 SEPTEMBER no ordinary bluegrass band; they play big, brave, invigorating music that is seldom ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At Public Hall, encountered. Last year, they were flown Crawfordjohn, South Lanarkshire. Aly Bain over from their base in San Francisco as is Scotland's supreme traditional style headline act at the Didmarton Bluegrass fiddler. His playing is unique - driving, Festival and were for many, the stand-out impassioned and pure - with vibrant, act at Purbeck Valley Folk festival too. When

“Whispering” Bob Harris played tracks from their last release on his BBC 2 radio show, he told listeners: “This is currently the biggest band on the bluegrass scene in America.” www.facebook.com/FrontCountrySF www.brookfield-knights.com 20 OCTOBER TRAIN: At O2 Academy, Glasgow. www.facebook.com/Train 28 OCTOBER VAMA supporting LITTLE EYE: At O2 ABC, Glasgow. Following epic sold out shows in Romania’s biggest venues and appearances at Europe’s biggest festivals, VAMA arrive in the UK ahead of their new album release for a select run of special shows this Autumn. Through their epic live shows and soaring songwriting, VAMA help rebels and dreamers alike find their escape. The Romanian quintet have been a staple on the scene for nearly a decade and although their name is still new to many in the UK, they are poised to make a big impact in 2017 www.vamamusic.ro 3 NOVEMBER Brookfield Knights / Fallen Angels Club presents ….. THE STRAY BIRDS: At St Luke’s, Glasgow. All originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds started as a duo of acoustic buskers in early 2010 when Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven met with their instruments, their voices, and their songs. It didn't take much convincing to get bassist Charlie Muench on board, and with the addition of a third unique and powerful voice, the group began to define its captivating sound. Since taking America by storm in 2013 they have gone on to win a huge fanbase following triumphant appearances at big festivals around the world such as Celtic Connections, Cambridge Folk Festival, MerleFest and Tønder. www.facebook.com/TheStrayBirds www.brookfield-knights.com 7 NOVEMBER Brookfield Knights presents ….. THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS: At Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan. The Slocan Ramblers are one of the hottest bands on the Canadian circuit and since breaking into America, have been making a big impact there too. The band was nominated in the Traditional Album of The Year category at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards, following the outstanding success of their Coffee Creek album on both sides of The Atlantic. www.slocanramblers.com www.brookfield-knights.com 17 NOVEMBER Brookfield Knights presents ….. NATHAN BELL: At The Admiral, Glasgow. He picked up glowing 5-star reviews for his last album, I Don’t Do This for Love, I Do This for Love - a CD that deservedly won

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MUSIC NEWS Scotland GIGguide page 18: glasgow + surrounding area :: fife + central + perthshire + tayside him huge media exposure. And, Nathan Bell ended 2016 on another high after featuring as one of the Best Male Performers of the Year in the Readers’ Poll at the influential AmericanaUK website. He made a rare visit to these shores in February for a double bill appearance with James McMurtry at Celtic Connections, and stunned a capacity crowd into hushed silence when he took the stage at Oran Mor. Reviewing the performance for AmericanaUK, writer Paul Kerr said: “It was a raucous crowd that faced Bell when he bounced onto the stage but within minutes he had them transfixed with barely a murmur to be heard, his confident delivery and wry humour demanding attention www.nathanbellmusic.com www.brookfield-knights.com

shows a more mature and introspective artist with more life experience -- and music experience -- under her belt. The honesty Hannah Aldridge crafts into each track is offset by her stubborn, maybe defiant, nature, which gives her music a hopeful silver lining www.hannah-aldridge.com 28 JULY

HANNAH ALDRIDGE: At Weem Inn, Aberfeldy. Hannah Aldridge is the daughter of Muscle Shoals legend Walt Aldridge. An Alabama Music Hall of Famer. Mixing her personal life and the sounds of her hometown, Hannah Aldridge’s new album also draws in influences from across the rock genre. Working with people with one foot in country music and one foot in rock, 19 NOVEMBER Hannah Aldridge makes a fresh kind of Southern Rock styled by Southern Gothic EDDI READER plus special guest DAN storytelling. Gold Rush is Hannah Aldridge’s WHITEHOUSE: At Milngavie Town Hall, for second album, a follow up to her 2014 debut Milngavie Folk Club. Razor Wire. While that album launched her www.eddireader.co.uk career, drew the attention of music writers and sent her touring across the world, Gold 9 DECEMBER Rush shows a more mature and introspective artist with more life Brookfield Knights presents ….. THE experience -- and music experience -- under WAY DOWN WANDERERS: At Performing her belt. The honesty Hannah Aldridge crafts Arts Centre, Kilbarchan. They’re hotter than into each track is off-set by her stubborn, a mink in Malta and after taking America by maybe defiant, nature, which gives her storm, The Way Down Wanderers make music a hopeful silver lining their long-awaited UK debut to give us all a www.hannah-aldridge.com taste of what it is that projected them to the top of the American roots music tree with 29 JULY their blistering brand of pop-laden bluegrass that has kept the diehard traditionalists REDWOOD MOUNTAIN (Dean Owens & happy while attracting a young crowd of Amy Geddes): At Southern Fried Festival, followers to fall into their infectious groove. Perth. Inspired by the lyrics of the classic "A welcome breath of fresh air in roots folk songs featured in 'The Book Of music - a young band that could be destined American Folk Songs'. CD out 27 April. for great things" – Mike Morrison, www.deanowens.com (AmericanRootsUK) www.facebook.com/waydownwanderers HANNAH ALDRIDGE: At Southern Fried www.brookfield-knights.com Festival, Perth. Hannah Aldridge is the daughter of Muscle Shoals legend Walt Aldridge. An Alabama Music Hall of Famer. Mixing her personal life and the sounds of her hometown, Hannah Aldridge’s new album also draws in influences from across the rock genre. Working with people with one foot in country music and one foot in Send us all your gig dates for rock, Hannah Aldridge makes a fresh kind of Tayside, Perthshire, Southern Rock styled by Southern Gothic Fife and Central areas storytelling. Gold Rush is Hannah Aldridge’s second album, a follow up to her 2014 debut . Email them to Carol carol.musicnewsscotland@gmail.com Razor Wire. While that album launched her career, drew the attention of music writers and sent her touring across the world, Gold 27 JULY Rush shows a more mature and introspective artist with more life HANNAH ALDRIDGE: At Tolbooth Stirling. experience -and music experience -under Hannah Aldridge is the daughter of Muscle Shoals legend Walt Aldridge. An Alabama her belt. The honesty Hannah Aldridge crafts Music Hall of Famer. Mixing her personal life into each track is off-set by her stubborn, and the sounds of her hometown, Hannah maybe defiant, nature, which gives her Aldridge’s new album also draws in music a hopeful silver lining influences from across the rock genre. www.hannah-aldridge.com Working with people with one foot in country music and one foot in rock, Hannah 30 JULY Aldridge makes a fresh kind of Southern Rock styled by Southern Gothic storytelling. RAB NOAKES with JILL JACKSON: At Gold Rush is Hannah Aldridge’s second Salutation Hotel, Perth (Southern Fried album, a follow up to her 2014 debut Razor Festival). Show 2.30pm Tickets £17.50/£15. Wire. While that album launched her career, 01738 621031. Celebrating his 70th drew the attention of music writers and sent birthday and his 50th year touring Scottish her touring across the world, Gold Rush singer songwriter Rab Noakes launched his EP ‘The Treatment Tapes’ in January. Early

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in 2015 Rab Noakes was diagnosed with tonsillar cancer. From March to May that year the treatments took place. The songs on this EP were written during the posttreatment period and were part of that process. There’s no self-pity though, here you’ll find defiance, resilience, love, support and wit. www.rabnoakes.com DEAN OWENS: At Southern Fried Festival, Perth (Scotland Sings Canada). Velvetvoiced Dean Owens is one of Scotland’s most acclaimed and established singer songwriters, with fans including Bob Harris, Irvine Welsh and Russell Brand. Dean’s solo career has seen him tour far and wide, including in Europe, USA and Australia. Dean is also highly regarded among other musicians and has played shows and toured with Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Joan As Policewoman, Eddi Reader, John Hiatt and Nanci Griffith, to name but a few. www.deanowens.com 3 AUGUST Ceilidh Trail's Young Musicians: At The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery, Crieff. There's a rare treat in store for lovers of traditional Scottish music and song when a group of outstanding young musicians perform FREE at The Famous Grouse Experience from 12-1pm. The six youngsters are stopping off at Scotland's most visited and oldest working distillery as part of the 2017 Cèilidh Trail organised by the Fèis Fhoirt cultural tourism initiative. The Cèilidh Trail is a platform for visitors to Scotland to experience traditional Scottish music in a wide variety of settings. To book your tour, visit www.thefamousgrouseexperience.com 13 AUGUST RAB NOAKES and BARBARA DICKSON: An Evening with Rab Noakes and Barbara Dickson, Festival Theatre, Pitlochry. Show 8pm Tickets £25. 01796 484626. Celebrating his 70th birthday and his 50th year touring Scottish singer songwriter Rab Noakes launched his EP ‘The Treatment Tapes’ in January. Early in 2015 Rab Noakes was diagnosed with tonsillar cancer. From March to May that year the treatments took place. The songs on this EP were written during the post-treatment period and were part of that process. There’s no self-pity though, here you’ll find defiance, resilience, love, support and wit. www.rabnoakes.com ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At FTH Theatre, Falkirk. Aly Bain is Scotland's supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is unique - driving, impassioned and pure with vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him a following of ardent fans throughout the world. Phil Cunningham is a superb, innovative instrumentalist, with not simply the fastest fingers in the West but some of the most sensitive ones, too! The man who, in Scotland at least, made the accordion respectable again and also plays fine keyboard and whistle. www.philandaly.com

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Brookfield Knights presents ….. FRONT COUNTRY: At Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline. Those who caught Front Country in action when they toured over here for the first time were simply blown away. This is no ordinary bluegrass band; they play big, brave, invigorating music that is seldom encountered. Last year, they were flown over from their base in San Francisco as headline act at the Didmarton Bluegrass Festival and were for many, the stand-out act at Purbeck Valley Folk festival too. When 3 SEPTEMBER “Whispering” Bob Harris played tracks from their last release on his BBC 2 radio show, ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At Festival he told listeners: “This is currently the Theatre, Pitlochry. Aly Bain is Scotland's biggest band on the bluegrass scene in supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing America.” is unique - driving, impassioned and pure - www.facebook.com/FrontCountrySF with vibrant, unmistakable tone that has www.brookfield-knights.com earned him a following of ardent fans throughout the world. Phil Cunningham is a 2 NOVEMBER superb, innovative instrumentalist, with not simply the fastest fingers in the West but Brookfield Knights presents ….. THE some of the most sensitive ones, too! The SLOCAN RAMBLERS: At Acoustic Music man who, in Scotland at least, made the Club, Kirkcaldy. The Slocan Ramblers are accordion respectable again and also plays one of the hottest bands on the Canadian fine keyboard and whistle. circuit and since breaking into America, www.philandaly.com have been making a big impact there too. The band was nominated in the Traditional 23 SEPTEMBER Album of The Year category at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards, following the EMILY SMITH and JAMIE MCCLENNAN outstanding success of their Coffee Creek th 15 Anniversary Tour: At The Tolbooth, album on both sides of The Atlantic. Stirling. Award winning Scottish folksinger www.slocanramblers.com Emily Smith and New Zealand born Jamie www.brookfield-knights.com McClennan celebrate 15 years of making music together in 2017. Their anniversary 16 NOVEMBER tour showcases a big new sound for the duo, with newly written songs from Smith and Brookfield Knights presents ….. McClennan paired with some of their NATHAN BELL: At Acoustic Music Club, favourites from the past 15 years. Don’t Kirkcaldy. He picked up glowing 5-star miss them on this very special tour. reviews for his last album, I Don’t Do This www.culturestirling.org/events/ for Love, I Do This for Love - a CD that www.emilysmith.org deservedly won him huge media exposure. And, Nathan Bell ended 2016 on another 5 OCTOBER high after featuring as one of the Best Male Performers of the Year in the Readers’ Poll THE SKIDS - 40th Anniversary Tour: At at the influential AmericanaUK website. He Beat Generator, 70 N Lindsay St, Dundee made a rare visit to these shores in DD1 1PS. The Skids formed in 1977 in their February for a double bill appearance with home town of Dunfermline, Scotland by James McMurtry at Celtic Connections, and Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson, Bill stunned a capacity crowd into hushed Simpson & Tom Kellichan. After releasing an silence when he took the stage at Oran Mor. independent single the band were played by Reviewing the performance for John Peel, supported The Clash in concert AmericanaUK, writer Paul Kerr said: “It was and then were signed to Virgin Records in a raucous crowd that faced Bell when he 1978. Their first singles were ‘Sweet bounced onto the stage but within minutes Surburbia’, ‘The Saints are Coming’ and he had them transfixed with barely a ‘Into the Valley’ - the latter reaching the UK murmur to be heard, his confident delivery Top Ten in early 1979. Their seminal debut and wry humour demanding attention album ‘Scared to Dance’; came out in 1979. www.nathanbellmusic.com Skids briefly reformed in 2007 to celebrate www.brookfield-knights.com the band's 30th Anniversary with concerts in their native Scotland at T in the Park and in 23 NOVEMBER their hometown of Dunfermline. The 40th Anniversary Tour will feature Richard Brookfield Knights presents ….. THE Jobson, Bill Simpson, Mike Baillie, Bruce WAY DOWN WANDERERS: At Birnam Watson & Jamie Watson. Arts, Perthshire. They’re hotter than a mink www.beatgenerator.co.uk in Malta and after taking America by storm, www.facebook.com/officialskids The Way Down Wanderers make their longawaited UK debut to give us all a taste of 18 OCTOBER what it is that projected them to the top of the American roots music tree with their MICHAEL KIWANUKA: At Perth Concert blistering brand of pop-laden bluegrass that

has kept the diehard traditionalists happy while attracting a young crowd of followers to fall into their infectious groove. "A welcome breath of fresh air in roots music a young band that could be destined for great things" – Mike Morrison, (AmericanRootsUK) www.facebook.com/waydownwanderers www.brookfield-knights.com 7 DECEMBER Brookfield Knights presents ….. THE WAY DOWN WANDERERS: At Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy. They’re hotter than a mink in Malta and after taking America by storm, The Way Down Wanderers make their long-awaited UK debut to give us all a taste of what it is that projected them to the top of the American roots music tree with their blistering brand of pop-laden bluegrass that has kept the diehard traditionalists happy while attracting a young crowd of followers to fall into their infectious groove. "A welcome breath of fresh air in roots music - a young band that could be destined for great things" – Mike Morrison, (AmericanRootsUK) www.facebook.com/waydownwanderers www.brookfield-knights.com

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a degree in composition and classical guitar. "Now in our 4th Year, Almost Blue Promotions continue to bring the best of independent Americana and Roots music to Aberdeen. With between 10-12 gigs per year, ABP have again been working tirelessly to come up with an impressive programme for 2017 with artists from the USA as well as the UK. www.AlmostBluePromotions.com www.facebook.com/FrontCountrySF www.brookfield-knights.com

Glenuig, Moidart, West Lochaber, PH38 4NG. Summer singer-songwriter triple bill @ Glenuig! If you enjoy top quality songwriting, especially of the alt-country, Americana-inspired, indie-folk kind, then don’t miss this gig. Bar open from 5pm, Doors 7pm, Music starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £10/£8 available at www.TicketSource.com Not to be missed! www.facebook.com/GlenuigHall 1 AUGUST

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He’s seen both sides of with vibrant, unmistakable tone that has The man who, in Scotland at least, made the coin—traveled the nomadic, bohemian earned him a following of ardent fans the accordion respectable again and also path of the hard-luck troubadour, and found throughout the world. Phil Cunningham is a plays fine keyboard and whistle. comfort and meaning in the stability of a superb, innovative instrumentalist, with not www.philandaly.com family, a home and a near two-decade simply the fastest fingers in the West but corporate gig. And now, with a guitar back some of the most sensitive ones, too! The 21 OCTOBER in his hands where it should be, he’s ready man who, in Scotland at least, made the to tell the tale. But it’s not just his own accordion respectable again and also plays Brookfield Knights presents ….. FRONT story he’s after. It’s a story of America, of fine keyboard and whistle. COUNTRY: At Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon. the working classes—both blue and white www.philandaly.com Those who caught Front Country in action collar. Bell is a songwriter’s songwriter, a when they toured over here for the first man who has shared bills with legends like 6 AUGUST time were simply blown away. This is no Townes Van Zandt, Emmylou Harris, Taj ordinary bluegrass band; they play big, Mahal and Norman Blake. "Now in our 4th Brookfield Knights presents ….. THE brave, invigorating music that is seldom Year, Almost Blue Promotions continue to HONEYCUTTERS: At Saltburn Arts, encountered. Last year, they were flown bring the best of independent Americana Saltburn-by-the-Sea. There’s been quite a over from their base in San Francisco as and Roots music to Aberdeen. 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DAVE ARCARI: At Tooth & Claw, Inverness. Slide guitarist & songwriter Dave Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via nine internationally acclaimed solo CD releases. Arcari’s latest release – the Hellbound Train EP – entered the iTunes blues charts at number seven in June 2016 and a follow up album, provisionally titled Givers & Takers, is scheduled for release in early 2017. www.davearcari.com THE ROUTES QUARTET: At Creagan Inn, Appin. The Routes Quartet is an exquisite blend of the folk and classical traditions, featuring evocative arrangements of folk tunes and stunning original compositions. The Routes Quartet is made up of the classic string quartet instrumentation of cello (Rufus Huggan), viola (Emma Tomlinson), and two fiddles (Gràinne Brady and Tricia Mullan). The sound is a charming concoction of classical, Scottish, Irish and English traditional music as well as their own deftness for the art of composing. www.routesstringquartet.com 10 SEPTEMBER THE ROUTES QUARTET: At Abriachan Village Hall, Abriachan. The Routes Quartet is an exquisite blend of the folk and classical traditions, featuring evocative arrangements of folk tunes and stunning original compositions. The Routes Quartet is made up of the classic string quartet instrumentation of cello (Rufus Huggan), viola (Emma Tomlinson), and two fiddles (Gràinne Brady and Tricia Mullan). The sound is a charming concoction of classical, Scottish, Irish and English traditional music as well as their own deftness for the art of composing. www.routesstringquartet.com 22 SEPTEMBER EMILY SMITH and JAMIE MCCLENNAN 15th Anniversary Tour: At Eden Court, Inverness. Award winning Scottish folksinger Emily Smith and New Zealand

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MUSIC NEWS Scotland GIGguide page 24: highlands + west coast + argyll :: scottish islands born Jamie McClennan celebrate 15 years of making music together in 2017. Their anniversary tour showcases a big new sound for the duo, with newly written songs from Smith and McClennan paired with some of their favourites from the past 15 years. Don’t miss them on this very special tour. www.eden-court.co.uk www.emilysmith.org 4 OCTOBER THE SKIDS - 40th Anniversary Tour: At The Iron Works, Inverness 122B Academy St, Inverness IV1 1LX. The Skids formed in 1977 in their home town of Dunfermline, Scotland by Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson, Bill Simpson & Tom Kellichan. After releasing an independent single the band were played by John Peel, supported The Clash in concert and then were signed to Virgin Records in 1978. Their first singles were ‘Sweet Surburbia’, ‘The Saints are Coming’ and ‘Into the Valley’ - the latter reaching the UK Top Ten in early 1979. Their seminal debut album ‘Scared to Dance’; came out in 1979. Skids briefly reformed in 2007 to celebrate the band's 30th Anniversary with concerts in their native Scotland at T in the Park and in their hometown of Dunfermline. The 40th Anniversary Tour will feature Richard Jobson, Bill Simpson, Mike Baillie, Bruce Watson & Jamie Watson. www.facebook.com/officialskids

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THE SPLINTERS: At The Pierhead Tavern, Lamlash, Arran. 9pm. Free admission. www.thepht.co.uk 30 JULY Live music: At The Pierhead Tavern, Lamlash, Arran. 4pm. Free admission. www.thepht.co.uk 31 JULY TMSA Young Trad Tour: At Stromness Town Hall, Orkney. Eight of Scotland’s finest young folk musicians are about to embark on a tour of their home towns and record an album together thanks to the TMSA (Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland). The full line-up is as follows; Mohsen Amini (Concertina and 2016 Winner) Claire Hastings (Voice and 2015 Winner, Hannah MacRae (Fiddle), Jessica Burton (Clarsach), Ryan Young (Fiddle), Murray Willis (Accordion), Robbie Greig (Fiddle) and accompanist Jean Damei. The TMSA Young Trad Tour 2016 CD will be released in July 2017. www.tmsa.org.uk

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Charlie Muench on board, and with the addition of a third unique and powerful voice, the group began to define its captivating sound. Since taking America by storm in 2013 they have gone on to win a huge fanbase following triumphant appearances at big festivals around the world such as Celtic Connections, Cambridge Folk Festival, MerleFest and Tønder. www.facebook.com/TheStrayBirds www.brookfield-knights.com 9 DECEMBER LAU: At Mareel, Lerwick. An “Evening with Lau” – two sets spanning the first ten years. www.lau-music.co.uk

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credit. Having made his name with the duo Walsh and Pound and now a member of the award winning Urban Folk Quartet, as well 29 SEPTEMBER as guest appearances with Joss Stone, the Levellers and Seth Lakeman this unique and ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At The eclectic musician has stunned audiences Buccleuch Centre, Langholm. Aly Bain is across the world. In support of the release Scotland's supreme traditional style fiddler. of ‘Verging On The Perpendicular’ Dan will His playing is unique - driving, impassioned be touring the UK during 2017, this new and pure - with vibrant, unmistakable tone album sees Dan revisiting his first musical that has earned him a following of ardent love, that of traditional Irish and Scottish fans throughout the world. Phil Cunningham folk music but as usual with Dan there’s a is a superb, innovative instrumentalist, with fairly eclectic range of music. Tickets @ not simply the fastest fingers in the West www.wegottickets.com but some of the most sensitive ones, too! www.stboswellslive.wordpress.com The man who, in Scotland at least, made www.facebook.com/danwalshmusic the accordion respectable again and also plays fine keyboard and whistle. 5 AUGUST www.philandaly.com ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At Tait Hall, 20 OCTOBER Kelso. Aly Bain is Scotland's supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is Brookfield Knights presents ….. FRONT unique - driving, impassioned and pure COUNTRY: At Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine. with vibrant, unmistakable tone that has Those who caught Front Country in action earned him a following of ardent fans when they toured over here for the first throughout the world. Phil Cunningham is a time were simply blown away. This is no superb, innovative instrumentalist, with not ordinary bluegrass band; they play big, simply the fastest fingers in the West but brave, invigorating music that is seldom some of the most sensitive ones, too! The encountered. Last year, they were flown man who, in Scotland at least, made the over from their base in San Francisco as accordion respectable again and also plays headline act at the Didmarton Bluegrass fine keyboard and whistle. Festival and were for many, the stand-out www.philandaly.com act at Purbeck Valley Folk festival too. When “Whispering” Bob Harris played tracks from 11 AUGUST their last release on his BBC 2 radio show, he told listeners: “This is currently the Brookfield Knights presents ….. THE biggest band on the bluegrass scene in HONEYCUTTERS: At Eastgate Theatre, America.” Peebles. There’s been quite a hunger in the www.facebook.com/FrontCountrySF UK to see this band following the release of www.brookfield-knights.com two stunning albums, each of which won them glowing reviews and put them in many “Best-Of” end-of-the-year lists. We are delighted to finally be bringing them in for a run of dates, to quench the thirst. www.thehoneycutters.com www.brookfield-knights.com

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12 AUGUST Brookfield Knights presents ….. THE HONEYCUTTERS: At ‘Jumpin Hot Country Cantina’, Acklington, Northumbria. There’s been quite a hunger in the UK to see this band following the release of two stunning albums, each of which won them glowing reviews and put them in many “Best-Of” end-of-the-year lists. We are delighted to finally be bringing them in for a run of dates, to quench the thirst. www.thehoneycutters.com www.brookfield-knights.com

16 SEPTEMBER Brookfield Knights presents ….. 3hattrio: At Eastgate Theatre, Peebles. Having consistently won 4 and 5-star ratings from the UK media, 3hattrio became the band that everyone was raving about after their outstanding debut here at Celtic Connections festival in February. BBC presenter Ricky Ross loved them so much he invited them into the studio to play ‘live’ on his Another Country radio show. Since introducing them to the UK in mid-2015, interest has continued to develop, with recent albums attracting maximum exposure from music publications and radio shows. Reviewing their Celtic Connections show for AmericanaUK, Paul Kerr said they were “the perfect balm after a hectic day – a singular experience that was hugely rewarding on several levels.” www.facebook.com/3hattrio www.brookfield-knights.com 27 SEPTEMBER ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At Eastgate Theatre, Peebles. Aly Bain is Scotland's supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is unique - driving, impassioned and pure with vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him a following of ardent fans throughout the world. Phil Cunningham is a superb, innovative instrumentalist, with not simply the fastest fingers in the West but some of the most sensitive ones, too! The man who, in Scotland at least, made the accordion respectable again and also plays fine keyboard and whistle. www.philandaly.com 29 SEPTEMBER Brookfield Knights presents ….. LAURA CORTESE & THE DANCE CARDS: At St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses, Northumbria. Following their outstanding success at the 2016 Shetland Folk Festival where they were hailed by many as one of the highlights of the event, Laura was back over again for a hectic round of collaborative work at this year’s Celtic Connections, to launch her stunning solo album, All In Always. After they toured here in 2015, leading music writer David Innes told readers of R2 magazine that they had been his most memorable gig of the year. That’s what happens when you are THIS good! www.thisislauracortese.com www.brookfield-knights.com 13 OCTOBER

27 AUGUST TRAVELLER: At Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland. The summer of 2012 saw Gerry Sheridan and Simon Usher begin their songwriting partnership, which progressed to become Traveller in January 2016 when they were joined by Martin Yves on guitar and Brian Socha on bass. By spring 2016 the band had written and recorded their debut EP at Chamber Studios in Edinburgh. Taking just four days to complete, 'All This Time' enabled Traveller to connect to an ever growing fanbase who are drawn to their Anthemic Rock wall of sound. http://travellerband.com

Brookfield Knights presents ….. LAURA CORTESE & THE DANCE CARDS: At The Haining, Selkirk. Following their outstanding success at the 2016 Shetland Folk Festival where they were hailed by many as one of the highlights of the event, Laura was back over again for a hectic round of collaborative work at this year’s Celtic Connections, to launch her stunning solo album, All In Always. After they toured here in 2015, leading music writer David Innes told readers of R2 magazine that they had been his most memorable gig of the year. www.thisislauracortese.com www.brookfield-knights.com

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SCOTTISH MUSIC FESTIVALS Read our MNS FESTIVALS! editions @ http://musicnewsscotland.wordpress.com/festivals/ in 9 days of top class entertainment across 50 venues in the North-east of Scotland. It's not all 22-30 July about the big shows though, as AIYF offers some Glasgow of the most intimate classical and chamber music performances through its series ‘Up Close and The Merchant City Festival is back once again Musical'. and also delivers an ‘Extended Festival' bringing the streets and venues of Glasgow’s programme of events, where our artists take cultural quarter to life! From Saturday 22 July their shows out to communities both in Aberdeen until Sunday 30 July we are bursting with fantas- and further afield. AIYF also offers inclusive, partic events, music stages, street arts, comedy and ticipatory summer courses such as the ‘Dance loads of glorious food. Among the highlights are Lab' and ‘Traditional Music School', where up and carnival processions, massed samba bands, a coming artists can learn from professional artUNESCO music stage, the return of SURGE, the ists. festival within a festival, and a celebration of street food. Join us this summer! www.aiyf.org

Merchant City Festival

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Edinburgh 4-28 August The world's largest arts festival transforms Scotland's capital every August. When thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over the city to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers. www.edfringe.com

Piping Live! Glasgow 7-13 August

MugStock Festival

Edinburgh Blues & Rock Festival

Mudock 28-31 July 2017

Edinburgh 29 July

MugStock 2017: A Festival of Music and Merriment takes place just north of Glasgow in Mugdock Country Park on the holiday weekend of 28th - 30th July. A registered charity, the organisers of MugStock do it for the love of music & art, not money.

After the resounding success of the 2016 Edinburgh Blues 'n' Rock Festival, the festival is back www.pipinglive.co.uk with it's brilliant and impressive band line up for EBRF 2017 on 29 July in Edinburgh's Corn Exchange.

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The world’s biggest week of piping – Piping Live! and The Worlds – is set to return to Glasgow. The world’s biggest week of piping will see over 50,000 music fans, families and tourists flock to Glasgow to enjoy 200 events and 8,000 performers throughout the week.

Party at The Palace

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Linlithgow 12-13 August

Shetland Fiddle Frenzy

Following it's biggest event to date, McEwan’s Party at The Palace is back for its fourth year in Shetland 2017. The 2 day party will take place on SaturThe Isle of Bute 30 July - 6 August day 12th and Sunday 13th August in Linlithgow. 28-30 July It’s only 20 mins from Edinburgh and 35mins Fiddle Frenzy is Shetland Arts’ annual celebration from Glasgow, making it one of the most easily A three day festival of music, food and fun. This of the Shetland fiddle tradition. The week of accessible music festivals in Scotland. accessible and hugely friendly family festival all events runs from Sunday to Sunday, during the takes places a mere thirty-five miles as the crow first week in August each year, centered on www.partyatthe.co.uk flies from Glasgow. Butefest has endeavoured to workshops teaching the distinctive tunes and compile a richly varied and superb line-up that technique of the Shetland fiddle style. An opporincludes both the contemporary and the classic tunity to learn the secrets of Shetland Fiddle of the music world and runs that gamut from from a range of experienced tutors, explore the Dundee rock to roots and folk to dance. thriving musical traditions of our unique and 12-13 August beautiful islands, or simply be part of our Festival Week which is packed with a range of Frenzy www.butefest.co.uk Carnival Fifty Six, the major new music festival Fringe options and Evening Concerts. taking place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August at Camperdown Park in Dundee, in assowww.shetlandfiddlefrenzy.com ciation with 71 Brewing – Dundee’s urban craft Moray brewery - has announced a lineup that marks 28-30 July out the weekend as a highlight of this summer.

ButeFest

Carnival Fifty Six

Speyfest

AUGUST

At the end of July, the playing fields on East Street in the Moray town of Fochabers will be home to the 22nd annual Speyfest, three days of the best in traditional and contemporary Celtic music. The tented village hosts a variety of seated and standing events including the Friday and Saturday concerts and stomps, the music marathon that is the Speyfest Family Sunday, a craft and food fair and an ecumenical Celtic Kirk service. The event is fully licensed and offers a wide range of hot foods and a variety of drinks from a number on onsite concessions. www.speyfest.com

Aberdeen International Youth Festival Aberdeen 28 July - 5 August

Tartan Heart ‘Belladrum’ Festival Beauly 3-5 August Get yourself a ticket to Scotland’s all ages wackiest festival of music and performing arts. Bella is back in its beautiful Highland setting with all the crazy variety that makes it Scotland’s premier boutique festival. ''Belladrum - quite simply, it’s what everyday life should be like, if only everyday life didn't get in the way.'' - Clare Damdoaran, eFestivals. Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival takes place in the beautiful Highland surroundings of Belladrum Estate, near Beauly in Inverness-shire. The independent festival has built a reputation for its eclectic line-ups, its offbeat non-musical entertainments and its all-ages approach.

Over the years AIYF has hosted more than www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk 27,500 young people from around the globe, making it one of the biggest and most successful gatherings of youth talent held anywhere in the world. AIYF now produces over 80 performances

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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Innerleithen Music Festival Scottish Borders 18-20 August A hugely enjoyable weekend of traditional music in this small Borders town, beautifully situated amongst rolling hills by the River Tweed. Memorable concerts feature some of the biggest names in Celtic music alongside the best of the local talent and the weekend is rounded off with a concert presenting wonderful singers of traditional song. Complementing the concerts are an open stage, a singaround and the legendary informal music sessions in local hostelries and the Union Club. www.innerleithenmusicfestival.org

Doune The Rabbit Hole Lake of Menteith (Stirling) 18-20 August This intimate and friendly music festival is set in

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SCOTTISH MUSIC FESTIVALS Read our MNS FESTIVALS! editions @ http://musicnewsscotland.wordpress.com/festivals/ picturesque Stirlingshire near Scotland’s only natural freshwater lake. Combining the best of Scotland’s independent/DIY scene alongside exclusive performances from the hippest new international acts, the festival attracts music lovers of all ages and from all walks of life. With more international performers than ever this year, Doune also boasts activities including wild swimming, events for youngsters and the tastiest treats from Scotland’s best independent food and drink purveyors. www.dounetherabbithole.co.uk

Argyll Gathering Helensburgh 19-20 August

Dunoon 27 August

NXNE Scotland

Cowal Afterglow is a brand new one-day music festival which will close the Cowal Highland Gathering weekend. Throughout the day some of the best live acts on the Scottish music scene will take to the stage. There will be a fully stocked bar and a couple of quality food vendors providing food and drink throughout the day. Gates open at 1:30pm and the event will finish up at around 9pm, allowing punters the chance to catch the last boats. Tickets are on sale now and there are limited spaces available for bus packages from Glasgow - http://t-s.co/cowal For full event and ticketing information visit ..... www.cowalafterglowfestival.co.uk

Argyll Gathering is a new Scottish event celebrating the best of music, culture and the arts opening its doors August 19th - 20th 2017 in the stunning setting of Helensburgh. The event will showcase the best in traditional contemporary Scottish music, local food and drink and feature interactive workshops. Community is at the heart of the festival and its goal is to celebrate the best of what Scotland has to offer culturally; Argyll Gathering is not just a festival, but a platform for people to interact and form an artistic movement. www.argyllgathering.com

Stowed Out Festival Stow 25-26 August

SEPTEMBER Midstock Festival Dalkeith 1-2 September Midstock is an independent, bespoke festival which we started in order to provide the Lothians community with a great event on their doorsteps. This is still at the core of what we’re trying to do but we have seen the festival expand somewhat and we’ve welcomed people from all over the country in the last couple of years. Maybe word is out that we like a good party here in Midlothian!” www.midstockfestival.com

Stowed Out Festival is a family friendly boutique music and arts festival held in Stow in the Scottish Borders. It is ran by Sound Out are a not for profit organisation formed in 2009 by an eclectic group of musicians and music fans in the village of Stow in the Scottish Borders. Over the years Sound Out has grown and now hosts a range vibrant music and arts events where there is always a strong emphasis on encouraging and supporting young or first time performers to get up and have a go. www.soundout.org.uk

Cowal Afterglow

Electric Fields Drumlanrig Castle 1-2 September 2017 Nestling in the beautiful surroundings of Drumlanrig Castle, south west Scotland. We’ve been working really hard to top last year and we’re pretty excited about this summer, as well as having some brand new developments. One of the most exciting music festivals in Scotland returns in 2016, over two days in the stunning grounds of Drumlanrig Castle! www.facebook.com/electricfieldsfestival

Deeside Activity Park 1-2 September NXNE Scotland is a 2 day festival celebrating the best of everything in the North East of Scotland! With some of the best bands from the North X North East coming to play for you all, here’s just a few of them, many more to be announced over the next couple of weeks: Gerry Jablonski//The Lorelei//The Little Kicks// The Cliftons//Wish You Were Floyd//Gordon James And The Power //The Capollos//Miss Lucid // Paul Anderson. We have lots more to tell you soon, so watch this space! Deeside Activity Park//Captain Toms//Fat Hippy Records www.facebook.com/DeesideMusicFestival

Blas Festival Highlands 1-9 September The Blas festival aims to play a role in celebrating the culture of traditional music and Gaelic in the Highlands of Scotland. Blas will do this in part by creating the opportunities for young musicians to play and learn with leading artists in traditional music and Gaelic. Blas will also widen the opportunities for communities to experience and enjoy live music and Gaelic performances which support their culture. www.blas-festival.com

Lindisfarne Festival Northumberland 2-4 September Building on the success of the last two years, Lindisfarne Festival 2017 is gearing up to be an even bigger and better showcase of music, comedy, culture and creative arts as they announce The Fratellis as their first mainstage headliner. A regularly shortlisted finalist at the UK Festival Awards, this year’s event will be held once again at Beal Farm on the Northumberland coast – in an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty overlooking Holy Island. www.lindisfarnefestival.com

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