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Born To Be Wide Partners With Made In Adelaide To Host Special 'Edinburgh Festivals' Evening Born To Be Wide returns on 9 August to co-host a special evening with Made in Adelaide and Arts South Australia at Edinburgh’s Summerhall. Beginning with a discussion panel focusing on how Edinburgh’s festivals can help emerging music talent, the free event will also feature live showcases, a reception and DJs. “This is an amazing opportunity for the Scottish music scene and industry to connect with their South Australian counterparts,” says Born To Be Wide founder, Olaf Furniss. He adds that the panel will explore opportunities for the contemporary music scene, which in Edinburgh has been hit by recent club closures and during August, faces the additional challenge of many key venues programming comedy acts rather than music. “The discussion will provide a valuable insight into how the festivals can serve as a proactive platform for musicians, promoters, labels and managers.”

festival directors including Neil Armfield (Adelaide Festival), Heather Croall (Adelaide Fringe), Roland Gulliver (Edinburgh International Book Festival) and Shona McCarthy (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). It will be followed by a reception including food and drink from South Australia and live performances by Adelaide acts MANE, Wanderers and Carla Lippis.

with colleagues to discuss how our festivals can support emerging musical talent,” she says. “[We] are always looking for new Peter Louca, executive director of Arts ways to South Australia, the organisations behind encourage the Made In Adelaide initiative, has artists to take welcomed the collaboration with Born To Be advantage of the Wide: unique “It’s going to be a fabulous evening and the opportunities. I’m looking forward to hearing perfect opportunity to strengthen our connection how other festivals support emerging musicians as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network – and sharing our collective experiences." especially given Edinburgh is a City of Literature and both Adelaide and Glasgow are Cities of Music,” he says. “To maximise export opportunities for our bands, and to deepen the cultural connection between Adelaide and Edinburgh, we have partnered with Born to Be Wide to present this panel forum discussion, industry networking and live music showcase." This is echoed by Shona McCarthy, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, who is one of the panel speakers: "I’m delighted to take part in this event, joining

Furniss will chair the panel which features key

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36 Open Project Funding awards of between £3,500 and £85,000 made in June for cultural activity across Scotland Details of the Open Project Fund and other Creative Scotland funding can be found @

Creative Scotland has awarded over £800,000 National Lottery funding through the Open Project Fund in June to 36 recipients, including individual artists, musicians, a pop-up cinema space, writers, theatre makers, festivals and organisations working across the arts, screen and creative industries.

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delighted that, thanks to such support, we will be able to represent Scotland together in On the musical front funding for Contemporary September.” Music for All will be used to produce the Edinburgh-based multi-arts venue Summerhall Contemporary Music Summer School. Taking has received funding to undertake a pilot place on Orkney at the end of July, the Summer programme of artist development initiatives. The School will provide opportunities for musicians of Artist Development Programme will comprise all abilities to explore, create and perform two Labs, offering artists time, space and money contemporary music in the company, and with to develop new work, two Scratch nights, the support of, leading composers and offering artists the chance to try out an idea in musicians. front of an audience, and four space development weeks, offering artists in-kind Alt-folk trio Salt House, along with trad duo, space to develop new work. fiddler/singer Eilidh Shaw and guitarist Ross Martin, have received funding to support the development of new material.

Fife-based Dysart Colliery Silver Band have received funding to enable them to attend and compete at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain 2017 in Cheltenham, 16-17 September. Alison Chapman, Dysart Colliery Silver Band said: “We are thrilled to have received funding from Creative Scotland. It is the band’s first win at the Scottish Championships since 1921 and the first time since 1945 that we have the chance to compete in the Nationals, so it is a big thing for us. Without Creative Scotland’s support, it just wouldn’t be possible. It’s not about winning, it’s about working together to be the very best that we can be, and we are

Music educators, producers and sound designers, Bal Cooke and Ewan Sinclair will use their funding to support the development and presentation of a new and experimental music, art and technology project. SoundPlay will enable participants of all ages to experience direct interaction with cutting-edge digital soundscapes and lighting. Iain Munro, Deputy CEO at Creative Scotland said: “Collectively, these projects will reach many thousands of people from communities across Scotland, enabling them to participate in and enjoy artistic and creative experiences. “We are particularly pleased to have been able to support such a wide range of cultural activity in this round, from Cinemor 77’s pop-up cinema

space and CoMA’s Contemporary Music Summer School on Orkney, to supporting the Gary Clarke Company to tour community theatre work Coal and enabling the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival to continue their vital work. “While, as always, there are many more good applications than we have the funds to support, these latest awards do provide invaluable support to the successful applicants and we look forward to seeing their work develop as a result.” Open Project Funding is available to a wide range of organisations and individuals working across Scotland in the arts, screen and creative industries. It supports a broad spectrum of activity including creative and professional development, research and development, production, small capital requirements, touring and collaborations, festivals, arts programming, audience development, etc. A full list of activities supported through this route is set out in the Open Project Funding application guidance. Support is available for projects of different scale and duration with the maximum period of award being set at 2 years. Awards are made in the range £1,000 to £100,000 (or up to £150,000 by exception).

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Dawnings is the new project from Glasgow based singer/ songwriter Louise Quinn and producer Bal Cooke. It combines retro electronics with countrified guitar and melancholic reverb soaked vocals. Released on 2 June .


Liz Jones is an Edinburgh based singer/songwriter and Broken Windows is her debut album with her highly respected band members. It sits happily in rock/blues/jazz territory with songs about love, life and making music.

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Beatboxer and sound artist Jason Singh retraces herring fleets of old with his score for 1929 film 'Drifters' Internationally renowned beatboxer Jason Singh makes a welcome return with his astonishing live soundtrack to John Grierson's seminal 1929 silent documentary Drifters to inspire new artistic interpretations of Britain’s fishing heritage and traditions created and performed live by artists across the UK as part of the tour. Due for a performance in Leith on 5 August this one will include Leith-based female singing collective Davno who will celebrate the major port’s East European connections of the past and present with their ethereal arrangements of traditional songs from Poland, Russia and Ukraine. Jason Singh is one of the UK’s top composers and sound artists; he is one of the current recipients of the PRS for Music Foundation’s four New Music Biennial Composer Residencies in Hull UK City of Culture 2017, has composed and designed sound for the V&A Museum, London and has appeared as a TV and radio guest on programmes as diverse as BBC Two’s Springwatch and BBC Radio 3's Late Junction. Each performance of his semi-improvised score for Grierson's portrayal of the dramatic daily routines of North Sea herring trawlermen is a totally unique combination of live vocal sound effects, voice manipulation, beatboxing and pioneering live sampling techniques to create an exhilarating cinematic experience.

August), before calling at SeahousesHUB (22 September), The Customs House, South Shields (24 September), Aldeburgh Cinema (28 September), finishing at SeaChange Arts, Great Yarmouth (30 September). The tour is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. It is also presented as part of a nationwide programme to launch the BFI’s ‘Britain on Film’ Coast and Sea project, supported by BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) organisations, taking place at coastal locations around the UK, with funds from the National Lottery, and lead by Film Hub Central East (Broadway Cinema Nottingham). Each event will also feature a rare big screen presentation of local archive films about the coast and sea from as early as 1918, accompanied by new live commissions from specially selected performers from the region celebrating the traditions of their community's individual coastal heritage. Commissioned by Shona Thomson of A Kind of Seeing, the diverse range of performers will respond to and bring a fresh perspective on the archive films’ themes of environment, migration and labour subjects that are just as urgent today in our coastal communities.

GIGnotes ..... Saturday 5 August: Destiny Church, Leith, 7.30pm, £8/£6 concession. Presented in partnership with LeithLate and Citizen Curator. Book online @ http://

Friday 22 September: SeahousesHUB, 7.30pm, £8 / £7.50 concession / £5 child. Presented in The 2017 Following The Fleet: DRIFTERS tour will visit six of the UK's important fishing ports, re-tracing partnership with SeahousesHUB. Tickets on 01665 721868 (during office hours). the historic journey of boats, men and women in pursuit of the once abundant herring shoals. Details of how to book tickets for all events are Commencing in the major port of Leith on Saturday 5 available at: August, the tour will then be dropping anchor for a free atmospheric outdoor screening at Hull Marina as part of The Floating Cinema’s ‘In Dialogue’ film programme within Hull UK City of Culture 2017 (10


Adriana 's second album is more raw and guitar-driven that its predecessor. This features Ross McFarlane (Texas, The Proclaimers) on drums, ... with themes from lost love and infidelity to atheism and the refugee crisis. Cracking! Top Floor Taivers debut album interweaves traditional Scottish, contemporary and original songs and tunes, influenced by the band member's respective home nations and pushing the boundaries of folk. Catch them on tour!

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Music Plus+ & Hit The Road artists play Belladrum National youth music projects Music Plus+ and Hit The Road have teamed up with Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in Beauly, near Inverness from 4-5 August offering young artists 1419 years old, the opportunity to perform at the festival.

Both projects have proven to be key stepping-stones in the development of some of Scotland’s most promising young artists, including, Model Aeroplanes, JR Green, Indigo Velvet, Man of Moon, Be Charlotte and Emme Woods.

Artists showcasing include; Iona Fyfe, Cameron Roxburgh, Rosie Sullivan, Fozko, The Cliftons, Louis Page, Eilidh Anderson, Bad Jeff, Cougar Macdougall, Emily Isla and Malala Cream.

Music Plus, Hit The Road and Scottish Music Centre staff are available to offer information on our initiatives on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 August between 3-5pm from our branded marquee beside the XpoNorth Seedlings Stage - come say hello!


106 FM and Album of the Week on BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal's Rapal show. The band have supported acts like The Bluetones and The Lapelles and release their next single ‘Win The Girl’ 29 July.

Bella Bar | Saturday 5 August at 12noon

Nineteen year old Aberdeenshire folksinger Iona Fyfe is one of Scotland’s finest ballad singers, who continues to embrace and promote the repertoire and language of her native north east. She has performed at the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Awards, Radio 2 Young Folk Awards, at scores of festivals, and iconic concert halls. Her music has also featured on Channel 4 series ‘Great Canal Journeys’ and BBC Scotland’s ‘Landward.’

Club and Belladrum Festival in previous years. Emily has been championed by NetSounds, and has supported artists like Raintown & Martha Ffion. EmilyIslaMusic

COUGAR MACDOUGALL Mothers’ Ruin | Saturday 5 August at 14:00pm

Cougar Macdougall is also among the youngest performers Shipping Forecast Friday 4 August 18:45pm and at Belladrum this year with Boaty MacBoatface Saturday 14:15pm Music Plus. The 15 year old DJ / Louis Page is the youngest Producer from the Highlands is musician performing at Belladrum particularly influenced by Festival with Music Plus, age just Chicago house, techno and UK 14 years. Hailing from Garage. For more info on Cougar Helensburgh, he is a talented visit his Beatport profile below. CAMERON ROXBURGH multi-instrumentalist, he sings, Bella Bar | Friday 4 August at 12:45pm and Boaty MacBoatface at 15:45pm plays guitar, drums and piano. He regularly plays at King Tuts EILIDH ANDERSON Cameron Roxburgh performs Octopus Garden Friday 4 August 17:15pm & Sunday Song Club and opened for Big Country with school friend Callum Cronin Shipping Forecast Saturday 18:45pm earlier this year. [both from Callander near Eilidh Anderson is an 18 year old Stirling], and a revolving group singer songwriter based in of guest musicians. Rooted in FOZKO Ullapool in the North West folk, Roxburgh sings with a Mothers’ Ruin | Friday 4 August at 14:00pm Highlands. She fuses a range of broad Scottish accent, off-kilter Fozko (a.k.a Lewis Fraser) is an indie, jazz, blues and folk into her lyrics, unusual song structures and angular 18 year old DJ based in the music and has played at guitars. They’ve toured with Hit The Road, Highlands. He developed a Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival showcased at XpoNorth Festival, supported passion for electronic music after in previous years. Eilidh has supported artists artists like Admiral Fallow, Randolph’s Leap and DJing at small parties and including Hunter and the Bear and Spring Break. Siobhan Wilson and released their ‘Outside’ EP private events, leading to a earlier this year. residency at The Play House in MALALA CREAM Nairn. Each week he performs and hones his Free Range Folk Stage | Saturday 5 August at 12noon craft and is currently perfecting his production Malala Cream are a young trio abilities. ROSIE SULLIVAN from The Black Isle, Skye and Octopus Garden | Saturday 5 August at 17:15pm Strathpeffer who specialise in Scottish traditional music; Among the youngest artists BAD JEFF having all met at National playing Belladrum with Music Bella Bar | Saturday 5 August at 12:45pm Centre of Excellence for Plus, Rosie Sullivan is a 15 year Traditional Music - Plockton Bad Jeff are a young old singer songwriter from the Music School. Their sound, often vocal-led, quartet based in Isle of Lewis. A multisometimes instrumental, combines Traditional Edinburgh and Glasgow. instrumentalist; playing guitar, tunes with original lyrics and contemporary They are currently fiddle and piano, she regularly influences. recording their debut EP, performs throughout Stornaway and has busked which combines funk, her way across mainland Scotland. Rosie has More about the Belladrum soul, jazz and rock won national songwriting competitions, 'small stages' acts @ performed live on STV, at festivals like Thornhill influences. The band have performed at a Music Festival and to a 10,000 strong audience variety of venues in Edinburgh and Glasgow and Belladrum signals their debut festival at Wembley Stadium. performance.



Free Range Folk Stage | Friday 4 August at 12noon

Bella Bar | Friday 4 August at 12noon

The Cliftons are an indie-rock quartet from Aberdeen. They’ve been championed by Jim Gellatly in The Sun, secured airplay on Original

EMILY ISLA Emily Isla is a young singer songwriter from Inverness, who is influenced by local artists like Rachel Sermanni. She has performed at Groove Cairngorm Festival, the Glachbeg Croft Folk

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Adam Bulley & Chas Mackenzie on the road One of the most highly rated duo’s in the country, Adam Bulley & Chas Mackenzie deliver a fiery, energy fuelled array of acoustic music styles. Weaving effortlessly between Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, Folk and Pop, they have performed on some of the biggest stages in the UK, alongside some of the world’s greatest musicians. Originally performing under the name of Wingin’ It, the duo won a coveted “Danny Kyle” Award at Celtic Connections in 2007. Other highlights include performing regularly at the acclaimed Ullapool Guitar Festival, alongside a host of the world’s top guitarists, as well as multiple appearances at Celtic Connections. In 2012 they were commissioned to write 10 minutes of new music to celebrate the life of the renowned piper Gordon Duncan, which was then performed to a sold out Perth Concert Hall. In 2013 the duo released their debut album “For the Many”. Making full use of the recording studio, as well as some of Scotland’s most in-demand session musicians, the project soon took on a life of its own. It has received widespread acclaim from musicians and critics alike.

Most recently the duo were asked to support the legendary guitarist Larry Carlton at Celtic Connections in 2016. Propelling the acoustic guitars and mandolin to new levels of expression and excitement their live show is at once an informal, life affirming and memorable musical experience. “Above all, these guys are entertainers. The technique is masterful, the musical discipline exemplary, but what comes across most strongly is not the dazzling display of flatpicking, but that they are having real fun on stage, and that they can communicate this effortlessly to the audience” Richard Lindsay “they were a dazzling, jazzy, very funny, breath of fresh air. They left some traditionalist mouths hanging open, but the boys absolutely nailed it.” The Herald GIGnotes ..... 10 August: Reay Village Hall, Thurso. 11 August: Lyth Arts Centre, Wick. 12 August: Carnegie Hall, Clashmore, Dornoch. More gig info @

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Opera Highlights Tours To 17 Venues Across Scotland This Coming Autumn Scottish Opera’s hugely popular Opera Highlights tour kicks off in September, travelling to smaller, more remote venues the length and breadth of Scotland. Travelling to 17 venues across the country from 21 September to 28 October, the Autumn tour visits Musselburgh, Markinch, Arisaig, Portree, Stornoway, Lochinver, Carrbridge, Findhorn, Cove, Peebles, Stranraer, Campbeltown, Bowmore, Benderloch, Langholm, Greenock and East Kilbride. Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark has curated an extremely varied programme including favourites from Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers, as well as lesser known gems rarely performed on the Scottish stage. Opera Highlights will also feature the world premiere of a work created especially for the tour by Scottish Opera’s new Emerging Artist Composer in Residence Samuel Bordoli. With something for everyone, from opera first timers to seasoned fans, Opera Highlights promises an intimate performance of great music. This year’s cast is full of fresh new talent including Scottish Opera Emerging Artist baritone Alexey Gusev and three recent graduates of the National Opera Studio: soprano Lucy Hall, mezzo-soprano Kate Howden and tenor William

Morgan. Elizabeth Rowe accompanies the four talented young singers on piano and former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Jack Furness (Opera Highlights 2016) makes a welcome return to the Company to direct. Director Jack Furness said: ‘I learnt so much during my time as an Emerging Artist with Scottish Opera, and one of the highlights was…Opera Highlights! I’m so pleased to be coming back to direct another show, especially as it involves working with composer Samuel Bordoli. Opera Highlights is a real heart-and-soul show. I remember having so much fun in the rehearsal room and I’m sure this time will be no different.’ Scottish Opera’s General Director, Alex Reedijk, said: ‘Touring Scotland is at the heart of what we do and Opera Highlights is the perfect show to take to smaller and more remote communities around the country as it truly has something for everyone. We are thrilled to have Jack Furness back with us to direct this production which will travel to 17 venues in Autumn. His 2016 Opera Highlights tour was a hit with audiences, and his imaginative approach will no doubt bring out the best in this year’s fabulous young cast.’

Notable achievements include the world premiere of James MacMillan's Inés de Castro at the 1996 Edinburgh International Festival and complete Ring cycles at the 2003 Edinburgh International Festival, which won the 2004 South Bank Show Award for Best Opera Production. Recent commissions include Five:15 Operas Made in Scotland (2008-10); The Lady from the Sea, Clemency, the double bill of In the Locked Room and Ghost Patrol (winner of a South Bank Sky Arts Award) which premiered at the 2012 Edinburgh International Festival and 2016's The Devil Inside by Stuart MacRae and Louise Welsh. Scottish Opera is committed to bringing the widest possible range of opera, performed to the highest

possible standards, to the maximum audience throughout Scotland and the UK. Each year it performs in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness, as well as smaller theatres, village halls and community centres throughout the country. Scottish Opera’s Education and Outreach Department was the first of its kind of any opera company in Europe. It operates an extensive programme which involves over 8,000 primary school children every year, as well as many other activities including adult learning and free Unwrapped taster sessions.

This Season, Scottish Opera’s Opera Highlights tour will be travelling around Scotland twice. The Autumn leg of the tour will be followed by a further 14-date tour in Spring 2018, with a brand new cast aboard the trusty minibus. More details will be available on the Scottish Opera website in the coming months. Scottish Opera is Scotland’s national opera company and the largest performing arts organisation in Scotland. It was founded by Alexander Gibson in 1962 and was inaugurated with a production of Madama Butterfly at the King's Theatre in Glasgow.

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Call for composers for Royal Scottish National Orchestra's Composers' Hub Scottish orchestra’s third annual nurturing initiative for composers in the early stages of their career The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has launched the third annual initiative to develop the talents of emerging UK-based composers, RSNO Composers’ Hub.

Aimed at composers in the early stages of their career, the bespoke scheme is an opportunity for a group of composers to write for orchestra in a range of different contexts, develop skills and creative relationships, as well as acquire an understanding of the business of a major arts organisation.

Daniel Kidane, whose work Zulu has been selected to be premiered at the RSNO’s 2017:18 Season concerts on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 November: “I’m very much looking forward to further collaborating with the RSNO and hearing my piece Zulu come to life in their 2017:18 Season. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Conductor Holly Mathieson and the energetic Up to five emerging composers will be chosen to RSNO, who did a grand job of work-shopping join RSNO Composers’ Hub and spend the five excitingly unique new pieces. Such 2017:18 Season with the Orchestra. Each opportunities are vital for younger composers composer will write a ten-minute work for full and I'm glad that the RSNO is embarking on its symphony orchestra and the scheme will third year of this wonderful scheme.” culminate in a public workshop at the RSNO Centre in Glasgow, April 2018, from which one Composers must submit a CV, one-page letter work will be chosen to be performed by the explaining why they would make a suitable RSNO during its 2018:19 Season. candidate for RSNO Composers’ Hub, and two examples of own compositions (preferably at RSNO Composers’ Hub also provides least one for full orchestra), with scores and opportunities to develop meaningful sound samples via email only to the RSNO’s collaborations with the RSNO and the other hub Executive Assistant Joanna Chiang at Joanna. members over a sustained period and to get to The closing date for know the Orchestra, staff and its audience, applications is Friday 4 August at 5.00pm. receiving guidance from different artistic and business areas. From October 2017 the RSNO presents the final Season of Peter Oundjian’s tenure as Music Award-winning composer and RSNO Composers’ Director, opening with the Scottish première of Hub mentor Stuart MacRae: As an emerging Gavin Higgins’ Velocity (in association with composer, it can be a very big challenge to get Resonate – a PRS Foundation initiative in your music played by a professional orchestra; partnership with Association of British but in order to develop approaches to orchestral Orchestras, BBC Radio 3 and Boltini Trust), music, composers need time to collaborate with Elgar’s Violin Concerto with soloist Nicola an orchestra, and the support to try out ideas. Benedetti and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. As well as writing a new short piece for the For more information on RSNO concerts and orchestral workshop there are opportunities to events, visit engage with the RSNO’s Learning and Engagement team, and to learn more about the running of the organisation. We are looking for talented and enthusiastic emerging composers of any age, based in the UK, to take part in this exciting scheme.”

RSNO Composers’ Hub mentor Stuart MacRae

RSNO Composers’ Hub aims to give support to Scottish and UK-wide composers, and to provide the creative space for them to explore and develop. The breadth of the scheme will also mean it is an opportunity for our audiences to extend their knowledge of contemporary music and the compositional process. Previous RSNO Composers’ Hub participant

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(feat. Young Scottish Borders musicians)

:: album :: 'Weave'

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SOUND CYCLE, the Borders Youth Music Forum, are delighted to announce the first SOUND CYCLE album : “WEAVE” . The album was released for download and streaming in June as part of the Borders Book Festival Celebrations. Over the last few months Sound Cycle, The Borders Youth Music Forum, and Eyemouth Sound, The Eyemouth Music Initiative, have been working with young musicians from across the Scottish Borders on a variety of different projects. Both have been in the recording studio and were delighted to be given the opportunity to hold a joint album launch at the Borders Book Festival. The title of the album, “Weave” reflects the diverse music of young musicians who appear on the recordings, who although quite varied in sound and approach, all hail from the Scottish Borders, an area with such a unique identity and rich heritage. SOUND CYCLE would like to thank and congratulate all of their fantastic performers who joined us for the SOUND CYCLE ONE – WEAVE album launch at the Borders Book Festival. We Had a great night, with performances from ERIN HIGHTON, loop pedal maestro MILLIE HANLON COLE, CRAIG JEFFREY, JACK HINKS and two separate line up’s from The EYEMOUTH SOUND PROJECT :ESP Here are some of the talented young artists who performed at the launch and feature on the album, available for streaming and download via Bandcamp .....

Millie Hanlon Cole Millie is from Peebles, and is a uniquely talented singer and songwriter , who plays acoustic guitar and uses a loop pedal to achieve an amazing sound both live and in the studio. She began writing at the age of fourteen and has been performing at small local festivals and pubs, including this year’s Kendal Calling festival, ever since. She recreates the sounds of a ‘one woman band’ with the help of

her loop station to create layers of alternative, acoustic melodies. Her influences are an eclectic mix of sounds ranging from The Smiths to the likes of Alt-J and Bombay Bicycle Club. She has also been compared to a young Laura Marling and KT Tunstall accompanied with an “impressive depth and range” vocally.

Erin Highton

won the senior section of the Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships held in Perth Concert Hall in November 2016. As well as the national title of Scottish Champions, this achievement brought qualification for the European Youth Brass Band Championships and the Band undertook a very successful trip to Ostend, Belgium in April 2017.

Erin is a guitarist and singer songwriter from Selkirk, currently studying nursing in Edinburgh. Erin grew up listening to Adele and Brandi Carlile, and starting teaching herself Craig Jeffrey guitar and writing songs at the age of 15. Erin has a beautiful voice and writes poignant and affecting songs with a pop sensibility. Sound Cycle have collaborated with Erin on a remix of one of her songs, and both her acoustic version and the remix appear on the album.

Craig is a singersongwriter from Galashiels, and has been making a name for his melodic and sensitive songwriting for the last few years. His ‘Connected EP‘ was released in March 2013 on Vertical Records Eggshell Goblin (EgGo) and Bandcamp and his Is a multi talented and extremely prolific new band “Mills” are composer of electronic music of different styles, about to release their debut album, also on from ambient to experimental to techno dance. Vertical Records .Sound Cycle are delighted that “Eggshell Goblin is a strange person in a strange Craig has agreed to show support for our album place. His raw, untidy approach to music reflects project and performed a few numbers at our his disorganized existence. Stretching over a launch concert. wide variety of techniques, styles and emotions, SOUND CYCLE is the new Borders Youth Music he strives for something new and possibly a Forum. Their aims are to reinvigorate the youth deeper understanding of himself” music scene throughout the Scottish Borders Jack Hinks and provide more opportunities for anyone with Jack is a professional an interest in music, in any form. singer-songwriter and They'll be sharing resources, running workshops guitarist from the training and lessons, organising sessions, Borders now based in Edinburgh. Jack plays in sharing gear, recording tracks and putting on gigs and concerts. For those serious about many projects: The Loud Band – an improv pursuing a career in music they aim to instrumental outfit that collaborate with partners and provide compliments the spoken opportunities to visit music, music technology courses and other exciting events throughout word of Edinburgh Scotland. poetry titans the ‘Loud Poets’, local folk juggernauts Ekobirds (alongside If you have any amount of interest, be it in Fiona and Sam), Americana project Coldsville, singing, playing, filming, teaching, recording, an acoustic duo with Singer-Songwriter and sound engineering, dj’ing, stage management, modern-day Dylan, Calum Baird, and his backline, sound mixing, sleeve design or personal project, Hinks. Combining his heartfelt anything else musical, please get involved. solo work with the grit of a six piece band, Jack uses a behemoth rhythm section, violins, piano, They are also looking for members to represent guitar and powerful vocal harmonies, to ensure each part of the Borders on the Soundcycle board. We will cover all musical styles, so if you that his songs wont leave your head for days. have an interest in electronica, folk, rock, jazz, classical, pop brass band, pipe band or any other The Scottish Borders genre, they want to hear from you! Youth Brass Band The Scottish Borders Youth Brass Band (SBYBB) is a modern and very funky brass band made up of forty brass band and percussion musicians between the ages of 11-18 and have recorded two tracks with Sound Cycle which showcases their amazing sound. They come from all across the Scottish Borders and Langholm. The SBYBB

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MAIRI CAMPBELL :: Fringe Show :: 'Pulse' release date - 16 June ::

Mairi Campbell returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with 5-star show featuring live music, animation and storytelling. Mairi’s critically acclaimed theatre show Mairi Campbell: Pulse is back for a second year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Following a successful run at Summerhall last year, the show, which sees Mairi sing, play viola and step dance, has a new and very natural home at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. “I’m over the moon to be at the Scottish Storytelling Centre this year,” said Campbell. “We’re right in the middle of all the action and it’s a brilliantly inspiring venue: contemporary, vibrant and steeped in Scottish culture. I can’t think of a better place for a show exploring its

relationship with Scotland.”

member of Scotland’s Co-devised and directed by Kath Burlinson, Pulse traditional music is Campbell’s story of her musical homecoming. scene and is From rejecting her classical training to travelling pushing the through Mexico and Cape Breton, where she boundaries with discovers Scottish traditions that have become her soundings and lost in the ‘old country’, a personal and musical use of free journey unfolds, taking her away from home in improvisation. An order to discover where she really belongs. interpreter of The show is deeply touching, funny and potent. Scots song, with David Francis, Mairi has Campbell’s grounded and compelling contributed a significant number of songs to its performance weaves viola, voice, animation and current canon. movement. She is a regular collaborator, playing with the Mairi Campbell is an influential and pioneering Occasionals, a Scottish dance band, Mr. McFalls Scottish musician whose music has a rooted and Chamber, Concerto Caledonia and most recently powerful quality. She digs deeply where she with Mike Vass. Since 2007 Mairi has led music stands, drawing on her well of Celtic ancestry to retreats on the island of Lismore. find rugged, beautiful and mesmerising music that is both ancient and new. Mairi has won numerous awards including Instrumentalist of the Year in the Scots Trad After studying classical viola at the Guildhall Music Awards, Scots Singer of The Year and School of Music, Mairi has become an established Tutor of The Year. Her version of Auld Lang Syne, with David Francis, was used in the pivotal New Year’s Eve scene of the film Sex and the Mairi Campbell photos by Julia Fayngruen City.

GIGnotes ..... 3-27 August (not even days) at Scottish Storytelling Centre Fringe, Netherbow Theatre, Edinburgh. 5pm (55mins) £12.00 / concessions. Tickets @ 4 + 28 August: Mairi Campbell is also doing two Fringe concerts at Edinburgh's Jazz Bar, 1A Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1HR. Tickets @

FÈIS CEILIDH TRAILS :: Scottish Tour tour dates - across the summer @

Cèilidh Trails provide summer music feast :: Fèis Cèilidh Trail groups will hit the road this summer for a feast of nearly 200 live traditional music performances across Scotland.

participants aged 16 to 25 the opportunity to prepare and perform a professional music tour. The young musicians undertake training beforehand and get a real experience of what life is like as a professional touring musician.

This year 43 musicians will take part in the seven Cèilidh Trails delivering traditional music showcases With support from Creative Scotland and HIE, Fèisean nan Gàidheal funds from Sutherland to Stirling local Fèisean to organise summer Cèilidh Trails offering young Fèis taking in venues large and small appearing at local cèilidhs, on ferries and in castles, as well as at larger festivals such as Belladrum and HebCelt. Keep an eye and an ear out for a cèilidh near you! Here’s where to find them: Fèis Chataibh (Sutherland and Caithness) Ceilear – this year comprising of participants from Fèis an Earraich and Fèisean nan Eilean Siar (Skye, Lochalsh & the Western Isles) Fèis Fhoirt (Stirling, Falkirk & Loch Lomond); Fèis Inbhir Narainn (Caledonian Canal and Nairnshire) Fèis Latharna (Argyll) Fèis Lochabair (Lochaber) Fèis Spè (Cairngorms National Park) Full tour details can be found at Fèis Rois will also be running a packed Cèilidh Trail programme – please see www. for more information on their events.

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On Vinyl Noise now ..... TRACK OF THE MONTH: The Peak Beneath The Sea // We Came From Wolves by Jamie Hart We Came from Wolves have earned a reputation as one of Scotland’s best upcoming bands since their formation in 2011. Their 2015 self-titled album was a successful blend of alt rock/pop that won them many plaudits including a Scottish alternative music award for “Best Rock”. The confidence that emits from the band is strikingly noticeable in new single, The Peak Beneath the Sea. Raw, punchy riffs are laced with a fluctuating lyrical delivery from frontman Kyle Burgess while backing screams punctuate most of the track. This changing pace can be felt most when drummer, Andy Donaldson is let loose during the chorus. It is commendable to hear a band try something new and even better when they succeed as well as We Came From Wolves have on The Peak Beneath the Sea. The track is a taste of what is to come as the band plan to go back into the recording studio to begin work on a second album this year.

PHOTOS+REVIEW: by Alice Hadden

Will Joseph Cook kicks off his headline tour at Glasgow's Stereo with Ten Tonnes. By Alice Hadden. ALSO ON THE BLOG: We chat walking through school naked, debut album Sweet Dreamer and aeroplane memos with Will Joseph Cook.

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Fatherson headline Fat Sams, Dundee with support from Sahara and St Martiins. :: ::

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JAMES EDWYN & THE BORROWED BAND :: single :: 'Passing San Ysidro' release date - 11 August @

James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band have announced the release of the first single from their upcoming second album.

Passing San Ysidro’, will be launched on Friday 11 August at a special launch event at The Griffin in Glasgow, featuring a preview of the single, a live performance by the band and a special guest performance from alt-country troubadour Steve Grozier.

controls, ‘High Fences’ promises to be a big step forward for the band.

The album will be released on the band’s own label, Dead Records Hailing from Glasgow's Collective, as part deepest and darkest west end of the Glasgow streets are James Edwyn and Americana Festival the Borrowed Band. Singeron Friday 6 songwriter and guitarist October in the Hug & Pint. James Edwyn has styled his The Glasgow-based sextet have had a busy year latest work in the bracket of so far, with high profile support slots for Colter Americana, folk-rock, Wall, Johnny Fritz and Brent Cobb already under alternative country. their belt they are currently showcasing material Their second album, ‘High on the festival circuit, with highlights including a Fences’ has been recorded first main stage performance at Hebcelt in over the past 18 months Stornoway. between Gorbals Sound Studios and the band’s own studio.

The 10-track L.P. sees the band adopting a bigger and slightly harder edged sound without losing their trademark focus on finely crafted songs, arrangements and melodies. With recording engineer Jim Neilson (Glasvegas, Aidan Moffat) and mix engineer Adrian Breakspear (The Kooks, Razorlight) behind the

CELTIC MUSIC RADIO :: house concert :: 'Doghouse Roses' gig date - 19 August / Glasgow ::

Top Scottish alt-folk duo, Doghouse Roses are to play a Celtic Music Radio House Concert on Saturday, 19 August. Paul Tasker and Iona Macdonald will be the 8th House Concert guests at the volunteer-led station’s Admiral Street studios.

Their current and third album, Lost Is Not Losing is an absolutely absorbing concoction and they have been thrilling audiences all over the UK and overseas this year. One critic praised Lost Is Not Losing for its “majestic guitar playing and peerless, glorious vocals”. This will be their only Glasgow gig of the summer. Paul said: “Celtic Music Radio are often the first introduction for many people to music from both Scotland and further afield, and play an important role in the Scottish music scene. “Iona and I are really looking forward to playing this show: we have new songs and instruments, and everything.” Previous successful House Concerts have featured sold-out shows with Nashville-based, Eef Barzelay and Canadian singer/ songwriter, Tia McGraff Celtic Music Radio is a charitystatus station run by music-loving volunteers. This will be the sixth House Concert to be staged at its Admiral Street studios with Tia McGraff and Ags Connolly among previous guests.

GIGnotes ..... 'Doghouse Roses’, House Concert, Celtic Music Radio Studios, Admiral Street, Kinning Park, Glasgow. Saturday 19 August 2017 – doors 7:30 pm. Donation + BYOB. To reserve seats for this event email: Follow Celtic Music radio on their social media for news of future house concerts! Doghouse Roses ::

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download PONS AELIUS



Captain Glen's Comfort

Land and Sea

The High Summit

After many years as a well-known face on the band circuit, Bob Leslie’s re-invention of himself as an acoustic performer resulted in two well-received Americana CDs - In a Different World (2010) and Fat Cat (2011) - and a re-launch onto the folk circuit. There, his highly-crafted songs - some serious, some very funny indeed - had audiences showing lively appreciation. However, more and more, Bob found himself drawn to the challenge of writing in a more traditional Scottish vein - a medium, as it turned out, ideal for a musical storyteller.

Paul Anderson from Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire is one of Scotland’s finest traditional fiddle players and The High Summit is his third album of self penned music and song. Like The Singing Land and Land of the Standing Stones before it, The High Summit celebrates the history, landscape and people of Paul’s beautiful North-East homeland. Joining Paul on The High Summit are a group of exceptional artists, highly respected in their own right and adding their own touch of magic to the album. Shona Donaldson on vocals (Scots Singer of the Year 2009 and first female winner of the Bothy Ballad Champion of Champions), Tony McManus on guitar (worldrenowned Scottish guitarist now based in Canada), Malcolm Jones on guitar and accordion (Runrig), Ale Carr on Cittern (Dreamer’s Circus), Ali Napier on keyboards (Miami Vince and former member of the Dougie MacLean Band) and James Gorgon on percussion (Albany show band and The Cutting Edge).

album / cd / Release Date: 8 September Captain Glen’s Comfort is the much awaited debut album from one of the folk scene’s fastest rising bands, Pons Aelius. Due out on September the 8th, the album showcases the sextet’s expansive sound and unique approach to the traditional music of Britain and beyond; from fiery bagpipe jigs to tender mandolin fronted soundscapes, and everything in between. Since winning a prestigious Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award in their early days, Pons Aelius have spent the last two years tirelessly honing their sound on stages both at home and abroad, quickly earning themselves a reputation as one of the most exciting new names on the circuit. Listen/Watch: Available from: Live dates:

album / cd Release Date: 25 July

Land and Sea is the result: twelve narrative songs, their subjects ranging from the Highland Clearances to a Stromness witch who told Walter Scott a few tales. Bob is accompanied by some of the brightest talents on the Scottish folk scene. Available from:


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The Live EP Brave About It EP download Release Date: 10 July

Brave About It is the new ep from Alex Tronic which features Shuna Lovelle. It is currently on rotation on Chill FM with radio support from DJs such as Jamie Porteous at Ibiza Global and Jim Gellatly at Amazing Radio Listen/Watch: Available from: Live dates: Ibiza Dj Sets in September


album vinyl / download / stream Release Date: out now With 6 producers and 9 musicians across 12 tracks, ULTRAS is the brainchild of songwriter Gav Prentice, formerly of euphoric pop duo Over the Wall. Describing the project as "violent pop for the patronised", ULTRAS combines elements of rock, electronica, folk, and hip-hop, the collaborative nature of the album inspired by the latter genre's sonically chopped-up mixtape culture. Listen/Watch: as a hub for all of the various sites you can listen. Available from: Also available in LP Records and Love Music in Glasgow and VoxBox Music in Edinburgh and to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal et al. Live dates:

EP download / stream Release Date: 1 June Four live tracks trailing Dave Arcari’s forthcoming Live at Memorial Hall album which is released on 1 September on double 180g coloured vinyl, special edition digipak CD and download/ streaming formats. These tracks do not feature on the vinyl or CD format releases and are exclusive to this digital EP. Listen/Watch: One Side Blind: Stagolee: Available from: FREE via or paid from:

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download AULD NEW HEIDS




From the Outside Looking In

Let Out The Dark

album cd Release Date: 10 July

album - cd / download / stream / Released: 10 June

This is the first solo recording from the front man, songwriter and producer of Scottish, powerpop band, Dropkick. These songs were written at This album embraces all that was great about the various points in the last 15 years and draw upon a golden days of the scottish folk scene in the 1960s/70s. variety of influences, mixing pop, alternative rock and It is a catalogue of some of the best and most popular Americana. The album was recorded in Dropkick’s songs of the time written by folk legends such as Ewan Edinburgh studio with all instruments and vocals being MacColl, Alex Campbell, Hamish Henderson, Matt performed and recorded by Andrew. McGinn, Archie Fisher, Jim McLean and Mary Brookesbank. Listen/Watch: Also Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott have a song each on the album. A quartet of four of Scotland’s most experienced performers brings together the vocal Available from: talents of brothers IAN and FRASER BRUCE along with the exceptional musical skills of PETE CLARK on fiddle All usual download and streaming sites (amazon / and GREGOR LOWREY on accordion. It has to be said Spotify / apple music / itunes / deezer etc…) that IAN BRUCE is pretty efficient on guitar, to complete Live dates: the instrumental section. Short acoustic set at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, near Inverness 5 Aug + possible Spanish dates later Available from:


album cd / vinyl / download Release Date: 24 March

Adriana Spina’s second album, released almost six years after her first, is more raw and guitar-driven that its predecessor. Let Out The Dark features Ross McFarlane (Texas, The Proclaimers) on drums, and comprises of ten songs which touch on themes from lost love and infidelity to atheism and the refugee crisis. Listen/Watch: Available from: Also available via iTunes and all other popular download sites from 24 March


Good Morning Easter Road EP cd / download / stream Release Date: 9 June

‘Good Morning Easter Road’ is the 2nd EP from Scottish musician Lou Mclean. This record is a peek into Mclean’s life, expressed through witty storytelling in her inimitable riot grrrl pop style. "a gem of the Scottish underground scene" Tenement TV * * * * - The Skinny Listen/Watch: Available from: The Scottish Design Exchange Tempo Tea Bar, Edinburgh ITunes, Deezer, Amazon

Forget The Silver Lining Dark Alley

album cd / download / stream Release Date: 1 June

The Tripwire DC sound is a colourful blend of Punky/Reggae & Rock with a bit of Ska lobbed in. Energetic male and female vocals are complimented with blistering guitar and a driving rhythm section. Reggae nods are nodded towards mid-70’s London, punk to ‘77 & rock horns are lifted skywards to the Rainbow. Listen/Watch: spotify @

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EP cd / download / stream Release Date: 28 April

Debut EP from PYRO featuring their 1st and 2nd single Money and Green and their latest single Sandpaper Throat. This EP shows the diversity of PYRO’s songs from the massive Green to the more melodic Sandpaper Throat Listen/Watch: Available from: iTunes, spotify etc…. Live dates: Friday 19 May – Stramash Edinburgh – Yellow Movement Friday – Free entry – over 18s Friday 16 June – Sneaky Petes Edinburgh – 7pm - £6 entry – Over 14s

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download WE CAME FROM WOLVES EVERING

The Peak Beneath the Sea

single / stream Release Date: 5 May via Struck Dum Records. We Came From Wolves latest single The Peak Beneath The Sea is a bold, emotive alt rock track that sees the Scottish four-piece bare their heart on their sleeves. The track is due for release on 5th May 2017 via Struck Dum Records. The band’s previous single, Places Unfamiliar, addressed mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, which some of the band have experienced. However, The Peak Beneath The Sea turns a corner as the band look towards the future, finding a away to live with these issues. Listen/Watch: Links from 5 May Available from: & iTunes/Spotify etc Live dates:

Beyond Oceans

EP (+single 'Driftwood' / download / stream Release Date: 21 April Beyond Oceans is the second EP release from Evering, out on the 21st April 2017. This collection of four songs grew out of the reality of being adrift in the aftermath of the exit from a relationship. The EP songs, title and cover art all capture a theme similar to the mindset held at that time: Keep making a concious effort to avoid dwelling on the bad bits and instead, persevere, point yourself in a good direction and keep going until you get to where you want to be. Listen/Watch: single @ Available from: Live Dates:


EP cd / download Release Date: 21 April

Debut EP by 17 year old singer songwriter from Paisley funded by Paisley 2021 City of Culture bid and including four specially selected songs which reflect Lisa's personal and musical journey to date. Lyrics and melodies to express feelings, responses and reactions to people and places encountered. Listen/Watch: Available from: Available on Spotify, I tunes and all major platforms. CDs from Feel the Groove Records Paisley, New Hellfire Club Glasgow



Bare Along The Branches

The Wren and The Salt Air album cd / download / stream Release Date: 17 February

‘The Wren And The Salt Air’ is a collection of songs and tunes by acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter Jenny Sturgeon. It was written to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Scottish archipelago of St Kilda becoming a World Heritage Site for its natural features. 'Musically superb, absolutely fascinating and utterly charming' Shire Folk. Listen/Watch: Available from:

The Stuntman

album download / stream Release Date: out now

With a lyrical arena boasting whistleblowers, extraterrestrials and self-cannibalisation, Eugene Twist's highly anticipated second album arrives with one mission: to let the storyteller run riot inside the song. From spat-out surrealism to politicised anthems and mystical ballads, 'The Stuntman' is the latest from the unbounded imagination of Eugene Twist. Listen/Watch: Available from:

album cd / vinyl (tbc) / download / stream Release Date: 24 February

Norrie McCulloch’s third full-length album in as many years effortlessly merges folk, country, americana and indie genres. Recorded live to analogue tape with regular collaborators: Dave McGowan (Teenage Fanclub), Stuart Kidd and Marco Rea (The Wellgreen), Iain Thompson (Bella Hardy band) and Iain Sloan (Wynntown Marshals) this is his most accomplished collection of songs to date. Listen/Watch: Available from: (and most good independent record stores) www.



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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download THULA BORAH Near Life Experience EP cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Putting down a marker for all rock bands in 2017, Thula Borah have produced one of the best records you're likely to hear all year, creating a sound that defies any one genre; switching seamlessly from post-rock, posthardcore and dream-pop to grunge, indie-rock and emo. Indeed, Thula Borah have taken post-hardcore sensibilities and fuzzed out, meaty riffs and amalgamated them with catchy hooks that demand your attention. Listen/Watch: Available from:


EP cd / download / stream Release Date: 23 February Since being selected for Creative Scotland's 'Verden Studios Demo Project 15', Rachel Alice Johnson has gone on to perform with her band at such venues as the BBC Scotland Castle Tent and most recently at King Tuts Wah Wah Hit. Inspired by Lana Del Rey, Royal Blood and The Black Keys, her debut EP '2AM' transitions in to a new vibe of sultry rock and toll combined with bass heavy electro-pop.


album cd / download Release Date: 9 December

Edinburgh Rock ceilidh band have released their 2nd album Energised. With this album Teannaich has brought their unique band of high energy folk rock ceilidh music from the stage to the studio with 11 great tracks of music which is both great for listening or dancing to.

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The Treatment Tapes EP cd / download Release Date: 20 January

In January 2015, Rab Noakes was diagnosed with tonsillar cancer. Thirty radiotherapy sessions ensued. The post-treatment recovery included singing and, of course, writing songs. Six of those songs are on Rab’s new record. There’s no self-pity though, here you’ll find defiance, resilience, love, support and, hopefully, wit. Listen/Watch: Available from: and all good online and high street stores

Out Of The Blue EP cd / download / stream Release Date: Out Now

Guitar-Based Melodic Rock Music from the North East Of Scotland. Solid, chunky riffs with harmonised leads with rolling bass lines and on point drums. FFO Jimmy Eat World, Ash, Green Day and Lifehouse. Singles "Stay With Me" and "Waiting" taken from "Out Of The Blue" EP. Listen/Watch: Available from: iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Deezer etc. CD @

single download / stream Release Date: Out Now

Debut video single from Alternative Rock duo PYRO. These 17 year old lads from Bathgate produce a wall of sound that you would expect from a 5 piece band. Connor leads on vocals from behind the drums while Cameron uses one guitar and few friends he calls pedals. A blend of Royal Blood and Foo Fighters. Listen/Watch: YouTube: Available from: itunes Spotify cdBaby apple music Email:

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download EWAN McLENNAN & GEORGE MONBIOT Breaking the Spell of Loneliness album cd / download / stream Release Date: Out Now

A remarkable collaboration between writer George Monbiot and musician Ewan McLennan, seeking to use music and word to open up the issue of loneliness and bring people together. Listen/Watch: Available from: All usual outlets



EP cd / download / stream Release Date: 28 October

An unsigned 4 piece indie rock band from Edinburgh. Their influences are varied and include Swervedriver, Ride, Redd Kross, Smashing Pumpkins, Therapy?, Girls Against Boys, Helmet, Alice In Chains and Placebo to Glasgow-based two-piece Louise McVey & Cracks name but a few. Their music has been described by 7Ahead as “…the raucousness of early Nirvana records in the Concrete, Louise McVey (vocals) and Graeme Miller (sound), met in a basement in 2009. jumps out and appears to be revitalised in BHG’s style.” McVey‘s sonorous vocals and Miller’s off kilter album cd / vinyl / download Release Date: 5 December

musical arrangements create darkly atmospheric, and at times unsettling songs , highlighting their shared passion for dark unexplored musical territory.



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We’ll Be Listening and Remembering Until We’re Old and Unsteady EP vinyl / download / stream Release Date: 2 December

'We’ll Be Listening and Remembering Until We’re Old and Unsteady’ is the third EP from Glasgow’s Verse Metrics, a groove-driven 4 piece band with a knack for writing twisty, turny alternative rock songs. Expect post-rock instrumentation with nontraditional song structures; and math-rock subtleties as a bed for Bob Dick’s introspective and often cryptic lyrics. Listen/Watch: Available from: Vinyl - Download - iTunes -

Northern Sky Soul Preacher

EP cd / download / stream Release Date: 16 December

Gilchrist are an Edinburgh band playing an exciting fusion of rock, funk and soul. They released their debut album ‘Funky Philosophy’ in November 2014 and have recently been working with award winning producer Steve Power. They are to release 4 EPs over the next year starting with the ‘Soul Preacher’ EP which contains 3 tracks mixed by Steve. Listen/Watch: Available from:

album cd / download Release Date: Out Now Northern Sky is the eagerly awaited debut solo album from Aberdeen musician Pete Coutts (mandolin, guitar, vocals). This collection of original Doric songs and tunes draws from the cultural heritage and language of the North-East whilst keeping its roots planted firmly in the contemporary sound of traditional Scottish music. Featuring some of Scotland’s finest musicians including: Ali Hutton (pipes, whistles, guitar), Jonny Hardie (fiddle), Brian McAlpine (accordion), Martin O’Neill (bodhran). The album weaves its way through a rich tapestry of tunes and tales inspired by traditional life in North-East Scotland’s fishing and farming communities Listen/Watch:

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Highway Stars

The Seas Between Us


single download Release Date: 7 October

The title of this latest release from Richard Buchanan, former bass player with 90’s Scottish under-achievers The Lost Soul Band, is a mondegreen, or misheard words. This unashamed pop song describes a special, enduring friendship with a fellow troubadour and features an odd instrumental section. Listen/Watch: Available from:

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My new album The Seas Between Us is out now! It has twelve old Scots and Gaelic songs, many of which I’ve been singing since I was a little girl. It was recorded and produced by Matheu Watson, who also played several instruments (guitars, fiddle, mandolin, prepared instruments, synth, organs, etc.) and features Fraser Fifield (prepared whistle, lowland pipes, kaval), Jim Rattigan (French horn), Ben Cashell (cello) and Findlay Napier (voice). It was mixed by Leo Abrahams and mastered by Iain Hutchison. Listen/Watch:

album - cd / download / stream Release Dates: CD Out Now / Download 31/10/16 / Steam 1/1/7 Hailing from The Shetland Islands, The Revellers are a seven-piece juggernaut, that combine fiddle, mandolin and tenor banjo with heavy metal, punk and alternative rock rhythm section. The end result is something which has been nicknamed by onlookers as ‘Heavy Folk Music’ or ‘Viking Metal’. The band release their second album this autumn – ‘Skeletons’ with Tim Matthew (Lau/ Mystery Juice) at the helm and cameo appearances from some of Shetland’s finest musicians (including Arthur Nicholson and Kris Drever) and Danish multiinstrumentalist, Perry Stenback. Listen/Watch:

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album cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Guillotine was launched on 10th oct at Summerhall with a massive 19piece line-up including string and brass sextets. This was the only way to do the album justice. Guillotine is the culmination of the band's 8 year weekly residency at Edinburgh's notorious Jazz Bar. This is definitely a huge step up in Mike Kearney's production and writing style. Enjoy! Listen/Watch: Available from:

Atlas The Poets & The Beats album cd / download / stream Release Date: Out Now

The Poets and the Beats from Musician / producer Paul Armour (ex Seminal Glasgow Surf Pop Band “The Cuban Heels") “The album is very much a beat combo sound. Punchy with grooves using classic retro instruments: Rhodes Wurlitzer & Hammond, vintage amps and guitars. The feel is a mix of styles, melodic & rhythmic. Lyrically quirky with themes of hope and renewal. A recent review from Rock Fm. Scotland described the sound as “Weller-ish” but more refined! It’s all in the ear of the beholder. Enjoy the beats…” Listen/Watch: Available from:

album cd / download / stream Release Date: 3 October

"FAT-SUIT (“One of the best bands in British music full stop” - Stephen Duffy, BBC Radio Scotland) is on a collective journey through music, using jazz as the point of departure to explore a myriad of soundworlds. This ensemble of rotating musicians release their third album ‘Atlas’ which features ten brand new compositions performed live by twenty seven of the UK’s fnest and most in demand musicians." Listen/Watch: Available from:

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download JUDE ADAMS



This Girl, This Woman

Stories Untold

Crossing Borders

Stories Untold is an intimate and inspiring collection of original songs, tackling topics including child soldiers, crime and punishment, loss, and love in its many forms. Early responses have been positive, with five stars from Spiral Earth, and album of the week from Iain Anderson and Celtic Music Radio.

‘Crossing Borders’ was a Celtic Connections commission in 2015 written for a nine piece ensemble and represents Graham's musical journey to date, reflecting on places, people and musical styles that have influenced him and his music. The piece draws on vibrant Scottish, Irish and Cape Breton styles and is written in four sections, each highlighting one of these cultures. It brings together a fusion of traditional and classical styles in his own composition.

album - cd / download / stream Release Date: Out Now

This Girl, This Woman is the debut album by 57-yearold singer Jude Adams, who discovered her talent following a life-changing M.E. diagnosis. The album, which Jude describes as soulful pop with a 60s twist, contains 10 tracks all written and sung by Jude, and produced and arranged by musician Janette Mason. Jude comments: " I always loved to sing, and I always did, but behind closed doors. It was only when I got to 50 that I summoned the courage to start singing in public. And then two years later I was diagnosed with M.E. Performing, work and many ways in which I lived my life had to stop or change significantly. It was debilitating, but led to a lot of personal reflection, and ultimately the silver lining of discovering a passion for songwriting." Listen/Watch: Available from: // iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Spotify

album cd / download Release Date: 23 September



Harley Honey

Don’t miss this edgy new sound from Scotland’s Heather Dickson. 'Harley Honey' was recorded in Nashville, the home of country music but the heart of the song is rock n roll! Listen/Watch: Available from: Download on iTunes


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single cd / download Release Date: 22 October

album cd Release Date: 9 September

Fine ’n’ Rosy

album cd / vinyl / download / stream Release Date: Out Now Born and brought up in Inverness, Liza has been involved in folk music for many years. Although classically trained in piano, her family background of a big Glasgow-Irish clan of musicians and singers on her father's side, and the Gaelic song tradition of her mother's Isle of Lewis heritage, inevitably meant a strong pull towards the folk scene. On her first solo album of original songs and tunes, Fine 'n' Rosy, Liza brings together some top players, including cousin, Rua Macmillan, winner of Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Of the Year 2009, Alasdair Taylor of the Folk Award-winning band, The Elephant Sessions, and Robin Abbot of The Mystic Shoes. This intimate album comprises reflective ballads and uptempo songs with catchy choruses, complemented by rollicking trad-style tunes and dreamy instrumentals.

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Nature Flow

album - cd / download - Release Date: 17 October Nature Flow is the third album from Scots producer Paul Croan using his Alex Tronic name. This cd titles as Alex Tronic versus Leith Bass Team. Leith Bass Team is another outlet for some of Paul’s material that features guest musicians namely Matthew Leigh Embleton ( Snakestyle). The cd also features long time vocal collaborator Kirsty Brown and new contributions from Polina Domnina and Scots chanteuse Georgia Gordon. Listen/Watch: Available from: On release from all Major digital stores including Beatport, Spotify, iTunes, Deezer and on CD from Amazon, Pyshop , and all good record stores

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download MARTHA L. HEALY



To Be Free

Tonight, As We Dance

Time Enough For Love

EP cd / download Release Date: Out Now

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To Be Free is an interim project - in between albums number one and two - for Glasgow's Martha L. Healy. Including two originals and two of Martha's favourite country classics, the EP was recorded with her band over a snowy weekend in Glasgow in January 2016. Listen/Watch: Available from: id1148312525 plus Amazon + other sites

The song was written by singer/songwriter John Faulkner and was first recorded in 1993 on the album Solid Ground by Dolores Keane. Mary K’s version was recorded at Gaf Studios in New Inn, Co Tipperary and was arranged and produced by award winning musician and producer Fran Curry and engineered mixed & mastered by Joe Gallagher. It has been a busy year for Mary K with the successful single” I’ll accept the rose” and her second album “Sweet is the melody”. Mary K has also finished the recording of her self-penned album which is attracting a lot of attention particularly in The United States.

single download Release Date: Out Now

Edinburgh based trio Stillhound announce the release of ‘Bury Everything’ along with single and album opener ‘Spring Conscious,’ a vast and soaring pop track with Foals-esque guitar intricacies and towering chorus. Consisting of Fergus Cook, Laurie Corlett-Donald and Dave Lloyd, the band take inspiration from art, geography and the far flung soundscapes of their homeland, creating an avant-pop record with glacial electronics and packed with unashamed synth pop moments.



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Scottish Music Festivals to be included in our festival listings email details to: JULY Aberdeen International Youth Festival

Inverness-shire. The independent festival has built a reputation for its eclectic line-ups, its offbeat non-musical entertainments and its allages approach.

Doune The Rabbit Hole Lake of Menteith (Stirling) 18-20 August

This intimate and friendly music festival is set in picturesque Stirlingshire near Scotland’s only Aberdeen natural freshwater lake. Combining the best of 28 July - 5 August Scotland’s independent/DIY scene alongside exclusive performances from the hippest new Edinburgh Over the years AIYF has hosted more than international acts, the festival attracts music 4-28 August 27,500 young people from around the globe, lovers of all ages and from all walks of life. With making it one of the biggest and most successful The world's largest arts festival transforms more international performers than ever this gatherings of youth talent held anywhere in the Scotland's capital every August. When thousands year, Doune also boasts activities including wild world. AIYF now produces over 80 performances of performers take to hundreds of stages all over swimming, events for youngsters and the in 9 days of top class entertainment across 50 tastiest treats from Scotland’s best independent the city to present shows for every taste. From venues in the North-east of Scotland. It's not all big names in the world of entertainment to food and drink purveyors. about the big shows though, as AIYF offers some unknown artists looking to build their careers. of the most intimate classical and chamber music performances through its series ‘Up Close and Musical'. and also delivers an ‘Extended Festival' programme of events, where our artists take their shows out to communities both in Helensburgh Aberdeen and further afield. AIYF also offers 19-20 August Glasgow inclusive, participatory summer courses such as 7-13 August the ‘Dance Lab' and ‘Traditional Music School', Argyll Gathering is a new Scottish event where up and coming artists can learn from The world’s biggest week of piping – Piping Live! celebrating the best of music, culture and the professional artists. arts opening its doors August 19th - 20th 2017 and The Worlds – is set to return to Glasgow. The world’s biggest week of piping will see over in the stunning setting of Helensburgh. The 50,000 music fans, families and tourists flock to event will showcase the best in traditional contemporary Scottish music, local food and Glasgow to enjoy 200 events and 8,000 drink and feature interactive workshops. performers throughout the week. 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 Edinburgh just a festival, but a platform for people to 29 July interact and form an artistic movement.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Piping Live!

Argyll Gathering

Edinburgh Blues & Rock Festival

Party at The Palace Linlithgow

After the resounding success of the 2016 12-13 August Edinburgh Blues 'n' Rock Festival, the festival is back with it's brilliant and impressive band line Following it's biggest event to date, Glen’s Party up for EBRF 2017 on 29 July in Edinburgh's Corn at The Palace is back for its fourth year in 2017. Exchange. The 2 day party will take place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August in Linlithgow. It’s only 20 mins from Edinburgh and 35mins from Glasgow, making it one of the most easily accessible music festivals in Scotland.

Shetland Fiddle Frenzy Shetland 30 July - 6 August

Fiddle Frenzy is Shetland Arts’ annual celebration of the Shetland fiddle tradition. The week of events runs from Sunday to Sunday, during the first week in August each year, centered on workshops teaching the distinctive tunes and technique of the Shetland fiddle style. An opportunity to learn the secrets of Shetland Fiddle from a range of experienced tutors, explore the thriving musical traditions of our unique and beautiful islands, or simply be part of our Festival Week which is packed with a range of Frenzy Fringe options and Evening Concerts.

Carnival Fifty Six Dundee 12-13 August

Carnival Fifty Six, the major new music festival taking place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August at Camperdown Park in Dundee, in association with 71 Brewing – Dundee’s urban craft brewery - has announced a lineup that marks out the weekend as a highlight of this summer.

Stowed Out Festival Stow 25-26 August

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.

Cowal Afterglow Dunoon 27 August

Cowal Afterglow is a brand new one-day music festival which will close the Cowal Highland Innerleithen Music Festival Gathering weekend. Throughout the day some of the best live acts on the Scottish music scene Scottish Borders will take to the stage. There will be a fully 18-20 August stocked bar and a couple of quality food vendors A hugely enjoyable weekend of traditional music providing food and drink throughout the day. Gates open at 1:30pm and the event will finish in this small Borders town, beautifully situated up at around 9pm, allowing punters the chance amongst rolling hills by the River Tweed. Beauly Memorable concerts feature some of the biggest to catch the last boats. Tickets are on sale now 3-5 August and there are limited spaces available for bus names in Celtic music alongside the best of the local talent and the weekend is rounded off with packages from Glasgow - For Get yourself a ticket to Scotland’s all ages full event and ticketing information visit ..... a concert presenting wonderful singers of wackiest festival of music and performing arts. traditional song. Complementing the concerts Bella is back in its beautiful Highland setting with are an open stage, a singaround and the all the crazy variety that makes it Scotland’s legendary informal music sessions in local premier boutique festival. ''Belladrum - quite hostelries and the Union Club. 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


Tartan Heart ‘Belladrum’ Festival


Midstock Festival

..... lots more festival dates in our FESTIVALS! supplement read it @ 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!”

Lindisfarne Festival Northumberland 2-4 September

boutique festival, one where music and food lovers from the world over gather to celebrate the very best in Scottish music, food and drink. As well as a stunning line-up of 21 different musical acts performing on two stages the festival has been extended to three days and finishes later each evening. Most of the festival is under canvas including the three stages and there is not a single drop of mud to be found anywhere. So forget the wellies, the weather can rain or shine the BOWFest experience is always amazing.

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 Edinburgh overlooking Holy Island.


Electric Fields Drumlanrig Castle 1-2 September 2017

23 September

Listen, Learn, Riot! DAREFest at The Wee Red Bar is a one day event set up by Lou Mclean and Ashley Stein, two musicians who met at Girl’s Rock School Edinburgh. Inspired by the Bathgate, West Lothian phenomenal talent coming out of their local 3 September music scene but still unimpressed with the industries attitude towards women, they decided Now in its 7th year ‘Party in the Park’ music festival and family fun day is a great day out for to start a one day festival designed to empower all women to take on the Scottish music scene. music lovers with families, held in Bathgate’s Kirkton Park. There is a main stage and acoustic Throughout a day of workshops run by Lou, Ashley and the brilliant Speaking Out Project stage with music on both throughout the day from 11am to 6pm with free entry and no ticket (part of Scottish Women's Aid) this event will be NXNE Scotland focused on building up resilience and skills for required. A real mix of music from local bands music performance & feminist activism. and artists to those further afield. This is no Deeside Activity Park ticket required and no entry fee and as this is 1-2 September geared towards familys there is a strict no alcohol policy. 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 Stonehaven North East coming to play for you all, here’s just 23 September a few of them, many more to be announced over True North the next couple of weeks: Aberdeen One day music festival based in the NE of Gerry Jablonski//The Lorelei//The Little Kicks// Scotland showcasing the countries finest The Cliftons//Wish You Were Floyd//Gordon 7-10 September Americana / Roots / Country and Acoustic acts. James And The Power //The Capollos//Miss Lucid // Paul Anderson. We have lots more to tell True North is Aberdeen’s music festival - located you soon, so watch this space! Deeside Activity at the heart of the city, the festival features the Park//Captain Toms//Fat Hippy Records contemporary music industry’s most interesting, relevant and exciting artists. Taking place between Thursday 7 - Sunday 10 September, Cumnock, New Cumnock the 2017 festival features a series of unique headline performances in city centre venues, a and Auchinleck Blas Festival Fringe programme of free intimate gigs across 28 September - 1 October Highlands the city, a chance to be inspired by our masterclass and discussion programme, an 1-9 September Sir James MacMillan announced the programme amazing gig for kids, and an opportunity to get for the 2017 Cumnock Tryst at a special event in up close and personal with festival artists. The Blas festival aims to play a role in the Dumfries Arms and the launch also featured celebrating the culture of traditional music and a performance by Folk trio, Kilda, presented in Gaelic in the Highlands of Scotland. Blas will do partnership with Live Music Now Scotland. The this in part by creating the opportunities for fourth annual Cumnock Tryst Festival will take young musicians to play and learn with leading place in venues across Cumnock, New Cumnock Best of the West Festival artists in traditional music and Gaelic. Blas will and Auchinleck, and in Dumfries House between also widen the opportunities for communities to Inveraray 28 September and 1 October. 8-10 September experience and enjoy live music and Gaelic performances which support their culture. The festival is now arguably Scotland's finest 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!

Party in the Park

Doricana Fest

Cumnock Tryst Festival

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