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Soundhouse fundraise for new Edinburgh venue - page 6 Hit The Road takes young musicians on tour - page 3 : Gerry Rafferty celebrations begin - page 4

'Live At Captain Toms'

Live bands and interviews streaming from Fat Hippy Record's own Aberdeen studios

Independent Aberdeen music label Fat Hippy Records is to begin a free online streamed live music TV show broadcast live from their 'Captain Toms' studios in Aberdeen, starting this Saturday (12 April). Planning to stream live on selected Saturday mornings from 1012noon the founder of Fat Hippy and Captain Toms, Tom Simmonds, said: "'Live At Captain Toms' aims to be a sort of cross between Later‌ with Jools Holland and Wayne’s World, with each episode featuring around 10 different bands playing live in the studio along with interviews and features pieces. " Watch it all at You can watch a trailer for the new shows @ http://youtu.be/n1doLlgK59c www.kpx.tv The same day there will also be a Fat Hippy 'Live At Captain Toms' (LACT) Showcase at Aberdeen's Lemon Tree from 7pm featuring longer sets from most of the bands on LACT in the morning plus a few others! This will also be streamed live worldwide. Future shows are planned for 24 May and 28 June." https://twitter.com/LiveAtCaptToms www.facebook.com/LiveAtCaptainToms





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Hit The Road' on tour again Scottish Music Centre's touring initiative 'Hit The Road' is returning for its second tour of the year with young bands aged 14-19 primed to take to stages across the length and breadth of Scotland.

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The project, which is funded by Creative Scotland's Youth Music Initiative (YMI) and The Big Lottery Fund sees 'Echo Valley' a rock band from Ayrshire, 'What About Wolves' a female fronted rock band from Dumfries and 'Unknown On Sunday' a four-piece indie band from Dundee embark on a three date Scottish tour. The dates and venues are: 24 April: The Venue in Dumfries 25 April: The Shore in Dundee 26 April: Ayr Town Hall Each of the acts are currently in pre-production with experienced music industry personnel and are looking forward to the tour. You can find out all about 'Hit The Road' and how to apply to be considered in future at www.hittheroad.org.uk

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Bring it all Home HOT A celebration of the life, legacy and music of Gerry Rafferty

For tickets and information on all the 'Bring it all Home' events visit www.bringitallhome.co.uk

Bring it all Home 2014 is a celebration of the life, music and legacy of Paisley's Gerry Rafferty, taking in a series of shows around the town (11 to 19 April) and an exhibition on his life at Paisley Museum (7 March to 18 May).


from the latest releases to reach us

www.dropkickmusic.co.uk This is Dropkick’s most varied and accomplished collection of songs to date and it is their ear for melody and harmony that are their finest assets, with their music appealing to a growing band of fans around the world.


The series of celebratory shows get underway tonight (Friday 11 April) when there's an International Concert featuring Ireland's Paul Brady and Louisiana native Mary Gauthier who showcase their talent in the unique setting of Paisley Abbey. The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets costing £20 can be bought at: https://boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk/peo/show.asp



Adam is a singer/songwriter of rare and timeless potency, combining John Martyn's strum and sting with a slice of Paolo Nutini soul. This his breathtaking debut album, produced by the legendary John Wood : MNS Hot Rating



Eddi Reader's Vagabond by Reveal Records was recorded by Mark Freegard with a cast of well chosen musicians and friends eager to play their part in this, most captivating, deeply personal yet universal sounding album

Mary Gauthier : www.marygauthier.com

Paul Brady, a singer, songwriter and multiinstrumentalist, is one of Ireland's most enduringly popular artists and Mary Gauthier (pronounced Go-Shay) is a Louisiana native turned Nashville resident whose songs have earned praise from Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, and been recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Boy George and many others.

Paul Brady crosses musical boundaries with ease, defying genre by incorporating folk, rock, blues and traditional Irish and classic pop styles. He has played with a number of major bands, including traditional folk bands The Johnstons and Planxty, and has also had a hugely successful solo career. His songs have been covered by international stars including Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt and Tina Turner. Paul continues to push out the boundaries not only of his own talent, but of Irish contemporary music in the new millennium. Mary Gauthier's six studio albums have received countless accolades – 2005’s 'Mercy Now' earned her the Americana Music Association’s New/ Emerging Artist of the Year title, and 2011’s The Foundling was named the No. 3 Record of the Year by the LA Times. Her songs have been described as carrying ‘so much emotional punch, they can leave you staggering’ and she arrives in Paisley having just released her first-ever live album, Live at Blue Rock.

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Paul Brady : www.paulbrady.com

www.facebook.com/RachelSermanni Folk noir balladeer Rachel releases 'Everything Changes' supported by her biggest headline shows to date in Glasgow and London, with the seeds of the new material being planted whilst on the road touring

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TOP MUSICIANS RALLY TO 'SOUNDHOUSE' CAUSE Shooglenifty : The Bevvy Sisters : Dean Owens : Adam Holmes : DJ Dolphin Boy

An array of top Scottish roots acts have pledged their support to The Soundhouse Organisation, the recently-founded charity campaigning for a new music venue in Edinburgh – and will soon be putting their money where their mouth is, by playing three fundraiser gigs for the project. Folk-fusion pioneers Shooglenifty, sassy vocal combo The Bevvy Sisters, local Americana hero Dean Owens, rising star Adam Holmes and underground favourite DJ Dolphin Boy all feature among the line-ups this spring/summer at Edinburgh’s Pleasance Theatre, with other hand-picked acts including Blueflint, Banjo Lounge 4, The Pygmies, Lord Rochester and Cera Impala.

Adam Holmes : photo by Marc Marnie

The Soundhouse Organisation evolved from the successful house concerts staged since 2002 by photographer Douglas Robertson, which have proved the demand among musicians and fans for a conducive, well-appointed venue in the capital, especially following the successive closure of several such spaces since the 1990s. Its goal is a venue that offers a fair deal to musicians, and a warm welcome to audiences of all ages, together with rehearsal space and educational activity, thereby creating a focal point for Edinburgh’s live music community.

The forthcoming Soundhouse 'Benefit Gigs' are at The Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh on:

18 April: Adam Holmes & The The forthcoming concerts launch a major fundraising drive to support these goals. Each night features at least Embers; Cera Impala & The New four acts, with performances in the Pleasance bar both before and after the main theatre shows. Tickets are Prohibition; The Pygmies; DJ Dolphin £10, and all proceeds go to the Soundhouse cause. Boy “Edinburgh is a uniquely creative city, partly due to the annual Festival influx, yet for the rest of the year it as good as gets culturally kicked in the teeth by its own,” says Heather Macleod, of The Bevvy Sisters. “Too many fantastic venues have been axed, while amazing spaces lie rotting and disused. To enable growth from its uniquely diverse music scene, Edinburgh desperately needs a small to mid-­ sized venue, with a similar feel to Douglas’s house gigs, which can sustainably support this grassroots activity alongside world-renowned acts.”




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16 May: Shooglenifty; The Bevvy Sisters; Lord Rochester; DJ Dolphin Boy 27 June: Dean Owens; Blueflint; Banjo Lounge 4; DJ Dolphin Boy Tickets available @ www.ticketmaster.co.uk



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RE-LIVE RUNRIG’S PARTY ON THE MOOR One of the most significant and successful concerts staged by Runrig, to mark the band’s 40th anniversary, has been recaptured on DVD. The Gaelic rock legends staged the massive gig at Muir of Ord near Inverness last August to celebrate the remarkable journey from island dance band to international phenomenon. Party on the Moor became the ultimate Runrig concert, a never-to-be-repeated distillation of their music and all they have represented over four extraordinary decades. Muir of Ord had never before been used as a music venue but it fitted the requirements perfectly. The ambitious production attracted devoted fans from all corners of the world and featured ex-band members as guest performers in an emotional night of musical magic that will live long in the memory. Party on the Moor is now available on DVD, Blu Ray and as a three-disc audio CD. For the band’s members, past and present, Rory Macdonald, Brian Hurren, Donnie Munro, Calum Macdonald, Malcolm Jones, Bruce Guthro, Pete Wishart and Iain Bayne, the anniversary concert was a unique and emotional occasion.

own right and to do it with the support and generosity of so many people who have supported the band over many years is a privilege one has no right to expect. Coming on stage at Muir of Ord was therefore a very special and moving moment both personally and as a part of the band over so many years.”

And Bruce said: “There is a sense of family within this band that extends beyond its inner circle, it manages to stay together and offer something that is unique. The ship isn't as streamlined, fit, and young as it once was, Rory Macdonald said: “It was a magical live but there is an integrity, honesty and experience unlike no other I can remember: resilience to it that drives it forward.... even the weather came good, the show worked, after 40 years.” the genuine goodwill from everyone was palpable; from the audience, the supports, The two frontmen singing together was a the staff, the crew, all creating this positive highlight for many, including Malcolm force of togetherness and a potent marking of Jones: “Munro and Guthro – a great the milestone.“ moment. Long set? – doesn’t feel like it .Who His brother and fellow band founder, Calum, added: ‘’It was so long in the planning, in the heart and in the mind. A real, significant milestone for us all. You remember the big shows and the significant concerts, but this one seemed to be an event that superseded all the others and certainly superseded the duration of the actual show. The three hours of the concert went past like three minutes and the forty years passed like a dream.’’ The concert brought together former frontman Donnie Munro and current singer Bruce Guthro on stage for the first time. Donnie said: ’’To celebrate 40 years of making music is quite an achievement in its

could ask for a better audience? Job done, in style, a fitting concert to mark the occasion. Did I mention the rain? Came there none.’’

Brian Hurren said the whole event had a real sense of celebration: “It became crystal clear, that celebrating the bands 40th anniversary was just as much about what Runrig meant to everyone there, as the anniversary itself. Now, that was special” Iain Bayne also paid tribute to the band’s loyal fans: “It was an emotional day and still hard for me to understand. Not many bands have the pleasure and privilege to be playing concerts after so many years, and it's a testimony to a very special audience who still stand there with us.”

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release their critically acclaimed dĂŠbut album

Different Lonesome

The album covers the whole gamut of Saturday night sinning and Sunday morning salvation




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The Big Song Relay: Here's To All Our Common Wealth Hands Up for Trad, as part of Big Big Sing, are delighted to present 'Here's To All Our Common Wealth', a specially commissioned song to accompany the Queen's Baton Relay as it travels across Scotland ahead of the Commonwealth Games. The Big Song Relay will bring together singers from all over Scotland to form choirs, lining the route of the Queen's Baton Relay as part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural programme. 'Here's to All Our Common Wealth' will be passed from choir to choir along the route, uniting communities and celebrating the excitement of the day. 'Here's to All Our Common Wealth' was written by Phil Cunningham, Karine Polwart, Alison Burns and Findlay Napier. The song captures the idea of Scotland's distinct common wealth: its land, communities and people. Simon Thoumire, Creative Director of Hands Up for Trad says: "We are really excited to announce this song. It is all about the Scots looking outward to the Commonwealth community and sharing our talents and culture with the world"

Anyone can sing 'Here's to All Our Common Wealth': it is available to download in Scots, Gaelic and English from www.bigbigsing.org and www.handsupfortrad.co.uk. Backing tracks and learning materials suitable for all abilities will be available soon. Big Big Sing, which is set to be one of the highlights of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, aims to get thousands of people across the UK singing in celebration of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and to enjoy the social, physical and mental health benefits of singing. Big Big Sing is a nationwide project providing singers, choirs and anyone interested in trying singing with a wealth of resources, training and performance opportunities up and down the country, throughout the year.

The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a national celebration. Culture 2014 will showcase dance, theatre, music, visual arts, comedy and much more in the run up to and after the Commonwealth Games, with Festival 2014 transforming the Host City at Games time. The Cultural Programme Svend Brown, Director of Big Big Sing says: “Big Big Sing is all about taking the world stage of the Commonwealth Games as an opportunity to is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland. www.glasgow2014.com/culture inspire as many people as possible to join in singing and enjoying the benefits that brings. 'Here's to All Our Common Wealth' gives us another great tune in the Big Big Commonwealth Songbook, one that we can all If you are in a choir and would like to share and enjoy.� take part in The Big Song Relay, visit:

www.handsupfortrad.co.uk + click Big Song Relay

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Kelburn Garden Party Presents: JOE & SEKOU The Kelburn Garden Party are launching their 2014 season of events on 13 April with a performance from hotly-tipped UK-Mali collaborative project Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate. Support comes from Woven Tents. The gig takes place at The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh, with doors at 7pm. Tickets available from Ripping Records and at www.kelburngardenparty.com The well-worn and often overblown expression "music is a common language" has never been more apropos in the case of Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate. US-born, England-based Driscoll speaks no French and Kouyate, who hails from the West African country of Guinea, little English. When they were brought together at the Nuit Metis (Mixed Night) festival in Marseille, France in 2010 and given a week to produce a concert, music was the only way they could communicate. It turns out, they had a lot to "talk" about, and their first meeting sparked a collaboration that led to the formation of a band, the recording of an album, over 120 concert dates across Europe and rave reviews. Driscoll contributes the rapping, looping, beatboxing and songwriting talents he developed growing up in Syracuse, New York and during his own successful recording career. Kouyate, already a phenomenon in African music circles, has blown minds and ears with his hypersonic electrified riffs on the kora, bringing the exalted West African harp into the 21st Century with use of distortion peddles, effects and previously-unimagined technical prowess. Together, Driscoll and Kouyate blend hip-hop, spoken word, funk, and soulful, accessible rock with Afrobeat, reggae and irrepressible African grooves.

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Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate : photo by Alex Munro


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............ member profile:

Claire Liddell

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

"The Scottish Music Centre's task is to champion the wealth of talent that abounds in Scotland's musical community"

The multi-talented Claire Liddell is a composer, pianist, accompanist and broadcaster. She studied at the RSAMD and Royal College of Music. Her main areas of composition are works for voice and piano and choral. With settings of Scots Folk Songs, Song Cycles and commissions for choir. Claire's an author of a book on harmony, by publishers: Stainer and Bell, Roberton-GoodMusic, Barry Brunton, Lengnick. Entry in Groves Dictionary of Women Composers. Also entry in International Bibliography of Women Composers (USA publication) by Miriam Stewart Green. She's also a fellow of the Peiffer Foundation in London - a positive-thinking counsellor who lectures on how to cope with stress in the music business. On top of all that Claire's a Honorary patron of the Linn Choir.

www.scottishmusiccentre.com/claire_liddell/ www.scottishmusiccentre.com : https://twitter.com/scottishmusic : www.facebook.com/scottishmusiccentre The Scottish Music Centre currently supports in excess of 100 composer, group/small business and corporate members. Offering a wealth of advantages, initiatives include the bi-monthly Composers' Digest and Exposed Melodies podcast series, annual Composition Marathon, regular networking events and notification of valuable opportunities, extensive publicity and increased correspondence with national companies, chamber ensembles, soloists and festivals.

For further information, please contact 0141 552 5222 or visit: www.scottishmusiccentre.com

The Jazz Promoters Award for 2014 - entries now open Deadline: midnight Thursday 17 April Download application form @ http://prsformusicfoundation.com/Partnerships/Professional-Development/Jazz-Promoters-Awards

The Jazz Promoters Awards are a partnership between PRS for Music Foundation and Jazz Services. Applications are invited from small scale jazz promoters who demonstrate a commitment to programming music by jazz composers currently living and working in the UK.

This award will support activity from September 2014 to August 2015. Decisions will be communicated at the end of May.

Two types of Awards are available:

Jazz Promoter Awards (maximum funding ÂŁ2000)

Awards to promoters with a track record It should contain at least 6 promotions that take of promoting new British jazz

Fledgling Jazz Promoter Awards (maximum funding ÂŁ500)

Awards to encourage new jazz promoters who wish to establish themselves in their first year of promoting jazz To be eligible, your programme must reflect the main criteria of the scheme and feature fresh, exciting and/or ground-breaking new music attracting new audiences and stimulate existing audiences. Supporting organisations who are financially stable and effectively managed.

place between September 2014 and before August 2015, and be a coherent, focused sequence of events. It will feature British bands, where musicians are performing their own work and/or programmes featuring new jazz works by composers living in Britain. The Jazz Promoters funding scheme is run in conjunction with Jazz Services - the 'voice for jazz' in the UK. They focus on six crucial areas that promote a healthy jazz sector - touring, recording, information, international support, education and promotion.

For more information email Jazz Services @ info@jazzservices.org.uk


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Poor Things

: debut album : 'Poor Things'

release date - 28 April : www.facebook.com/poorthings

Saraseto Records are proud to announce the release of Poor Things, self-titled, album on 28 April.

BBC Radio 1, Artrocker and Podcart. Festival appearances soon followed including T in the Park, Brew at the Bog, and GoNorth Scotland's leading creative industries festival. The band rounded off the year with support slots including We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Birthday Suit and Honeyblood.

Recorded by Matt Scott (PAWS) and mastered by Mercury music nominated producer Dave Paterson. Poor Things is the debut album from the Glasgow based three-piece, who consist of Craig Angus (Guitar, Vocals), Richard Stratton (Bass, Guitar, Vocals) and Gavin Redford (Drums) the three-piece, originally from Perth, have been playing together for over ten years.

“Fuzzy, melodic and fun” (Q Magazine) “a killer combo of handclaps and fidgety guitar lines adding just enough garage to leave it sounding more West Coast US than West Coast of Scotland” (Podcart)

In June 2013 Poor Things released ‘Hurricane Poor Things’ EP, receiving several positive reviews from

On 31 March Poor Things released 1998 and a bonus track as a single before the full album is available on 28 April. Poor Things will soon be touring the UK and France supporting the album release.

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Stanley Odd : single : 'Chase Yirsel' release date - 19 April : www.stanleyodd.com

To celebrate Record Store Day, Upcoming live dates are: alternative Scottish hip-hop 19 April – Glasgow - Love Music (Record Store Day instore, 2pm) 19 April – Edinburgh – VoxBox Music (Record Store Day instore, 5pm) band Stanley Odd release a 22 April – London – Upstairs @ The Garage 1 May – Aberdeen – The Tunnels special limited edition 12” 3 May – Inverness – Brew at the Bog Festival 4 May – Middlesbrough – SumDay Festival 20 June – Gatehouse of Fleet – Midsummer Music Festival single on A Modern Way 21 June – Perth – Solas Festival Recordings featuring two brand new tracks; lead single Chase Yirsel and b-side Let Ma Brain Breathe. "It goes Born, School, Work, Death Humans with glaiket coupons let the bookmaker's purse stretch As false hope leaks from a burst pen And you place yir first bet before you take yir first breath" Observing and commenting on aspects of society and culture from Scottish Independence, to quality of life, to the inexplicable rise of Robin Thicke. Stanley Odd might have been quiet of late but that is not to say they haven't been keeping an eye in things. The single marks the band’s first recorded output since their second album Reject, which was shortlisted for a Scottish Album of the Year Award in 2013. The single and b-side will also feature on the band’s forthcoming Chase Yirsel EP which is released on Monday 28 April supported by live dates across the UK. Adding to exclusivity of the Record Store Day release, the single’s artwork has been illustrated by Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit and is limited to an edition of 500 copies. 2013 saw Stanley Odd’s first trip to the US in support of The View, their two biggest headline shows to date – accompanied by an 11-piece string orchestra, a Scottish Album of the Year nomination and a host of summer festival appearances. This relentless schedule helped to win the band widespread support from numerous national papers, magazines and radio outlets.

Stanley Odd : photo by Jannica Honey


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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download MARCAS O'hUIGIN Me & You

EP download Release Date: 17 March

With traditional songs, contemporary melodies and original compositions, CHERRYGROVE are one of Scotland’s most exciting new folk ensembles. Their debut album, ’NO TIME LIKE NOW’, showcases the exceptional level of musicianship in the band through their sophisticated and thoughtful arrangements. Listen/Watch: www.soundcloud.com/cherrygrove www.cherrygrove.bandcamp.com www.youtube.com/cherrygrovemusic

'Me & You' EP collectively tells a classic tale of love and heartache over 4 short acoustic rock songs. This EP is an honest and mature introduction to acoustic guitar based songs from songsmith Marcas O'hUigin that should appeal to fans of artists such as Passenger and Foy Vance. Explore the depth and message within each Available from: song and you may even find ghosts! How will the story www.cherrygrovemusic.com www.cherrygrove.bandcamp.com end? Download and find out... iTunes Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/marcas-ohuigin Available from: iTunes @ https://t.co/E5QaYTRiTm Amazon @ www.amazon.com www.marcasohuigin.com https://twitter.com/MarcasOhUigin ------------------------------------------------

CHERRYGROVE No Time Like Now Album : cd / download Release Date: 21 March

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Spirit of Beblow Visions of Holy Island

The Butterfly’s Dream

Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/blackwing-1 Available from: www.dancingwithghosts.co.uk http://cdbaby.com/cd/dancingwithghosts www.nimbitmusic.com/dancingwithghosts www.dancingwithghosts.co.uk https://twitter.com/DancingWG

Available from: https://dropkickmusic.bandcamp.com www.dropkickmusic.co.uk www.tayloredrecords.co.uk www.dropkickmusic.co.uk www.twitter.com/dropkickmusic www.youtube.com/user/mrcockroach ------------------------------------------------


single : cd / download Release Date: 3 March

‘Believe’ was recorded in legendary Glasgow studio CaVa Sound , Aaron Murray frontman of the band and Homeward songwriter said about the single: "Believe is a song that Album : cd / download / vinyl is written about two people who love each other but Release Date: 18 April have both had difficult lives and this puts strain on their relationship, to the point where they need time apart to “Homeward” is Dropkick’s most varied and learn to appreciate one another. It's all about learning accomplished collection of songs to date, demonstrating to trust each other, taking that big step and putting a growing maturity in their song writing and faith in someone you feel so much towards." arrangements. But it is their ear for melody and harmony that are their finest assets, helping Dropkick’s Listen/Watch:


Spirit of Beblow is an album of instrumentals and songs either inspired by or written about the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Northumberland. The album contains 8 instrumentals and 7 songs relating to events, industries and history of the Island.

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Album cd / download Release Date: Out Now

music appeal to a growing band of fans of all ages, all around the world.

Album cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Imaginary Creatures is a virtual band, a studio project formed by the collaboration of lyricist and songwriter David Scott and producer and multi-instrumentalist Iain McKinna. The Butterfly’s Dream is their debut album. Guest musicians include guitar ace Keith More, harmonica legend Fraser Speirs and exLindisfarne songwriter Rod Clements. Listen/Watch: www.reverbnation.com/imaginarycreatures Available from: Birnam Shop: http://bit.ly/1bLhVDw www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00ID7BLAK www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ID7BLAK http://amzn.to/1heO9qD also coming soon on itunes + spotify Facebook:




Album : cd / download Release Date: Digital-Out Now : CD-17 March Andy Gallagher & Overhaul are back with their 4th studio release "Achukma". Recorded in studios in Scotland, USA and Canada, Andy brought in some old friends to help record the album and overhauled well... Overhaul. Gordon Gano (Violent Femmes), Astrid Young (Neil Young), Mike Watt (Iggy & The Stooges), Joey Huffman (Soul Asylum) are a few of the names that recorded on this album. Listen/Watch: http://andygallagheroverhaul.bandcamp.com https://soundcloud.com/andygallagher Available from: http://andygallagher.net/store itunes: http://bit.ly/1c7cNKz googleplay: http://bit.ly/1lkZEQQ www.andygallagheroverhaul.com www.facebook.com/ andygallagherandoverhaul www.twitter.com/andygallaghers google+: http://bit.ly/1bLeeOl

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download https://soundcloud.com/silvercoastmusic-1 Available from: Digital download and there will also be a limited run of physical copies too (available at our shows). www.facebook.com/silvercoastmusic https://twitter.com/silvercoastband ------------------------------------------------


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Pipe Dreams

GEORGIA GORDON Never Seen the Sun ep : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Georgia Gordon, just 19, from the Scottish Borders released her EP, Never Seen the Sun, to a packed Jazz Ladykiller Caterpillar Bar in Edinburgh on 11 January. 'bound for bigger and better things' and 'a huskily mature sound with a tone ep : cd / download and personality pitched somewhere between folk and Release Date:Out NOw rock' The Scotsman. She was asked back to Celtic Connections this year 'already a star in the making'. Her Ladykiller Caterpillar, new rockers from Edinburgh, releasing their debut EP and hitting the local scene hard lyrics have been described as 'unique and strikingly poetic'. in 2014. "A powerful, hard-hitting, riff-tastic anthem…retaining Listen/Watch: the big, amp bursting qualities of the likes of Biffy https://soundcloud.com/georgiagordonmusic Clyro.” – isthismusic.com youtube: http://bit.ly/1honAPe “Good time vibes, classic feel, with a contemporary edge” – Jim Gellatly Available from: iTunes: http://bit.ly/1mHfl6u Listen/Watch: CD at gigs and from Folk Rag Records http://ladykillercaterpillar.bandcamp.com Insane track free on Soundcloud Available from: www.facebook.com/georgiakate16 http://ladykillercaterpillar.bandcamp.com https://twitter.com/georgiagmusic physical copies, email: band@ladykillercaterpillar.com


Diary Of A Lost Girl Album : cd / download Release Date: 21 February

Former This Mortal Coil and The Hope Blister vocalist Louise Rutkowski releases her first solo album. Co-written with and produced by Irvin Duguid it is described by its supporters as, “A truly haunting and beautiful album”, “Beautiful, stirring, and alive with emotion”, and “Pure poetic, lovelorn angst at its best”. It includes mixes by Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile), and Steve Orchard (Sir Paul McCartney, Chris Cornell). Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/louise-rutkowski/sets/ diary-of-a-lost-girl Available from: Release via Itunes, Amazon MP3 and CD Love Music Glasgow www.louiserutkowski.co.uk www.facebook.com/louiserutkowski https://twitter.com/LouiseRutkowski

GLEADHRAICH ep : cd / download Release Date: 31 March Carnoustie Celtic rock band, Gleadhraich, will be releasing their long awaited debut EP, Pipe Dreams. Recorded at Kirriemuir's DD8 Music Studio, Pipe Dreams contains four tracks: Unite the Clans, Teenage Kicks/ One Way or Another, California Calling and My Generation/ You Really Got Me. The EP has been mixed and mastered by Gregor Pratt. Listen/Watch: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vewRJ699sTM Available from: iTunes CD's available at live shows. These will be limited edition and available first at a special Pipe Dreams launch show at the Starlight Showroom, Dundee on 26 April. www.facebook.com/gleadhraich www.gleadhraich.com ------------------------------------------------




The Mairches

The Brightest Path

EP : cd - but one track available for free: https://soundcloud.com/estherswift/for-you Release Date: 27 February Esther Swift is a singer-songwriter and harpist. Her new EP 'The Mairches' features cojon, string quartet and trumpet and the songs are based on her life growing up in The Scottish Borders. Whilst being heavily influenced by her folk roots, her music also uses a lot of jazz, blues and minimalist references, and she has been compared to artists who include Kate Bush, Eddie Reader and Joanna Newsom. She is delighted to be launching 'The Mairches' In The Caves in Edinburgh on the 27 February, where she will be joined by the musicians who feature on it, and supported by the wonderfully talented guitarist Mike Brown. Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/estherswift/for-you http://estherswift.bandcamp.com/ Available from:

http://estherswift.bigcartel.com/product/the-mairches www.facebook.com/pages/Esther-Swift/284344198267007

https://twitter.com/estherkateswift http://estherkateswift.wordpress.com

Album : cd Release Date: 24 February

The long-awaited new solo album from one of the finest young fiddle players in the UK, bursting with jaw-dropping tunes and sublime contemporary songs. Her first solo recording since 2008, The Brightest Path combines newly unearthed traditional Scottish melodies with soaring self-penned tunes and sublime contemporary songs, displaying the full breadth of Patsy’s talents Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/patsy-reid http://patsyreid.amazingtunes.com Available from: www.patsyreid.com/shop www.propermusic.com/product-details/PatsyReid-The-Brightest-Path-165421 www.patsyreid.com www.facebook.com/patsy.reid.3 www.twitter.com/patsyreid

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download Through the Heart of Town Album : cd Release Date: Out Now

Through the Heart of Town, from The New Madrids, comprises ten awesome songs featuring soaring pedal steel, telecaster guts and gristle, blinding harmonies and all tied together by a choogling rhythm section. "A sweeping record, soaring harmony and irresistible charm....Stax pride meets Lower East Side sleaze." 8/10 - Louder than War. Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/new-madrids www.thenewmadrids.com/albums.html Available from: www.amazon.co.uk www.amazon.com www.birnamcdshop.com www.thenewmadrids.com https://twitter.com/NewMadrids www.facebook.com/TheNewMadrids

Edinburgh. They have been described in the past as “tight musicianship and perfect pop melodies”. The four piece have been active since 2012 but their roots stem from very early childhood friendships. Robert, Oscar and Walter have been friends since pre primary school days, retaining a close friendship despite all studying at different schools. During the autumn months of 2013 the band were busy recording two tracks at the prestigious Castle Sound Studios and The Depot Studios funded with the YMI initiative. “Young Soul” will be their first official Single under the name “Beeches”. Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/beechesmusic Available from: Will be available on itunes, bandcamp, spotify, Amazon www.beechesmusic.com www.twitter.com/beechesmusic www.facebook.com/beechesmusic ------------------------------------------------




Album : cd / download Release Date: 24 February

Young Soul

single : cd / download Release Date: 17 March Beeches are a Scottish indie/alternative band based in



56n are Graeme Hawley (of Oldham) and Derek Martin (of Dundee), living in Edinburgh for over 18 years, and together for 15. Sleevenotes is their first album. It is not so much something that you listen to, as something


The Friel Sisters Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

The Friel Sisters are excited to announce the recent release of their long awaited self-titled debut album with guest musicians Gearóid Mooney, Griogair Labhruidh & Seamus O’Kane. Featuring lively traditional Irish music interspersed with song in English and Irish they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes. Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/thefrielsisters/the-frielsisters-humours-of http://www.youtube.com/user/thefrielsisters Available from: http://frielmusic.com/#album Claddagh Records, Celtic Note, All Celtic Music, Tambourine(Japan), CD baby, iTunes, Google Play www.frielmusic.com www.facebook.com/frielsisters https://twitter.com/TheFrielSisters

Speak From The Start ep : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

"Speak From The Start is an EP of cover songs Twelfth Day were inspired to create after BBC Radio Manchester asked them to cover You’re The One For Me Fatty by Morrissey as part of their 40th birthday celebrations. Twelfth Day folk up songs by Twin Atlantic, Passion Pit, Blondie and Kanye West, as well as the Morrissey classic." Listen/Watch: https://twelfthday.bandcamp.com/ https://soundcloud.com/twelfthday Available from: https://twelfthday.bandcamp.com/

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that makes you feel you have been listened to. A record in sounds and words of the passing of time, during which love endured, relationships deepened, dreams stalled, and 56n sought refuge in the night sky, garden plants, and their neighbourhood. Personal and honest, it will feel familiar not just to audiences who have loved hearing these words on stage, but to new audiences who identify with the 21st century themes and its strong sense of artistic integrity. In short, it is a soundtrack to now. Timeless, relevant, considered. Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/56n Available from: www.amazon.co.uk www.amazon.com www.birnamcdshop.com www.colonpress.com/page4.htm ------------------------------------------------

BLUE FOX KNIGHTS Blue Fox Knights Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

This new, eponymous album from The Blue Fox Knights consists of an eclectic blend of genres and styles: indie folk rock with a blend of eastern swing and country music. The album contains a diverse range of original songs with strong melodies, and was professionally



Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now As described by reviewers: "Pure sonic gold dust" Herald / "More bite than a junkyard dog" New Hellfire Club / "Close your eyes and think of The Libertines when Mick Jones was involved with them and you would be skulking in the right alley doing the wrong deal.” - Itsaxxxxthing / "The Media Whores deserve all good fortune which comes their way for pouring their hearts and guts into something as stunning as Pornophonica" - Fusion Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/#themediawhores www.reverbnation.com/themediawhores Available from: National release via 'Proper Music Group' available in major record shops such as HMV and indie shops such as Lovemusic, Glasgow and Europa, Stirling. Amazon, itunes and ebay music shops https://twitter.com/MediaWhoresband www.facebook.com/pages/The-MediaWhores/167214953396994

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download mixed and mastered at Castlesound Studios.


Listen/Watch: www.bluefoxknights.co.uk/listen

www.billyliarmusic.com www.facebook.com/official.billy.liar

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TIM KLIPHUIS The Grappelli Album Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

The new live release from the Tim Kliphuis Trio, takes Tim back to his gypsy jazz roots and to the inspirational meeting he had with French jazz violin maestro, Stéphane Grappelli in 1995. Recorded live in Scotland, this Trio album features repertoire from the Parisian years with Django (1934-1938) and five beautiful Grappelli compositions from the seventies and eighties, most of which have never been covered in concert or on CD before. Tim, Nigel and Roy perform this collection of gems in the spirit of Grappelli, with a joyful, personal approach that goes beyond styles or genres. Listen/Watch: www.timkliphuis.com/video Available from: www.amazon.co.uk www.amazon.com www.birnamcdshop.com www.timkliphuis.com https://twitter.com/KliphuisTim www.facebook.com/TimKliphuisMusic ------------------------------------------------

Falling Lives

single : video download Release Date: 12 December

All I've Got

ep : cd / download Release Date: Out Now Billy's reflections on modern life combined with his machine-gun strumming are urgent, immediate, lifeaffirming and delivered with more charm than your average 'acoustic punk poet'. You're gonna get the honest truth from this Liar. Listen/Watch: www.officialbillyliar.bandcamp.com www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyobhcCJdm0

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PAUL ANDERSON Land of the Standing Stones Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Paul Anderson, from the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, is one of Scotland’s most respected traditional musicians. Land of the Standing Stones is really a love letter to Paul’s native Aberdeenshire as all but a couple of the 51 Atmospherics tunes on the album are inspired by the people, Album : cd / download landscape and history of the North-East of Scotland. Release Date: Out Now The music on the album has all been composed by Paul himself and at 70 minutes in length, it’s a considerable Atmospherics is the new album from jazz singer Kate Daniels. In a style she calls Jazz Noir , Kate evokes Julie achievement. The music, though rooted in the traditional Scots fiddle idiom, is also contemporary in London and the cellar bars of the 1950's. With distinguished musicians including John Etheridge, Tony style. He has been ably supported in this by a superb Coe, Alec Dankworth and John Horler, Kate has created group of musicians, which includes Shona Donaldson (Scots singer of the year 2009), Swedish citern genius arrangements of classic songs, inspired by the Ale Carr, Ali Napier (Dougie MacLean band) and haunting imagery of post-war film noir. Scottish acting star Kevin McKidd on guitar and vocals.


Listen/Watch: www.katedanielsjazz.co.uk/#!/music

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VARIOUS ARTISTS (Dogs Got A Bone Records) Capitalised: Tall Tales & Low Lives of Edinburgh Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Available from:

Listen: http://dgab.bandcamp.com/album/capitalised-tall-taleslow-lives-of-edinburgh

Turning plates release a teaser of their hotly anticipated Available from: début album ‘The Shouting Cave’. Falling lives features http://dgab.bandcamp.com/album/capitalised-tall-taleslow-lives-of-edinburgh an exciting video promo featuring two professional dancers in a dark tale of love in the digital game. http://dgabrecords.wix.com/dgab www.facebook.com/DGABrecords Listen/Watch: https://twitter.com/DGABrecords http://youtu.be/laEsw2v3zZg

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A ten track compilation album featuring a blend of Edinburgh`s old guard and the fresh faced newcomers to the capital`s music scene. There`s new and exclusive tracks from Frantic Chant, Epsilon One and Jimmy Miller while The Green Tambourine Band and The Jackals contribute re-worked versions of recent releases.

Listen/Watch: n/a Available from: www.amazon.co.uk www.amazon.com www.birnamcdshop.com iTunes / Amazon MP3 / Spotify https://twitter.com/PaulAnd79837722 www.facebook.com/paul.anderson.3591 www.paulandersonscottishfiddler.com -----------------------------------------------

SIENNA Give Me Your Love ep : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download Formed in Kinross, Scotland in 2012 Sienna have already received great plaudits in the Scottish media and absolutely wowed crowds at ‘T in the Park’, Not bad for a group all under 21. Their party vibe, powerful harmonies and energetic songwriting along with captivating lead vocals and guitar from frontman Danny McAtear, make them a must see new band. Listen: https://soundcloud.com/siennamusicuk/sets/give-meyour-love/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWqVcWrDuMI Available from: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/give-me-your-lovesingle/id726171729 https://play.spotify.com/ album/5aWIunhiV4khsZ7gZ4GcLJ www.siennabandmusic.com www.facebook.com/SiennaBandMusic https://twitter.com/SiennaUK ------------------------------------------------

a modern folk sound that epitomises the Scottish indie scene's uncanny ability to blend contemporary innovation with more traditional values. Listen: https://soundcloud.com/wearedante Available from: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/wake/id730360861 www.dantemusic.com www.facebook.com/wearedante https://twitter.com/wearedante ------------------------------------------------

MICK WEST & MULDOON'S PICNIC A Scots Chorus Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

A Scots Chorus is a joint venture between veteran Scots singer Mick West and the fantastic a cappella group Muldoon's Picnic. In mid 2012, West and Muldoon's Wake started exploring the different harmonic possibilities of Album : cd / download a body of the most interesting and representative Scots Release Date: Out Now chorus songs they could find and, having decided that some of these songs would benefit from instrumental Dante's 'Wake' showcases the songwriting talents of arrangements too, asked well known arrangers Frank Seán McLaughlin (a member of Idlewild’s Rod Jones' McLaughlin and Stewart Hardy to arrange, manage and solo project, The Birthday Suit), the band have captured perform on the project. It is hoped that the CD and


booklet will not only be enjoyable in their own right, but also provide a portal for those who wish to explore the great Scots song repertoire further, and be a motivation and inspiration for all singers and musicians to take this materiel and develop to use it to make their own music. Listen: www.last.fm/music/Muldoon%27s+Picnic Available from: www.Amazon.co.uk www.Amazon.com iTunes www.birnamcdshop.com www.muldoonspicnic.com www.twitter.com/muldoonspicnic www.facebook.com/muldoonspicnic ------------------------------------------------

COLIN MacKAY Do What You Love Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Do What You Love is the new album from Scottish singer/songwriter Colin Mackay and follows on from his two previous albums, Handle With Care and Whiskey Morning. The album was recorded State-side, features a host of musicians, and was produced and engineered by Bil Vorndick.




Lose this Feeling


Button Up

Album / ep / single? : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

"The Voice" Season 3 runner-up Terry McDermott and his band the Bonfires have returned with another stunning, sweeping Britrock ballad, co-written with Todd Burman of Australia's Juke Kartel. (Todd also worked on Terry's first post-"Voice" single, "Pictures," which went to number one on the iTunes rock chart.) And judging by the new video for the track, Terry hasn't lost the feeling at all, perfectly suits the dreamy song...and yes, it does rock. (Lyndsey Parker / Rolling Stone)

Esotero is the 5th release by multiinstrumentalist composer, Fraser Fifield. Recorded as a live studio session in summer 2013, it features Fraser with award winning guitarist and long term collaborator Graeme Stephen. Seamless live electronics place atmospheric texture around their original melodies and improvisations. A unique sound.

Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/terrymcdermott/losethis-feeling-mcdermott http://terrymcdermottmusic.com/videos/ Available from: http://terrymcdermottmusic.com/buy/ http://terrymcdermottmusic.com/ www.facebook.com/terrymacmusic https://twitter.com/TerryMacMusic

Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/fraserfifield https://fraserfifield.bandcamp.com http://www.youtube.com/tanarrecords Available from: http://www.fraserfifield.com/shop/esotero/ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/esotero/ id762129917?uo=4 www.fraserfifield.com www.facebook.com/fraserfifieldmusic www.twitter.com/fraserfifield

single : download Release Date: Out Now The new single from Irish folk singer Heidi Talbot’s latest album ‘Angels Without Wings’, is a beautiful modern day folk song. Co written and sung with King Creosote, AKA Kenny Anderson, ‘Button Up’ was created after the pair discovered a mutual admiration: “He was asked to pick his fantasy band for The Independent and he picked me and Morten Harket from A-ha on joint lead vocals,” Heidi laughs. She conceived the melody for Button Up with Anderson in mind, and he sent back his own lyrics. The result is a brooding urgent love song. Heidi is touring the UK in November ande December with multi instrumentalist/Producer John McCusker and Irish Guitarist and singer John Doyle. Listen/Watch: www.youtube.com/user/heiditalbotofficial https://soundcloud.com/proper-musicdistribution/heidi-talbot-button-up-radio/s-9EEhq Available from: www.heiditalbot.com/shop.html www.heiditalbot.com https://twitter.com/heiditalbot www.facebook.com/Heiditalbotofficial

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NordEste /NorthEast Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

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COREEN SCOTT Beyond The Sea Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

'Beyond The Sea is the new album from Scottish singer Coreen Scott. Singing in French, English and Portuguese, the album is a collection of songs from around the world. From the haunting melodies of Sandy Denny's Who Knows Where the Time Goes and Tom Wait's The Briar and the Rose to the thought-provoking lyrics of Weeping and the deceptively jaunty sound of Je ne veux pas travailler, Coreen’s voice soars above the beautiful instrumental melodies and tight-knit harmonies – there is something for everyone on this CD, including lovely interpretations of such classics as the Dylan's To Make You Feel My Love, Piaf’s La vie en rose, and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac’s Songbird, but also the more rhythmic South African Weeping, the Portuguese Manha de carnival and the lovely French La mer. Listen: www.coreenscott.co.uk/listen-to-coreen



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GAVIN SUTHERLAND Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now




Tango at the Lost Café

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A Brazilian percussionist, Allysson Velez travels to Huntly, Scotland. There he is touched by the very first contact with the Scottish Ceilidh and impressed by the common musical language of the north east of Scotland and the north east of Brazil. Here he worked with a special selection of local Scottish musicians and a musician from West Africa, who has settled in the area, to transform an encounter into a musical flow of exchanging gifts and virtues. This album, NordEste/ NorthEast, documents that exchange of Scottish and Brazillian music, which also inaugurates a new word, Ceilidhcatu, merging the words Ceilidh (a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing music and dancing) and Maracatu (a performance genre found in Pernambuco state, in northeastern Brazil), from which the musicians have taken their name.

Tango at the Lost Café is the new album from singer/ songwriter Gavin Sutherland, featuring special guests including his old Sutherland Brothers and Quiver partners, Iain Sutherland, Tim Renwick and Willie Wilson. "A rough sketch of 'Tango At The Lost Café' appeared in my head as I drove home under a starry sky and, by the time I'd got in and put the kettle on, I kind of knew where I was going. Olé!" - Gavin Sutherland. Listen: https://soundcloud.com/gavin-sutherland

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Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now Fullsceilidh Spelemannslag are an 11-piece, Shetlandbased instrumental group. Their fiddle driven music, backed by a hard hitting rhythm section, is drawn from their Shetland traditions, alongside Nordic and Celtic influences. 500 Sessions is the group's new album and features a wonderful mix of traditional tunes and new compositions with the isles' rich heritage in mind. Listen: https://soundcloud.com/spreefix Available from: www.Amazon.co.uk www.Amazon.com iTunes www.birnamcdshop.com www.spreefix.com https://twitter.com/Spreefix



STEPHEN LEE 4 Orchestral Pieces Album : cd Release Date: Out Now

4 Orchestral Pieces is a body of work composed by Stephen Lee. Influences reflected in it include the rich, dark imagery of the art of Douglas Gordon and of Caravaggio, the melancholic vision and 'eternal solitude' of the poetry of James Thomson/Charles Baudelaire and

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL RECORD SHOP 'Record Store Day 2014' is on 19 April : www.recordstoreday.co.uk

We encourage you to support independent record shops in Scotland : A selection of popular ones are below. If you run or have a favourite shop not listed please let us know and we'll happily include it. Because this is linked to our 'new release' section we are only listing genuine high street retail shops who sell physical copies of new cds/records 'friendly face to friendly face' with their customers! Email your record shop details to be included below to: carol.musicnewsscotland@gmail.com Avalanche (Edinburgh) Grassmarket EH1 2HY : www.avalancherecords.co.uk Apollo Music (Paisley) Causeyside Street PA1 1YH : www.apollomusic.uk.com Barnstorm (Dumfries) Queensberry Street DG1 1BU : 01387 267894 Coda (Edinburgh) [trad/folk specialist] Bank Street EH1 2LN : www.codamusic.co.uk Concorde (Perth) Scott Street PH1 5EJ : www.concordemusic.com Europa (Stirling) Friars Street FK8 1HA : www.europamusic.co.uk Imperial (Inverness) Market Hall IV1 1PJ : www.imperial-music.com Love Music (Glasgow) Dundas Street G1 2AQ : www.lovemusicglasgow.com McAlister Matheson (Edinburgh) [classical] Grindlay St EH3 9AT : www.mmmusic.co.uk Monorail (Glasgow) King Street G1 5RB : www.monocafebar.com/index.php?pid=84 Ripping Records (Edinburgh) South Bridge EH1 1HN : www.rippingrecords.com

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APRIL Knoydart Music Festival Knoydart Next on in 2015 Knoydart Festival is a weekend-long outdoor music festival for the whole family, centred around Scottish traditional music. It has been held every two years since 2009 and the next one is in 2015. www.facebook.com/knoydartmusicfestival

Glenfarg Folk Feast Glenfarg 11-13 April Ran by Glenfarg Village Folk Club the festival may be small but its stature and longevity are huge to say the least. We pride ourselves on running a friendly event with workshops and competitions to suit all tastes, and the World famous Puff-a -Box competition just has to be seen to be believed!

live country music. This is truly an international event featuring top class acts from the USA, Canada, Europe, Ireland and the U.K. alongside our wealth of local talent and youth bands.

Dumfriesshire 2-4 May

20 plus band cross-genre Music Festival in Dumfriesshire, early May Bank Holiday, Run by www.nncmc.co.uk Lewis Hamilton Music. The village is an attractive and vibrant community of some 2,000 people, and Dumfries and Galloway is a well-known Northern Streams music destination, hosting such successful Edinburgh events as the Wickerman, Moniaive Folk and 25-26 April Bluegrass Festivals. Thornhill lies at the junction of the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock and A702 Prepare to sail the seas with music, song and dance courtesy of Edinburgh’s Northern Streams New Galloway to Edinburgh roads in the midsection of the beautiful Nith Valley in 2014 Festival programme. Guests include Norway’s dynamic ‘rock and roll’ Storm Weather Dumfriesshire. Shanty Choir, award-winning Kevin Lees, Dave www.facebook.com/pages/Thornhill-Music-Festival/487819717906138 Wood & Noa Shamir (Denmark/Britain); Shetland’s premier duo Maggie Adamson & Brian Girvan Folk Festival Nicholson and innovative Swedish musicians Girvan Kristin Borgehed & Nathan Bissette. 2-4 May www.northernstreams.org

Bring It All Home

2014 marks the 40th Girvan Folk Festival. The Festival started in 1975, a time when folk music Arbroath Blues in Scotland was increasingly exploring its own Arbroath roots. Concert venues, competitions, ceilidh 26 April dance childrens events, sessions for tunes and songs, Open Stage, workshops,secure campsite. A ‘Day of Blues’ festival in Arbroath. 3pm to So please tell all of your friends and help to 12am. Two venues with Paddy McGuire’s Blues make this the biggest Girven Festival ever! Band, Cry Baby & The Hoochie Coochie Boys and There will be plenty of room and plenty of music The Yahs - and it’s Free! for all to enjoy.

Paisley 11-19 April



TradFest Edinburgh Dùn Èideann

Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival


The cream of Scotland’s songwriting talent is teaming up for a series of unique concerts to celebrate the memory of the late Gerry Rafferty in his hometown of Paisley. Bring it all Home will bring together some of the finest Scottish artists of the past few decades for a star-studded tribute to Gerry and his life’s work. The festival – a key part of the Homecoming Scotland celebrations – coincides with a two-month exhibition of the singer’s memorabilia at Paisley Museum, featuring artwork from his friend and another of Paisley’s best-known sons, John Byrne. www.bringitallhome.co.uk

Go-Rock Fest Gourock 12 April

Edinburgh 29 April - 11 May TradFest Edinburgh · Dùn Èideann is a vibrant festival of folk arts celebrating music, song, storytelling, dance, folk drama, arts and crafts, literature, architecture, film and multi-media in the capital city. The core programming theme for 2014 is ‘Revival and Renaissance’ which will explore the cyclical way in which Scotland’s folk arts burst into life and influence every other aspect of culture. Over 70 events were showcased between 24 April and 6 May 2013 in Scotland’s Capital with locals and visitors both discovering a feast of culture in the Festival City! www.tracscotland.org/festivals/tradfest

Go-Rock is a mini multi-venue festival aiming to showcase some of the great unsigned/ independent acts in Scotland. Just a short train ride from Glasgow, the pretty coastal town of Gourock with its intimate venues and stunning views is the perfect location for our small festival. Raising funds for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy charity. Tickets available from (17 Feb) www.tickets-scotland.com and www.eventbrite.co.uk

Oban 2-4 May The Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival has developed into one of Scotland’s major cultural festivals, and takes place annually in Oban, Scotland. The event has developed to include new special events and competitions, and the festival now offers over 1100 participants 125 competition classes in eleven disciplines including piping, accordion, fiddle, clarsach, piano, recorder, woodwind & brass, singing, highland dancing and choreography. This is the festival's 31st year and 2014 is going to be their biggest yet with new venues and over 1100 participants, 125 competition classes in eleven disiplines.



34th Shetland Folk Festival

Isle of Bute 2-5 May

Shetland 1-4 May

The Festival as the UK's most northerly folk festival is regarded a prestigious event for performers, locals and visitors alike. Organised www.go-rock-fest.com by a voluntary committee (and run by an even bigger pool of volunteers) the Festival prides Northern Nashville itself in reaching out to even the most far flung areas of Shetland. Concerts are organised Country Music Festival throughout the isles, consisting of some of the Caithness best International, British and Shetland music 18-20 April that the world has to offer. In fact, visiting In 2004 we took a gamble and ran our first ever artistes are regularly dumbfounded by the quantity and quality of local musicians that our Northern Nashville Caithness Country Music Festival (NNCCMF), which thankfully was a great remote isles have to offer. success. Over the years it has gone from www.shetlandfolkfestival.com strength to strength, with country music fans converging on Caithness over Easter Weekend to Thornhill Music Festival be part of this 3-day 5-show extravaganza of

Isle of Bute Jazz Festival

The Isle of Bute Jazz Festival has grown spectacularly from its small beginnings to become one of Britain's most popular jazz weekends. Top-class UK and international names feature in a programme of traditional jazz music in one of Scotland's prettiest and friendliest seaside resorts. www.butejazz.com

Darvel Music Festival Darvel 3 May First in the 2014 Concert Series is Eric Bibb and Band, with support from Michael Jerome Browne on 3rd May. Early bird special of £22.50 until March 31st when price reverts to £25. Please support us by buying tickets early and if you can


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proud to also be able to present these artistes from time to time. We offer a wide range of events: music – including classical, jazz and folk, dance, theatre, literary, children’s events, plus the visual arts and films. Events take place in a range of venues throughout the region, from large to small, formal to informal, urban to rural.


host of international DJs and artists as well as homegrown talents to the iconic Beach Ballroom. Building on the success of last year, the third Big Beach Ball will once again utilise both the indoor and outdoor facilities at the venue creating a one-day festival spectacular. The event will showcase Breakneck Comedy, food stalls, beach bar and arts and crafts, all perfectly complimented by five stages of quality music, with fans of all genres catered to.

Brew at the Bog


Inverness 3 May

Moniave Folk Festival

Kirkcudbright 22-25 May


Knockengorroch World Ceilidh

Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, 9-11 May

If you prefer a bigger festival in a smaller pot “The best new music festival in Scotland.” Vic you are a Knockengorrocher! Join us beside the Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland. Brew at the Bog glittering Water of Deugh beneath the broad is BrewDog and Bogbain Farm’s gift to the The Moniave Folk Festival has something for shoulders of southwest Scotland's great world: a festival full of new music and new everyone, Great music, Piping competitions, mountain peaks to celebrate some of the finest beer. BrewDog are the leaders of the craft beer Open stages, children’s events and concerts. music from the Celtic diaspora and everywhere revolution and they are about breaking rules, Workshops. Come along for a wonderful family in-between. The World Ceilidh melds together taking risks, upsetting trends, unsettling weekend. the most ancient roots music with the latest institutions but first and foremost, great tasting cutting edge sounds. This first truly backwoods beers. As one newspaper put it, BrewDog is the www.moniaivefolkfestival.co.uk upland music fest in Scotland hosts some of the new black. Bogbain Farm is based just outside best musicians and performers from across the Inverness and was crowned the “Best Unusual world. All are invited to journey over hill and Scribblers Picnic Venue” at the 2012 Scottish Event Awards. Brew Stirling dale by rock and stream to our natural at the Bog is just the latest in festivals Bogbain greenfield auditorium and to our upland stage to 11 May is hosting and the fabulous surroundings of this experience the biggest little festival this side of old farm will ensure Brew at the Bog 2014 will The Scribbler’s Picnic is a charity that was set up anywhere! go down in history. in 2001 to raise money for five cancer charities – www.knockengorroch.org.uk CHAS, Strathcarron Hospice, Maggie’s Centre, www.brewatthebog.com Marie Curie Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Orkney Folk Festival Care. This outdoor event is held at the Stirling Sound Rugby Club with each year getting better and Orkney Galashiels better. Four stages of music and a charity fete 22-25 May 3 May make it a fun day for all the family. Here we are folks – Orkney Folk Festival number Come to the beautiful Scottish Borders and www.scribblerspicnic.co.uk 32! Once again we have some big names coming celebrate a fun packed day this May Bank north to join in the fun in May, and from the Holiday Weekend. Professional touring 'tribute' ceilidh bands to the almost indie strand, we have FifeSing bands promise a great family evening of brought together a broad mix of artists that we Collessie, Fife entertainment. Coldplay tribute band hope appeals to everyone’s interpretation of the 16-18 May "Coldplayer"; KOL Tribute 'The Kings Lyon'; increasingly expansive folk genre. As ever, our 'Simple Minded'; Steve Cass himself and Justin local traditions and musicians – both established This unique event brings together some of Wilson aka 'No Strings Attached' and Madeleine Scotland's finest exponents of traditional singing and emerging – will be centre stage alongside Dow joins the line up performing an acoustic set. for a weekend of old songs and bothy ballads in those visiting the festival. You would be hard pushed to find another festival throughout the concerts and singarounds in the rural www.facebook.com/ surroundings of the Fife Farm Park. The weekend country that has such a strong home soundfestivalgalashiels representation, and it is one that we are hugely also includes workshops/talks on topics related proud of. to traditional song and culture.

Riverside Festival Glasgow 3-4 May

Scotland's premier electronic music festival Electric Frog returns this May Bank Holiday weekend with Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival. Organisers have today revealed plans to add a second day and return to the spectacular Riverside Museum site for the second consecutive year for the 2014 instalment, with what’s set to be their biggest event yet. Organisers have reconfigured the site to feature two stages aiming to maximise the space and enhance the festival experience for the thousands of electronic music fans expected to descend on the event over both days. The party will continue late into the night at various venues in the city. Line-up and ticket details will be announced soon. www.theelectricfrog.co.uk

The Big Beach Ball



Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival

Perth Festival of the Arts

Dumfries and Galloway 16-25 May Our 9-day festival has taken place since 1979. The founding aim was to bring international performers of the highest quality to a region containing many scattered rural communities since then this region has produced some of its own talent of international standing and we’re

Perth 22 May - 1 June Perth Festival of the Arts is one if the highlights in Perth's cultural calendar in Scotland. Now its 43rd year, it covers a wide range of artforms from classical music and opera to rock music and drama. Concerts are staged in Perth Concert Hall and St John's Kirk. www.perthfestival.co.uk

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