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'Wide Days' Showcase Applications Open - page 12 2014 SAMA's Launch - page 3 : Ensembles announced for Composition Marathon - page 4

'Words and Music' brings the music industry to Perth on 14 - 15 March Register for 'Words and Music' online at Horsecross Arts has teamed up with Perth College UHI and the Traditional Music Forum to create 'Words and Music', a gathering for musicians and music workers from across Scotland and beyond. Packed with practical tips, networking opportunities, evening gigs and showcases the two-day conference in Perth Concert Hall on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 March aims to inspire, educate and entertain musicians of all genres at all stages of their careers. Music students, early-career musicians, professional players and music industry workers are all expected to flock to the event which features panel discussions with music industry experts including Admiral Fallow, Karine Polwart, Pete Wishart, Findlay Napier, Paul Fenn, Robert Hicks, Patsy Reid, Inner Ear, Comets & Cartwheels, Nicola Meighan, Rod Jones and more to be announced. Subjects covered include fundraising, marketing, legal issues, making recordings, sales and publishing. Debra Salem, talent hub co-ordinator for Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre said: “At a time when there is unprecedented common ground between various genres of music and industry models, this gathering seems overdue. In addition to expanding creative and cultural common ground across all genres, seismic upheavals in the wider music industry have increasingly drawn the business models of rock and indie musicians closer to their folk and traditional counterparts. The explosion of the Internet has also levelled the playing field across genres in terms of music dissemination, building and maintaining an audience and in managing the careers of musicians. Words and Music not only gives musicians and music workers the opportunity to network and share ideas but it is a mine of practical information and tips indispensable to musicians at any stage of their career.” Up and coming bands from throughout Scotland will be playing at six evening showcase slots taking place in venues across Perth City Centre during the conference. Those interested in attending 'Words and Music' can register online at uk, by calling Horsecross Arts Box Office on 01738 621031 or book in person at Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ. On booking, delegates will be sent a link to sign up for the many sessions on offer including panels, case studies, seminars and one to one’s.

Celebrating at the launch of 'Words and Music' are: Ali Turner (Horsecross Arts Talent Hub apprentice), Steven Blake (Horsecross Arts tutor), Ruth Jack (Perth College), Laura Wilkie (Horsecross Arts Talent Hub apprentice), Ali Dick (Perth College)


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SAMAs return for 5th 'alternative music' awards to celebrate Scottish music Tickets are on sale now from £10 @

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards return on 7 March – once again shining the spotlight on emerging Scottish bands and artists that mainstream music tends to ignore.

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Returning to The Garage, Glasgow, this year is set to be the biggest celebration of home-grown alt music yet, with the awards being exclusively sponsored by Gorbals Sound recording studio, located in the south side of Glasgow. Previous awards shows have helped push Scottish acts such as The Lafontaines, Fatherson, Bwani Junction, PLUM & many more into the public eye, with more talented acts expected to emerge this year.

The official categories for 2014 have been announced as: BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST

ROCK / ALTERNATIVE sponsored by EmuBands METAL sponsored by Cathouse Glasgow ACOUSTIC sponsored by Splitter Scotland ELECTRONIC sponsored by Red Dog Music LIVE ACT sponsored by Bar Bloc NEWCOMER sponsored by Academy Music & Sound HIP HOP sponsored by CitizenM Glasgow

Founder / Creative Director Richy Muirhead said: “I’m very pleased to be running the SAMAs for a fifth year. Each year is a lot of fun and it gives everyone the chance to discover what’s so great about Scottish music in different genres - from Acoustic through to Hip Hop or Metal. As ever, we’ll have some surprises up our sleeves for the main event on 7th March!” Winning SAMA artists are offered various gifts such as digital distribution through EmuBands, Discounted offerings at Red Dog Music, Studio time from Gorbals Sound Recording Studio & more. The nominated acts will be announced over the course of February, with a short public vote taking place. The lineup playing at the awards are: The LaFontaines, Brown Bear & The Bandits, Bear Arms and Model Aeroplanes. Tickets are on sale for the main event now from £10 (or £20 VIP EXPERIENCE) via Tickets Scotland (In-store & Online) http://tickets-scotland. or 0141 204 5151


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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

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The last lap : Scottish Music Centre announces acclaimed ensembles for 2013/14 Composition Marathon Buy your Composition Marathon tickets @

As the race to the finish line draws ever closer, the Scottish Music Centre are delighted to announce the five professional ensembles who will perform the Maxwell Quartet : resulting works produced in the third and final Composition Marathon. We welcome the return of project stalwarts, Ensemble Thing and Live Music Now’s Flercussion alongside the renowned talents of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, Enterprise Music Scotland’s Maxwell Quartet and, marking an innovative first, Dr Benjaman Schogler, Maggie Tam and Christopher Kearsley Ross unite to form Scotland’s first professional Skoog ensemble.


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

Following recent performances in Verona, The Hague, Netherlands and of course, Glasgow, Ensemble Thing are well and truly warmed up for their ultimate test of endurance, having now participated in not one, not two, but three Composition Marathons; a challenge which has been equally matched by the strength and stamina of Live Music Now’s Flercussion featuring the talents of Jo Ashcroft and Calum Huggan. This year, both ensembles will be sharing the track with the ever flexible Glasgow Improvisers’ Orchestra, forming a trio consisting of Gerry Rossi, Una MacGlone and Emma Roche; Enterprise Music Scotland have passed the baton to their “front-runners” in residence (2011-13), the Maxwell Quartet and, raising the bar ever-higher, Skoogmusic are aiming for a creative and colourful hat-trick, ensuring an uplifting and unforgettable race towards the finish line! Ensemble Thing are thrilled to be performing at the Scottish Music Centre Composition Marathon for the third time. The challenging nature of the Marathon always makes the weekend an intense experience, but working with some of the finest emerging compositional talent in Scotland makes it a highlight of our year. New music is what we love to do and the Composition Marathon is a great place for us to make new music and make new friends! Thomas Butler, Ensemble Thing.


Following from their successful debut album Scotland's Calum and Heikki from Brittany forge their powerful instrumental duo sound with 'Hunters Moon' showcasing two leading instrumentalists in full flight 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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Applications for composers close on Friday 31st January, with the final selection being chosen and announced by panel members: David Donaldson, Jacqueline Farquhar, Jennifer Martin, Oliver Searle and Marc Yeats on 7th February. The marathon will then commence at 9am on Saturday 8th March at the Scottish Music Centre, giving the ten participants just twenty-four hours to write a new work for one of five ensembles. The project then culminates in an exciting, one-of-a-kind final performance, beginning at 3pm at The Arches, Glasgow on Sunday 9th.

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Warm up with last year's invigorating footage featuring interviews, performances and music from Gabriel Prokofiev and Peter Gregson.

Flercussion are excited to be involved with the Scottish Music Centre's Composition Marathon for the third year running. It has become one of our favourite annual engagements - a weekend full of creativity, passion and fun! We believe in the importance of keeping new music high on the agenda in Scotland, so it's a privilege to be part of one of the most innovative composition projects in the country. We're looking forward to building working relationships with some new composers, and performing world premières at the culminating concert. Jo Ashcroft, Live Music Now’s Flercussion. Tickets (£12/£10) are on sale now, so be sure to book early and avoid disappointment!

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Happy 10th Birthday to The Fallen Angels Club The Fallen Angels Club is now a vital part of the vibrant live music scene in Scotland and it celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. A host of excellent gigs are being lined up that will maintain its reputation for bringing top performers from all over the globe to Scotland. Getting the year of to a great start the Club’s special celebratory show at Celtic Connections in February featuring Gretchen Peters sold out in December.

Sandy Watson. Thousands have attended Kevin's gigs since with roots, rock, folk and pop in the mix from local and international acts from America,Canada, Ireland, England, Wales , Germany and Italy – and of course Scotland. The success at putting on one-off gigs in Glasgow and Edinburgh led to a decision in May, 2007, to launch the Glasgow Americana Festival after the death of Billy Kelly of Big Big Country Festival fame. The hope was that the Glasgow Americana Festival would fill the gap left. Four acts appeared that first year but 12 months later the programme had eight shows in eight different venues across the city – and when the Festival was moved to October in 2010, fifteen acts were in the line-up at five different days over five days. The hugely successful 2013 Festival also featured a special tribute concert on the final night to Gram Parsons, the Grievous Angel, who died 40 years ago this year.

Kevin’s love of music has tempted acts that read like a who’s who of the Americana scene Grammy Award winner Tim O’Brien has Anais Mitchell plays in Glasgow for The Fallen Angels Club on 28 February appeared several times and multiple BBC2 Radio Folk Award winners, Lau have thrilled sell-out shows. The list is endless – Dave Alvin, James McMurtry, Diana Jones, The Handsome Family, Sam Baker, Eliza Gilkyson, Gurf Morlix, Laura “The acts like coming because they play to Cantrell, Slaid Cleaves, Mary Gauthier, Fred Looking forward and a lot of interest is being enthusiastic and knowledgeable audiences, who shown in the Steve Forbert, Anais Mitchell, Eliza Eagelsmith, Tom Russell, Kim Richey, Alejandro really appreciate the music. Escovedo, and many more. Gilkyson, Sam Baker and Suzy Bogguss’ gigs due in the course of the year. “There’s a lot happening in the 10th anniversary “I’m glad the Fallen Angels’ Club shows and the year so I’m looking forward to loads of good gigs Glasgow Americana Festival are so popular with and nights out.” The Fallen Angels Club founder, Kevin Morris, reckons he has put on well over 200 shows since music fans here so I thank each and every one of them for their great support over the years,” his first in 2004 – which at that time saw a said Kevin. monthly club being launched and featured 3 local acts, Fran Schoppler, Tom Clelland and

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Tape opens world class recording studio in Edinburgh Proud of what they have created, studio director Fiona McNab and producer Stephen Watkins announce the opening of TAPE, one of the UK’s most anticipated new recording facilities, at 100 Constitution Street Edinburgh. A world-class facility, Tape houses a carefully curated collection of vintage equipment as well as two state of the art SSL Duality Consoles all contained within a stunningly renovated 19th century warehouse in the heart of Edinburgh’s creative Leith area. On the ground floor their control room, built around a 48-channel SSL Duality console, looks into an incredible double height live environment that is stocked with an array of high-end equipment. Upstairs, the mix studio is designed and built around Tape’s one of a kind L shaped 96 channel Duality console and upwards of 300 U of new and vintage outboard equipment, of which many pieces have their very own place in pop music history. Designed and built with the aid of Munro Acoustics and SSL, Tape has now officially opened. Fiona McNab: Fiona has worked in and around the music industry for the past decade and Tape has allowed her to combine her experience in the industry with her passion for architecture and interior design. Stephen Watkins: Edinburgh based Record Producer and Mix Engineer who has previously cut records with the likes of Amanda Palmer, Dead Boy Robotics, The Machine Room, Lady North, Magic Eye, BooHooHoo and many, many others Munro Acoustics: “Munro are world-renowned studio designers and acousticians, past clients include Coldplay, U2 and The BBC” Solid State Logic: “From groundbreaking audio consoles to innovative video production systems, Solid State Logic has evolved to become the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for film, audio, video and broadcast professionals.” Contact for bookings or viewings can currently be made on 0131 554 0524 or by emailing, alternatively you could stop by the website.

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Until the 23 February Inverness's Eden Court will host the first Inverness Gigs Photography Exhibition sponsored by mi inverness. The exhibition draws from the Inverness Gigs archives and charts the development of the music scene since the website started in 2010. The exhibition hosts varied photographs from the local scene with an eclectic collection of acts including The Oxides,Them & Us and Stetsonshead. Local festivals also play an important role in the exhibition, among the festivals featured are Rockness, BFest, MV Festival, Loopallu and Jocktoberfest. Included amongst the images provided by Inverness Gigs photographers, will be competition winner Ross Elder who won their recent competition to find the area’s best amateur gig photographs.

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Apply for a Wide Days Showcase spot @

Wide Days, Scotland’s music convention, is inviting acts to apply to showcase at this year’s event, which takes place in Edinburgh on April 9-10. Three slots will be available and acts will be selected in consultation with a panel of promoters, journalists and broadcasters. The deadline for submissions is Friday 14 February at 5pm and details of the application criteria can be found at “Wide Days has established a reputation for its carefully- curated live programme and has introduced some great talents to both the public and the music industry,” says co-organiser Olaf Furniss. “We look for artists who are original and in a position to properly take advantage of the showcase opportunity. However, most importantly, every act has to be loved by at least one person in the team.” Since its launch in 2010, Wide Days has booked a small number of acts to present to its industry delegates. Several have gone on to sign deals, as well as getting booked for tours and festival slots. Previous performers include FOUND, Rachel Sermanni, Honeyblood, Fatherson, Meursault, Stanley Odd, PAWS, Withered Hand, Roman Nose, Siobhan Wilson and Honningbarna. All showcases are open to the public, and free tickets are available via online service Eventbrite. This year’s confirmed showcase venues are The Pleasance Theatre, Sneaky Pete’s and The Electric Circus. ABOUT WIDE DAYS ..... Wide Days is Scotland’s only convention dedicated exclusively to music business seminars, presentations and showcases. The annual boutique event is hosted in Edinburgh by not-for-profit organisation Born To Be Wide. It provides a forum for the next generation of industry players and veterans to exchange knowledge and ideas. Since its launch in 2010, Wide Days has consistently attracted high-profile speakers including leading festival promoters, managers, publishers and technology experts. Its concise live programme, which is open to the public, provides a snapshot of some of Scotland’s most exciting emerging acts, across a diverse range of genres.

Honningbarna showcase at Wide Days in 2012 : photo by Jannica Honey

In 2013, BBC Newsnight Scotland filmed a nine-minute report on the music industry from Wide Days and the event was described as “an unmissable fixture in our calendar” by leading trade publication Record Of The Day. For additional quotes see testimonials.

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Graham Hair

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

Born in Australia in 1943, Graham Hair has been resident in Glasgow since 1990. His compositions primarily consist of chamber works for female voices, with or without instruments, mostly written for Scottish Voices and Voiceworks which he directs. Graham's a composer in most genres, but especially vocal chamber music: including 10+ pieces for SSAA either unaccompanied or with accompaniment of harp, piano, percussionist, harmonium/cor_anglais, viola/ hand_drums, string quartet, instrumental nonet or orchestra. His notable titles include: Setting of the Moon (concert aria: voice, 11 instr.); Songs of the Sibyls (oratorio: 3 vv, 8 instr.); Serenissima (song cycle, 4 vv, hp.); The Great Circle (choral symphony). Many of his compositions are for solo women's voices (SSA, SAA or SSAA), either unaccompanied or (more often) accompanied by solo instrumentalist (piano, harp, percussion, organ), duo (cor anglais/harmonium), ensemble or orchestra. Graham is principally a composer, but also involved in performance and research. He divides his time between the UK, Australia and the United States. In the UK he is Professor Emeritus (formerly Gardiner Chair in Music) of Glasgow University's Music Department and Research Fellow of its Science and Music Research Group (School of Engineering), Visiting Professor of Manchester Metropolitan University's Department of Contemporary Arts, and Director of the Glasgow-based vocal ensemble Scottish Voices. In the United States he conducts composer-residencies and concerts: most recently (in 2009) directing Scottish Voices on tour in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia, and (in 2011) recording tracks for the CD Music of Three Continents to be issued in the US by Parma Recordings in 2012. In Australia, he was Adjunct Professor at Monash University in Melbourne 1999-2005, and since 2006 has been Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University in Canberra, and Co-Investigator -- with Associate Prof Greg Schiemer (University of Wollongong) -- on a research project on microtonal music funded by the Australian Research Council. : : The Scottish Music Centre currently supports in excess of 100 composer, group/small business and corporate members. Offering a wealth of advantages, initiatives include the bi-monthly Composers' Digest and Exposed Melodies podcast series, annual Composition Marathon, regular networking events and notification of valuable opportunities, extensive publicity and increased correspondence with national companies, chamber ensembles, soloists and festivals.

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

Scottish music teachers to benefit as MU and EIS sign membership agreement The MU and EIS have announced that they have signed a membership agreement. Members will now be represented and supported by both unions who will be working together on campaigns and the delivery of services to improve conditions for musicians and music teachers across Scotland. John Smith, MU General Secretary: “We are pleased to formalise our partnership working with the EIS ; working together we strive to ensure that music education in Scotland remains an option that is open to all and not only to those who can afford it. Our members will also benefit from being able to access the services of both unions. We look forward to working with the EIS in Scotland to support musicians and music teachers.� Larry Flanagan, EIS General Secretary: "The EIS is pleased to enter into this partnership with the Musicians' Union. Instrumental music teachers have a vital role to play in providing quality instrumental music education in our schools and this brings a wide range of benefits to young people. The EIS and the MU working in partnership and cooperation will

MU's John Smith and Larry Flanagan at the TUC

enhance the support that can be offered to music professionals working across Scotland in a wide range of settings. We hope that this will be the start of a successful and long-lasting partnership to ensure and safeguard the working conditions of music professionals across Scotland." Members will be eligible for discounted subscription rates. For more information and an MU/EIS Application form please go to:


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Caleb Major

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Daylight Music Productions (DMP) latest signing, Stephan Durkan AKA Caleb Major is to release his debut EP this month. Glasgow based singer/songwriter Stephen unleashed his alter ego Caleb Major onto the Scottish music scene in late 2012. An eclectic range of influences from David Bowie through to more contemporary artists such as Bon Iver, helps mould a unique lyrical indie folk that is Caleb Major. Away from the usual boy meets girl focus, his carefully crafted songs are performed in his inimitable style capturing moments or experiences from his life. Songs with themes such as coming of age delve into ‘the archives of swallowed youth’ as put in his song ‘Teenage Dream’. Caleb Major’s aim is simple, to produce sincere music that is ageless, endures and does not pander to the industry’s pursuit of blatant commercialism. His song ‘Good Intentions’ has garnered particular attention with its heartfelt lyrics and memorable chorus. It has also received national airplay on Amazing Radio by Jim Gellatly and has been included on various podcasts – such as Netsounds Unsigned. Other musicians often accompany Caleb Major, most notably his sister Emma on fiddle, adding folk tinged riffs and harmonic landscapes, complimenting the raw nature of his voice and guitar. Recently he has supported acts such as Robbie Boyd at King Tuts, We are the Physics at Maggie Mays and the talented Michael Cassidy at the Dunfermline Live Festival. Comparisons with Paul Simon and Neil Young have been made as a result of these performances and the streaming of his demos. Currently working with Garry Boyle (The Depot, Edinburgh) Putting the finishing touches to his debut EP, ‘Best Laid Plans’, Caleb Major is without doubt, an artist to watch in 2014. ‘Best Laid Plans’ will be released on 17 February, with a lunch concert in Glasgow's Glad Cafe on the 18th. DMP have organised a tour to support the release of Best Laid Plans. Dates include Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Ayr, Gourock, Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy as well as a number of English dates.

Louise Rutkowski : Album : 'Diary of a Lost Girl' release date - 21 February :

Former This Mortal Coil and The Hope Blister vocalist Louise Rutkowski releases “Diary of a Lost Girl”; her first solo album, and the product of a writing partnership with Irvin Duguid. Funded through direct-to-fan platform PledgeMusic, “Diary of a Lost Girl” has been 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”.

Based in London until 2005, she returned to her home town of Glasgow, where she was introduced to musician Irvin Duguid and was struck by the wealth of delicate and beautiful fragments of music that he had written and stored away. Work began, with Louise providing lyrics and co-writing melodies, until the loss of her mother, Mimi, in September 2007, and work ceased for several years. “‘Diary of Lost Girl’ in some respects picks up where ‘Diva’ by Annie Lennox left off, but leans more towards the introspection and atmosphere of The Blue Nile and Canadian songstress Mary Margaret O’Hara, whose album ‘Miss America’ is a major influence, as is Kate Bush” said Louise Rutkowski.” Most definitely music for grown-ups, “Diary of a Lost Girl” covers subjects ranging from obsession, infidelity, and trying to survive in an increasingly confused and confusing world. It has light and shade, however, as it also celebrates love and the pleasures gained from being still and appreciating the simpler things in life.

ambitions for its visual identity, as is reflected in the cover design and in how the music will be staged live; by drawing on my long-term influences, such as Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, and theatre productions in general.” Louise says, “The album reflects my own This new music will re-establish Louise personal journey in writing again after many Produced by Irvin Duguid, it includes mixes by Rutkowski as the voice of choice for those who years. For the first time I have a body of work Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile), and Steve have room for music in their collection that suits that truly reflects who I am as a person and as a Orchard, and marks a return to the writing of those more melancholy, introspective, and musician. When I began writing with Irvin original material by Louise since her music reflective moments. Duguid we had no fixed idea of where we were career began with the soul-influenced band going musically, or even if it would result in Sunset Gun, signed to CBS Records in the The album will be launched at Glasgow Print anything as tangible as an album!” 1980s. Studio on 14 February and will include a live For Rutkowski in particular, “Diary of a Lost Girl” performance. Louise will also be appearing at In the early 90s, Louise worked with acclaimed the St James Theatre, London on 8 April. marks the achievement of a growing vision film composer Craig Armstrong OBE (Moulin throughout the writing process of what type of Rouge, Love Actually, NEDS), releasing the album ‘Hope’ in the US with Interscope Records, artist she could be, given the right circumstances and collaborator. She says, “Through the writing under the name The Kindness of Strangers. I can also now start to realise other creative

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download THE NEW MADRIDS 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: Available from: ------------------------------------------------

BEECHES Young Soul

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Beeches are a Scottish indie/alternative band based in 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: Available from: Will be available on itunes, bandcamp, spotify, Amazon

not so much something that you listen to, as something 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: Available from:





Blue Fox Knights


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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

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: 24 February




The Mairches

The Brightest Path

The Friel Sisters

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

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.

EP : cd - but one track available for free: 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: Available from:

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LOUISE RUTKOWSKI 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. Cowritten 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: Available from:


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

The brightest rising star on today’s folk scene, Adam Holmes is a singer/songwriter of rare and timeless potency, combining John Martyn's strum and sting with a slice of Paolo Nutini soul. Heirs and Graces is his breathtaking debut album, produced by the legendary John Wood (John Martyn, Nick Drake). Listen/Watch: Available from: Pre-launch copies of the CD are available instore and on mail order from Coda, Edinburgh From the 17 January CD's will then be available from both Amazon and from Coda.



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Billy's reflections on modern life combined with his machine-gun strumming are urgent, immediate, lifeThe new live release from the Tim Kliphuis Trio, takes affirming and delivered with more charm than your Tim back to his gypsy jazz roots and to the inspirational average 'acoustic punk poet'. You're gonna get the meeting he had with French jazz violin maestro, honest truth from this Liar. Stéphane Grappelli in 1995. Recorded live in Scotland, this Trio album features repertoire from the Parisian Listen/Watch: 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 Available from: collection of gems in the spirit of Grappelli, with a joyful, personal approach that goes beyond styles or genres. Listen/Watch: -----------------------------------------------Available from:


Heirs and Graces

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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: Available from:

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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: 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

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Available from: Turning plates release a teaser of their hotly anticipated début album ‘The Shouting Cave’. Falling lives features an exciting video promo featuring two professional dancers in a dark tale of love in the digital game. Listen/Watch: -----------------------------------------------Available from: ------------------------------------------------


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

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 Album : cd / download exclusive tracks from Frantic Chant, Epsilon One and Release Date: Out Now Jimmy Miller while The Green Tambourine Band and The Jackals contribute re-worked versions of recent Atmospherics is the new album from jazz singer Kate Daniels. In a style she calls Jazz Noir , Kate evokes Julie releases. London and the cellar bars of the 1950's. With distinguished musicians including John Etheridge, Tony Listen: Coe, Alec Dankworth and John Horler, Kate has created arrangements of classic songs, inspired by the haunting imagery of post-war film noir. Available from:


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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 tunes on the album are inspired by the people, landscape and history of the North-East of Scotland. The music on the album has all been composed by Paul himself and at 70 minutes in length, it’s a considerable achievement. The music, though rooted in the traditional Scots fiddle idiom, is also contemporary in style. He has been ably supported in this by a superb group of musicians, which includes Shona Donaldson (Scots singer of the year 2009), Swedish citern genius Ale Carr, Ali Napier (Dougie MacLean band) and Scottish acting star Kevin McKidd on guitar and vocals. Listen/Watch: n/a Available from:




Second Fiddle

Lose this Feeling


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This debut album, Second Fiddle, is a collection of melodic songs and instrumentals from Scottish singer/songwriter Rowan Ross. The tracks were written at various points in his life. His songs show a great deal of clarity and depth. The title "Second Fiddle" came from one of the songs on the album, and is also a reference to the two violins he used in the recordings : one dark in colour and tone, and the other light. Rowan is joined by a host of musicians on this album, including Alyn Cosker, Angus Lyon, Gillian Fleetwood, Konrad Wiszniewski, Louis Abbot, Maeve MacKinnon, Rick Standley, Rosie Townhill and Sam West.

"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.

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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 Give Me Your Love started exploring the different harmonic possibilities of ep : 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 Formed in Kinross, Scotland in 2012 Sienna have arrangements too, asked well known arrangers Frank already received great plaudits in the Scottish media McLaughlin and Stewart Hardy to arrange, manage and and absolutely wowed crowds at ‘T in the Park’, Not perform on the project. It is hoped that the CD and bad for a group all under 21. Their party vibe, powerful booklet will not only be enjoyable in their own right, but harmonies and energetic songwriting along with also provide a portal for those who wish to explore the captivating lead vocals and guitar from frontman Danny great Scots song repertoire further, and be a motivation McAtear, make them a must see new band. and inspiration for all singers and musicians to take this materiel and develop to use it to make their own music. Listen: your-love/ Available from: Available from: single/id726171729 iTunes album/5aWIunhiV4khsZ7gZ4GcLJ -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------




Do What You Love


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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: Available from: iTunes


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

A Brazilian percussionist, Allysson Velez travels to Huntly, Scotland. There he is touched by the very first Do What You Love is the new album from Scottish Dante's 'Wake' showcases the songwriting talents of singer/songwriter Colin Mackay and follows on from his contact with the Scottish Ceilidh and impressed by the common musical language of the north east of Scotland Seán McLaughlin (a member of Idlewild’s Rod Jones' two previous albums, Handle With Care and Whiskey solo project, The Birthday Suit), the band have captured Morning. The album was recorded State-side, features a and the north east of Brazil. Here he worked with a special selection of local Scottish musicians and a a modern folk sound that epitomises the Scottish indie host of musicians, and was produced and engineered musician from West Africa, who has settled in the area, scene's uncanny ability to blend contemporary by Bil Vorndick. to transform an encounter into a musical flow of innovation with more traditional values. exchanging gifts and virtues. This album, NordEste/ Listen: NorthEast, documents that exchange of Scottish and Listen: Brazillian music, which also inaugurates a new word, Ceilidhcatu, merging the words Ceilidh (a traditional Available from: Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing Available from: music and dancing) and Maracatu (a performance genre found in Pernambuco state, in northeastern Brazil), iTunes from which the musicians have taken their name. Listen:



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GAVIN SUTHERLAND Tango at the Lost Café Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

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: Available from: iTunes ------------------------------------------------


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: Available from: iTunes

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 the range and poignancy of the musicianship of Billy MacKenzie. Of the tracks, Before the Autumn Came (2 movements) was directly inspired by a Billy MacKenzie vocal melody. Listen: Available from: iTunes ------------------------------------------------



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Button Up

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single : download Release Date: 1 December 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:

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Bearpit Brothers formed from roots musician Jim Byrne and members of the Creeping Charlies; Robert Ruthven and Larry Alexander. Influenced by 50′s and 60′s sounds; think Richard Hawley, Roy Orbison, early Beatles, The Mavericks. "exquisite guitar duelings with twang and reverb battling away." Blabber 'n' Smoke. Listen:

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Roman Nose are a collective trio who write, and produce their own brand of dark, menacing electronic music. Mixing visuals, laptops and live percussion in their high pressure multi- sensory shows, they also combine bespoke masks and customized denim clad biker chic boasting a striking visual presence. Listen:

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download Derek Tripp is a Chirstian songwriter, guitarist and singer, currently based in Aberdeen, Scotland, who has performed his music far and wide across the world. Glimpses is the title of Derek's second album. The name is taken from the title track Glimpses of Glory, a haunting and mystical ballad of a journey with God. There is a good mix of love songs, rock anthems, the slightly eclectic, the prophetic and the theatrical.

Album : cd Release Date: Out Now Deliberate Distractions is the Crows 3rd album release, recorded and produced by The Roving Crows and Nick Brine at Rockfield Studios. A creative jump from their 2nd album Bacchanalia, this is a collection of original songs encompassing their diverse sound.



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ep : download Release Date: Out Now Former guitarist of Seattle-based Citizens Tom McConnell released his debut solo EP after collecting makeshift studio recordings over four years. The Irishborn folk-soulster has been praised by Acoustic Edinburgh for his “infectious, masterful songwriting” and leading single ‘Flags’ was described by BBC Introducing as ‘Bizarre, left field, ambient...definitely one to watch.” Listen: Available from: [Available for download from this link] ------------------------------------------------

ROVING CROWS Deliberate Distractions

Recorded live over one weekend at Gargleblast Studios, Hamilton (Scotland) with Producer Andy Miller, the album follows the historical journey of an unnamed hero through childhood dreams of becoming a pirate on the high seas, to first loves, the horror of war and the hope of one day making the long journey home. The result is something that will lift the soul yet break the heart of anyone who enjoys a ripping good story.

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Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now "...the singers voice is acutely soulful and perfectly edged to fit a variety of sounds and genres with comfort, and this is throughout each and every track as the songs do sweep though blues, soft rock, soul, and pop quite easily as the album goes on. I personally think that the way he puts both lyric, and music together, is nothing short of a masterclass in songwriting." Jamie Mcdermid - New Hellfire Club Glasgow Listen: Available from:

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Ed sings ballads and new-fashioned folk songs: with a voice that is "rich, distinct and full of feeling and warmth", his passion shows through. Somewhere between Ray Charles and Michael Marra, he combines blues piano riffs and old-fashioned songwriting. Listen:

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dancehall culture, top live bands, and hot upcoming talent. For the artist line-up and programme go to the website below. Tickets are now on sale for all 5 sessions, as well as Earlybird Weekend tickets and Wee Dub Mega Fife Jazz Festival Tickets, which get you into both the festival and Fife Wee Dub Hogmanay for a healthy discount. We 7-9 February look forward to welcoming you to another The 7th edition of the Fife Jazz Festival. Whether weekend of roots, culture and good vibes in Edinburgh in March 2014. you're a jazz and blues specialist or a casual listener, we hope that you're going to find plenty to enjoy. Thanks to all the musicians who are going to give us such a great weekend, and thanks to Fife Council for enabling us to re-open Fifestock The Byre Theatre to put on such an exciting Kinross programme in St Andrews. 7-30 March

Glasgow Music & Film Festival Glasgow 20 February - 2 March The Glasgow Music and Film Festival is a series of one-off events which combine audio and visuals. Lovingly co-curated by film buffs and music geeks from the Glasgow Film Festival and the Arches, the results range from the entertaining, to the inspirational, to the downright weird. The GMFF is part of the Glasgow Film Festival 2014. For gig info and tickets:

Glasgow’s Dirty Weekender Glasgow 28 February - 1 March Across 5 wonderful venues, PIVO PIVO, IVORY BLACKS, THE ADMIRAL, STEREO and CLASSIC GRAND this Dirty Weekender is going to bring you out, get you about and have you experience such a diverse and eclectic range of musical talent that your ears are going to be assaulted, caressed, abused, made loved to and make you realise why you loved live music in the first place. Immerse yourself in this remarkable occurrence and you will understand why it has been created why Kilmarnock has loved it as much in recent years and why it HAD to come and spend its first weekend in Glasgow. Tickets from and watch at www.

MARCH Inverness 1-14 March

Niel Gow Scottish Fiddle Festival Dunkeld & Birnam 21-23 March The 2014 Niel Gow Festival will be held in the beautiful Perthshire village of Dunkeld & Birnam, home of Niel Gow. The annual festival was established in 2004 to celebrate the life and music of Perthshire's fiddle legend. It is envisaged that through time the festival and other activities will gather enough funds to erect a fitting memorial to Niel Gow in Dunkeld & Birnam. Niel Gow (not Neil Gow) was born in Strathbraan on 22nd March 1727 and grew up in the village of Inver, by Dunkeld.

Hawick Reivers Festival Hawick 23-25 March

Wee Dub Festival

APRIL Knoydart 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.

Edinburgh 7-9 March

Haddow Fest

The 2014 edition of Wee Dub Festival is by far the best line-up yet, featuring giants of UK

Edinburgh International Harp Festival Edinburgh 4-9 April

Wikeed Day Out Glasgow 5 April Wikeed Day Out is a brand new festival coming to Glasgow and being held at Nice N Sleazys. The event will see 7 acts in one day come together from across Scotland in one venue.

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!

As always music is at the heart of Hawick Reivers Festival and Session A9 and Scocha will provide the focus for this. There are a number of new innovations this year and plans are being finalised for an exciting weekend. As the town hall is unavailable the main concert venue Go-Rock Fest switches to the Old Baths where Scocha will kick Gourock off the festival in their own inimitable way. 12 April

Knoydart Music Festival

Inverness's Music Festival is a competitive event attracting over 1000 entrants to venues throughout the city. Prizes are awarded in a multitude of styles across Vocal, Instrumental, Speech, Gaelic and Scottish disciplines.

The Clarsach Society & Edinburgh International Harp Festival is an annual celebration and gathering of musical talents. Find out more about us at The Clarsach Society (Comunn na Clarsaich) encourages interest in the instrument, especially The Annual Fifestock Music Festival takes place amongst young players, who enjoy its "Backstage� at The Green Hotel, Kinross. Latest adaptability to solo work, accompaniment or updates on the website. FIFESTOCK comes but ensemble playing. The Society also presents the once a year and here it is for 2014! A wide range Edinburgh International Harp Festival - an of genres and artists for you all to experience. annual celebration and gathering of musical Don't leave it too late to book on 01577 863467 talents. Every Spring we bring harpists from across the globe together to rub shoulders with you, the audience.

Inverness Music Festival

There will be no Haddow Fest this year but it will return in 2015.

Edinburgh 2015

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) and www.eventbrite.

Northern Nashville Country Music Festival Caithness 18-20 April In 2004 we took a gamble and ran our first ever Northern Nashville Caithness Country Music Festival (NNCCMF), which thankfully was a great


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success. Over the years it has gone from strength to strength, with country music fans converging on Caithness over Easter Weekend to be part of this 3-day 5-show extravaganza of 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.

in Scotland was increasingly exploring its own roots. Concert venues, competitions, ceilidh dance childrens events, sessions for tunes and songs, Open Stage, workshops,secure campsite. So please tell all of your friends and help to make this the biggest Girven Festival ever! There will be plenty of room and plenty of music for all to enjoy.

TradFest Edinburgh Dùn Èideann

Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival

Edinburgh 29 April - 11 May

Oban 2-4 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!

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.


Riverside Festival

34th Shetland Folk Festival 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 by a voluntary committee (and run by an even bigger pool of volunteers) the Festival prides itself in reaching out to even the most far flung areas of Shetland. Concerts are organised throughout the isles, consisting of some of the best International, British and Shetland music that the world has to offer. In fact, visiting artistes are regularly dumbfounded by the quantity and quality of local musicians that our remote isles have to offer.

Thornhill Music Festival Dumfriesshire 2-4 May 20 plus band cross-genre Music Festival in Dumfriesshire, early May Bank Holiday, Run by Lewis Hamilton Music. The village is an attractive and vibrant community of some 2,000 people, and Dumfries and Galloway is a well-known music destination, hosting such successful events as the Wickerman, Moniaive Folk and Bluegrass Festivals. Thornhill lies at the junction of the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock and A702 New Galloway to Edinburgh roads in the midsection of the beautiful Nith Valley in Dumfriesshire.

Girvan Folk Festival Girvan 2-4 May 2014 marks the 40th Girvan Folk Festival. The Festival started in 1975, a time when folk music

Glasgow 3-4 May

Kilmarnock 23-25 May Kilmarnock’s Dirty Weekender music festival was established in 2012. In 2013 the event expanded with over 40 acts performing and a third venue being added to include an all agers stage. In 2014 Kilmarnock’s Dirty Weekender will see further growth with the inclusion of the 1300 capacity Grand Hall venue. 2014 will also see the development and implementation of Glasgow’s Dirty Weekender. This will take place between the 28 February and the 1 March over three of the city’s venues, Pivo Pivo, Ivory Blacks and Stereo. The Dirty Weekender crew will take its years of experience and deliver a unique and diverse event to Glasgow for the first time.

JUNE Solas Festival The Bield at Blackruthven 20-22 June In what promises to be a exciting year in the spotlight for Scotland, Solas will entertain you with a mixing pot of art, music, dance and comedy whilst covering everything from jazz to ceilidh dancing, and hip hop to slow food. Our brilliant variety of acts and friendly atmosphere make it a great destination for families. Under12s go free. The festival aims to create a generous, hospitable space in Scotland where the arts can be performed and enjoyed by all. The programme also makes space for challenging debate with activists, writers and thinkers from across the political, cultural and religious spectrum.

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 Newton Stewart Traditional to descend on the event over both days. The party will continue late into the night at various Acoustic Music Festival venues in the city. Line-up and ticket details will Newton Stewart 4-5 July be announced soon.


Knockengorroch World Ceilidh Kirkcudbright 22-25 May If you prefer a bigger festival in a smaller pot you are a Knockengorrocher! Join us beside the glittering Water of Deugh beneath the broad shoulders of southwest Scotland's great mountain peaks to celebrate some of the finest music from the Celtic diaspora and everywhere in-between. The World Ceilidh melds together the most ancient roots music with the latest cutting edge sounds. This first truly backwoods upland music fest in Scotland hosts some of the best musicians and performers from across the world. All are invited to journey over hill and dale by rock and stream to our natural greenfield auditorium and to our upland stage to experience the biggest little festival this side of anywhere!

Kilmarnock's Dirty Weekender


Traditional and acoustic music festival in the picturesque market town of Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway, in South West Scotland. Ross Couper & Tom Oakes, Siobhan Miller & Aaron Jones, Wendy Stewart, Aaron Jones & Nathon Jones, Zoë Bestel and Jonathan Henderson...workshops, sessions...we look forward to seeing you there. More details to follow...

AUGUST Doune The Rabbit Hole Cardross, nr Stirling 22-24 August A small family-friendly festival with a twist! Doune The Rabbit Hole presents music, comedy, art, spoken word, drama, puppetry and much more! A 3 day multi arts festival..


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