Page 1

June 2014/Week 1

Tenement TV launches a STV Glasgow music show - page 10 Soundhouse benefit gig - page 14 : East End Social announce June events - page 3

'Off The Record' workshops coming to Kilmarnock and Edinburgh in June Born To Be Wide has announced the final two events in its 'Off The Record' series, which features workshops for young musicians and those interested in working in the music business. They will take place on Saturday 28 June at the Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock and Sunday 29 June at the Roxy Assembly, Edinburgh.

Watch a trailer for 'Off The Record' @

Supported by the Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI), which is administered by Creative Scotland, Off The Record is open to anyone aged between 14-25, with key industry figures providing essential advice on subjects including releasing, promotion and organising/getting gigs. The Kilmarnock event will be delivered in partnership with East Ayrshire Leisure with speakers including: Jim Gellatly (XFM Scotland), Olaf Furniss (Born To Be Wide Director/The Scotsman), Michael Lambert (Born To Be Wide Director/artist manager), Marc Strain (Fatherson), Halina Rafai (Podcart/Olive Grove Records), Ally Gray (EmuBands) and Richy Muirhead (Scottish Alternative Music Awards). Talking part in the Edinburgh event are: Olaf Furniss (Born To Be Wide Director/The Scotsman), Michael Lambert (Born To Be Wide Director/artist manager), Tallah Brash (The Electric Circus), Andy Loban (Gerry Loves Records) and Ally Gray (EmuBands). With additional speakers to be announced. Admission to each event is £2 (including lunch) and tickets must be bought in advance from, or in person from the Palace Theatre (9 Green Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 3BN) or Tickets Scotland (127 Rose St, Edinburgh, EH2 3DT). Also included in the price is a free release worth £25, via Scotland's leading digital distribution company EmuBands. This covers Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and most other online stores and streaming services. Born To Be Wide Director, Michael Lambert said: “Our previous Off The Record events have proved extremely popular. There is a real desire to learn about the music industry, and Off The Record provides a unique opportunity to learn from professionals and meet those working in the modern music business.”

..... story continued on page 16


page 2

music news scotland

weblink: shop:

weblink: facebook: facebook: twitter:

artist: label:

music news scotland

page 3

The East End Social Announces New Gigs Featuring The Pastels, Justin Currie, Withered Hand, Ela Orleans, Miaoux Miaoux, El Hombre Trajeado, Bmx Bandits And Many More The East End Social Announces New Gigs Featuring The Pastels, Justin Currie, Withered Hand, Ela Orleans, Miaoux Miaoux, El Hombre Trajeado, Bmx Bandits And Many More The East End Social has almost recovered from their Duke Street Expo – its most ambitious venture to date, and a day-long celebration of Glasgow's East End that saw acts including King Creosote, Hector Bizerk, Admiral Fallow, Rick Randolph's Leap present “I Can’t Dance To Redbeard, Siobhan Wilson and Kobi Onyame perform in churches, pubs and restaurants – not pub, and central hub, for the East End Social, to mention myriad pop-up antics in libraries, offering a laid-back, intimate stage for special charity shops, florists and tattoo parlours. gigs by established Scottish artists, along with a chance to see some of our finest and most Looking forward, and ever-eastward, East End exciting emerging local act. Tickets for Bowler's Social are delighted to announce their next wave Bar shows are available from of gigs which are part of the Glasgow 2014, Tickets Scotland, and Cultural Programme and designed to enliven the on the door, subject to availability. Gigs ..... East End of Glasgow. Adding to an already-busy June 26th: Miaoux Miaoux, Turtle, Jonnie summer that will culminate in a righteous blowCommon. Plus Vic Galloway DJ set : 27th: out at Richmond Park on 30-31 August. Full Randolph's Leap present “I Can’t Dance To This details of the Richmond Park ' The Last Big Music” featuring Randolph's Leap, State Weekend' extravaganza will be announced Broadcasters, Skinny Dipper, BMX Bandits, shortly but it will feature Mogwai, Hudson Meursault, Vic Galloway DJ set : August 14th: Mohawke, with more TBC. Withered Hand and Justin Currie Upcoming special gigs are in Bridgeton's The Bowler's Bar, which has fast become a favourite

Platform, Easterhouse

This Music” on 27 June Over at Platform in Easterhouse, East End Social has announced two very special one-off events ..... July: 12th: El Hombre Trajeado, Ela Orleans, Wolf : 19th: Neu! Reekie! presents ‘The Summer Sizzler’ with The Pastels, Broken Records, Jock Scot, Jackie Kay, Rachel Maclean, Kevin Williamson & Kevin Pedersen. Tickets for Platform shows are available from, Tickets Scotland and Monorail. The East End Social also have lots of other gigs in the pipeline over the next couple of months, check out their website and facebook for details.


"The album screams classic rock, with a twist of freshness and originality which keeps things exciting" The Retro Blog

Available from: 12" Vinyl : CD : Digital Download weblink: watch:

weblink: tickets:




from the latest releases to reach us


“I didn’t expect my former band-mates to accept an invitation to reunite in a studio. But they said yes.” says Rick. Old chemistry returned to breathe new life into bedroom demos. MNS 'Absolutely Superb' Rating


Ross Wilsons 'The Ballads Of Peckham Rye' features an all star supporting cast including Karine Polwart & Aidan O'Rourke. "Imagine John Martyn meeting Van Morrison": Time Out. It is very very good. MNS 'Very Hot' Rating


Willie Campbell is regarded by a broad range of respected voices as amongst the finest songwriters in the country. He has now worked with veteran Gaelic folk rock musician Calum Martin to produced his own superb Gaelic album 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 breathtaking debut album, is produced by John Wood : MNS 'Very Hot' Rating

THINK YOUR NEW RELEASE IS GOOD ENOUGH TO APPEAR HERE? To be considered for our 'What's Hot' spot send your new album/ep/single to: MNS Top 4, MUSIC NEWS Scotland Romar House, Birgham, Berwickshire. TD12 4NF

page 4

music news scotland

Pathhead Music Collective presents: INDIA ALBA & THE CORRINA HEWAT BAND Pathhead : 14 June :

Tickets @

To round off a jam packed ‘Creative Places’ year the Pathhead Music Collective (PMC) have a fabulous finale concert night lined up. The double header of INDIA ALBA and the CORRINA HEWAT BAND will be a treat for music fans in Pathhead's village hall on Saturday 14 June. India Alba consists of three Scottish traditional musicians; Nigel Richard, Ross Ainslie and cellist Su-a Lee combined with two classical Indian musicians; Sharat Chandra Srivastava and Gyan Singh. Considering that two of the band are based in India this can definitely be counted as a rare musical opportunity. Nigel Richard, PMC member says, “To have the opportunity to showcase the highlights of both the Scottish and Indian traditions and in my home village is just great. We are honoured to round off what has been an amazing year in the cultural life of Pathhead but mainly I’m just looking forward to a good old-fashioned party and to have a break from my day job of making bagpipes!”

India Alba

The Corrina Hewat band features three Heiders; Corrina (obviously) on vocals and harp, Tom Lyne on bass, Dave Milligan on piano as then Fraser Fifield on pipes and Alyn Cosker on drums. If the success of Corrina’s previous musical supergroup The Unusual Suspects is anything to go by then the crowd is definitely in for a good night. “I am so looking forward to playing with these guys” says Corrina Hewat : photo by Van Gill Media Corrina Hewat, “They are the best in Scotland so it’s a rare treat to get us all together.” This concert is While Corrina will be playing her harp she points out officially sponsored this is “anything but a harp concert! There will be by the lovely folks at some familiar Scottish songs plus my own songs as well as the first airing of some new tunes and the Black Isle collaborations”. Corrina is also particularly pleased to Brewery who are have the support of the Black Isle Brewery, “having supplying one of sponsorship from the area I grew up in is a testament their fine organic to the strength of the community spirit which I now see in Pathhead. From the Black Isle to the Heid in a beers to every ticket cask and a harp.” holder over 18. Tickets from the weblink at top of page or from Wahlberg’s Bakers, Main Street, Pathhead. Ticket Price: £12/£8 (Concessions) Under 12s not admitted.

music news scotland

page 5 web facebook twitter tickets


MUSIC NEWS Scotland - GIGguide - FESTIVALS! For details email Carol :

page 6

music news scotland

Latin American Summer Solstice Night of Music and Poetry Edinburgh : 21 June :

Scots-based Chilean singer, Valentina Montoya Martínez has announced a Latin American Summer Solstice Night of Song and Poetry in Edinburgh's Café Life in Stockbridge, on the 21 June of course!

Chamber and has established herself as the leading Latin American female voice in the UK with her own group Valentina and Voces del Sur. Committed to the diffusion of Latin American folk music, she has also facilitated other musical events in Scotland, notably two Quilapayún concerts last year. She will be reading the poems of Chilean laureates Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral and singing folk songs from Chile as well as her own material with her band, which she co-founded with her Scots partner, guitarist David Russell.

Edinburgh-based band Valentina and Voces del Sur will host a concert of Latin American folk music and poetry this summer solstice, with guest musician, Argentine bandoneón player, Roberto Rabinovich. The concert will take place on 21 June at Café Life, Stockbridge, and is part of Chilean singer Valentina Montoya Martínez’ new initiative of combining Latin America’s music and poetry in a cultural evening rooted in Chile’s tradition of Peñas (a meeting place for musicians, artists and lovers of folk song, poetry and grassroots culture).

Roberto Rabinovich is an Argentine bandoneón player based in Edinburgh. He studied the bandoeón with Sebastián Jarupkin, Víctor Villena and Juanjo Mosalini and subsequently formed the tango quartet Orquesta Atípica. He has played with Mr McFall’s Chamber and Valentina and Voces del Sur amongst others. Recently one of his compositions was presented in the show “Star Crossed” in Palma de Mallorca’s Opera House. Through the heart-wrenching, melancholy sounds of his bandoneón Roberto will be conjuring echoes of this impassioned genre and will be reading a selection of Horacio Ferrer’s tango poetry.

Valentina Montoya Martínez, a second generation exile from Chile, has gained recognition in Scotland through her longstanding musical collaboration with Mr McFall’s

Piazzolla,” Roberto said. “I deeply enjoy bringing the sounds of the bandoneón to this wonderful city and sharing a little bit of our dreams with its people. It is always a pleasure working with Valentina, we hope to be doing more of this kind of material together. I admire her initiative to create this kind of space which welcomes kindred spirits and those curious to know more about Latin American culture.” Asked what this type of event means to her, Valentina said: “As it is summer solstice, I hope people will feel inspired, invigorated and

rejuvenated by Latin American’s songs and poetry. In Latin America music and poetry are often intricately linked and this type of evening is a manifestation of that artistic embrace. We want to share it with you on this night of renewal!”

GIGnotes: Latin American Summer Solstice Night of Song and Poetry, 21 June – Doors 8pm – £10 at Café Life, 2, Cheyne St., Edinburgh. EH4 1JB vocesdelsur Valentina : photo by Paulo Riddle

Asked what this type of event means to him Roberto said “I am inspired by the great Astor weblink: facebook:

shop: weblink:

music news scotland

page 7

'self-entitled album out now on i-tunes' "catchy soulful tunes that never fail to impress" Designed by Events Armoury

weblink: venue:

weblink: listen:

weblink: facebook:

facebook: twitter:

page 8

music news scotland

the mns collection ….

Live music in Archerfield's 'Walled Garden' in June Dirleton, East Lothian : 14+21 June Tickets @ Americana: Ceilidh:

The Walled Garden at Archerfield Estate is growing as a music venue with two events still to take place in June. Archerfield Americana .....Three great Americana acts are due to play in the idylic setting of Archerfield Walled Garden, near Dirleton in East Lothian, on Saturday 14 June from 6pm. Colorado-based band CROWBOY take to their open barn stage along with MHAIRI ORR AND THE LOST TRACKS - last summer's beer festival sensation, and new partnership, TOMFOOLERY for the best in folk. Singer-broadcaster Madelaine Cave, who is organising the event says: “The Walled Garden is a fantastic venue for live music, and with this line up we have the makings of a brilliant Americana night.” Tickets cost £10 and there will be suitably authentic American burgers served and craft beer on tap - from the garden's own microbrewery! Tickets are just £10 from Brown Paper Tickets (link at top of page) or in person either from The Walled Garden shop or on the door. Venue address: The Walled Garden, Archerfield Estate, Dirleton, East Lothian. EH39 5HQ The Americana acts ..... CROWBOY is original Americana. Having joined forces in Boulder, Colorado, Todd Redmond and Christopher Smith, the songwriters behind Crowboy, have polished their brand of Americana to a raw and expressive sheen. Drawing from country, folk, and rock & roll roots, the multi-instrumentalist duo has created songs with soulful harmonies and unforgettable melodies. Their new CD is due out in May; just in time for their first tour of Scotland, where they will try on kilts, drink Scotch, and share their love of music! MAIRI ORR & THE LOST TRACKS: Echoes of folk and Americana from Scottish singer songwriter Mairi Orr and accompanying musicians, The Lost Tracks guitar, banjo, dobro, citern, mandolin, fiddle and cello. TOMFOOLERY: Scottish songwriter Tom Fairnie has a sound so heroic and wide ranging it's a wonder his stunning and far reaching yet subtle country sound isn't flowing from the fingertips of an American songsmith. Tom is joined by Jane Fairnie and Madelaine Cave singing harmonies.

Midsummer Ceilidh ..... Fans of Scottish ceilidh music are in for a treat when THE INFAMOUS GROUSE play on 21 June for the Midsummer Ceilidh. Jugs of Pimms, a two course seasonal buffet and lots of dancing are on the menu for this event, by popular request from those who attended The Walled Garden Hogmanay Party. Mairi Orr & The Lost Tracks play at Archerfield's 'Beer Festival last year

View all the MNS digital publications from links at

music news scotland

page 9 weblink: pre-order album at:

weblink: venue:


Scottish Tour ..... 24 May Young's Interesting Books, Glasgow - EP release 25 May The Glad CafĂŠ, Glasgow 26 May The Roxy 171, Glasgow (with Glasgow based guitarist and songwriter Paul Tasker)

3 June The Argyll Hotel, Ullapool 5 June The Tea Posy, Dingwall 6 June IG:LU Art Gallery, Inverness 7 June Perth's Americana Cavalcade Festival 13 June The Old Inn, Gairloch

tour dates info: video:

weblink: tickets:

page 10

music news scotland

Tenement TV Launch Exciting New Music Show On STV Glasgow Watch the first episode here: Scotland's creative media platform Tenement TV have revealed an exciting new music TV show which will air on STV's new channel STV Glasgow this month and have released an official trailer online for fans. Tenement TV's show will demonstrate its incredible collection of sessions from up-and-coming artists and top acts like Cage The Elephant, Local Natives, Cloud Control, The Family Rain and Prides.

Created by music fans for music fans in Scotland, Tenement TV's new show has an allScottish team working behind the scenes editing, directing, writing and researching Virgin channel 159 reaching millions of people each and every show. and opening up their creative style to a whole The show is an incredible achievement from the company that started as an innovative idea and developed into a successful website that is enjoyed by music fans all over the world. Working out of their west end tenement flat in Glasgow, the TTV team open up their door to big names and record and edit all sessions right in their front room. Tenement TV's new programme will air on Freeview channel 23, Sky channel 117 and

"Our local Glasgow team have been working new audience. The series will run every Friday hard behind the scenes to develop and progress night at 9.30pm for eight consecutive weeks and Tenement TV. We are really looking forward to will also be available online all over the UK. the future. Tenement TV's Founder and CEO Chae Houston said: "We are extremely excited about our new venture and can't wait to open up our intimate sessions to a wider audience. We look to offer bands a platform for their music and give music fans an insight into tracks that have been stripped back, showing an alternative side to the artist.

"With the second Tenement Trail music festival set to take place this coming October, we are priortising developing our ideas to give the Scottish music scene something to get excited about." It was just this year that Tenement TV announced their official partnership with T Break. They are working with Tennent's Lager on their unsigned band strand at Scotland's biggest music festival, T in Park. TTV will record all live footage and create creative edits of the 16 bands who have been chosen as the final acts to play this year's festival out of thousands of entries. Using their creative eye and knowledge of what’s hot in music, Tenement TV has recorded sessions with the likes of the Mercury Music Prize shortlisted Jake Bugg, number one selling artist Bastille, chart-topping Irish act Kodaline and Scotland’s talented singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt. Tenement TV was created in 2011. All sessions are recorded and edited in Tenement TV HQ which is a traditional tenement flat in the heart of Glasgow's west end. The first Tenement Trail festival event took place in March 2013 and saw the likes of Kassidy, Baby Strange, Hector Bizerk, Fat Goth and Davey Horne play throughout the day. TT14 will take place in October 2014 and has names including Hector Bizerk and Atom Tree on the bill. More acts will be announced over the next few months. The Tenement TV team consists of Chae Houston (CEO / TV show producer), Jamie Logie (Creative Director / TV show editor), Nadine Walker (Editor and TV researcher), Paul McJimpsey (Executive Producer).

Prides feature in the new Tenement TV 'STV Glasgow' show :

music news scotland

page 11

weblink: tickets: tickets: facebook:

weblink: tickets:

page 12

music news scotland

GRIT: The Martyn Bennett Story by Eala MacAlister

Druimfin, Mull from 20-22 June : This is very much a story that should be told and by using Martyn's own music it's like he's partly telling his story himself. Directed by Cora and written by one of Scotland's brightest writing talents, Kieran Hurley, in collaboration with Cora and the company, the show promises to be a visually spectacular theatrical exploration of one of Scotland's most innovative musical maverick visionaries, Martyn Bennett, who stormed the underground music scene in the 90s with his unique blend of songs from the Gaelic tradition of the west highlands and the travellers tradition, spliced with cutting edge dance music. The show will take you through Martyn’s incredible life journey - unveiling the story of his phenomenal musical imagination, passion, fierce love of life, music, the country and people who inspired his ground-breaking creations, and his fight against the cancer which ultimately robbed him of his short life at 33. The cast includes Sandy Grierson as Martyn Bennett, Gerda Stevenson as Margaret Bennett and Hannah Donaldson as Kirsten Bennett.

Tucked away in the Southside of Glasgow is the Tramway theatre where a diverse crew of actors, dancers, choreographers and even a trapeze artist are deep into rehearsals for a new production by Cora Bissett. Today they are ready to give a sneak peak of what they've been working on.

look around for funding – serendipitously – the Commonwealth Fund was launched and they were keen to support work that celebrates Scottish culture but from a very internationalist viewpoint. I can’t think of anything more apt! They were very keen that we connect with Commonwealth partners, and with Martyn having dual heritage, being born in Canada, I just thought – this is perfect. I worked with Canadian partners to reflect his dual heritage, also there’s a big Gaelic speaking population in Canada and a very spiritual bond between the two countries – and so it just started to feel so right. I was confident that I’d be able to get the funding for this." Says Bissett. Above all the production is as much about Martyn the man as Martyn the musician which may help it appeal to people less familiar with his music. It had been Bissett's intention from the start to tell it in this way: "I don’t feel that he’s been forgotten about, but I think the story is of Martyn as a human being, and what he achieved in his short life – no-one’s really told that as a drama. And I think, for a whole new generation… when I speak to people who are maybe in their twenties, most of them don’t know who Martyn Bennett is and I thought ‘That is a real shame, what can I do about that? I can tell his story. That’s my job – I tell his story and it opens it up to a whole new generation of people. That was the motivating factor – let’s celebrate this guy." explains Bissett.

GRIT: The Martyn Bennett story aims to tell the story of the maverick piper and composer in a way that is every bit as creative as the man himself was. In the short scenes performed today (at a media pre-view) it certainly seems to have succeeded in that. There's a great mix of skills on display. In one scene trapeze artist Maxime Yelle performs incredible aerial acrobatics to the strains of Bennett's Blackbird. In another scene depicting Martyn's introduction to the club culture that was to be a big part of his short life there is a fusion of modern and highland dance with Sandy Grierson, who plays Martyn Bennett, Everyone involved in the project taking it all in and thinking about seems hugely enthusiastic about it what he could do with this music. and this comes across in the performance. Martyn's duel Scots/ The initial idea for the production Canadian heritage (he lived in came when Cora Bissett revisited Canada until he was six) is GRIT for the first time in a while: "It celebrated with the choreographer wasn’t until recently that I revisited and trapeze artist coming from GRIT. Something just sparked in me Canada to be part of the production. again. It’s just the life force coming Bisett is keen to see the production through that album, it’s live on after this summer and would extraordinary" she said. It was love to see it performed in Canada. fortuitous timing as the Before that it had a run in Glasgow Commonwealth Games Cultural in early June before moving to Mull Program opened up an avenue of where there will be a mini festival funding that was previously featuring the likes of Lau, Mr McFalls unavailable. Chamber and India Alba from 19 22nd June. "When I had the seed of the idea, being a small, independent Moving to Mull is not without it's company, we had to think about problems explains Bissett: "That's where we were going to get funding going to be a challenge, for sure, for this. So as we were starting to but it’s a challenge we’re preparing

Martyn Bennett :

for right from the start. The main part of the set can be split into a smaller section for the stage on Mull. We can’t do the trapeze work on Mull because the ceiling isn’t high enough for the rig, so we’re going to replace that with a Chinese pole artist. The acrobatics take place on a ground-based pole – so you still get that same feeling of something

very beautiful, a kind ascension – take off."

GIGnotes: GRIT: The Martyn Bennett Story forms part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme . Druimfin, Mull from 20-22 June. Further details on the links below.

music news scotland

page 13

weblink: artist:

weblink: facebook:

weblink: facebook:

weblink: Eden Court:

page 14

music news scotland

Soundhouse Benefit Extra: Moishe’s Bagel Edinburgh : 19 June : Buy tickets @

When the incomparable Moishe's Bagel got in touch with the Soundhouse campaigners and offered to play a benefit gig they were over the moon. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of seeing this band live before, read on and don't forget to check out this clip @

GIGnotes: Moishe's Bagel will be playing at The Bongo Club on Edinburgh's Cowgate. Tickets are available on the door (subject to availability) at £12 and online for £10 + £1 booking fee.

Moishe's Bagel are a five-piece firecracker of a band presenting thrillingly original cutting-edge klezmer and folk music. Featuring virtuoso performances from some of Scotland’s finest musicians, these guys play an intoxicating, life-affirming mix of Eastern European dance, jazz grooves, folk tunes, and Middle Eastern rhythms. Seeing Moishe’s Bagel live is an unforgettable experience: expect quite a bit of improvisation, bucket loads of energy, dazzling technique, and classical rigour. Highly danceable, the band are visually and aurally exciting. Guesting with the Bagels a week on Thursday will be house favourite Valentina Montoya-Martinez of Voces del Sur. The Soundhouse - A new live music centre for Scotland ... coming to Edinburgh soon! The Soundhouse Organisation, is a Scottish Charitable Organisation who are currently running a massive fundraising campaign in aid of a new state-of-the-art music venue and musicians' facility in the centre of Edinburgh. The Soundhouse will be a new state-of-the-art music venue for Edinburgh, offering a fair deal for musicians, and a warm welcome to audiences of all ages. They will offer workshops and masterclasses for musicians of all levels. We will foster a positive attitude to live music and a feeling of community.

weblink: buy album:

Moishe's Bagel :

weblink: buy the album:

music news scotland

page 15

release their critically acclaimed dĂŠbut album

Different Lonesome

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

youtube: bandcamp: weblink: shop: cafe: music gallery:

page 16

music news scotland


George MacIlwham

............ member profile: This is a MUSIC NEWS Scotland series profiling Scottish Music Centre members

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

George MacIlwham was born in Glasgow and he has had a distinguished career as a soloist and orchestral flautist. On completion of his studies at the Royal Academies of Glasgow and London, he joined the Scottish National Orchestra (now the Royal Scottish National Orchestra), and then he was appointed Principal Piccolo and Flute with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Over the years George has appeared in concerts throughout Britain, Europe, the Far East and Canada both as flautist and piper. Having performed and recorded the solo bagpipe part of An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise, under the direction of the composer Sir Peter

Maxwell Davies, he was well placed to repeat the performance at the Last Night of the Proms in 1992: the first time a piper had ever appeared at a Henry Wood Promenade Concert in the Royal Albert Hall, London. A member of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, the

PRS and MCPS, and a performed and founder member of broadcast at home and several chamber abroad. ensembles, he is now kept busy as a freelance composer, arranger, and performer. Concerts for the Council for Music in Hospitals are a very important part of this. Many of his own compositions are

Read more about George and Trio Serenata at : : The Scottish Music Centre currently supports in excess of 100 composer, group/small business and corporate members. Offering a wealth of advantages, initiatives include the bi-monthly Composers' Digest and Exposed Melodies podcast series, annual Composition Marathon, regular networking events and notification of valuable opportunities, extensive publicity and increased correspondence with national companies, chamber ensembles, soloists and festivals.

For further information, please contact 0141 552 5222 or visit: cont/d from page 1 .....

'Off The Record' Events Announced For Kilmarnock And Edinburgh Co-Director, Olaf Furniss, adds: “Several attendees from the earlier Off The Records have gone on to organise gigs and release music, putting into practice what they have learned at the events.” Leonie Bell, Director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland, said: “For young musicians, and young people who want to work in the music industry behind the scenes, the Off the Record events are an unmissable opportunity to meet, learn from and be inspired by experienced music professionals working in Scotland. They’re also a great place for the young people to share aspirations and ideas with each other. These connections will prove invaluable as they take the next steps in the music industry.” Ally Gray, Managing Director, EmuBands said: “We're delighted to be supporting Off The Record, it's great to be involved in an event that will help aspiring musicians achieve their ambitions.” A parental consent form is required from attendees aged under 18 which can be downloaded from:

Born To Be Wide ..... Born To Be Wide was launched in February 2004 to provide a meeting place for those involved or interested in the Scottish music scene. Since April 2008 the night has hosted seminars covering subjects including A&R, Music PR, Radio, Music Journalism, Sleeve Design, Stage Craft, Music Management, Booking Agents, a Norwegian night and a German special which included a seminar, a live show by Berlin band Jeans Team and a DJ set by the Consul General. Born To Be Wide also runs Scotland’s music convention, Wide Days, which takes place in Edinburgh in April, and the annual Edinburgh Night

Promoting Music workshop : Olaf Furniss talks with Jim Gellatly

featuring ten acts playing during The Fringe, all performing ten-minute preview sets. The organisation has hosted events in partnership with most of the UK's key music industry associations, as well as creating bespoke panels for the Scottish Parliament, Heart of Midlothian FC and creative industries conference, Go North. In 2012 Born To Be Wide was incorporated as a Community Interest Company and in 2013 launched Off The Record.


MUSIC NEWS Scotland - GIGguide - FESTIVALS! To advertise email Fiona:

goNORTH 2014 may be over but the 'goNORTH Festival Tour' is starting soon!


page 18

music news scotland

got a 'music news' story to tell? then email our newsdesk:

Dougie MacLean



album : 'Till Tomorrow'

release date - 23 June : buy @ To be released on Linn Records on 23 June, “Till Tomorrow” is the unique collaboration between Dougie MacLean and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and marks this legendary artist’s 40th anniversary as a musician. Ahead of the release Dougie performed the album with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in June.

“2014 marks the 40th anniversary of my career as a musician so to have the privilege of working with such a talented collection of musicians is a dream come true. To play my songs with the beauty and power of the Royal National Symphony Orchestra behind me is an incredible experience and truly makes me feel like I am lifting off the stage!” says Dougie.

Dougie MacLean needs no introduction; as a singer, songwriter, composer and instrumentalist, no artist captures the soul of Scotland with more authenticity or emotion. Originally famed for writing the song Caledonia, Dougie has teamed up with conductor John Dougie MacLean : photo by Rob McDougall Logan and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to bring a new and beautiful symphonic dimension to his best-loved songs on his debut career. Till Tomorrow was one of the very first recording with Linn Records. songs that I penned when I was 15 or 16 - if The idea originally came to Dougie in 2011, the anyone had said I’d be performing that song in front of a symphony orchestra at that tender age year he was awarded his OBE, and with 2014 I’d have said don’t be silly. being his 40th anniversary as professional writer, composer and musician, this year seemed the ideal time to set about such a retrospective. Working with close collaborator and orchestrator John Logan “Till Tomorrow” does just this. “The orchestral arrangements add a whole new dimension to the music, which spans my whole

Gia Valentina :

1977 it has become something of an unofficial Scots national anthem; it topped the Scottish charts and has been covered by artists as diverse as Paolo Nutini, Amy Macdonald and Ronan Keating. His music has been used in Hollywood films, most famously the track The Gael was used in the multi-oscar winning ‘The Last of the Mohicans’.

The hand-picked selection includes Heiland Harry, Ca’ the Yowes, Green Grow the Rashes, This Love Will Carry, Till Tomorrow and of course, his enduringly popular love song to Scotland, Caledonia. Since he wrote Caledonia in

album : 'Gia Valentina'

release date - out now : buy @ Newly-signed Scottish band GIA VALENTINA launched their debut album at Glasgow's G2 in Glasgow recently. The Coatbridge-based six-piece alternative outfit are the first act to be signed to new independent Scottish label CAVE WALL RECORDS. Since making their first demo as a band in January 2013, Gia Valentina have been gigging around Glasgow while writing and recording the ten-track, self-titled album, which will be issued on both CD and vinyl. The band – vocalist Steven Warnock, guitarists John McArthur and Ciaran ‘Cheesy’ Febers, bass guitarist Andrew Tracey, drummer Anton Lafferty and keyboard player and vocalist Amy Robertson performed at the launch in front of a 350-strong audience. Steven said: “We are extremely excited at the launch of our first album and sharing our music to a wider audience. We are grateful to Cave Wall Records for giving us this chance and we look forward to a long and successful relationship.” David Lang, Cave Wall Studios manager, said he first worked with Gia Valentina just over a year ago: “I was working as a sound engineer and they came to me to record their first E.P together as a band. When the E.P was finished I knew they had something and that they needed to be heard. We made a point of tracking their progress as a band from then. When we felt we were in the right position, there was really no other band we wanted as our first signing. The band’s following is growing day by day and the launch night is not just about the new album, but also about taking their music to a new level and a new audience.” David said Cave Wall decided to issue the album on vinyl as well as CD as sales of the format have risen sharply in recent years: “The growth in vinyl sales, especially in the independent market, has beaten the other main hardcopy media format of CD. Also, as a label, we feel there is a charm with vinyl that can’t be replicated any other way. For Cave Wall Records, vinyl is the way to go.” Gia Valentina are also in the line-up for an all-day gig at the Eagle Inn in Coatbridge on 9 August, alongside acts including Pronto Mama and The Velveteen Saints.

new releases

page 20

music news scotland

scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download JOHN COLETTA



…sleekit slivers…

Between New Year & Valentine


Singer-Songwriter Patricia Morris is a classic storyteller in the finest Celtic Tradition. With a rare purity of tone and an impressive vocal range, her wider musical catalogue ranges from Gershwin, to Schubert, to Burns, but it is her Scottish and Irish roots she is most influenced and defined by as revealed in her songwriting. These are her latest offerings of Blues and Folk inspired songs.

After parting ways with former guitarist Joe Wyman, we took on board a new guitarist, Andrew Beveridge. The chemistry was instant and we began writing the follow up to our debut EP 'In Uniform We Divide'. Taking a more straight forward approach to song writing this time, we focused on melody and harmonies whilst still retaining elements of what sculpted the sound of 'IUWD'. Drawing on elements from bands like Oceansize, Arcane Roots and Fall of Troy, it is a further progression of our sound.

Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

This recording features the same song-writing partnership of John Coletta & David Fitzpatrick, that had success with the "Humpff Family" but unlike his last solo project " in hope..." John made the decision this time to involve other musicians, inviting whoever had recently impressed him, and was available to contribute. So, we have Pete Rabjohns on drums, Frankie McGuire on the cajon, Lorna Thomas (www. and Kenny Gair on the bass and Tom Roche on the button accordion. This also means that it may be possible to form a credible "band" to perform these tracks, and the artwork by Gordon Campbell is a delight Listen/Watch: Available from: iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify

Album cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Listen/Watch: Available from: iTunes, Amazon MP3

single download Release Date: Out Now

Listen/Watch: Available from: as a 'Pay What You Want' download fee.


DOUGIE MACLEAN with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra & John Logan (conductor)



Till Tomorrow

Album SACD & download Release Date: 23 June Says Dougie of his collaboration with RSNO: “2014 marks the 40th anniversary of my career as a musician so to have the privilege of working with such a talented collection of musicians is a dream come true. To play my songs with the beauty and power of the Royal National Symphony Orchestra behind me is an incredible experience and truly makes me feel like I am lifting off the stage!” Listen/Watch:

Available from:

iTunes, Amazon, Presto Classical + Local record shops

Gia Valentina

Album cd / download / vinyl Release Date: Out Now Gia Valentina are a 6 piece rock band from Central Scotland. Since their first demo as a band in January 2013, they have been gigging around Glasgow while writing and recording their debut album. The band are vocalist Steven Warnock, guitarists John McArthur and Ciaran ‘Cheesy’ Febers, bass guitarist Andrew Tracey, drummer Anton Lafferty and keyboard player and vocalist Amy Robertson. Listen/Watch: Available from: Cave Wall Studios: ref=ts&fref=ts

Album cd / download Release Date: Out Now

For the last year this Edinburgh based 3 piece have swept through the Central Belt of Scotland leaving no ear unprovoked. Not to mention universal praise at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival and gigs in London, Essex, Prague and the momentous siege of Larkhall! No gig is too big, no gig too small. Their catchy soulful tunes never fail to impress and their presence on stage is infectiously beautiful. The Rising Souls are a band you simply MUST see. Like them on Facebook, buy their new album and get yourself along to their next gig. Listen/Watch: Soundcloud. The-Rising-Souls Available from: iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify

music news scotland

page 21

scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download THE OXBOW LAKE BAND THE HAZY SHADES


Boy Angus

Fight Or Flight


The Hazy Shades debut EP, 'Fight Or Flight' is a statement of intent about rock n roll dreams and desires.

How to Swim is the brainchild of Scottish BAFTAwinning writer and composer Gregor Barclay. Although known for their expansively orchestrated recorded work and a similarly maximalist approach to the idea of band size, the group is currently operating as a lean sixpiece, comprising members of The Second Hand Marching Band, The Martial Arts and the now-defunct Mother and The Addicts. Their forthcoming sophomore full-length, Niagarama, is a concept album of sorts, exploring the loss of youth and how we process it.

ep 7" 33rpm (signed and limited to 300) cd and download Release Date: Out Now Being described by Craig Charles as "so authentic", confirmed that the bands vintage sound permeated this 4 track record. The first tale in the story of 'Boy Angus' with a soundtrack of RnB, funk, soul, beat, reggae, to boogaloo to! Listen/Watch: Available from: Online it's exclusive to bandcamp. Vinyl is also available from independent record shops (The Cavern Aberdeen, Love Music Glasgow and more to come)

ep cd / download Release Date: End May

Listen/Watch: Download available end of May. Available from: 200 limited edition CD's was available at launch night Download available end of May.

Album cd / download Release Date: 16 June

Listen/Watch: Available from:



Ride Them Down Album cd / download Release Date: 30 May

'The Holy Ghosts release their highly anticipated debut album 'Ride Them Down' on May 30th. The band are celebrating the launch with two high energy rock n' roll shows at Nice n' Sleazy on Friday 30 May and Electric Circus on Saturday 31 May.' Listen/Watch: Available from: Available for download through iTunes and for physical CD order from 30 May Pre-order the album here!

Embers One Hundred Percent Suave Album cd / download Release Date: Out Now Fat Goth have released their third album, One Hundred Percent Suave, via Hefty Dafty. Following on from where their last album Stud left us, One Hundred Percent Suave explores the theme of sex and its pros and cons but, in the band’s trademark tongue-in-cheek, uncompromising style. Listen/Watch: Available from: and at shows

Album download Release Date: 7 July

“I didn’t expect my former band-mates to accept an invitation to reunite in a studio. But they said yes.” says Rick. Old chemistry returned to breathe new life into bedroom demos. Listen/Watch: soon @ Available from:

page 22

music news scotland

scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download JAMES GILLESPIE



Before I Die

It's Not Enough

This Human Error

James is an acoustic singer/ songwriter based in London. James brings a lot to his music - honest story telling from Folk, Pain and Passion from Blues, hooks from pop and all with an indie edge. James' live performance is engaging, honest and mesmerising. His personality is charismatic and contagious.

'It’s Not Enough' conjures up the atmosphere of a sundrenched road-trip on America’s Pacific Coast Highway, with its slight air of melancholy, and gentle dappled sunlight that’s all the more precious because it feels so transitory.

Foreign Skies are a three piece post-rock/ambient influenced band based in Glasgow, with release of their debut EP the band are looking to be gigging around Scotland in the coming months

ep cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Listen/Watch: Available from: id8585606

single download Release Date: 7 July

Listen/Watch: Available from:

single download Release Date: Out Now

Listen/Watch: Available from:



Graith and Grain

Lay Your Burden Down

ep cd / download Release Date: 24 May

Album cd / download Release Date: Out Now

'Lay Your Burden Down' is the second album from Edinburgh's The Last Battle. It's a record that mixes all of the best bits of their folk laden debut with a new found indie rock energy, and a slight shift in sound that has earned the band praise from the likes of The Sunday Herald, The List and The Scotland On Sunday. Listen/Watch: Available from: On CD - Record stores: Love Music glasgow, Vox Box Edinburgh and Elvis Shakespeare Edinburgh, also to download on iTunes.

The Ballads Of Peckham Rye Album : cd / download Release Date: 2 June

Blue Rose Code is not folk music. Or so he's been told. The Edinburgh-born songwriter's new album - The Ballads Of Peckham Rye - features an all star cast from the folk world - Karine Polwart, Aidan O'Rourke and legend Danny Thompson. ‘Imagine John Martyn meeting Van Morrison, shipwrecked with a crate of Motown records’ Time Out. Listen/Watch: One Day At A Time feat. Kathryn Williams Edina (Hiatus Remix) Available from: Pre-order now

Four tracks of music by this Scottish/ Swedish acoustic folk roots duo. Leaving Carolina, penned by Mitchell, incorporates fiddle, pedal steel, bass, and drums. The three remaining tracks are simply the duo exploring open tuned acoustic guitar, tapping, frailing, thumb picking, deft fiddle playing, vocals, and harmonies. Listen/Watch: Available from: JohnMitchellSofieJonsson1

music news scotland

page 23

scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download TEN TONNE DOZER



Uit de Buik - Duivel te koop


Picking Up The Pieces

Junebug will be releasing a new EP at their headline King Tut’s show comprising of their singles released over the past 9 months. “Hoops” + “You & I” are currently available to download, with “TR” and “Lines” to be released on the 7th of June.

We're a 5 piece female fronted alt/pop band from Ayrshire/Glasgow, The Mavis Project formed at the start of 2013. They draw on a massive amount of musical experience to combine powerful drums with punchy bass/guitar riffs topped with uplifting vocal harmonies to produce a catchy contemporary pop rock music you can shake yer stuff to.

live album (recorded in Belgium on our 202 tour) cd - Release Date: Out Now Ten Tonne Dozer are a heavy rock act based on the remote Shetland Islands. The band have played many gigs and tours, dozering their way throughout UK and Europe, their live shows are choc full of dozer mayhem and packing some serious ten tonne punch. It is an awe inspiring mix of blood, sweat, broken strings, and sheep skulls. It paves the way for the beginning of an epic journey throughout the ages of dishevelled dirt mongering slovenly metal and downright filthy Viking rock in Shetland. Listen/Watch: Come see us on tour somewhere in May or listen/view at or on www. Available from: On sale at all our gigs on this tour and also available when we get back off tour on tentonnedozer.bigcartel. com/

single as part of a future EP release CD & download upon EP release Release Date: 7 June

Listen/Watch: Available from:

ep download Release Date: Out Now

Listen/Watch: Available from: iTunes,amazon,7digital and Google playstore. www.facebook/themavisproject


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

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

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

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


The Butterfly’s Diary Of A Lost Dream Girl

Album : cd / download cd / download Release Date: 21 February Release Date: Out Now Former This Mortal Coil and The Hope Blister Imaginary Creatures is a virtual band, studio vocalist Louise Rutkowski releases her afirst solo project formed by the collaboration of lyricist album. Co-written with and produced by Irvin and songwriter David Scott producer Duguid it is described by itsand supporters as,and “A multi-instrumentalist Iain McKinna. The truly haunting and beautiful album”, “Beautiful, Butterfly’s Dream their debut album. Guest stirring, and alive is with emotion”, and “Pure musicians include guitar ace Keith More, poetic, lovelorn angst at its best”. It includes harmonica legend Fraser Speirs andNile), ex- and mixes by Calum Malcolm (The Blue Lindisfarne songwriter Rod Clements. Steve Orchard (Sir Paul McCartney, Chris Cornell). Listen/Watch: Listen/Watch: Available from: diary-of-a-lost-girl Birnam Shop: Available from: Release via Itunes, Amazon MP3 and CD Love Music Glasgow also coming soon on itunes + spotify Facebook:

page 24

music news scotland

scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download DEATHCATS All Hail Deathcats Album vinyl Release Date: 9 June 'All Hail Deathcats' is the debut LP from Glasgow based trio, Deathcats. Side A contains what the band consider to be their pop numbers; short and sweet pop songs packed with melodies, sing-along choruses and soaked in reverb. Side B reveals their heavier elements; greatly influenced by long drives to shows on a strict audio diet of Thee Oh Sees and Black Sabbath. Coming in at just under 33 minutes, ‘All Hail Deathcats’ gives a very accurate representation of what the Glasgow trio have got to offer. Listen/Watch: Available from:



The Balvenie Maltings Sessions

Sixteen Days

Copper Dogs are a band of self-confessed whisky fanatics who recorded their debut album on the traditional floor maltings of The Balvenie Distillery. Inspired by their passion for whisky and the whiskymaking process, their songs are mostly ‘blends’ or ‘mash-ups’ of songs from across the years. Copper Dogs are named after the copper tubes known as ‘dipping dogs’ that distillery workers used to store down their trouser legs and dip into casks to ‘liberate’ some whisky

Based on the true story of our bassist Mike Edie's own grandfather, Sixteen Days tells the staggering tale of how a young man, Stewart Ross MBE, saved his crew mates after their ship, The Inversuir, was torpedoed, and then kept them alive for 16 days in a lifeboat before being rescued. This is one story we would like you to remember.

Album vinyl Release Date: Out Now

Listen/Watch: Available from: Limited edition vinyl only 500 copies – see to find out how to get a copy


Video Single Download (Album available on CD) Release Date: Out Now

Listen/Watch: Available from: iTunes - Amazon - Coda -



Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Esotero is the 5th release by multiinstrumentalist composer, Fraser Fifield. Recorded as a live studio session in summer 2013, it features Fraser with award winning guitarist and long term collaborator Graeme Stephen. Seamless live electronics place atmospheric texture around their original melodies and improvisations. A unique sound. Listen/Watch: Available from: id762129917?uo=4

Second Fiddle

Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now 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. Listen/Watch: Available from: iTunes / Amazon MP3

Spirit of Beblow Visions of Holy Island Album cd / download Release Date: Out Now

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

music news scotland

page 25

scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download POOR THINGS



Poor Things



“Homeward” is Dropkick’s most varied and accomplished collection of songs to date, demonstrating a growing maturity in their song writing and arrangements. But it is their ear for melody and harmony that are their finest assets, helping Dropkick’s music appeal to a growing band of fans of all ages, all around the world.

‘Believe’ was recorded in legendary Glasgow studio CaVa Sound , Aaron Murray frontman of the band and songwriter said about the single: "Believe is a song that is written about two people who love each other but have both had difficult lives and this puts strain on their relationship, to the point where they need time apart to learn to appreciate one another. It's all about learning to trust each other, taking that big step and putting faith in someone you feel so much towards."

album cd/download Release Date: Out Now

Album : cd / download / vinyl Release Date: 18 April

Saraseto Records are proud to announce the release of Poor Things, self-titled, debut album. Recorded by Matt Scott (PAWS) and mastered by Mercury music nominated producer Dave Paterson. Poor Things is the debut album from the Glasgow based three-piece. In June 2013 Poor Things released ‘Hurricane Poor Things’ EP, receiving several positive reviews from BBC Radio 1, Artrocker and Podcart. Festival appearances soon followed including T in the Park, Brew at the Bog, and goNorth.


Available from: Listen/Watch: 011 Available from: iTunes /all digital distribution stores

single : cd / download Release Date: 3 March

Listen/Watch: Available from: Digital download and there will also be a limited run of physical copies too (available at our shows).

GET YOUR NEW RELEASE LISTED! If you’d like your new release to be included in the MUSIC NEWS Scotland ‘New Release’ section and ALSO be in with a chance of being picked for the MNS Top 4 spot then send it to: New Releases, MUSIC NEWS Scotland, Romar House, Birgham, Berwickshire. TD12 4NF If only available as download then email link to Email (as above) information about your new release for our listings, which should be in the format below:


BAND NAME: Advertisers also get a 'boxed listing' Release Name: with artwork image album / ep / single: email Carol for details: cd / vinyl / download: - list all formats Release Date: Description: - 50 words approx Listen: - link to listen to your music Available from: - webshop, download, retail record shop your website/facebook/twitter

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL RECORD SHOP 'Record Store Day 2014' was on 19 April :

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

Make sure we have your music festival listed, big or small email your latest news to


FESTIVAL Listings Following is our 'short' listings guide to forthcoming Scottish music festivals - see our comprehensive guide in our weekly FESTIVALS! publication @

No matter how small or new your festival is we want to list it!!

Festivals! Scotland's Music

the weekly Scottish music festival supplement from MUSIC NEWS Scotland

t n e m e l p p u s ! S L A ls/ V a I v i T t s S E /fe F m t o s c . e t ss e a r l p d r r u wo o . d d n a a l t re co s s w e icn @

us m / / : http

The Black Diamond Express headline the Red Dog Stage (on 8th) at the Meadows Festival which is in Edinburgh on 7-8 June :

INSIDE: NonStuff : Electric Fields : Blas : Wickerman : Scots @ Cambridge Folk : Trad on Tyne : Earagail Arts : Perth's Americana Cavalcade ..... plus our 2014 Scottish music festival listings!

2014's Scottish Music Festivals to be included in our festival listings email details to:

JUNE Glasgow West End Festival Glasgow 6-29 June

Taking place over the last weekend in June, Scotland in Miniature, as Arran is affectionately known, will come alive to the sound of bands from Arran and the mainland, all enjoyed with a dram of the distillery’s finest single malt. Of course, the music will also play a major part of the day and we will be hosting some brilliant bands from Arran and the mainland. Tickets are £5 which includes entrance, spey dram glass, dram token and opportunity to take a guided tour and enjoy the day's festivities.

Over 100 Glasgow-based organisations, arts groups and local and international artists deliver a mixture of activities and projects, overseen by a small festival team. The WEF brings all of these activities together in the festival programme and includes events, exhibitions, performances, talks, tours, workshops and screenings, and many are free of charge to allow Bannockburn Live accessibility. The WEF’s ethos is to include Stirling participants and venues that can complement 28-29 June the already diverse programme. A two day feast of music, culture, ancestry, food and drink and battle performances. As part of the Bannockburn Live weekend there is a plethora of home grown talent performing, Eden Festival including Dougie MacLean, Julie Fowlis, Karine Raehills Meadows Polwart, Rachel Sermanni and many more. This 12-15 June Homecoming Scotland 2014 signature event will immerse you in Scotland’s history and culture, We are a boutique festival showcasing fresh music and electrifying performances! Set in the commemorating the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn and celebrating the best stunning Raehills Meadows on the 13th-15th of June, hosting 9 different stages including a kids of Scottish traditional and contemporary music, food and drink and more. arena, circus tent, drive in cinema, comedy, cabaret and workshops, as well as a feast of performers, artworks, games and much much more. Tickets are currently £95. Line up to announced shortly. Latest video:

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.

Glasgow Jazz Festival Glasgow 25–29 June Welcome to the 2014 Glasgow International Jazz Festival, this is the 28th year of the Festival, and once again we hope that this year’s line up offers something for everyone! The first headliners include Courtney Pine’s acclaimed House of Legends, Martin Taylor, Neil Cowley Trio featuring tracks from their latest album, Jazz Jamaica, Jacqui Dankworth & Todd Gordon.

Isle of Arran Distillers Malt and Music Festival Arran 28 June

Cromarty,at the Old Brewery – an intimate and homely learning environment.

T in the Park Fife 11-13 July What more can we say! Scotland’s most widely known and respected festival, which always attracts the biggest names. Check out if tickets are still available at

Hebridean Celtic Festival Hebrides 16-19 July Fantastic four-day festival set against the rich cultural backdrop of the Outer Hebrides, featuring top quality music from around the Celtic nations and beyond. Stornoway and throughout Lewis and Harris. Get your tickets quickly at

Tiree Music Festival Isle of Tiree 18-20 July

Tiree Music Festival (TMF) was formed in 2010 when Tiree musician Daniel Gillespie (Skerryvore) teamed up with school friend Stewart MacLennan with the radical idea of holding an open-air festival on their local island Wizard Festival of Tiree. TMF is more than just attending a music Aberdeenshire festival – it is an island adventure. From the 2014 (July tbc) stunning sail or flight to the island of Tiree, camping next to the white sands of Crossapol Organisers are waiting for decisions on funding Bay or surfing at Balevullin beach, TMF is an for Wizard before they can confirm the 2014 experience very few festivals in the world could dates - but were looking at July. Stay up-to-date compete with. Get your tickets quick, the early via facebook and twitter links. birds sold out in hours


Newton Stewart Traditional & Acoustic Music Festival Newton Stewart 4-5 July 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...

Black Isle Fiddle Festival Cromarty 4-6 July Do you want to learn from some of the finest fiddle players in Scotland in a unique Highland setting? Join us in Cromarty in July for the Black Isle Fiddle Weekend. Intensive tuition in a small class setting, top-notch concerts, informal sessions and of course, great Highland hospitality! The Black Isle Fiddle Weekend takes place in the beautiful, historic village of

Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling Eigg 18-20 July Lost Map would like to invite you to a special lost weekend of music, fun and adventure on the Hebridean isle of Eigg. Prepare yourself for three days of the best sounds from Scotland and beyond, surrounded by the country’s most wondrous sights - brought to you by the organisers of Home Game and Away Game, and made possible with support from Homecoming Scotland 2014.

Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival Edinburgh 18-27 July Now the biggest jazz and blues festival in Scotland, the programme ranges from star names to new Scottish-based players, and from trad to the avant garde. New for 2014 - We've got Van Morrison, Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra with special guest Mel C, Mike Stern/Bill Evans Superband; a tribute to Oscar Peterson; Bill Wyman Rhythm Kings plus Maggie


MUSIC NEWS Scotland - GIGguide - FESTIVALS! For details email Carol :

..... lots more festival dates in our FESTIVALS! supplement read it @ Bell & Friends; Chris Barber Band; The Bad Plus; Bella is back in its beautiful Highland setting with Christian Scott all the crazy variety that makes it Scotland’s premier boutique festival. ''Belladrum - quite simply, it’s what everyday life should be like, if only everyday life didn't get in the way.'' - Clare Damdoaran, eFestivals The Wickerman Festival

Trad on the Tyne

25-27 July

30 August

Haddington 29-31 August

The outstanding Karine Polwart and Blazin’ Fiddles will be topping the bill at this year’s Trad Dumfries & Galloway on the Tyne festival in Haddington. Other 25-26 July headline acts will include the Friel Sisters, the Victorian Trout Conspiracy, and local singer/ Scotland's alternative music festival in Dumfries Stowed Out Festival songwriter Alex Hodgson, while the programme & Galloway offers a unique and eclectic Stow will again feature massed pipes and drums, celebration of cult musical genres and cult 16 August Open Stage, workshops, come-and-try classes, cinema with a relaxed, laidback family-friendly storytelling, pub sessions, and a wide range of atmosphere, aimed at the more discerning Stowed Out is ran by Sound Out are a not for family entertainment. Organised by Haddington contemporary music fan. All the action climaxes profit organisation formed in 2009 by an eclectic Pipe Band in association with the Waterloo with the burning of a giant traditional willow and group of musicians and music fans in the village Bistro, Trad on the Tyne is now in its fourth straw effigy. of Stow in the Scottish Borders. year. 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 Southern Fried Summer Isles Festival performers to get up and have a go. Perth Achiltibuie, Ross-shire

Buffy Sainte-Marie, Steve Earle and Rosanne Cash have been announced as headliners for this year’s Southern Fried Festival. Other acts confirmed for Scotland’s seventh annual festival of American Roots music in Perth Concert Hall and other city centre venues include John Fullbright, Marc Ford and Cedric Watson with more to be announced. As always, there will be the usual smattering of smaller gigs in city centre venues, a Sunday Brunch, support gigs and open mics all fuelled by the famous Southern Fried soul food and served up with a warm slice of Scottish hospitality.


Stranraer Park Fest Stranraer 22-23 August What is the Park Fest? A music festival, a large marquee which is ticketed, a licensed bar and live music all day!! Nowhere else could you get so much great live music for so little a cost, in fact if you buy your ticket before hand it is less than £2 per band!! In the last 4 years our wee festival has got better and better, putting our lifeboat and Stranraer on the map. A Music Festival with loads of fun and family appeal

Doune The Rabbit Hole Cardross, nr Stirling 22-24 August

Prestfest Prestwick 1-3 August

A small family-friendly festival with a twist! Doune The Rabbit Hole presents music, comedy, art, spoken word, drama, puppetry and much PRESTFEST the Prestwick Community Music more! Events across Scotland throughout the Festival is run by enlisting financial support from year culminating in a 3 day multi arts festival... local pubs, cafes, restaurants,,hotels,shops and it's time to go Doune The Rabbit Hole!! We make other business services throughout the town. All people happy through music, art, cake and loads types of music at various venues throughout the of other stuff! After we've done that we teach town. people who wouldn't ordinarily be able to how to do creative things, like play instruments, write poetry and paint.

Magners Summer Nights Glasgow 7-10 + 14-16 August A music festival featuring high-profile acts is to be held over two weekends at the newlyrefurbished £2m bandstand in Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park. Teenage Fanclub, Squeeze, Alison Moyet, The Waterboys, Capercaillie and Steve Earle will perform at Magners Summer Nights. MagnersSummerNights

Tartan Heart ‘Belladrum’ Festival Beauly 8-9 August Get yourself a ticket to Scotland’s all ages wackiest festival of music and performing arts.

Pioneered by local musician Mairearad Green, with fantastic music and the most beautiful festival setting, this year’s Summer Isles Festival in Achiltibuie, which is under an hour from Ullapool, promises to be the best yet. The varied line up for 2014 includes new electro/techno band, Halcyon, featuring John Somerville, Barry Reid and Adam Sutherland; best known as members of lively supergroup Treacherous Orchestra. The boys pack a big punch with a mix of Electro/Techno/Big beat sounds alongside live instrumentation, vocal samples and bundles of raw energy.

Electric Fields Drumlanrig Castle 30 August A brand new festival nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Drumlanrig Castle, south west Scotland. Fatherson headlining. Organisers have worked tirelessly to put together a formidable line-up of musical talent at a ticket price that’s kind on the music-loving pocket. Organisers believe Electric Fields will be a hugely significant event both for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish music calendar.


The Buffet 2014: The Shetland Rock Festival

Nairn Book and Arts Festival

Shetland 22-24 August

Nairn 2-7 September

Two big full on jam-packed shows, one night and one day & night of rock and metal celebrating Shetland's finest and most original acts that make up the burgeoning Shetland metal scene. The line-up also includes seven bands from the mainland that will compliment the local acts and also some of these bands have already played in Shetland or toured with Shetland bands. There will be twenty bands playing over the two dates accompanied by local drum & DJ act, Lyall Vs Murray and MC'd by the hosts of the local Heavy Metal podcast 'The Heavy Metal Buffet'.

A unique celebration of literature, drama, music and art in the Highlands of Scotland. There will be music for all tastes, from the inimitable jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis to the Scottish Tango Ensemble, and some of the country’s best Scottish traditional musicians, including the Occasionals, Highland Connection and Mike Vass.

More festival listings in our latest FESTIVALS! edition @


MUSIC NEWS Scotland - GIGguide - FESTIVALS! For details email Carol :



Scotland’s weekly digital music newspaper with all the latest news from the Scottish music scene



Our weekly gig guide giving a comprehensive snapshot of live music in every corner of the country



Our weekly look at Scotland’s music festivals with the latest news and a full listings for the year

To advertise with MUSIC NEWS Scotland For details email Carol :

Read all our digital publications from links @

MUSIC NEWS Scotland  

Here's the latest edition of MUSIC NEWS Scotland - enjoy:) If you wish to download a copy of as a PDF file then go to the 'share' option an...

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you