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May 2014/Week 4

Cryptic announce Sound to Sea spectacular - page 6 Inverness GiGs hosts goNORTH Fringe - page 4 : Wide Days wins major award - page 10

16 of Scotland’s freshest acts announced to play legendary T Break Stage @ T in the Park Tennent’s Lager put out their annual call in March for Scotland’s unsigned acts to submit their demos to T Break in the hope of landing one of 16 highly coveted slots on the T Break Stage at T in the Park, and they have now announced who will be taking to the legendary stage this summer. T Break’s judging panel is made up of 14 of Scotland’s most respected and influential music industry experts who listen to each and every track submitted before coming together to deliberate their shortlists. The judges then decide on the final 16 acts - who will potentially follow in the footsteps of this year’s T in the Park headliner and former T Break band Biffy Clyro - to make up the T Break 2014 line-up. Simon Neil, Biffy Clyro front man said of their T Break performance in 1999, “It was probably one of the biggest moments of our lives, even now looking back, that first time you feel like a real band is phenomenal… that was literally the break, T gave us the break” Dave McGeachan, Senior Promoter from T Break partners DF Concerts sits on the judging panel. He said: “This is an incredibly strong year for Scottish music and the talent coming out of Scotland’s grassroots music scene in particular is of a very high standard. I feel we’ve managed to get a really great representation across many different genres with this year’s selection and I look forward to seeing some excellent live performances over the weekend." T Break was launched by Tennent’s in 1996 and has been uncovering Scotland’s freshest unsigned talent and giving them a platform to showcase their music on the T Break Stage at T in the Park ever since. Each year, 16 bands are handpicked from almost a thousand entries by a panel of Scotland’s industry experts and given the chance to play the T Break Stage To find out more about the acts on the T Break 2014 line-up, check out and

The 16 acts that will play the T Break Stage this year:

Atom Tree Birdhead Blood Relatives Deathcats Fat Goth Medicine Men Model Aeroplanes NAKED Scary People Secret Motorbikes TeenCanteen The Moon Kids Tisoki Tuff Love Vladimir We Came From Wolves


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Our Big Gig announced in Scotland as part of Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme £500 grants for community music event - apply now @

Our Big Gig, the UK’s largest community music festival is spreading to Scotland for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games culture programme. Funded by Creative Scotland as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, Our Big Gig will see Scotland unite to celebrate local music at community events from 11-13 July. The gigs aim to showcase new and existing talent and give people the opportunity to have a go at making music. Last summer, over 200,000 people attended 326 Our Big Gig events across England, which saw a wide variety of musical activities take place in a range of unusual spaces. From schools to skate parks, beaches to boats, some 14,600 people performed across the length and breadth of the country.

For 2014, all types of community organisations are being urged to apply to put on an event in their local area and bring together diverse groups of people through music. Be it a sports club, faith group or another, all successful applicants receive grant funding of £500 and event management training is provided. Organised by music and arts organisation Superact, Our Big Gig grew from the Bandstand Marathon; an iconic London 2012 festival event that helped close the London Games with 9000 people across Britain simultaneously performing Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’. Katharine Lane, Director at Superact added: “Our Big Gig is a fantastic opportunity for organisations to put on a musical event in their community and reach out to people that they may not yet know. “While Superact has been running community music events across the UK for years, we never cease to be amazed at the unifying power of music. “We’re looking forward to receiving event applications from across Scotland and would encourage as many people as possible to apply shop: weblink:

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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

Inverness : 3 June :

Inverness Gigs are proud to present goNORTH Fringe at The Eagle Bar in Inverness on the 3 June. The event will bring together three Inverness favourites whilst adding a European twist! Ashley and The Cosmonauts are well know on the Inverness scene, both as a band and their individual ventures. Ashley Mackay and her Cosmonauts (aka Ben Hesling, Robin Abbot, Dickie Bills and Derek Urqhuart) have played the likes of Belladrum, including a memorable main stage opening slot in 2013 and recently supported Grousebeater Sound System at King Tuts in April. The band have a strong Fleetwood Mac sound evidenced perfectly in tunes such as “Behind These Eyes”, “Clouds” and "Castles".

Sara Bills and The Has-Beens also quite happily share local favourite tags with Ashley and Co. The band’s sound is described as “alternative folk punk”. The four piece enter their fifth year in October, but it was way back in 2011 when their last recording “Spill the Beans” was released. The tracks have lost none of their poignancy over the time,with one reviewer noting “"In a sea of generic indie pop, this band retreat from lazy comparisons to Belle and Sebastian and the like, with their true creativity and local charm."

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

Devil's Queen will certainly bring a change of pace, and volume, to finish off the event. The band have recently been reinvigorated by a change of personnel but have lost none of their ability to rock with the finest. The Inverness based 4-piece create a slightly contemporary twist on Rock and are fresh off a mainstage appearance at the Ironworks.


Giving a European twist to proceedings are Gothenburg based two (or three) piece Pale Honey. Describing themselves as minimalistic rock they explain on their website “Simply put, we love what we're doing and think that the sound (with it's easy, minimal sound) is nonchalant and sincere at the same time.” They have just recently released debut EP “Fiction” with an album planned for the late part of 2014. Chris Lemon founder of Inverness Gigs said: “We are really pleased to play a role in goNORTH 2014 and the line-up compliments the many fine acts to play at the Showcase this year. Get the party started at the Eagle on the 3 June.”


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. 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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Cryptic's Sound to Sea by Eala MacAlister

Glasgow Science Centre : 1-2 August : Cryptic have launched one of the most interesting and diverse to take place as part of the 2014 cultural festival that will run throughout the Commonwealth Games. Sound to Sea will have 150 bands and performers take to the waters of the Clyde on boats of all shapes and sizes on 1-2 August. Musical acts will range from Frightened Rabbit, Treacherous Orchestra, Rachel Sermanni, Miaoux Miaoux, Tigerstyle, Bigg Taj, Model Aeroplanes, Oliver Coates, Marie Claire Breen and the Glasgow Phoenix Choir. This sees a total of 150 performing artists embracing a diverse range of musical styles spanning the genres of folk, rock, traditional, techno, bhangra-pop, classical, opera and choral. Away from music there will be performances by Ariel Dance Theatre Company, All or Nothing and outdoor arts experts Walk The Plank. With such diversity there's bound to be something for everyone.

were given that the Science Centre Tower would be working. Their CEO This will be the only event of festival 2014 to take place on the Clyde and says: "Sound to Sea will be a spectacular celebration and a unique will be one of the largest scale events of the cultural program. It will take opportunity to use the River Clyde waterfront and the science centre as a start at 9.30 pm as dusk falls and allowing there to be fireworks displays. backdrop for a magical event" Not much has been revealed about the boats yet other than the fact that This is also a special year for Cryptic with it being it's 20th anniversary. the Royal Navy will be providing HMS Pursuer and HMS Bangor to be part Founder and artistic director Cathie Boyd says: "Since moving here in 1990 I have always wanted to make a performance on the Clyde and this of the event. Captain Chris Smith says: "I'm delighted that the Royal Navy is able to be involved with sound to sea, it's a great opportunity to is a brilliant opportunity to work with the Science Centre in it's iconic surroundings I hope that Sound to Sea not only celebrates all that makes showcase some of the unique capabilities we have". Glasgow and Scotland a unique and innovative creative place, but is also a legacy project for the Commonwealth Games".

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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!

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

3 June The Argyll Hotel, Ullapool 5 June The Tea Posy, Dingwall 6 June IG:LU Art Gallery, Inverness 13 June The Old Inn, Gairloch

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Moon Hop takes over the Rowantree Edinburgh : 30 May :

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Dance till you drop, as Edinburgh’s Rowantree welcomes its very first Moon Hop. Moon Hop will mix performances by some of the UK’s most exciting musicians with sets from the Moon Hop DJ’s and their genre defying record collection. Audible enjoyment comes in the form of Withered Hand, currently riding on a wave of critical acclaim thanks to the recently released ‘New Gods’, former Scottish Album of the Year nominees Meursault and Carbs, the hip hop side project of Jonnie Common and James Scott. Plus, Lomond Campbell - he of FOUND fame and a set from a very special guest! Moon Hop is moving from it’s former home at the Safari Lounge to become a monthly affair at The Rowantree and is now set to become one the city’s monthly must-attends.

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Scotland's 'Wide Days' Beats International Competition For 2014 Music Business Award Scotland’s music convention, Wide Days, has bean voted Best Networking Event or Service at Britain’s largest music industry gathering 'The Great Escape'. The honour was announced at a ceremony in Brighton, which was attended by key figures from the international music business world.

“I have attended hundreds of music business conferences, but Wide Days is the first where the organiser has given a particularly wellinformed guided tour of his city,” he says. “It helped create a connection with Edinburgh and was a fantastic opportunity to meet other delegates.”

Wide Days, which took place in Edinburgh on 910 April, was the only UK nomination in its category at the Yearly Music Conference Award [YMCA]. It was nominated alongside much larger international events Breakout West [Canada], Tallin Music Week [Estonia], Waves [Austria] and Music Expo [US].

Wide Days 2014 saw a considerable rise in the number of international speakers and included a focus on the German music market. This tie-in was marked with the announcement of a generation of industry players to exchange partnership with Hamburg's Reeperbahn knowledge and ideas. Festival, one of Europe’s largest showcase and music industry gatherings. Leading trade publication, Record Of The Day, has described Wide Days as “An unmissable Wide Days is Scotland’s only convention fixture in our calendar.” dedicated exclusively to music business seminars, presentations and showcases. The annual event is hosted in Edinburgh by Community Interest Company, Born To Be Wide. It provides a forum for veterans and the next

Wide Days was proposed for the award by industry veteran, Allan McGowan, who was moved to put it forward after being impressed by the convention’s organiser Olaf Furniss, conducting a bus tour of Edinburgh for speakers and delegates.

Olaf Furniss, who organises Wide Days with music manager Michael Lambert, adds: “As well as running events, I am also member of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association, so when we invite people to speak at Wide Days I believe they should be introduced to our city, as well as Scottish talent. Music and tourism go hand in hand.”

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The Big Project Youth Choir join The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra for a STV charity appeal concert at Edinburgh's Usher Hall Edinburgh : 14 June : After recent gigs in their local Broomhouse with award winning songwriters Karine Polwart and King Creosote, The BIG Project Youth Choir (who are supported by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative) are looking forward to a brand new experience performing traditional Scots songs, accompanied by the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra under conductor Blair Parham, at a gig in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. The BIG Project is a youth and children’s charity, based in Broomhouse, Edinburgh, supporting children and young people to learn, achieve, have fun and feel good about themselves. The BIG Project Manager Sascha Macleod commented: “This is a tremendous opportunity for our children and young people to return to The Usher Hall for a performance; we really enjoyed performing here as part of The BIG Breakthrough celebration of Olympic values back in 2012 . We’re delighted that the Rotary invited us to take part - and it’s very exciting for the choir to be accompanied by an orchestra for the first time!”. The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra returns to the Usher Hall for this charity event with a

Karine Polwart with The BIG Project Youth Choir : programme of vibrant and exciting music to support the STV appeal 2014. This appeal supports CHILD POVERTY IN SCOTLAND and is committed to helping children and young people affected by poverty. In its first three years the STV Appeal has raised over £5.8 million. This has enabled investment in 163 big and small projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much needed support to over 18,000 children. The Scottish Government is committed to match fund the total amount raised, up to £1m.

Ireland - Young Musician of the Year competition. The entire programme will be in the capable and most humorous hands of Rotarian Jim McColl, MBE of BBC television fame. It is an evening for the whole family - young and old alike and not to be missed. Rotarian David Hull said "This is a great example of Rotary's commitment to young people - please support this event". Tickets are now available from the Usher Hall Box Office on 0131 228 1155 or online at www.

The concert at the Usher Hall will be an event with 80-100 musicians performing lively reels and jigs, and will also feature Stewart-Melville's Pipe Band, and Connor Smith, the winner of the Rotary International in Great Britain and

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Top Canadian Band Heading for Scotland in early June Brookfield/Dunfermline/Peebles : 1-4 June :

Once hailed as “the best ‘live’ act I have ever seen” in a Maverick magazine review, Canadian roots music sensations, The Bills have blown away concert-goers and festival crowds around the globe. Last time they were in the UK, The Herald praised them as “the biggest blast of fresh air to come out of Canada since The Band.” Known the world over for their exquisite songcraft, superb arrangements and dynamic live performances, The Bills feature an all-star line-up of talent from Canada's west coast, including Chris Frye (guitar/lead vocals), Marc Atkinson (mandolin/guitar/vocals), Adrian Dolan (fiddle/accordion/ piano/vocals), Richard Moody (violin/viola/vocals) and Scott White (upright bass). Influenced in equal parts by Django Reinhardt, Sam Bush, Stan Rogers and Chopin, and renowned for their instrumental virtuosity, tight vocal arrangements, exuberant live shows, evocative song-writing and innovative interpretations of trad tunes, they have racked up a string of Canadian music awards and built a devoted fan following that extends across North America and Europe.

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following the release of their new album, Yes Please, the long-awaited follow-up to their Juno Award-nominated release Let Em Run (2005). Since forming in 1996, the band has thrilled audiences at many major festivals, gifted multi-instrumentalists who are masters at bridging the gulf between stage and audience.

Drawing musical inspiration from a broad range of traditions, a melange of European influences, rhythms of Latin America, and melodies of the wandering Romany peoples, the band has forged a style all their own that transcends musical boundaries and defies simple categorisation. With three main writers in residence they have developed an outstanding repertoire of songs that speak of their own part of the world.

Currently in the UK for several summer festival appearances and a string of other dates, they pay a whistle-stop visit to Scotland for shows and Brookfield Hall in Renfrewshire on June 1, Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, on June 3 and Peebles’ Eastgate Theatre on June 4, before heading for shows at The Sage in Gateshead, and The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, then rounding off this latest visit as the headline act at the big Gate to Southwell festival in Nottinghamshire.

There have been champagne corks popping on both side of the Atlantic

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Different Lonesome

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

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Edward McGuire

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"

Edward McGuire was born in Glasgow and studied composition with James Iliff at the Royal Academy of Music, London and then with the Swedish composer Ingvar Lidholm in Stockholm. His works have been regularly broadcast and commissions have come from the Glasgow University McEwen Bequest, the New Music Group of Scotland, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the St Magnus Festival, and the Edinburgh International Festival. In recent years he has produced several largescale works to critical acclaim: the ballet score Peter Pan, A Glasgow Symphony, a chamber opera The Loving of Etain, and concerti for guitar, trombone, viola, violin and double bass.

Cake Talk, McGuire's 1996 opera for RSNO Junior Chorus followed the success of The Loving of Etain (Paragon Opera); Peter Pan (Scottish Ballet) and Cullercoats Tommy (Northern Stage). McGuire also plays flute with, and writes for, the Scottish folk group The Whistlebinkies, and plays with the Chinese group Harmony Ensemble. Works on CD include Calgacus (BBC Scottish SO, London Proms 1997); Songs of New Beginnings (Paragon); Fast Peace III (Alma Duo); Divertimento, Martyr (Durrant, Viola Pieces); Nocturnes (Mr McFall's Chamber); and Celtic Knotwork (Scottish Flute Trio and Chinook Clarinet Quartet, 2001). His double bass concerto was recorded by the BBC SSO with soloist Anthony Alcock in 2002. Ring of Strings was commissioned for the finale of the 2006 St Magnus Festival. His new double bass concerto was recorded by the BBC SSO with soloist Anthony Alcock in Ayr Town Hall on January 24th and Broadcasting House Glasgow on 25th January 2002. Ring of Strings was commissioned for the finale of the 2006 St Magnus Festival. He was the recipient of a British Composers Award in 2003 and a Creative Scotland Award in 2004. : : 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.

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Copper Dogs album recorded in whisky distillery The ruins of 13th century Balvenie Castle in Dufftown, Speyside was the stunning setting for an album launch gig by Copper Dogs, the band of selfconfessed whisky fanatics who recorded their debut album on the traditional floor maltings of nearby The Balvenie Distillery.

Spencer on lead vocals, Rob Allanson on bass and Simon Roser on drums. Sam, Cat, Rob and Simon all work in the whisky industry. The album also features guest appearances from various other leading whisky industry figures including Dave Broom (vocals), Brian Kinsman

(bagpipes), Neil Ridley (organ) and Dr Nicholas Morgan (guitar). Their songs are crafted with a very particular Copper Dogs twist.

The low-ceilinged, cavernous space of the maltings building at the distillery - normally used for germinating barley to make single malt Scotch whisky - provided unique acoustics for the recording, The Balvenie Maltings Sessions, which was completed over a three-day period in June last year. The quartet likened it to having a fifth member of the band with certain sounds and frequencies bouncing off the walls and coming back in unpredictable and exciting ways. Songs were transposed into certain keys that were better suited to the stone environment. Many of the stones that built the maltings originally came from Balvenie Castle and workers claim a very old ghost came with them and haunts the site! Copper Dogs, 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, comprises of Sam Simmons on guitar and vocals, Cat

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The Last Battle :

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The Last Battle are an Edinburgh based Indie Folk Rock band that, since forming in 2009, have released two albums - 2010’s ‘Heart Of The Land, Soul Of The Sea’ and their just released latest ‘Lay Your Burden Down’, as well as handful of singles and E.P’s. New album ‘Lay Your Burden Down’ was written and recorded on the outskirts of Edinburgh, with the death of a close friend during the sessions having a big influence over the new material and shaping the album as a whole. After the completion of the record, and following the dissolution of the label 17 Seconds Records who released their debut, the band took to the crowd funding website Indiegogo, to raise funds to release it themselves. The campaign was a runaway success and has allowed the band to finance everything from the artwork, mastering, photography and pressing of ‘Lay Your Burden Down’. The band launched the album with two shows, one at The Roxy 171 in Glasgow on 1 May supported by Neil Pennycook of Meursault and Randolph’s Leap leader Adam Ross, and the second at The Liquid Room in Edinburgh with a Fife-centric line up that included Lidh and James Yorkston. The nights were a resounding success.

"'Lay Your Burden Down' mixes all of the best bits of their folk laden debut with a new found indie rock energy"

‘Lay Your Burden Down’ was released on 5 May on CD through their own label Beard of Truth, and is available on bandcamp (see link above) and in various record stores including Picadilly Records in Manchester, Action Records in Preston, Love Music Glasgow, and both Voxbox and Elvis Shakespeare in Edinburgh. It’s also available digitally through iTunes, Emusic and other various digital platforms. The album has received some great press so far from the likes of The Sunday Herald, The List, The Scotland On Sunday and The Skinny. The group comprises of Scott Longmuir (Vocals & Guitar), Caroline Overy (Vocals & Guitar), Jon Bews (Violin), Liam O’Hare (Drums) and Craig Kenny (Bass).

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“Ride It like a Shark”, the new album by Frantic Chant, will be released on Dogs Got a Bone Records on Friday 13 June. The album will be available as a download from all the major retailers and as a limited edition CD from Each CD will have a unique hand drawn cover by, Frantic Chant guitarist, Nick Paul. Releasing an album on Friday the 13th may seem a little strange to those of you who are superstitious, but the band felt that after all the mishaps involved in this release, there is surely nothing else that can go wrong. The problems began on the first day of recording. With O’Hara, Nick and Producer John settled into The Cottage Studio on the banks of Loch Fyne, Stazy and Col set off from Edinburgh for what should have been a routine journey. Only half an hour into the trip, Col pulled over to allow three police cars, with flashing blue lights, past. Only they didn’t pass and the next thing the boys knew they were face to face with an armed response unit screaming at them to get out of the car. They were then locked in police cells for six hours before being released. While grabbing supplies for the journey, the shop next door was being robbed by two men armed with swords and Col’s car was identified by witnesses as leaving the scene at the time. It was midnight before they eventually arrived at the studio but, being the troopers they are, they decided to get to work and laid down the basic tracks for more than half the album. Mixing the album has been plagued by the ill health of a vital cog in the Frantic Chant machine. Without going in to detail, the completion of the album had been in jeopardy for months. Thankfully, everything has fallen into place on that front, but there were some very dark days indeed.

The initial plan to hold a two day launch party as part of Leith Festival at Cruz had to be scrapped as the venue has gone out of business. With the festival going on, it was impossible to find an alternative venue in Leith. The band was bitterly disappointed they couldn’t hold the launch in the old port, a place they all call home. After having to ride those problems like a shark, it had to be Friday the 13th. What else could possibly go wrong?

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Boy Angus

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

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

Fight Or Flight

ep cd / download Release Date: End May The Hazy Shades debut EP, 'Fight Or Flight' is a statement of intent about rock n roll dreams and desires. Listen/Watch: Download available end of May. Available from: 200 limited edition CD's was available at launch night Download available end of May.



Lay Your Burden Down

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

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

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

'Lay Your Burden Down' is the second album from Edinburgh's The Last Battle. It's a record that mixes all of the best bits of their folk laden debut with a new found indie rock energy, and a slight shift in sound that has earned the band praise from the likes of The Sunday Herald, The List and The Scotland On Sunday. Listen/Watch:


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Before I Die

It's Not Enough

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

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.

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


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

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

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

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

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This Human Error

Uit de Buik - Duivel te koop


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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: Available from:

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

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



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

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: diary-of-a-lost-girl Available from: Release via Itunes, Amazon MP3 and CD Love Music Glasgow

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

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

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

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


The Brightest Path

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


Button Up

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


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The Butterfly’s Dream

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

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

The new single from Irish folk singer Heidi Album Talbot’s latest album ‘Angels Without Wings’, is a cd / download beautiful modern folk song. Co written and Release Date: Outday Now sung with King Creosote, AKA Kenny Anderson, ‘Button Up’ Creatures was created theband, pair discovered Imaginary is aafter virtual a studio aproject mutualformed admiration: was asked of to lyricist pick his by the“He collaboration fantasy band forDavid The Independent and he and picked and songwriter Scott and producer me and Morten HarketIain from A-ha onThe joint lead multi-instrumentalist McKinna. vocals,” Heidi laughs. She debut conceived theGuest melody Butterfly’s Dream is their album. for Button Up with guitar Anderson mind, and he musicians include ace in Keith More, sent back his own lyrics. result a brooding harmonica legend FraserThe Speirs andisexurgent love song. Heidi Rod is touring the UK in Lindisfarne songwriter Clements. November ande December with multi instrumentalist/Producer John McCusker and Listen/Watch: Irish Guitarist and singer John Doyle. Listen/Watch: Available from: Birnam Shop: distribution/heidi-talbot-button-up-radio/s-9EEhq Available from: also coming soon on itunes + spotify Facebook:

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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.

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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:

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Lose this Feeling

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

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Second Fiddle

Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now This debut album, Second Fiddle, is a collection of melodic songs and instrumentals from Scottish singer/songwriter Rowan Ross. The tracks were written at various points in his life. His songs show a great deal of clarity and depth. The title "Second Fiddle" came from one of the songs on the album, and is also a reference to the two violins he used in the recordings : one dark in colour and tone, and the other light. Rowan is joined by a host of musicians on this album, including Alyn Cosker, Angus Lyon, Gillian Fleetwood, Konrad Wiszniewski, Louis Abbot, Maeve MacKinnon, Rick Standley, Rosie Townhill and Sam West. Listen/Watch: Available from: iTunes / Amazon MP3

"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: Available from:

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



single : cd / download Release Date: 3 March

Ladykiller Caterpillar

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

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

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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.” – poetic'. “Good time vibes, classic feel, with a contemporary edge” – Jim Gellatly Listen/Watch: Listen/Watch: youtube: Available from: physical copies, email:

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23-31 May

Perth Festival of the Arts Perth 22 May - 1 June

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 course our world renowned single malt whiskies. During the festival we have all sorts of activities including dances, recitals, fishing, Gaelic lessons, ceilidh's, folk music, whisky tastings and so much more - each event is served with a warm Islay welcome.

Perth Festival of the Arts is one if the highlights in Perth's cultural calendar in Scotland. Now its 43rd year, it covers a wide range of artforms from classical music and opera to rock music and drama. Concerts are staged in Perth Concert Hall and St John's Kirk.

The Border Gaitherin

The Islay Malt & Music Festival Islay

entertainments and activities for all our 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.

Northern Roots Festival Inverness 30 May - 1 June

Coldstream May 30 - June 1

Established in 2009, Bruce MacGregor's Northern Roots Music Festival is held in Inverness and features the very best in acoustic, roots, folk and The Border Gaitherin is back in 2014 and we are blues from around the world. Celebrating celtic currently planning a great weekend of musical connections in the Highlands and a new way of doing things including some great session pubs for the afternoons

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.

Arran Folk Festival Isle of Arran 6-8 June Arran Events are responsible for the continuance of The Arran Folk Festival which will run from 68 June this year. As well as being fully supportive of the work that Arran Folk Festival have done since its creation in 1990, we aim to widen our scope and include all genres of music and hope that we will cater for most musical tastes!

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. weblink: facebook:

Meadows Festival Edinburgh


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immerse you in Scotland’s history and culture, commemorating the 700th anniversary of the The Edinburgh Meadows Festival is a free Battle of Bannockburn and celebrating the best volunteer-run annual event featuring live music, of Scottish traditional and contemporary music, merchandise, stalls, kids’ and adults’ activities food and drink and more. and loads more. The first Meadows Festival took place in 1974 and since then the Festival has been an annual feature of the calendar. In 2013 over 20,000 people attended across the two days of the Festival, so it’s a busy and fun-filled couple of days! There will be two stages at the 2014 Meadows Festival: Red Dog Music Stage and Fortune Futures Stage Wizard Festival

Tiree Music Festival Isle of Tiree 18-20 July

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


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:

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

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

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

Stirling 28-29 June A two day feast of music, culture, ancestry, food and drink and battle performances. As part of the Bannockburn Live weekend there is a plethora of home grown talent performing, including Dougie MacLean, Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart, Rachel Sermanni and many more. This Homecoming Scotland 2014 signature event will

Eigg 18-20 July

Lost Map would like to invite you to a special lost weekend of music, fun and adventure on the Traditional and acoustic music festival in the Hebridean isle of Eigg. Prepare yourself for three picturesque market town of Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway, in South West Scotland. days of the best sounds from Scotland and beyond, surrounded by the country’s most Ross Couper & Tom Oakes, Siobhan Miller & wondrous sights - brought to you by the Aaron Jones, Wendy Stewart, Aaron Jones & organisers of Home Game and Away Game, and Nathon Jones, Zoë Bestel and Jonathan made possible with support from Homecoming Henderson...workshops, sessions...we look Scotland 2014. forward to seeing you there. More details to follow...

Black Isle Fiddle Festival Cromarty 4-6 July

Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival Edinburgh 18-27 July

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

Now the biggest jazz and blues festival in Scotland, the programme ranges from star names to new Scottish-based players, and from trad to the avant garde. New for 2014 - We've got Van Morrison, Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra with special guest Mel C, Mike Stern/Bill Evans Superband; a tribute to Oscar Peterson; Bill Wyman Rhythm Kings plus Maggie Bell & Friends; Chris Barber Band; The Bad Plus; Christian Scott

T in the Park

The Wickerman Festival

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

Dumfries & Galloway 25-26 July

Hebridean Celtic Festival

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 atmosphere, aimed at the more discerning contemporary music fan. All the action climaxes with the burning of a giant traditional willow and straw effigy.

Hebrides 16-19 July

Bannockburn Live

Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling

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

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