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Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award - Public Vote Now Open! The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award public vote is open from Monday 12 June until midnight on Wednesday 14 June, giving music fans all over the world 72 hours to choose their favourite album from The SAY Award Longlist. The public’s choice will be guaranteed a much sought after slot on The SAY Award Shortlist, due to be exclusively revealed as part of BBC Music Day 2017 and BBC Radio Scotland’s The Quay Sessions on Thursday 15 June. Simulcast on BBC Radio Scotland and 6 Music, the show features live performance from The Charlatans, Arab Strap and Lau. The public can now cast their vote in support of the album they think should be on the shortlist and for the very first time ever, their vote will automatically enter them into a ballot to win an exclusive pair of tickets to this year’s SAY Award ceremony on 28 June. The album with the most votes at midnight on Wednesday will make the list, earning the artist a guaranteed £1,000 and the chance to be crowned Scottish Album of the Year 2017 and earn the £20,000 prize.

also be entered into a ballot to win an exclusive pair of tickets to this year’s SAY Award ceremony, taking place on Wednesday 28 June at Paisley Town Hall. We’re delighted to be opening up the ceremony this year, rewarding those who engage with the process and champion the outstanding Scottish albums celebrated.” The winning artist will pick up a £20,000 cash prize - provided by long-term Award partner Creative Scotland - with the nine runners-up each receiving £1,000. All ten shortlisted artists will also be awarded an exclusively designed artwork created by the winner of The SAY Design Commission. The SAY Award is produced by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), in partnership with Paisley for UK City of Culture 2021, Creative Scotland, Black Bottle, TicketWeb and PPL. Key dates ..... June 12–June 14 - The SAY Award Public Vote :: June 15 - The SAY Award Shortlist Announcement :: June 19 – June 25th The SAY Award Shortlist promotion :: June 28 The SAY Award Ceremony

The winner of the public vote will join nine other shortlisted titles chosen by The SAY Award’s independent judging panel. This year’s longlist symbolises the variety of emerging and established talent in Scotland including a diverse range of genres and internationally renowned acts.

SAY Award 2017 Longlist: Adam Holmes and The Embers - Brighter Still :: C Duncan - The Midnight Sun :: Ela Orleans - Circles of Upper and Lower Hell :: Fatherson - Open Book :: Frightened Rabbit Painting of a Panic Attack :: Honeyblood Babes Never Die :: The Jesus and Mary Chain - Damage and Joy :: King Creosote Astronaut Meets Appleman :: Konx-om-Pax Caramel :: Meursault - I Will Kill Again :: Modern Studies - Swell To Great :: Mogwai Atomic :: Pictish Trail - Future Echoes :: Rachel Newton - Here’s My Heart Come Take It :: RM Hubbert - Telling The Trees :: Sacred Paws - Strike A Match :: Starless - Starless :: Teenage Fanclub - Here :: TeenCanteen Say It All With A Kiss :: Vukovi - Vukovi Robert Kilpatrick, Project Manager of The SAY Award said: “Taking part in the public vote really is the chance to have your SAY. Not only will your vote play an important part in the determination of The Shortlist, but for the first time ever, anyone who enters the public vote will

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Eight Top Young Trad Musicians Tour Scotland And Prepare To Release Album You can still catch eight of Scotland’s finest young folk musicians on a tour of their home towns and their album thanks to the TMSA

said: “The annual TMSA Young Trad Tour and album is always a great opportunity to showcase the rising starts of Scotland’s traditional music scene but this year we also get the bonus of featuring at Lorient. Lorient is the largest Celtic festival in the world so to have the opportunity to play at the ‘Scotland Pavilion’ is really exciting for the young musicians and I have no doubt the group will act as fantastic ambassadors for both the TMSA and Scotland.”

for the TMSA leaves some very big shoes to be filled but I am very excited about helping this crop of finalists not only develop their individual skills but to sound really special as a group.”

Sarah Mcadam, Creative Learning Officer at Creative Scotland said: “The TMSA Young (Traditional Music & Song Trad Tour is a great opportunity to celebrate the exciting young talent Association of Scotland). emerging from Scotland’s traditional The finalists and winner of the BBC music sector and as a launchpad for Radio Scotland Young Traditional young musicians at the beginning of Musician of the Year Competition Essential to the success of the their careers. The depth of talent (2016) started the tour in project is Musical Director, Anna within the line-up of the 2016 Helensburgh late May before visiting Massie, one of Scotland’s foremost Finalist tour is a testament to this, The Isle of Lismore and are still to guitarists well known for her work with 2016 Young Traditional appear in Fort William, Glasgow, with the likes of Blazin’ Fiddles. Musician of the Year winner, Mohsen Edinburgh and Orkney. They will be Anna was a former winner of the Amini, having since been nominated hard at work in the studio this BBC Young Traditional Musician of for ‘Musician of the Year’ at the month with an album due for the Year Award back in 2003 and 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. release in July. toured with the TMSA last year as We’re looking forward to following an accompanist. “Taking over from the tour and the paths that the This TMSA Young Trad Tour also Corrina Hewat as Musical Director finalists take in their future forms the basis of the group helping to showcase the best of Scottish traditional music at the renowned ‘Festival Interceltique de Lorient’ in August which takes place in Brittany, France. Catch them first on their tour around Scotland!

careers.” Audiences will be treated to a mix of new material written and composed by these outstanding young musicians as well as innovative arrangements of traditional tunes. The album will be recorded and mastered at the renowned Castlesound Studios, Pencaitland, East Lothian. Remaining tour dates ..... 15 June, Summerhall, Edinburgh :: 19 July, Drygate Brewery, Glasgow :: 31 July, Stromness Town Hall, Orkney :: 1 August, Nevis Centre, Fort William For tickets and info visit or contact the TMSA at or on 0792 253 3915

The full line-up is; Mohsen Amini (Concertina and 2016 Winner) Claire Hastings (Voice and 2015 Winner, Hannah MacRae (Fiddle), Jessica Burton (Clarsach), Ryan Young (Fiddle), Murray Willis (Accordion), Robbie Greig (Fiddle) and accompanist Jean Damei. Winner, Mohsen Amini, is raring to go: “This is going to be a very busy but exciting summer. Winning the Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award last year was awesome but now the fun really starts as I get to visit some amazing places, including my home town of Glasgow, with a great bunch of musicians. We’ve rehearsed a load of tunes already and are really looking forward to nailing down some amazing tracks for the album.” TMSA Convener Fiona Campbell fb @ twitter @

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from the latest releases to reach us ....


Dawnings is the new project from Glasgow based singer/ songwriter Louise Quinn and producer Bal Cooke. It combines retro electronics with countrified guitar and melancholic reverb soaked vocals. Released on 2 June . Liz Jones is an Edinburgh based singer/songwriter and Broken Windows is her debut album with her highly respected band members. It sits happily in rock/blues/jazz territory with songs about love, life and making music.

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Capital XTRA’s Music Potential Arrives #UnleashYourPotential

Looking for a Career in Music? Capital XTRA’s Music Potential Has Arrived in Glasgow Offering Free Industry Training, Mentoring and Work for Young People. From June to September this year, over 120 young people aged 18-25 have the opportunity to receive key music industry training as part of Capital XTRA’s Music Potential Project. With the project having previously run in London, Cardiff and Manchester, Capital XTRA’s Music Potential has now launched for the first time in Glasgow, and is being co-delivered by the Scottish Music Industry Association and Glasgow Music Studios. Capital XTRA’s Music Potential helps young people aged 18-25 who are not in employment, education or training to improve skills, develop talent and enhance their employability prospects. With opportunities available to build skills and confidence, take part in valuable work experience, develop unique one to one professional industry mentoring relationships, apply for paid apprenticeships and gain recognised qualifications, Music Potential presents a great opportunity for young people in Scotland who are looking to start a career in music.

and development needs of Scotland’s music industry at present, giving them the best possible chance of future employment.” Lynne Howard, Director, Glasgow Music Studios said: “Glasgow Music Studios’ vision is to inspire people to create music. Our aim is to remove barriers to participation and reach vulnerable young people from all areas of Scotland, providing them with the chance to create contemporary music and improve their futures through employability training and confidence building. We advise everyone who is interested register as soon as possible and to take advantage of the fantastic opportunities available”. Stina Tweeddale of Scottish grunge-pop duo Honeyblood, said: “It is a pleasure to be involved with The Music Potential Project and share what I've learned about working in music throughout my creative career. It's important to share experience and develop upcoming talent within Scotland to help foster our future artists.” Capital XTRA’s Music Potential Glasgow kicks off with two taster days for 120 young people on 21 and 22 June at citizenM Glasgow. Registrations are now open via the Capital XTRA website and close on 12 June. With high demand expected, those interested are advised to apply as soon as possible. For more information on Capital XTRA’s Music Potential Glasgow, please email or get in touch via Facebook.


Focusing on four key disciplines, Capital XTRA’s Music Potential will see participants’ gain training from a wide array of industry professionals on song writing and performance, music business, audio production and radio production. Confirmed workshop leaders for 2017 include Stina Tweeddale (Honeyblood), Becci Wallace (University of the West of Scotland), Steg G (Sunny Govan), Tam Coyle (Miobabig Music Consultancy/DJ) and Dominic Martin (Glasgow DJ Academy), with many more still to be announced.


Adriana 's second album is more raw and guitar-driven that its predecessor. This features Ross McFarlane (Texas, The Proclaimers) on drums, ... with themes from lost love and infidelity to atheism and the refugee crisis. Cracking!

Robert Kilpatrick, Projects and Operations Manager, Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) said: “Everyone in Scotland should be given access and opportunities to be involved in music and the arts, and thanks to Capital XTRA, this project will provide valuable industry training for over 120 young people at no personal cost. Participants will be equipped with the skills required to meet the gaps Top Floor Taivers debut album interweaves traditional Scottish, contemporary and original songs and tunes, influenced by the band member's respective home nations and pushing the boundaries of folk. Catch them on tour!

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Hit The Road prepares for June tour visiting Glasgow, Grangemouth + Edinburgh

THE PATRYNS :: SWAY :: MOSCOW National youth music touring project, Hit The Road visits Glasgow, Grangemouth and Edinburgh from 23-25 June for the first HTR TOUR of 2017 featuring THE PATRYNS, SWAY and MOSCOW, continuing its aims to equip young artists with the knowledge, contacts and tools to work within the live industry. Run by Scottish Music Centre; the project provides young musicians living in Scotland, age 14-19 years old, the opportunity to learn about the live industry before embarking on a professionally managed tour.

THE PATRYNS Hailing from Grangemouth, The Patryns are an indie-rock fourpiece influenced by bands like Catfish & the Bottlemen and The Courteeners. The young band released their debut EP ‘Last Orders’ in March securing airplay on Central FM, a live session on Stirling City Radio and have opened proceedings at local festivals.


Hit The Road aims to equip young artists with the knowledge, contacts and tools to work within the live industry and is funded by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI) and PRS for Music Foundation.

SWAY are a young shoegaze/ grunge, alt-rock band from Glasgow who have already supported acts like The View and Catholic Action.

Read an interview about Hit The Road with Project Manager Scott Kirkwood @ The initiative has acted as a key steppingstone in the development of some of Scotland’s most promising young artists, including; KLOË, Model Aeroplanes, JR Green, Indigo Velvet, Man of Moon, Be Charlotte and more. Watch 'Hit The Road' tour videos @

Dates and venues for the June 'Hit The Road' Tour are: 23 June The Garage (Attic), Glasgow

24 June Town Hall, Grangemouth

25 June La Belle Angele, Edinburgh

They released single ‘Planet Earth’ in April this year, with reviews from Tenement TV, Club Decode and New Hellfire Club as well as a spin from Vic Galloway on BBC Radio Scotland.

MOSCOW Formed in late 2015, MOSCOW. are a young melodic alt-rock quartet from Edinburgh. In their short time as a band, they’ve released a debut single, sold out local venues (The Mash House and Sneaky Pete’s), played festivals like Linkylea, and gained airplay on Amazing Radio. Their next single ‘September’ is due to be released this month.

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Brookfield-Knights bring the best of Americana to tour Scotland this summer A cream-of-the-crop selection of Americana is set to arrive for live dates in Scotland over the coming months thanks to Scottish agency Brookfield-Knights.

Based out of Los Angeles, since then, the seven-piece has continued to impress on both sides of the Atlantic and gathered praise from some of the biggest names in the business. When they played the swankiest nightclub in Beverly Hills, where Hollywood’s A-list go to have themselves some fun, Sir Tom Jones enjoyed the show so much he declared himself a fan.

He wasn’t the first big name to fall under their spell…this is the band that Keb’ Mo’ Top Nashville-based band The Danberrys sought out to provide an air of authenticity arrive first, followed by a welcome return for when he recorded his BluesAmericana album. The California Feetwarmers. and the long- The collaboration won them a Grammyawaited arrival of The Honeycutters from nomination. North Carolina is bound to keep fans happy. Their boisterous on-stage antics are solidly The Danberrys are one of the hottest acts underpinned by playing that is as close to the to emerge from the gutsier underbelly of source as it can be. Nashville’s music scene in recent times. The The band dusts down and re-works old soulful pairing of Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel have built a sizeable fan base on both classics, re-visiting material from The Blue sides of the Atlantic. On tour here for the first Ridge Playboys, Scott Joplin, The Memphis Jugband and Emile Grimshaw’s Rag Pickers. time in trio format with their regular - and renowned - bass player Geoff Henderson, When Keb’ Mo’ grabbed them to provide the they are one of the main acts for this year’s right feel for the track that won them so Maverick Americana festival. much attention, he did so as he wanted it to The band has a string of Scottish dates from be “a joyous thing – a party,” he told The Wall Street Journal. June 17 to 25 before rounding off the schedule in England and Wales.

It’ll be more of a honky tonk happening when The Honeycutters roll in for dates in They have won various awards and nominations for Best Americana Album. Their August. But, with their Appalachian roots, they have a have a richer depth of character latest release created quite an impact, than that suggests – a factor that has won attracting glowing praise from the critics, them a much wider span of appreciation such as. BBC’s Whispering Bob Harris is a confirmed fan and has described their music around the world. as “wonderful.” A recent review in Rock n The five-piece boasts a powerful lead vocalist Reel magazine said they had “the sweetest in Amanda Anne Platt, who has been rightly harmonies you ever heard this side of The compared to some of the great female Everly Brothers.” performers of the post-war years. The California Feetwarmers arrive back for Their albums attract 5-star ratings and have dates at Edinburgh Jazz Festival straight from landed the band on many “Best-of” end-ofappearing at one of Europe’s biggest outdoor the-year lists. music events in Switzerland.

They were one of the outstanding hits at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival two years ago when they pulled a capacity crowd to the city’s Old Fruitmarket and went on to appear on the BBC Scotland coverage of the event.

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Wide Days Music Convention Enjoyed Record Attendance The eighth Wide Days music convention in April has been hailed the most successful to date, with full event passes for the event selling out and showcases attracting a record 1,000 registrations from members of the public. Taking place in Edinburgh at Teviot Row House, the conference on day one attracted 250 delegates for panels on topics including artist development, the future of festivals, ticketing and utilising data from digital services to plan releases and tours. This was followed in the evening by seven emerging Scottish acts playing consecutive live shows, and a range of networking activities on the second day. “The feedback from delegates has been phenomenal, with 98% saying they are very likely or likely to recommend the event,” says Wide Days founder, Olaf Furniss, citing a survey of delegates taken at the end of the conference. Moreover, there was unprecedented interest in the showcase acts from both the public and industry delegates from labels and festivals. This year also saw organisers expand the

programme on day two, which was open to full ticket holders, adding to the activities which led to being named Best Networking Event at the Yearly Music Convention Awards. Participants were treated to a coach tour, followed by a keynote interview with Julie Weir (Music For Nations/Sony Music), lunch and whisky tasting on the stage of Edinburgh’s iconic Usher Hall. “The fact that the two-day tickets sold out, shows an increasing number of industry professionals are seeking opportunities to connect in less traditional environments,” adds Furniss, who personally oversees the networking day. “We will be seeking to build on this in 2018, while continuing to look at ways we can offer even better value for those only attending the conference and showcase.” This year saw Creative Scotland, Help Musicians, PRS Foundation and Eventbrite join existing event partners PPL, EUSA, University of the Highlands & Islands, the Scottish Music Industry Association, EmuBands and the BPI. “The added level of partnership support allowed us to provide more mentoring for the showcase acts, raise the overall production levels and offer a bursary-subsidised ticket to emerging musicians and industry practitioners,” says Furniss. “As a result, we have taken the event to a new level.” The showcase acts were: JR Green, Emme Woods, The Ninth Wave, The Spook School,

The Spook School showcase at La Belle Angele :: photo by Jannica Honey

Declan Welsh & The Decadent West, The Vegan Leather and Vistas. ABOUT WIDE DAYS: Wide Days was launched in 2010 and is Scotland’s only music-business convention. In 2014 it was named Best Networking Event at the Yearly Music Convention Awards, was runner up in the same category in 2015 and was also nominated for Best Convention Venue in 2016. Wide Days has attracted key music industry players from both Europe and North America, and in 2014 featured a special focus on the German music market. The has hosted the launch of several ground-breaking initiatives including the Music Venue Trust, the Off Axis gigging network and Scotland's green festivals network.

Julie Weir 'Keynote Interview' with Wide Days founder Olaf Furniss :: photo by Jannica Honey -

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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland joins forces with Gamelan Naga Mas for evening Indonesian music A celebration of gamelan music will enchant audiences in Glasgow when Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students stage a special concert with gamelan community group, Naga Mas on 14 June.

“For all its long history, gamelan is also a contemporary art form, with new music being regularly written and performed,” says Dr J Simon Van der Walt, Head of the Masters of Music programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

“Gamelan has established a strong foothold outside Indonesia, with groups in many countries performing both traditional and new music.” Glasgow is the host to a set of instruments known as ‘Spirit of Hope’, brought to the city in 1991 in the wake of the Year of Culture. “The complete set of instruments is divided into two halves in two different tunings, known as pélog and sléndro,” said Dr Van der Walt. “The concert at the Royal Conservatoire will bring together, for the first time in many years, both halves of Gamelan Spirit of Hope: the instruments in the seven-note pélog tuning, played by Naga Mas, and the five-note sléndro instruments currently housed at the Conservatoire.” Tickets for the joint concert are available from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Box Office:

A second gamelan concert, staged by Naga Mas, takes place in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens at 7.30pm on Sunday, 18 June, part of the West End Festival. A family workshop runs from 45pm. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Naga Mas were selected by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia as co-hosts for their 2017 artist-in-residency programme. Eminent Javanese musician and scholar Prasadiyanto has been working with Royal Conservatoire of Scotland music students and members of Naga Mas since March to develop a programme of traditional music from his home city of Solo. Prasadiyanto’s residency culminates in a special joint concert between the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Naga Mas on Wednesday, 14 June at 7.30pm in the Conservatoire’s Ledger Recital Room. Gamelan is an orchestra of musical instruments from Indonesia and the word also refers to the music played by a gamelan. Gamelan has existed on the islands which make up the Indonesian archipelago for thousands of years, part of a complex cultural landscape of dance, performance and visual art.

Young music fan Sophia McMahon (5) gets up close to the gendèr, a key instrument in a gamelan orchestra :: photo by Julie Howden / RCS

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UNDERHILL ROSE :: 'Live! Tour' Scottish tour dates 13-15 June @ :: Harmonies :: Soul-touching lyrics :: Eye-catching stage presence

Underhill Rose has become synonymous with beautiful music, charming personalities, and rippling success - and they arrive in Scotland this week.

Asheville, North Carolina has independently released two albums which have reached the upper reaches of the Americana Music Association Airplay Chart and Roots Music Report Chart, all the while garnering critical acclaim from around the globe. It’s full steam ahead for these female troubadours as they release their first live recording in spring 2017 with a corresponding tour in the United States, Ireland and the UK.

Over two starry September nights in 2016, the authentic, live sound of Underhill Rose was In the last four years, the boot-wearing trio from captured in their home state. “I’ve always

wanted to create a stripped-down album of our trio that captures the magic of our live performances” says band cofounder and guitarist Molly Rose. The trio played two shows each night including their original compositions and a few crowd-favourite cover songs - to riveted audiences. “It was wonderful to be surrounded by some of our biggest fans”, says bassist Salley Williamson. Band co-founder and Deering-endorsing banjoist Eleanor Underhill adds “the beauty of the album is that it highlights our voices and showcases our lyricism in a way that you have never heard in any of our prior recordings.” Underhill Rose Live acts partly as a “best of” collection, showcasing the breadth of the trio’s catalogue in a stripped-down style that sounds and feels live. ‘Love Looks Good on You’ ponders true happiness and is glittered with Underhill’s harmonica, while ‘Little House’ showcases carefully crafted vocal harmonies. The 15 song album - printed on ethically sourced materials and featuring original artwork by Molly Rose - is a true homage to the ascendant trio’s roots. Scottish tour dates ..... Tue 13 Aberfeldy - The Weem Inn Wed 14 Glasgow - The Admiral Thu 15 Edinburgh - The Voodoo Rooms

Underhill Rose :: photo by Sandlin Gaither

RYAN YOUNG :: album :: 'Ryan Young' release date - 11 August ::

This self-titled debut album from award-winning fiddler Ryan Young brings inventive twists to old and forgotten tunes.

Traditional Music Awards in both 2015 and 2016, and a Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winner, Ryan has performed on the BBC Hogmanay Show and at T in the Park for around 80,000 people, sharing the main stage with Paolo Nutini and Phil Cunningham.

Produced and engineered by triple Grammy award-winning Jesse Lewis, this international collaboration is set to break new ground with its precise capture of Ryan’s unique sound. Offering original compositions alongside his reinventions of traditional tunes, Ryan digs deep into his Scottish roots, while borrowing from Irish fiddle styles.

Recorded and produced by triple Grammy award-winner Jesse Lewis in the beautiful sounding Opera Theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, it is one of the first

There are stories at the core, ranging from melancholy airs to upbeat jigs and reels, many of which have not been played by anyone else in recent times. These glimpses into Scotland’s past lives echo startlingly the fervour of the present, uncovering themes as relevant now as they were then. By melding styles across regions and ages, Ryan delivers uplifting rhythmic drive, depth of dynamics and a bold new heartbeat for Scottish traditional music. Voted ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in December 2016, some memorable live performances have consolidated Ryan’s reputation in his home country. Ryan has now shared the bill with two of his musical influences: He supported fiddle player Martin Hayes at Celtic Connections this January, having previously been accompanied by guitarist Dennis Cahill onstage at Feakle Festival, Co Clare. A finalist from BBC Radio Scotland’s Young

traditional albums to be recorded in the UK in high resolution DSD format. This album places Ryan among a list of worldclass musicians who have worked with Jesse, including The Silk Road Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma, Bela Fleck, Jan Vogler and Brooklyn Rider. Ryan is accompanied by James Ross on piano and Leo Forde on guitar. Jesse Lewis: "Ryan's playing is so soulful, beautiful and intoxicating, and his musical pacing is way beyond his years. It’s been a pleasure to work with someone so clearly passionate about, and dedicated to, his art. There's so much talent in this young man already, I can't wait to see what the future has in store." Ryan Young: "If I’d been told five years ago that I’d be recording my debut album with Jesse, I wouldn’t have believed it. The past year has been extraordinary and I feel I’ve grown immensely as a musician. Jesse has spurred me on to find new possibilities in my music and helped me find confidence I didn't know I had."

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BLUEBIRDS :: ep :: 'There Is No God' release date - out now ::

Edinburgh four-piece Bluebirds unveil their menacing selfreleased debut EP, There Is No God; the EP follows on from the clattering

brilliance of single ‘Subcultural Love’ with a set of wellcrafted, dark, punk love songs recorded over an extended period.

Recorded at Glasgow’s Green Door Studio with Stu Evans, after falling in love with the unique and modern take on vocals and old, warm sound created with that combo on The Amazing Snakeheads’ Amphetamine Ballads album, There Is No God came about from a band trying to find their sound, entering the studio for the first time in August 2015, and recording multiple album’s worth of songs before settling on this strong selection of tracks. After becoming disinterested with the sound and momentum of their last band, brothers Daniel and Jack Telford decided to learn from their experiences and formed Bluebirds. Choosing the right studio and taking their time to craft their own sound through influences that range from Northern Soul to Bowie and Berlinera Iggy Pop to Elvis himself. With lyrics that draw from the dark, lovelorn brilliance of Nick Cave and the unorthodox, brutally honest genius of Bukowski, Bluebirds explore themes of longing and frustrations with the world, bringing dark twisted scenarios to every day situations. Vocalist Daniel Telford describes his lyrics as such: “if my lyrics ever sound remotely political then they are 100% intended to be anti antiestablishment. I'm sorry if that

offends all the do gooders our there but it's just not something I’m interested in. I'd rather write about a really sharply dressed cannibal.” Live Bluebirds have wowed audiences with shows that grab you by the scruff of the neck and enchant you with an addictive, dark yet modern spin on post punk, performing to full rooms at city festivals Stag and Dagger and Tenement Trail and supporting the likes of And Yet It Moves in their hometown. Bluebirds are Daniel Telford (vocals/ guitar), Jack Telford (bass/vocals), Josef Benassi (organ/synth), Harris Le Derf (drums)

ANDREW TAYLOR :: album :: 'From The Outside Looking In' release date - 10 June @

This is the first solo album from Dropkick’s songwriter, front man and producer, drawing on influences such as Teenage Fanclub, Matthew Sweet and Elliott Smith to create his own blend of jangly powerpop.

‘From the Outside Looking In’ is the first solo recording by Andrew Taylor, front man, chief songwriter and producer of Scottish, powerpop band, Dropkick. This collection of songs were written at various points in the last 15 years and draw upon a variety of influences across different genres, mixing pop, alternative rock and Americana. The album was recorded at Dropkick’s rehearsal and recording studio in Edinburgh, Scotland during a 2 week period in 2016 with all instruments and vocals being performed and recorded by Andrew. As a founding member of Dropkick, Andrew has written, produced and released 14 albums and 3 EPs, as part of one of Scotland’s most prolific bands. The most recent Dropkick album, ‘Balance the Light’ was the band’s most successful and received very positive reviews. It was supported with the band’s first German shows, their 3rd headline tour of Spain and numerous Scottish shows. The album received significant airplay across the UK and Europe, including being featured as ‘Record of Note’ on BBC Radio Scotland’s Roddy Hart Show and with a live session on Radio Euskadi’s La Jungla Sonora show in Spain. Andrew will support the new album with his first solo acoustic concerts in Spain this summer and at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in the Highlands in August.

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

PHOTOS+REVIEW: by Alice Hadden

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

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THE NIGHT WITH... :: Two Concert Programmes, One Week! Glasgow 14th & Edinburgh 15th June ::

The Night With… is a new series of salon style concerts presenting classical and new music in an informal environment with performances by some of Scotland’s top musicians programmed by composer Matthew Whiteside

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Listen to Matthew Breathing Space by Timothy Cooper (World Whiteside Premiere) talking to Asper Strata for Bb trumpet and electronics by Jamie Diana Salazar (World Premiere) McDougall Tierkreis by Karlheinz Stockhausen about The Scatter by Alistair MacDonald Night Still by Jonathan Harvey With... on Sequenza for Trumpet by Oliver Searle Classics Decoherence by Christopher Biggs (European Unwrapped. Premiere) Hear the Tickets are £10/£8 on the door or in advance @ interview on BBC iPlayer at 15 June @ 6.30pm, The Fruitmarket Gallery, 1h 8min @ Edinburgh The Night With... Abby Hayward The series is kindly supported by the National Music for solo cello and electronics featuring: Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Jump by Linda Buckley Fund. Sept Papillons by Kaija Saariaho Dichroic Light by Matthew Whiteside Tickets £5 on the door or in advance @

Matthew said: ‘I want people to experience and enjoy all music as music rather than have a separate series for new and old. In these concerts I’ve programmed a mix that will be in three short 15 to 30 minute sections giving the audience a chance to chat to the players, each other and any of the composers that are there. I want to develop this as a monthly series across the main cities in Scotland and commission new works’. The latest in the series comes to Glasgow and Edinburgh this week ..... 14 June @ 7.30pm, The Hug and Pint, Glasgow The Night With... Tom Poulson, Danielle Price and Timothy Cooper Tom Poulson, Danielle Price and Timothy Cooper perform a programme of music for trumpet, tuba

ISLE :: limited edition vinyl release on 'Hurd Record Club' release date - June edition of 'Hurd'

Scottish Borders Alt-pop band ISLE have signed a record deal for two brand new tracks to be released on limited edition vinyl.

for artists that are creating something special, something which instantly makes you stop to hear the track in its entirety - and that’s ISLE.”

The indie duo have teamed up with vinyl record club Hurd , to have their tracks pressed to a limited number of clear 7” vinyl records. This Scottish edition of the Hurd record club will be available to those who join the club in June. Hurd is a subscription club, where people sign up The vinyl records are always of an emerging indie artist, and an artist Hurd believe will go to receive a different vinyl record in the post each month along with four craft beers or ciders. big. They only press a limited number, and once they’re gone - they won’t be pressed again. Scottish alternative-pop group ISLE have had a brilliant start to their music career, and being picked up by Hurd record club is further proof they have a bright future ahead of them.

The duo are creating incredibly catchy electronic alt-pop tracks which are laced with meaningful lyrics to ponder life over. The two tracks Hurd have pressed to vinyl have not yet been released, so it’s the first chance to hear this new material on on limited edition vinyl.

ISLE’s limited edition vinyl will be posted out to Hurd members from the 20 June. Pre-order now, and sign up before the end of the month to receive yours.

Director of Hurd , Gabby Barrett, says: “We had ISLE on our radar when we heard their first EP last year - it’s hard to believe there’s only two of them putting the work in when you listen to the Listen to ISLE @ warm and depthful tracks they produce. We wanted to share their awesome music with our members, and lucky enough they were finishing up new material when we first spoke. We look

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download ANDREW TAYLOR


From the Outside Looking In

Let Out The Dark

album - cd / download / stream / Released: 10 June This is the first solo recording from the front man, songwriter and producer of Scottish, powerpop band, Dropkick. These songs were written at various points in the last 15 years and draw upon a variety of influences, mixing pop, alternative rock and Americana. The album was recorded in Dropkick’s Edinburgh studio with all instruments and vocals being performed and recorded by Andrew. Listen/Watch: Available from:

All usual download and streaming sites (amazon / Spotify / apple music / itunes / deezer etc…)

Live dates: Short acoustic set at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, near Inverness 5 Aug + possible Spanish dates later

album cd / vinyl / download Release Date: 24 March

WE CAME FROM WOLVES The Peak Beneath the Sea

single / stream Release Date: 5 May via Struck Dum Records.

We Came From Wolves latest single The Peak Beneath The Sea is a bold, emotive alt rock track that sees the Adriana Spina’s second album, released almost six years Scottish four-piece bare their heart on their sleeves. after her first, is more raw and guitar-driven that its The track is due for release on 5th May 2017 via Struck predecessor. Let Out The Dark features Ross Dum Records. The band’s previous single, Places McFarlane (Texas, The Proclaimers) on drums, and Unfamiliar, addressed mental health issues such as comprises of ten songs which touch on themes from depression and anxiety, which some of the band have lost love and infidelity to atheism and the refugee crisis. experienced. However, The Peak Beneath The Sea turns a corner as the band look towards the future, Listen/Watch: finding a away to live with these issues. Listen/Watch: Links from 5 May Available from: Available from: & iTunes/Spotify etc Also available via iTunes and all other popular download Live dates: sites from 24 March



Dark Alley

The Live EP

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

Live dates:

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

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

album cd / download / stream Release Date: 1 June

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

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



Beyond Oceans

Free Spirits

Near Life Experience

Debut EP by 17 year old singer songwriter from Paisley funded by Paisley 2021 City of Culture bid and including four specially selected songs which reflect Lisa's personal and musical journey to date. Lyrics and melodies to express feelings, responses and reactions to people and places encountered.

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

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

EP cd / download Release Date: 21 April


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Available from: Available on Spotify, I tunes and all major platforms. CDs from Feel the Groove Records Paisley, New Hellfire Available from: Club Glasgow



Forget The Silver Lining EP cd / download / stream Release Date: 28 April

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

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

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

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

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download RACHEL ALICE JOHNSON Name of release

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


album cd / download Release Date: 9 December

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

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EWAN McLENNAN & GEORGE MONBIOT Breaking the Spell of Loneliness album cd / download / stream Release Date: Out Now

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


Bare Along The Branches album cd / vinyl (tbc) / download / stream Release Date: 24 February

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



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

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

EP cd / download / stream Release Date: Out Now

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


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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download LOUISE McVEY & CRACKS IN THE CONCRETE Under The Heart



Fall In Line

Highway Stars

EP cd / download / stream Release Date: 28 October

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

musical arrangements create darkly atmospheric, and at times unsettling songs , highlighting their shared passion for dark unexplored musical territory. Listen/Watch: Available from:


single download Release Date: 7 October

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

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Soul Preacher


single download / stream Release Date: Out Now

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

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

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

EP cd / download / stream Release Date: 16 December

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

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download SOPHIE RAMSAY



The Seas Between Us


This Girl, This Woman

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

This Girl, This Woman is the debut album by 57-yearHailing from The Shetland Islands, The Revellers are a old singer Jude Adams, who discovered her talent seven-piece juggernaut, that combine fiddle, mandolin following a life-changing M.E. diagnosis. The album, and tenor banjo with heavy metal, punk and alternative which Jude describes as soulful pop with a 60s twist, rock rhythm section. The end result is something which contains 10 tracks all written and sung by Jude, and has been nicknamed by onlookers as ‘Heavy Folk Music’ produced and arranged by musician Janette Mason. or ‘Viking Metal’. The band release their second album Jude comments: " I always loved to sing, and I always did, but behind closed doors. It was only when I got to this autumn – ‘Skeletons’ with Tim Matthew (Lau/ 50 that I summoned the courage to start singing in Mystery Juice) at the helm and cameo appearances public. And then two years later I was diagnosed with from some of Shetland’s finest musicians (including M.E. Performing, work and many ways in which I lived Arthur Nicholson and Kris Drever) and Danish multimy life had to stop or change significantly. It was instrumentalist, Perry Stenback. debilitating, but led to a lot of personal reflection, and Listen/Watch: ultimately the silver lining of discovering a passion for songwriting."

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album - cd / download / stream Release Dates: CD Out Now / Download 31/10/16 / Steam 1/1/7

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Northern Sky

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

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The Poets & The Beats Guillotine

album cd / download Release Date: Out Now

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

album cd / download / stream Release Date: Out Now

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

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download KIM EDGAR



Stories Untold

Crossing Borders

To Be Free

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

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

To Be Free is an interim project - in between albums number one and two - for Glasgow's Martha L. Healy. Including two originals and two of Martha's favourite country classics, the EP was recorded with her band over a snowy weekend in Glasgow in January 2016.

album cd / download Release Date: 23 September


album cd Release Date: 9 September


Available from: Available from: From release from iTunes and other download stores and also in all good record stores through Proper Music iTunes and Distribution and

EP cd / download Release Date: Out Now

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Fine ’n’ Rosy


album cd / download / stream Release Date: 3 October

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

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Harley Honey single cd / download Release Date: 22 October

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

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

Listen/Watch: Available from: iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Spotify

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download MARY K BURKE



Tonight, As We Dance

Time Enough For Love

(Revenge Of the Tartan Unicorn)

single - cd / download Release Date: Out Now

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

single download Release Date: Out Now

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

Rise Of the Tartan Unicorn single /EP / album cd / download / stream Release Date: Out Now

ROTU are a new Alternate Funk Rock three piece who are rooted firmly in the sounds of 70's funk and rock. They blend influences of Psychedelic Blues with Classic Rock sounds coating it with a fresh glaze of interesting rhythmic changes. This makes for an exceedingly satisfying act in any line up or playlist.



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Long Way Home Nature Flow

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


Album cd / download The Butterfly’s Dream Release Album Date: Out Now cd / download Claire Singer is Now a composer, producer and ReleaseMDate: Out

performer of both acoustic and electronic Imaginary is a virtual a studio music. SheCreatures has performed herband, music project formed by the collaboration of lyricist everywhere from the Roundhouse in London and songwriter David Scott and producer and with The London Contemporary Orchestra multi-instrumentalist Iain McKinna. The Soloists; Glasgow Cathedral; XMV New York, Butterfly’s Dream is their debut album. Guest Ceremony Hall Austin TX, Muziekgebouw, musicians include guitar ace Keith More, Amsterdam, Kunst-Station Sankt harmonica legend Fraser Speirs and Peter exCologne, the Tate Modern London, Lindisfarne songwriter Rod Clements. Union Chapel London and many more. Solas (‘Light' in Gaelic) is Claire’s debut album and Listen/Watch: spans 14 years of her work. Released on Touch. Available from: Birnam Shop: Listen/Watch: Available from: also coming soon on itunes + spotify


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ALTINAK are a 4 piece indie band from Linlithgow. This belter of an EP showcases their range from the soulful sultry vocals and melodic guitar riffs that force you to sing along to Australia and Fall to the whole band on full throttle thumping out Next Time and Hard to Love. Listen/Watch: Available from: Spotify, Deezer, Itunes, Apple Music, Google, Amazon, Shazam, etc

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The Vivians

Wild Things


The Vivians 10th Anniversary Demos Album #TheVivians10yr - To mark their 10th anniversary of forming, cult indie punk band The Vivians will release a collection of songs spanning their tumultuous career. The self-titled album, digitally released 26th August 2016, will comprise newly mastered unreleased demos and rarities, recorded between 2006 and 2010, accompanied by a new video and artwork. Formed in August 2006, The Vivians dared to dream big and set out to achieve great things. From their humble beginnings in a basement rehearsal room in Edinburgh, through to splitting in April 2010, the band’s story is one of dreams, misguidance and brotherhood.

Wild Things is the first release from East Lothian Alt-Folk singer songwriter Baron Salmon. The four songs are tender tales of moving on, each one showcasing the musicianship, the fine singing and the mature songwriting of their creator. In these songs we also glimpse some of his influences, from Dylan to Bonnie Prince Billy, to Tallest Man on Earth, whilst never losing sight of the exciting new sound that belongs to Baron Salmon.

Oceans are an anthemic alternative rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. Influenced by varied range of acts; 30 Seconds To Mars, Explosions In The Sky, Thrice, and U2, Oceans' sound is a mix of powerful, soulful vocals with sing along choruses to soaring, melodic lead guitar, and rhythm with a punch.


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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!!

Scottish Music Festivals to be included in our festival listings email details to: JUNE

Arran Folk Festival

Glasgow West End Festival

Isle of Arran 9-11 June

Glasgow 2-25 June

The 23rd Arran Folk Festival line up is now online and tickets are available to purchase! Once again the festival are very proud of the musicians that they have booked to appear this year with some big names on the folk scene lined up who are all very enthusiastic about coming over to play Arran - an impressive array of renowned musicians.

The West End Festival (WEF) is Glasgow’s largest cultural event and every June takes over the imaginations of participants and visitors in the west end of Glasgow. In 2017 it celebrates its 22nd year. 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, Edinburgh workshops and screenings, and many are free of 10-18 June charge to allow accessibility. Leith Festival celebrates all that Leith has to offer – our heritage, our culture, our diversity, our future and our people. It is a community arts festival that encompasses all art forms which comes together in a fantastic 10 day programme Inverness in June each year. We have over 380 events in 7-8 June over 50 venues across Leith.

Leith Festival


XpoNorth is Scotland's leading Creative Industries festival. Formerly known as goNORTH, it takes place every June in the Highland capital of Inverness over two vibrant days and nights. By day, XpoNorth hosts around 25 panels and workshops featuring leading industry players in the fields of fashion and craft, publishing, screen and broadcast and music. By night, it offers an authentic blend of Highland hospitality in the form of networking events, coupled with a free new music showcase at various venues across Inverness city centre.

Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival Kirkcudbright 8-11 June 2017 The 20th annual festival in this unique small Scottish town will endeavour to maintain the high musical standards set by previous festivals. Visitors will have the chance to enjoy top class and highly professional artistes, some on a first time visit, as well as some old favourites, ensuring that the festival caters for jazz lovers of all ages who appreciate quality as well as variety in their entertainment.

Eden Festival Raehills Meadows 8-11 June Scotlands second largest music festival of 2017 will be returning to the Raehills Meadows of Dumfries and Galloway on 8-11 June for its 9th year. Hosting twelve different stages with 300 performers, Eden Festival really does cater for all. Eden hosts an eclectic mix of music and stages; whether you want to relax in the hammocks and dip your toe in the water, hang out in auld Celtic drinking dens, get the kids involved in games and crafts sessions, take part in a paint fight or simply dance till the sun comes up whilst meeting amazing like minded individuals, then Eden Festival is for you.

Killin Music Festival Killin 16-18 June

Killin Music Festival delivers a weekend packed from start to finish with top-of-their-game artists, supported by a festival fringe featuring bar sessions, workshops, kids activities, competitions and even a pipe band! Now heading for it’s second year, Killin Music Festival looks to solidify it’s standing in the festival calendar, taking on board feedback from visitors, and by spreading it’s wings a bit further this time. Don't miss out for 2017! Tickets are on sale now via our website www.killinmusicfestival. com and are selling fast!

Riverside Rock Jedburgh 17 June

Riverside Rock is a musical extravaganza with something for everyone young and old and designed primarily to help raise cash for our chosen charity and other organisations around the Scottish Borders. Live music from bands, Showaddywaddy, Pilot, The Beatles Revolution, Scooty and the Skyhooks, Scocha, The Stare, DarkHorse and DJ Greg Anderson. Children’s Entertainment includes, Laser Quest, Inflatables of all sorts, Climbing Walls, Wrecking Ball, Kids Fun Fair Rides and much more. Kids entertainment is free for under 18’s from 12pm till 6pm. You’ll not find a better value family festival anywhere in Scotland, Riverside Rock is the place to be.

Glasgow Jazz Festival Glasgow 21-25 June Glasgow Jazz Festival has announced a stellar line-up in its 31st edition, bringing its annual supply of world class musicians and upcoming superstars to one of the most vibrant cities in the country. Glasgow will be transformed by a

wealth of home-grown and international jazz talent taking over some of the most iconic venues in the city.

Glasgow Trombone Weekend Glasgow 22-25 June Glasgow is to play host to leading brass virtuosi as international performers including Christian Lindberg and Mnozil Brass descend on the city for the Glasgow Trombone Weekend. The events, which run from 22-25 June, will take place in City Halls and the Royal Conservatoire, with students and staff from the institution among those taking part.

Northern Roots Inverness 23-24 June Northern Roots festival was started by Bruce MacGregor in 2009 to highlight upcoming folk and roots artists but has developed to showcase the best talents in Scottish music. Bruce said: “It’s a festival that prides itself in booking brilliant acts. I’m lucky in my profession as a musician and a radio presenter to meet and hear so many superb musicians and this is our chance to get them on our very own festival. It’s really a festival for music lovers – there’s no side-shows or gimmicks – its music, music, music, all the way.

Wildfire Festival 23-25 June 2017 South Lanarkshire Scotland's classic rock and metal festival. This is Scotland's only 3 day annual, Classic Rock and Heavy Metal Festival. Wildfire Festival is making a commitment to be the rock festival that puts emerging rock bands first, with 45 slots on our two main stages ring-fenced specifically for new and unsigned talent.


The Bield at Blackruthven, Perthshire 23-25 June Solas Festival is an allage arts festival held in Perthshire from 17 to 19 June, with hip-hop, electro loops and some of the finest folk and roots music you’ll find in a Scottish field: a rich mix of traditions, talents and tastes. Expect an unusual mix of art, music, theatre, comedy, debate and soul-searching. The programme also makes space for challenging debate with activists, writers and thinkers from across the political, cultural and religious spectrum. Solas Festival offers a creative and entertaining programme for festival-goers of all ages in a safe environment.

Upside Doon Alloway, Ayrshire 24 June

Alloway’s one day music festival Upside Doon

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Fisher, singer Emily Smith, young Orkney four piece Fara and Scottish Young Tradition Musician of the year finalist Iona Fyfe. For full details of Guests, workshops and sessions please visit the Festival web site.

Binos Live


Stirling 25 June Stirling Albion FC, The Scribbler’s Picnic and Prudential UK & Europe have collaborated to create an exciting new family friendly community festival – Binos Live. The trio have joined forces to create a day of music and football which kicks off at 11am and runs until 6pm on Sunday 25 June at Stirling Albion FC, Stirling Sports Village. Stirling fundraising group The Scribbler’s Picnic will be hosting two stages of live music, a food village, stalls and kid’s activities.

Hebridean Celtic Festival

Fantastic four-day festival set against the rich cultural backdrop of the Outer Hebrides, Glasgow featuring top quality music from around the 7-9 July Celtic nations and beyond. Stornoway and throughout Lewis and Harris. The cream of Some of the best under the radar talent has international folk and Celtic music have heaped been announced for TRNSMT, taking place at praise on HebCeltl as it celebrated its 20th year Glasgow Green across 7-9 July. The King Tut’s in 2015 by hosting its biggest number of live Stage powered by Utilita Energy will play host to performances ever. Award-winning artists who the country’s favourite new artists, just as the took part in this year's Hebridean Celtic Festival iconic King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut has done for the hailed it a huge success after bosses laid on new past 25+ years in Scotland. venues and returned to its roots for the showpiece event.

Tiree Music Festival Isle of Tiree 14-16 July

Kelburn Garden Party

Tiree Music Festival (TMF) was formed in 2010 when Tiree musician Daniel Gillespie Kelburn Castle, nr. Fairlie (Skerryvore) teamed up with school friend 30 June - 3 July Stewart MacLennan with the radical idea of holding an open-air festival on their local island The Kelburn Garden Party Festival builds on its reputation, hand crafted and honed over the last of Tiree. TMF is more than just attending a music festival – it is an island adventure. From eight years, as one of the most unique and exceptional festivals in the UK. Their 2017 line- the stunning sail or flight to the island of Tiree, camping next to the white sands of Crossapol up demonstrates as strong an appreciation for Bay or surfing at Balevullin beach, TMF is an underground club culture and rock, as for folk, jazz, electronica and world music, tying together experience very few festivals in the world could programming strands deliberately traditional and compete with. Get your tickets quick, the early birds sell out in hours! historical with the contemporary and forward looking.


Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Stonehaven Folk Festival

Edinburgh 14-23 July

Stonehaven 6-9 July The pretty North East coastal town of Stonehaven comes alive with a vibrant mix of traditional and contemporary “Folk” music and song. Concerts, Ceilidh, Sessions, Singarounds, Workshops and fun things to do. Come and join us as Stonehaven Folk Festival celebrates its 29th year. 2017 Guests include Irish Singer and Piper Jarlath Henderson, renowned Scottish Fiddler John McCusker, Mancunian Mike McGoldrick and friends, singer songwriter Archie

Hebrides 19-22 July

Rewind Scotland 80’s Music Festival Scone Palace, Perthshire 21-23 July "As always at Rewind Scotland there’s something for everyone. Saturday night at Scone Palace we’ve got electronic pioneers The Human League and on Sunday the one and only Billy Ocean. Having grown up in the 1980’s I’m personally looking forward to Saturday’s performance from Soul II Soul, who were most certainly the soundtrack to my teenage years.” Paul Carey - General Manager


The Isle of Bute 28-30 July

A three day festival of music, food and fun. This accessible and hugely friendly family festival all 2017 is a special year for Edinburgh Jazz & Blues takes places a mere thirty-five miles as the crow Festival. Over 10 summer days we celebrate 100 flies from Glasgow. Butefest has endeavoured to compile a richly varied and superb line-up that years of Jazz with a range of unique includes both the contemporary and the classic performances and special events, as Edinburgh of the music world and runs that gamut from celebrates 70 years of Festivals. The rock to roots and folk to dance. programme, packed with uplifting music, features over 170 concerts, with an eclectic array of performers across varied styles and generations from jazz legends and established blues stars to newcomers at the start of their careers, as the Festival once again creates its distinctive, one-of-a-kind event.

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