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goNORTH CAVALCADE SET TO HIT INVERNESS IN JUNE goNORTH is FREE! Register @ http://gonorthfestival.co.uk/register/

A creative boom is set to explode across the Highland capital of Inverness next month when the annual goNORTH Creative Industries Festival rolls into town. The two-day long conference and showcase event, which will be held at venues across the city centre on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 June, promises to be bigger and brighter than ever.


The yearly festival covers all the creative industries, from fashion and craft to music, screen, broadcast and publishing. A key theme this year will be the future of digital and how it affects those working across all creative sectors. The festival’s opening keynote speech will be given by Neil Cartwright, former head of New Media at Sony Music UK and now managing director of digital marketing agency, Million Media, whose clients have included; Jamiroquai, Channel 4 and The Prodigy. Cartwright was recently named in the Courvoisier Future 500 as one of 500 people who will help shape the future of the UK. New music, as always, lies at the heart of the festival, and this year, as well as showcasing the work of home-grown musical talent, organisers have worked with international partners to bring a selection of top international talent to Inverness.

Eleanor Nicolson from Lewis plays a goNORTH showcase www.facebook.com/eleanornicolsonmusic : photo by Sandie Mciver : www.facebook.com/sandiephotosgallery

Artists who will be taking part in the music showcase events across venues in Inverness on both nights include: Siobhan Wilson Glasgow-based singersongwriter who is originally from Elgin Neon Waltz, Caithness-based six piece-band described by NME as 'the most promising new British band we've heard all year' Broken Records, ‘the UK's answer to Arcade Fire’ according to The Guardian Miaoux Miaoux, indie-tronic Glasgow-based producer Julian Corrie



Eleanor Nicolson, Lewis-based 16-year-old schoolgirl singer/songwriter Hector Bizerk Glasgow hip hop band, recently nominated onto long-list of Scottish Album of the Year www.facebook.com/scottishmusiccentre


F**k Art Let’s Dance, cult indie-via-dance outfit from Hamburg

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£10m Youth Music Initiative Creative Scotland has announced the launch of the 2014 /15 Youth Music Initiative (YMI), which has been made possible thanks to £10m support from Scottish Government. Now entering its 12th year a total of £97.5m has already been invested by the Scottish Government in this hugely successful programme, which offers young people opportunities to get involved in music and supports well in excess of 300 projects each year covering all musical genres, age groups and teaching methods. £8m of the funding announced today will be allocated to Scottish local authorities to deliver music making activities, primarily in schools starting in August 2015. £1.6m is available for organisations and individuals to apply to deliver music making activities out with school time through The Access To Music Making Fund, and £200,000 is available for strategic activity and training that will strengthen the youth music sector in Scotland. For details of how to apply please visit: www.creativescotland.com/funding/youth-

music-initiative Creative Scotland administers the Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI) programme. Janet Archer, CEO at Creative Scotland, commented: “The YMI will create new music making opportunities delivered by Scotland’s diverse and talented music practitioners. Participants will learn music making skills, build their confidence, be provided with progression opportunities and hopefully have a lot of fun along the way.”

deliver song, story and rhyme sessions resulting in over 1.5m attendances by babies, toddlers and preschool children at sessions delivered by the Scottish Book Trust. Recording studios throughout the country have opened their doors to more than 400 young bands and musicians, giving them access to professional standard recording facilities.

Out of school opportunities for children to create music with providers such as as Drake Music Scotland, Fèis Rois and the Scottish Brass Band Work made possible so far through YMI includes: Association have also been made possible through the YMI programme. Primary school children across Scotland receiving one year’s free music tuition during www.creativescotland.com school time. https://twitter.com/creativescots Over 1000 Bookbug Session Leaders trained to






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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

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goNORTH brings the creative industries together in Inverness Another highlight is an ‘in-conversation’ event with former Skids frontman, Richard Jobson, who epitomises the pioneering creative spirit of goNORTH. Jobson was just 17 when he became a singer with legendary Dunfermline punk band, The Skids in 1977. He has gone on to work as poet, model, actor, TV presenter and now film director working on his own scripts. This year, for the first time in its 14-yearhistory, videogames will feature on the goNORTH programme, highlighting the importance of the industry to the economy of the Highlands and Islands. In collaboration with the Scottish Games Network, top game studio, Elgin-based Hunted Cow, will be creating a gaming playground in the foyer of an Inverness hotel, while leading figures in the videogame industry will gather for a Gaming Masterclass, later that day. A major fashion event on the opening night of the festival also promises to put the work of Highlands and Islands-based designers firmly on the map. As part of a short film showcase, top Scots crime writer, Denise Mina, will be showing Multum in Parvo, a short documentary film about her extended family made on an iPhone. The Scottish premier of a unique online collaborative feature, 50 KIsses, will also take place at goNORTH. Announcing details of goNORTH 2014, director Amanda Millen said: “The boundaries between the creative industries are narrowing and this is coming across loud and clear in our programme this year. “The skills and disciplines required for making a successful album, videogame, film or hit television

“The boundaries between the creative industries are narrowing and this is coming across loud and clear in our programme this year" goNORTH director Amanda Millen series, for example, are also required in publishing and in fashion. If people have the energy and the passion, we can direct them to the right people and places." “This year, we’ve a host of leading industry players in the field of fashion, music, gaming, screen, broadcast and publishing and the fact goNORTH is free to anyone who wishes to register makes it one of the most inclusive events of its kind in the UK.”

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

www.adamholmesandtheembers.com 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

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It's another bumper benefit gig in aid of The Soundhouse Edinburgh : 16 May : www.soundhouse.org.uk The countdown has started to the second benefit gig for The Soundhouse, who are at the beginning of what will be a massive fundraising campaign in aid of a new state-of-the-art music venue and musicians' facility in the centre of Edinburgh. And this time they're quizzing the bands as part of their preparations: you can check out the first interviewee at their website. It's Malcolm Crosbie of Shooglenifty, who reveals secret skills and the unusual ambitions he harboured as a child. The second benefit gig has an absolutely solid gold line up: rockability legends, Lord Rochester; close-harmony doyennes The Bevvy Sisters; hypno-folkadelic-ambient-trad pioneers Shooglenifty; and Scotland's top DJ, Dolphin Boy. The gig is on Friday 16 May at Edinburgh's The Pleasance Theatre at 7.30pm. All ages are welcome up until 11pm, over 18s only after 11pm. Tickets are £10 each, which is fabulous value for such a solid line up and the best atmosphere in town! You can buy tickets now online here: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/644354 And we really recommend that you do buy those tickets in advance (print at home and postal options are available) because last month's gig sold out. The Soundhouse are using a new ticket seller – Edinburgh-based Brown Paper Tickets – who charge a smaller fee to you. Read about them on the link above. Check out the bands ..... Shooglenifty - www.facebook.com/shooglenifty.scotland The Bevvy Sisters - www.facebook.com/thebevvysisters Lord Rochester - www.facebook.com/LordRochester Dolphin Boy - http://djdolphinboy.co.uk


The match funding is offered on donations between £1,000 and £40,000 from businesses who have never given to Scottish arts organisations before. If you represent a business and are interested in donating to The Soundhouse please get in touch here: www.soundhouse.org.uk/contact You can be sure that they will get back to you asap!

Coming soon will be online ways to donate to The Soundhouse or put together your own fundraising events, but right now business owners who www.soundhouse.org.uk would like to become one of their sponsors can donate, and see their https://twitter.com/soundhouseorg money matched by an organisation called Arts and Business Scotland. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Soundhouse-Organisation/1406489169600809

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Graith and Grain will be released on 24 May at Young's Interesting Books in Glasgow - please come along and enjoy the music and some drinks and snacks!

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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 13 June The Old Inn, Gairloch


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the mns collection ‌.

Eala our 'MNS roving reviewer' toasts some of this year's gigs Willie Campbell : Cairn String Quartet : Lau : Annabelle Chvostek : Mull Historical Society

Willie Campbell www.facebook.com/opendayrotation Willie Campbell has produced his first Gaelic album Dalma. There are several translations for the word but Campbell's favourite, and most apt, is brazen. It has been produced by Gaelic music legend Calum Malcolm and they both speak about the album before Willie takes to the stage. It was being launched at Ceol 's Craic and is the first album on their own label. First song Fir Chlis would doubtless have had many dancing a bit if it had not been a seated venue. This continues with songs like Grunnd na Mara which has a definite dance beat. Dalma has a spiritual edge to it which is acknowledged in the gig with M'anam Trom and Faisg Air mo Dia. For this he is joined by Duncan MacKinnon: ' It kinda goes downhill from there to be honest' says Campbell as MacKinnon leaves the stage and that is typical of the self deprecating humour that runs through the show. There is also an Americana vibe running through the show which adds something a bit different. The rocky side really comes out with Am

Balach coir which Campbell says 'we made sound like supergrass or something'. To finish there are a few English songs including Kerry can you hear me? and Chasing Dreams which he finishes with. Despite some sound problems this was a really good gig which promises an even better album.

Cairn String Quartet www.cairnstringquartet.com Cairn String Quartet had invited along to the SXSW festival, and as anyone who has been invited will know being asked is only the start, then comes the fundraising for flights, visas etc and that's what this gig was all about. They had brought along a bit of a who's who of the Scottish music industry with singer-songwriters, hip-hop and everything in between represented. In between the Quartet themselves treat us to a bit of a musical tour de force which also seems to span every possible genre from pop hits like Lorde's Royals to Chvrches The Mother We Share and the folky Big Archie by Duncan Chisholm. The quartet have a way of reimagining these tunes and making them theirs that us great to hear. Keeping everything running smoothly is compere Olaf Furniss - of Born To Be Wide and Wide Days fame. There are some interesting and unique collaborations too with R.M Hubbard joining both Emma Pollok and Aidan Moffat to start off the evening in Platform. A break is then taken to allow the audience to get a drink and buy some raffle tickets. It also allows the only full band of the evening, Call to Mind, to set

themselves up. David from Kid Canaveral and Stephen from Errors are also on hand to add some rock to the quartet's sound. Towards the end we are treated to what we are promised is a world exclusive, a performance by Louie (Hector Bizerk) Solareye (Stanley Odd) and Gasp of a new track entitled Phantom of the Awkward. 'I never thought I'd be playing with a lovely string quartet in Easterhouse' quips Louie! Finally we have James from the Twilight Sad joining the Cairn String Quartet on stage. It was definitely a great gig to see and rarely do you get to see such immense and diverse talent in the same place and it speaks volumes for the Cairn String Quartet that so many musicians wanted to get involved and play with them.

Lau and Annabelle Chvostek www.lau-music.co.uk Annabelle Chvostek is first up at the City Halls. The Canadian generally plays pretty up beat, country tinged songs and at points you could be forgiven for thinking you've stumbled across a hoedown. She can however be quite diverse taking us from a hoedown in Ona to a smokey jazz bar on her next song. There are also some political songs before which we are told of civil unrest in Qubec when the government tried to bring in laws banning groups of more than five from meeting. These are delivered angrily and with lots of minor chords. Chvostek is keen on audience participation and the audience are happy to oblige.

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After a short break it's on to Lau who have a reputation for an exciting live show and pushing the boundaries. Tonight is no exception. Martin Green is often trying to control three instruments at once as Aidan O'Rourke's fiddle soars above it as Kris Drever's guitar keeps the rhythm. The main point of tonight is to premiere a new tune

that Lau have been creating along with Elysian Quartet who join them tonight. It's part of the PRS music Biennial in which composer get the chance to collaborate and create new music. Lau's effort is called The Bell That Never Rang which is 15 minutes of breathtaking music that is incredibly diverse and it is hard to believe it is being made by so few people. Drever's usual dry wit is occasionally on show but it is mostly Green taking the lead between tunes tonight. Songs Ghosts and Midnight Feast, originally recorded for an EP with Karine Polwart, allows Drever to show off his vocal talents towards the end of the show. After a last tune the Lau boys leave the stage but not for long as they are convinced to come back for one more tune.


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release their critically acclaimed dĂŠbut album

Different Lonesome

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

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BIDING TIME (REMIX) TOUR UNDERWAY Based on Louise Quinn’s first hand experiences of the music industry this stunning show is a collaboration between musician Louise Quinn (A Band Called Quinn), Grid Iron Theatre’s Artistic Director Ben Harrison & award winning Scottish film maker Uisdean Murray. It features the first ever use of silent disco technology in a gig format with the story told through feature-filmquality visuals and a giant white rabbit for a truly unique, immersive audience experience.

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Separately Extra terrestrial music duo, Artifice, have won A Band Called Quinn's 'Remix The Remix' competition with their remix of single Forget About It. Sixteen remixes were submitted from all over the planet - from Mexico to Japan via East Kilbride! The wining remixers will see their remix released on Tromolo Records & receive VIP tickets to see the band performing on the shows tour. Listen to the winning entry here: https://soundcloud.com/high-dynamic-range/a-band-called-quinn-forget-1 A Band Called Quinn has launched their new video for single Forget About It. Watch it here: http://vimeo.com/92874446 The video was made by Scottish filmmaker Uisdean Murray who comes from the remote Scottish island of North Uist. The video features characters from immersive multimedia performance Biding Time (remix) played by Drag King legend Diane Torr, actor Martin McCormick & singer Louise Quinn.




Remaining Biding Time Scottish dates: 12 May Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock www.beaconartscentre.co.uk 17 May Woodend Barn, Banchory www.woodendbarn.com 22 May Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy www.onfife.com/venues/adam-smith-theatre 24 May Summerhall, Edinburgh www.summerhall.co.uk Full tour details at ..... www.bidingtimeremix.com


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The Deadly Winters set sail with '16 Days' Based on the true story of The Deadly Winters' 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.

Here's the link to watch the inspiring 'Sixteen Days' video : http://youtu.be/4JqAC8so1co Download the song and the album, Away Boys, Away @ www.thedeadlywinters.com/shop The Deadly Winters re-define the term ‘folk-rock’, and take you on musical travels through tales of love, pain, sorrow, joy and friendship. The five-piece know their audience and know their stories well, bringing to the stage an emotive musicality that goes beyond an ordinary performance. You get a real story with these guys, a story that blossoms and erupts beneath and around intricate and well-constructed melodies. Radio airplay for the band has been plentiful, including BBC Radio One’s Introducing in Scotland, Roddy Hart and Iain Anderson’s shows on BBC Radio Scotland, Jim Gellatly’s Weekly Podcast, Amazing Radio plus numerous internet stations and Podcasts from the UK to Australia.

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

Richard McGregor

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"

Richard McGregor was born in Glasgow and studied at the Universities of Glasgow and Liverpool and is now Professor of Music at the University of Cumbria.

published articles on all three composers as well as on inspiration an aspects of spirituality.

He supervises both pure music and music in education theses, as well as supporting supervisory teams from other Faculties around areas such as identity and creativity. He is currently supervising doctoral researchers working on music and the brain in relation to music education, on Wolfgang Rihm (researcher Richard subsequently worked as a teacher in based at the University of Leuven) and on the Strathclyde, Essex and Bedfordshire. He also development of organisational identity. He studied with Donatoni in Italy and from 1992regularly runs and contributes to research 1999 he was head of Performing Arts at St Martin's College before taking up his post at its methods training, supervisor training, research skills training, graduate school sessions and the successor the University of Cumbria. Notable works include Sarajevo 583 for string orchestra, research summer school. He is an external Examiner for Royal Conservatoire of Scotland B. I am the Rose of Sharon for solo, SSA and Ed.(Music) programme. string, Greeks bearing gifts for two pianos, Three Medieval Love Lyrics for women's voices Richard's principal interest is in the preand Madrigales (words by Lorca). compositional sketches of composers, particularly Maxwell Davies, MacMillan and He has been exploring composers’ Rihm. He writes also on inspiration, creativity understanding of the ‘spiritual’ basis of their and spirituality in music. He explores the music, with particular reference to the Scottish processes behind the creative act of composing composer James MacMillan. He has recently and he specialises in sketch (or early draft) developed this work into a study of how studies, particularly in the music of Peter composers’ views of their spirituality underpin Maxwell Davies (for which he has a national the creative impetus in their work. Richard's reputation). Since 2000 he has been engaged in inaugural lecture as Professor was entitled research in Basle, Switzerland, principally into ‘Looking for Inspiration’ and he has recently the music of Wolfgang Rihm. This work feeds

Richards work feeds directly into the National Curriculum music component of creating and the understanding of how children engage with the creative process in composition

directly into the National Curriculum music component of creating and the understanding of how children engage with the creative process in composition. www.scottishmusiccentre.com/richard_mcgregor/

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

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

The Edinburgh Light Orchestra's Summer Journey Edinburgh : 24 May - http://edinburghlightorchestra.moonfruit.com

With the emphasis on ‘easy-listening’, Edinburgh’s premier concert orchestra presents an evening of some of the best and most popular music from the cinema, the musical stage and the wonderful melodious world of light music, in Edinburgh's Queen's Hall on Saturday 24 May. Join The Edinburgh Light Orchestra for their summer 'Journey Into Melody' with music from Fiddler on the Roof; Annie Get Your Gun; Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; music by John Williams and Robert Farnon’s theme from Shalako. Opening as usual with the Orchestra's ‘adopted’ signature tune – Robert Farnon’s Journey Into Melody, they'll get their summer programme off to a rousing start with a selection of themes by

the doyen of modern film composers – John Williams – featuring music from such epic movies as ‘Star Wars’, ‘Jaws’, ‘Superman’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘E.T.’ And there is more music from the cinema with a selection from the 1937 pioneering Disney feature-length cartoon, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with includes such unforgettable ‘gems’ as ‘Some Day My Prince Will Come’, ‘With A Smile And A Song’, ‘Whistle While You Work’ and ‘Heigh-Ho’. In contrast, there is Robert Farnon’s theme from the 1968 western, Shalako. As usual, the musical stage is well represented with a selection from Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun; and for good measure there are Symphonic Dances from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. Staying with the theatre, we turn to some classic British ballet music, with a Concert Waltz from Geoffrey Toye’s, The Haunted Ballroom.

Guest soloist is tenor Alan Borthwick with a selection of your favourite songs

Kai Mortensen’s humorous novelty piece – CockNot neglecting British light music, there is A-Doodle Dandy – is the focus of our Leader’s Frederic Curzon’s endearing cameo – Galavant; solo spot. and completing our orchestral programme is a rarely performed composition by ‘the uncrowned In a more serious vein and to mark the 70th King of light music’ – Eric Coates – in the form of Anniversary of the D-Day Landings, we present a delightful Dance Interlude dating from 1921, the first public performance of Louise Denny’s entitled Moresque. Mulberry Harbours March. And continuing in serious mode, is Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 4.

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Blue Rose Code :

album : 'The Ballad Of Peckham Rye'

release date - 2 June : Pre-order now - http://bluerosecode.bandcamp.com/

!! Scottish album launch on Saturday 17 May at Glasgow CCA details @ http://glowarts.co.uk/home/concerts/blue-rose-code-17th-may-2014-cca/

Blue Rose Code is not folk music, or so he's been told. The Edinburgh-born songwriter Ross Wilson'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 . 'The Ballads Of Peckham Rye' is co-produced with Alex Pilkington (Sophie Barker, Beth Hirsch) and it's a record with an upward trajectory. Ross' voice rings with new found strength, and there are moments of unbridled euphoria - in the feather light touch of first single 'One Day At A Time' (released on 19 May) featuring the beautiful voice of Mercury nominee Kathryn Williams, on 'Oh, North', an ode to Scotland with arms outstretched and sung in a style Ross playfully refers to as "Scots gospel", or 'The Right To Be Happy', 3 minutes of lapsteel-laced, high kicking Americana. There's a determination to play with form: from 'True Ways of Knowing' on which Ross recites gh poet Norman MacCaig over a kinetic instrumental track, to 'Where The Westlin' Winds Do Carry Me', a stirring jazz arrangement showcasing the incredible musicians Ross was able to work collaborate with thanks to Arts Council funding. As Ross has noted, "the new album features an eyewatering ensemble of world class musicians – Danny Thompson (Pentangle, John Martyn, Kate Bush, Nick Drake, Tim Buckley), Karine Polwart (winner of 4 Radio 2 Folk Awards), Aidan O' Rourke (LAU, Multiple Radio 2 Folk Award winner including Musician of the Year 2014), Rachel Newton (Furrow Collective, The Elizabethan Session, R2 Folk Award Winner) & Dave Milligan (Dave Milligan Trio, The Unusual Suspects)".



Scottish tour dates .....

17 May - CCA, LAUNCH PARTY Glasgow 18 May - The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore Coming off the back of a joint tour with, BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year, Bella Hardy as Wilson 19 May - The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen & Hardy and fresh from playing with Danny Thompson at his 75th birthday sessions, Ross will take 29 May - The Wee Gig, Abington, Lanarkshire 30 May - Northern Roots Festival, Inverness his band around the UK this month to celebrate the release of this extraordinary album. The tour 31 May - Elm House, Fife coincides with the release of the first single from the album 'One Day At A Time' backed with a 18/19 July - HebCelt Festival, Isle Of Lewis radio edit of album track ‘Silent Drums’ and remixes of 'True Ways of Knowing' by, Sunday Best signings, Lucky Elephant, and a Hiatus remix of 'Edina', a song of reconciliation inspired by Ross' relationship with his hometown of Edinburgh.

http://www.bluerosecode.com www.facebook.com/bluerosecode https://twitter.com/seCode

John Mitchell & Sofie Jonsson :

ep : 'Graith and Grain'

release date - 24 May : www.johnandsofie.com !! Scottish EP launch on Saturday 24 May at 'Young's Interesting Books' in Glasgow's Shawlands www.facebook.com/pages/Youngs-Interesting-Books/108158585887550

'Graith and Grain' is four tracks by this Scottish/Swedish acoustic folk roots duo. 'Leaving Carolina', penned by Mitchell, incorporates fiddle, pedal steel, bass, and drums. The three remaining tracks demonstrate the duo exploring open tuned acoustic guitar, tapping, frailing, thumb picking, deft fiddle playing, vocals, and harmonies. John & Sofie are touring in Scotland in May and June 2014 in support of the new EP, for their full tour schedule visit www.johnandsofie. com About the tracks: 'The Carolinas', and notably, Charleston, SC, became a prominent landing point for Scottish families as a result of the Highland clearances. The story of Leaving Carolina is written from the point of view of a modern day relative of those earlier immigrants having to return to the Highlands and homelands. John served with the Queen’s Own Seaforth and Cameron Highlanders and wrote this song whilst on leave in the USA recuperating after a near fatal car accident in the Belizean jungle. The folk sea shanty 'Haul Away' is written and played in Appalachian string band style. The acoustic guitar is tuned in Orkney tuning and played banjo clawhammer style with the fiddle doubling the melody. John used to be a south deep chiel himself, pitching the waves aboard a trawler as a young fisherman. 'Through the Pines' is a folk jazz instrumental written after crosscountry skiing through the pine forest in the mystic half-light in our home in the hills of Sälen, Sweden. John has been a life-long fan of Rory Gallagher. This is our ragtime take on Rory’s 'Barley and Grape Rag'.

www.johnandsofie.com www.facebook.com/johnandsofiemusic

Scottish tour dates ..... 24 May - Young's Interesting Books, Glasgow - EP release 25 May - The Glad Café, Southside Americana Fringe, Glasgow 26 May - The Roxy 171, Glasgow 3 June - The Argyll Hotel, Ullapool 5 June - The Tea Posy, Dingwall 6 June - IG:LU Art Gallery, Inverness 13 June - The Old Inn, Gairloch


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



Before I Die

It's Not Enough


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.

“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.

ep cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Listen/Watch: www.youtube.com/watch?v=stoAnNJpfrc https://soundcloud.com/jamesgillespiemusic/survivebefore-i-die Available from: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/before-i-die-ep/ id8585606 www.jamesgillespie.es www.facebook.com/jamesgillespiemusic https://twitter.com/jgillespietweet


single download Release Date: 7 July

Listen/Watch: http://youtu.be/EkV4hysPctI https://soundcloud.com/unklebob/its-not-enough/ Available from: https://unklebob.bandcamp.com/ www.twitter.com/unklebobband www.facebook.com/unklebobband www.unklebob.com

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: www.youtube.com/user/HickW Available from: www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ JohnMitchellSofieJonsson1 www.johnandsofie.com www.facebook.com/johnandsofiemusic

Listen/Watch: soon @ https://unklebob.bandcamp.com/ Available from: https://unklebob.bandcamp.com/ www.twitter.com/unklebobband www.facebook.com/unklebobband www.unklebob.com


No Time Like Now

Graith and Grain ep cd / download Release Date: 24 May

Album download Release Date: 7 July

Album : cd / download Release Date: 21 March

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 https://soundcloud.com/bluerosecode/one-dayat-a-time Edina (Hiatus Remix) https://soundcloud.com/bluerosecode/edinahiatus-remix Available from: Pre-order now http://bluerosecode.bandcamp.com/ www.bluerosecode.com www.facebook.com/bluerosecode https://twitter.com/BlueRoseCode

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

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



This Human Error

Uit de Buik - Duivel te koop


single download Release Date: Out Now

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 Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/foreign-skies/sets/this-humanerror Available from: http://foreignskies.bandcamp.com www.facebook.com/ForeignSkiesOfficial

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 www.youtube.com/user/tentonnedozer or on www. facebook.com/tentonnedozer 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 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. Listen/Watch: www.souncloud.com/thejunebug www.junebugband.bandcamp.com www.youtube.com/junebugbanduk Available from: www.junebugband.bandcamp.com http://junebugband.bigcartel.com/ www.facebook.com/junebugband www.twitter.com/@junebugband

www.facebook.com/tentonnedozer www.reverbnation.com/tentonnedozer



The Butterfly’s Dream

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

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

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.

Available from: Release via Itunes, Amazon MP3 and CD Love Music Glasgow

Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/blackwing-1

www.louiserutkowski.co.uk www.facebook.com/louiserutkowski https://twitter.com/LouiseRutkowski

Available from: www.dancingwithghosts.co.uk http://cdbaby.com/cd/dancingwithghosts www.nimbitmusic.com/dancingwithghosts www.dancingwithghosts.co.uk https://twitter.com/DancingWG

Album cd / download Release Date: Out Now

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


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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download THE MAVIS PROJECT Picking Up The Pieces ep download Release Date: Out Now

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. Listen/Watch: www.soundcloud.com/the-mavis-project Available from: iTunes,amazon,7digital and Google playstore. www.facebook/themavisproject https://twitter.com/TheMavisProject


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: https://soundcloud.com/deathcats-1 Available from: http://fuzzkillrecords.bandcamp.com/album/all-haildeathcats www.facebook.com/deathcats https://soundcloud.com/deathcats-1 https://twitter.com/DEATHCATS1


COPPER DOGS The Balvenie Maltings Sessions Album vinyl Release Date: Out Now

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 Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/copperdogs/copper-dogs-mygirl/s-YT8z4 Available from: Limited edition vinyl only 500 copies – see www.thebalvenie.com/copperdogs to find out how to get a copy www.thebalvenie.com/copperdogs


The Mairches

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

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

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

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

The Brightest Path Album : cd Release Date: 24 February

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

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

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download THE DEADLY WINTERS



Sixteen Days

Poor Things


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.

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.

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

Listen/Watch: http://amazingtunes.com/u/deadlywinters http://youtu.be/4JqAC8so1co

album cd/download Release Date: Out Now

Album : cd / download / vinyl Release Date: 18 April “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. Listen/Watch: https://dropkickmusic.bandcamp.com

Available from: Listen/Watch: https://dropkickmusic.bandcamp.com http://sarasetorecords.bandcamp.com/album/1998-ssr- www.dropkickmusic.co.uk 011 www.tayloredrecords.co.uk

Available from: iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sixteen-days/id710510085?i=710510152 Amazon - www.amazon.co.uk/Sixteen-Days/dp/B00FE6QW5M Coda - www.codamusic.co.uk/product-detail/81943/Deadly+Winters/Away+Boys+Away Available from: www.sarasetorecords.com www.thedeadlywinters.com iTunes /all digital distribution stores www.facebook.com/deadlywinters www.twitter.com/deadlywinters www.facebook.com/poorthings www.soundcloud.com/the-deadly-winters www.twitter.com/poorthingshello

www.dropkickmusic.co.uk www.twitter.com/dropkickmusic www.youtube.com/user/mrcockroach



Button Up

Speak From The Start

single : download Release Date: Out Now

ep : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

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


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.

Available from: https://twelfthday.bandcamp.com/

Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/fraserfifield https://fraserfifield.bandcamp.com http://www.youtube.com/tanarrecords

www.twelfthdaymusic.com www.facebook.com/twelfthday https://twitter.com/twelfthday

Available from: http://www.fraserfifield.com/shop/esotero/ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/esotero/ id762129917?uo=4

(CDs and download) https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/speak-from-the-start-ep/id716473811

www.fraserfifield.com www.facebook.com/fraserfifieldmusic www.twitter.com/fraserfifield

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

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download SILVER COAST Believe

single : cd / download Release Date: 3 March ‘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." Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/silvercoastmusic-1 Available from: Digital download and there will also be a limited run of physical copies too (available at our shows). www.facebook.com/silvercoastmusic https://twitter.com/silvercoastband


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

ep : cd / download Release Date:Out NOw

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


Available from: iTunes: http://bit.ly/1mHfl6u CD at gigs and from Folk Rag Records Insane track free on Soundcloud www.facebook.com/georgiakate16 https://twitter.com/georgiagmusic


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: www.rowanross.com/Rowan_Ross/video.html www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3Zmg0a1mrw Available from: www.amazon.co.uk www.amazon.com iTunes / Amazon MP3 www.birnamcdshop.com www.rowanross.com www.facebook.com/rowanrossmusic

Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Lose this Feeling

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

"The Voice" Season 3 runner-up Terry McDermott and his band the Bonfires have returned with another stunning, sweeping Britrock ballad, co-written with Todd Burman of Australia's Juke Kartel. (Todd also worked on Terry's first post-"Voice" single, "Pictures," which went to number one on the iTunes rock chart.) And judging by the new video for the track, Terry hasn't lost the feeling at all, perfectly suits the dreamy song...and yes, it does rock. (Lyndsey Parker / Rolling Stone) Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/terrymcdermott/losethis-feeling-mcdermott http://terrymcdermottmusic.com/videos/ Available from: http://terrymcdermottmusic.com/buy/ http://terrymcdermottmusic.com/ www.facebook.com/terrymacmusic https://twitter.com/TerryMacMusic

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

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



Pipe Dreams

Through the Heart of Town

Young Soul

Carnoustie Celtic rock band, Gleadhraich, will be releasing their long awaited debut EP, Pipe Dreams. Recorded at Kirriemuir's DD8 Music Studio, Pipe Dreams contains four tracks: Unite the Clans, Teenage Kicks/ One Way or Another, California Calling and My Generation/ You Really Got Me. The EP has been mixed and mastered by Gregor Pratt.

Through the Heart of Town, from The New Madrids, comprises ten awesome songs featuring soaring pedal steel, telecaster guts and gristle, blinding harmonies and all tied together by a choogling rhythm section. "A sweeping record, soaring harmony and irresistible charm....Stax pride meets Lower East Side sleaze." 8/10 - Louder than War.

Listen/Watch: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vewRJ699sTM

Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/new-madrids www.thenewmadrids.com/albums.html

Beeches are a Scottish indie/alternative band based in Edinburgh. They have been described in the past as “tight musicianship and perfect pop melodies”. The four piece have been active since 2012 but their roots stem from very early childhood friendships. Robert, Oscar and Walter have been friends since pre primary school days, retaining a close friendship despite all studying at different schools. During the autumn months of 2013 the band were busy recording two tracks at the prestigious Castle Sound Studios and The Depot Studios funded with the YMI initiative. “Young Soul” will be their first official Single under the name “Beeches”.

ep : cd / download Release Date: 31 March

Album : cd Release Date: Out Now

Available from: iTunes CD's available at live shows. These will be limited edition and available first at a special Pipe Dreams launch show at the Starlight Showroom, Dundee on 26 April. www.facebook.com/gleadhraich www.gleadhraich.com

Available from: www.amazon.co.uk www.amazon.com www.birnamcdshop.com www.thenewmadrids.com https://twitter.com/NewMadrids www.facebook.com/TheNewMadrids

single : cd / download Release Date: 17 March

Listen/Watch: https://soundcloud.com/beechesmusic Available from: Will be available on itunes, bandcamp, spotify, Amazon www.beechesmusic.com www.twitter.com/beechesmusic www.facebook.com/beechesmusic

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

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Perth Festival of the Arts


Collessie, Fife 16-18 May

Perth 22 May - 1 June

This unique event brings together some of Scotland's finest exponents of traditional singing for a weekend of old songs and bothy ballads in concerts and singarounds in the rural surroundings of the Fife Farm Park. The weekend also includes workshops/talks on topics related to traditional song and culture. www.springthyme.co.uk/fifesing

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival Dumfries and Galloway 16-25 May

Perth Festival of the Arts is one if the highlights www.bordergaitherin.com in Perth's cultural calendar in Scotland. Now its Northern Roots Festival 43rd year, it covers a wide range of artforms from classical music and opera to rock music and Inverness drama. Concerts are staged in Perth Concert Hall 30 May - 1 June and St John's Kirk. Established in 2009, Bruce MacGregor's Northern www.perthfestival.co.uk Roots Music Festival is held at Bogbain Farm in Inverness and features the very best in acoustic, Kilmarnock's Dirty Weekender roots, folk and blues from around the world. Celebrating celtic connections in the Highlands Kilmarnock and a new way of doing things including some 23-25 May great session pubs for the afternoons

Kilmarnock’s Dirty Weekender music festival was established in 2012. In 2013 the event expanded with over 40 acts performing and a third venue Our 9-day festival has taken place since 1979. being added to include an all agers stage. In The founding aim was to bring international 2014 Kilmarnock’s Dirty Weekender will see performers of the highest quality to a region further growth with the inclusion of the 1300 containing many scattered rural communities capacity Grand Hall venue. 2014 will also see the since then this region has produced some of its development and implementation of Glasgow’s own talent of international standing and we’re Dirty Weekender. This will take place between proud to also be able to present these artistes the 28 February and the 1 March over three of from time to time. We offer a wide range of events: music – including classical, jazz and folk, the city’s venues, Pivo Pivo, Ivory Blacks and Stereo. The Dirty Weekender crew will take its dance, theatre, literary, children’s events, plus years of experience and deliver a unique and the visual arts and films. Events take place in a diverse event to Glasgow for the first time. range of venues throughout the region, from large to small, formal to informal, urban to rural. www.killieweekender.com www.dgartsfestival.org.uk

Knockengorroch World Ceilidh

Montrose Music Festival

Kirkcudbright 22-25 May

Montrose 23-25 May

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

Montrose Music Festival is a Scottish music festival which takes place at the end of May in Montrose, Angus. It has become a much anticipated, annual event across Scotland. The festival committee is a non-profit, volunteer run organisation, dedicated to promoting free live music of all styles and genres, and at all levels, in Montrose and surrounding areas. The festival actively promotes local acts as well as hosting musicians from across the United Kingdom


participants. Come and enjoy! The Border Gaitherin is the major showcase for Borders music and for the immense musical and creative talent which resides here in the Borders. However this year we are pleased to have American guest musicians bringing an Appalachian flavour to the weekend.


The Islay Malt & Music Festival Islay 23-31 May

During the last week of May each year the island of Islay welcomes visitors from across the world to help us celebrate our culture our music and of Orkney Folk Festival course our world renowned single malt whiskies. Orkney During the festival we have all sorts of activities 22-25 May including dances, recitals, fishing, Gaelic lessons, Here we are folks – Orkney Folk Festival number ceilidh's, folk music, whisky tastings and so 32! Once again we have some big names coming much more - each event is served with a warm Islay welcome. north to join in the fun in May, and from the ceilidh bands to the almost indie strand, we have www.theislayfestival.co.uk brought together a broad mix of artists that we hope appeals to everyone’s interpretation of the The Border Gaitherin increasingly expansive folk genre. As ever, our local traditions and musicians – both established Coldstream and emerging – will be centre stage alongside May 30 - June 1 those visiting the festival. You would be hard pushed to find another festival throughout the The Border Gaitherin is back in 2014 and we are country that has such a strong home currently planning a great weekend of musical representation, and it is one that we are hugely entertainments and activities for all our


JUNE goNORTH Inverness 4-5 June goNORTH is an annual Creative Industries Festival taking place in Inverness featuring a broad range of Music, Screen, Publishing, Fashion and Interactive content. Each year the event brings a wide programme of panels, workshops, film screenings, training opportunities, Q&A sessions, keynote interviews and live music showcases to the north of Scotland. www.gonorthfestival.co.uk

Glasgow West End Festival Glasgow 6-29 June 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 accessibility. The WEF’s ethos is to include participants and venues that can complement the already diverse programme. www.westendfestival.co.uk

Eden Festival Raehills Meadows 12-15 June We are a boutique festival showcasing fresh music and electrifying performances! Set in the stunning Raehills Meadows on the 13th-15th of June, hosting 9 different stages including a kids 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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgqJZ08P3QY www.facebook.com/theedenfestival


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..... lots more festival dates in our FESTIVALS! supplement read it @ http://musicnewsscotland.wordpress.com/festivals/ Solas Festival

Hebridean Celtic 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.

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 www.hebceltfest.com/booking www.hebceltfest.com

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 Glasgow Jazz Festival Stewart MacLennan with the radical idea of Glasgow holding an open-air festival on their local island 25–29 June of Tiree. TMF is more than just attending a music festival – it is an island adventure. From Welcome to the 2014 Glasgow International Jazz the stunning sail or flight to the island of Tiree, Festival, this is the 28th year of the Festival, and camping next to the white sands of Crossapol once again we hope that this year’s line up Bay or surfing at Balevullin beach, TMF is an offers something for everyone! The first experience very few festivals in the world could headliners include Courtney Pine’s acclaimed compete with. Get your tickets quick, the early House of Legends, Martin Taylor, Neil Cowley birds sold out in hours Trio featuring tracks from their latest album, http://tireemusicfestival.co.uk/ticket-prices Jazz Jamaica, Jacqui Dankworth & Todd Gordon. www.tireemusicfestival.co.uk www.jazzfest.co.uk



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 www.tinthepark.com/tickets www.tinthepark.com

AUGUST Prestfest Prestwick 1-3 August PRESTFEST the Prestwick Community Music Festival is run by enlisting financial support from local pubs, cafes, restaurants,,hotels,shops and other business services throughout the town. All types of music at various venues throughout the town. www.prestfest.co.uk

Tartan Heart ‘Belladrum’ Festival Beauly 8-9 August

Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling Eigg 18-20 July


Dumfries & Galloway 25-26 July

Scotland's alternative music festival in Dumfries & Galloway offers a unique and eclectic celebration of cult musical genres and cult cinema with a relaxed, laidback family-friendly Traditional and acoustic music festival in the atmosphere, aimed at the more discerning picturesque market town of Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway, in South West Scotland. contemporary music fan. All the action climaxes with the burning of a giant traditional willow and Ross Couper & Tom Oakes, Siobhan Miller & straw effigy. Aaron Jones, Wendy Stewart, Aaron Jones & Nathon Jones, Zoë Bestel and Jonathan www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk Henderson...workshops, sessions...we look forward to seeing you there. More details to Southern Fried follow... Perth www.facebook.com/TradMusicFestival 25-27 July Newton Stewart 4-5 July


Get yourself a ticket to Scotland’s all ages wackiest festival of music and performing arts. Bella is back in its beautiful Highland setting with 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

Lost Map would like to invite you to a special lost weekend of music, fun and adventure on the Wizard Festival Hebridean isle of Eigg. Prepare yourself for three Aberdeenshire days of the best sounds from Scotland and 2014 (July tbc) beyond, surrounded by the country’s most wondrous sights - brought to you by the Organisers are waiting for decisions on funding organisers of Home Game and Away Game, and for Wizard before they can confirm the 2014 made possible with support from Homecoming dates - but were looking at July. Stay up-to-date Scotland 2014. via facebook and twitter links. http://lostmap.com/ www.facebook.com/wizardfestival https://twitter.com/wizardfestival The Wickerman Festival

Newton Stewart Traditional & Acoustic Music Festival

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 www.lifeboatparkfest.co.uk

Doune The Rabbit Hole Cardross, nr Stirling 22-24 August A small family-friendly festival with a twist! Doune The Rabbit Hole presents music, comedy, art, spoken word, drama, puppetry and much more! Events across Scotland throughout the year culminating in a 3 day multi arts festival... it's time to go Doune The Rabbit Hole!! We make people happy through music, art, cake and loads of other stuff! After we've done that we teach people who wouldn't ordinarily be able to how to do creative things, like play instruments, write poetry and paint.

Buffy Sainte-Marie, Steve Earle and Rosanne Cash have been announced as headliners for this www.dounetherabbithole.co.uk year’s Southern Fried Festival. Other acts confirmed for Scotland’s seventh annual festival More festival listings of American Roots music in Perth Concert Hall in our latest and other city centre venues include John Fullbright, Marc Ford and Cedric Watson with FESTIVALS! edition @ more to be announced. As always, there will be http://wp.me/P12d6v-21 the usual smattering of smaller gigs in city centre venues, a Sunday Brunch, support gigs


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