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Off The Record Announces Music Workshops in Dumfries Key music industry figures are set to share their knowledge at an 'Off The Record' day, which feature workshops for young musicians and those interested in working in the music business. The event will take place at The Stove in Dumfries on Saturday 3 December. The day - presented by Born To Be Wide CIC and Dumfries Music Conference (DMC), and supported by the Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative, which is administered by Creative Scotland - is open to anyone aged 1425 and provides advice sessions focusing on key aspects of the industry, including releasing music, getting/organising gigs, promotion and working in the business.

attendees. Confirmed speakers include Amy Ferguson (BBC Radio Scotland), Chris Beltran (DF Concerts/ Atlantic Records), Derick Mackinnon (New Found Sound), Jannica Honey (Music Photographer), Michael Lambert (A Modern Way Management), Nick Roberts (Electric Fields Festival), Olaf Furniss (Scotland on Sunday) and Toni Malyn (EmuBands). Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. DMC’s organisers said “We’re very much looking forward to welcoming Born To Be Wide to Dumfries and collaborating with them. With DMC expanding from an annual flagship conference to a 12-month programme of music industry events, Off The Record – Dumfries is the perfect way to continue an exciting year ahead.” Previous events have led to attendees getting work placements, gigs and national media coverage and speakers are hand-picked to be relevant to the audience.

Olaf Furniss speaks at a previous Off The Record in Musselburgh :: photo by Euan Robertson

The event sees concert promoters, band managers, journalists and more talk about their experiences and provide expert advice to

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Songs for Scotland to present: ‘An Evening for Alasdair Gray at Oran Mor’ On 29 November 'Songs for Scotland' will stage An Evening for Alasdair Gray in the auditorium at the Oran Mor. The event will be staged to honour Alasdair Gray; to launch the Alasdair Gray Musical Scholarship Trust, with a £500 scholarship being awarded on the night; and to debut a downloadable album of Scottish songs, Native Musicians: Songs for Scotland 2. The album of songs is themed ‘Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.’ Scottish musical greats from a range of genres (hip hop, trad, americana, Reggae, Afrobeat and others) have contributed songs, including Dick Gaughan, Karen Matheson, Kathleen MacInnes, Dean Owens, Stanley Odd and more — a who’s who of Scottish music. The evening will be a celebration of Scottish musical genius to honour a European cultural icon, Glasgow's own Alasdair Gray. Artists performing will include Emma Pollock (ex The Delgados), Dean Owens, Allan MacDonald, Griogair Labruidh, Brina, Loki, the Matt Seattle Band, and more. Well chosen words in oor mither leid will be spoken by Billy Kay, and writer Alan Bissett will compere a beautiful evening out.

Native Musicians: Songs for Scotland 2. Put the date in your diary, 29 November, on the eve of St Andrew's Day, for a brilliant evening featuring the finest in Scottish culture. Oran Mor will have Alasdair's 'Sistine Chapel Ceiling for Scotland's working class' beautifully illuminated for the occasion; and it's hoped that Alasdair will be joining the audience. The magnificent Oran Mor ceiling

A percentage of ticket sales will go to fund the Alasdair Gray Musical Scholarship Trust. All tickets will also include a free download of

SCOTTISH alt.blues troubadour Dave Arcari will give an insight into making a living as a musician at a special event to be held at Glasgow's Hard Rock Cafe on Wednesday 23 November. The free-entry event is open to all and kicks off at 6.30pm. The the first in a series of 'Creative Conversations' organised and hosted by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) will feature Arcari in conversation with SMIA chairman Dougal Perman discussing the ins and outs of live as full time, independent touring musician and songwriter todays music business. Arcari has just returned from his fifth USA tour...a five week, 20+ gig trip taking him from the East Coast to the mid-West and back to promote his latest EP Hellbound Train.

Artists on the album are: Jackie McGuckian, Stanley Odd, Eddie Reid, Pur: Shona Donaldson and Katie MacKenzie, Karen Matheson, Jim Reid, Loki, Woodenbox, Samba Sene and Diwan, Mairi Campbell, Dean Owens, Parcel O' Rogues, The Amalfi Glow featuring Jess Smith, Brina, Emily Smith, Kathleen MacInnes, Allan MacDonald and Neil Johnstone, and Dick Gaughan

Native Musicians: Songs for Scotland 2 is now out on limited release, and will soon be available on Amazon @ Stanley Odd ::

Scottish maverick gives insight into making a living as a touring musician and songwriter

The USA tour followed a heavy UK and European summer tour schedule promoting Hellbound Train which debuted at number seven in the iTunes charts. Official showcases at SxSW in Austin, Texas and recording sessions for tastemaker Daytrotter have helped boost Arcari’s profile in the USA while ongoing UK and European tour dates have helped establish him as one of the UK's top solo artists not he circuit. With a break in international touring, Arcari returns home to Scotland and his Loch Lomond studio to complete work on his sixth full-length studio album Givers & Takers scheduled for release in early 2017. tickets @ fb @

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Benefit Concert


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Glasgow's Doghouse Roses once more present their unique take on contemporary folk and reaffirm that they are "something a bit special" (The List) with the release of their long-awaited third studio album 'Lost Is Not Losing'


Alex Tronic versus Leith Bass Team features guest musicians Matthew Leigh Embleton ( Snakestyle) plus vocal collaborator Kirsty Brown, Polina Domnina and Georgia Gordon. Third album from producer Paul Croan. Excellent!


An intimate and inspiring collection of original songs, tackling topics including child soldiers, crime and punishment, loss, and love in its many forms. Album of the week from Iain Anderson and Celtic Music Radio. MNS loves it!

Illness has curtailed the activities one of Edinburgh's greatest performers, Dick Gaughan, but some old pals and fans have now rallied to help.

the past 20 years or so has become a very wellknown award-winning performer. Karine's recent (2016) Edinburgh Festival show at the Lyceum Theatre, Wind Resistance, sold out its three-week run in record time to become one of the hottest tickets. The full line-up is:

Elaine C Smith (compere) Billy Bragg Eddi Reader Karine Polwart Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain The concert will feature Billy Bragg, Phil Cunningham Arthur Johnstone The Bevvy Sisters and Aly Bain, Karine Polwart & Eddi Reader, and is Brian McNeill compered by Elaine C. Smith. Members of the cast of "Far, Far From Ypres" Billy Bragg, a long-time admirer of Dick Gaughan, has Rab Noakes been well known since the 1980s when he burst into a Siobhan Miller fraught political decade and became very quickly Dick's Band - Stuart Nisbet, Andy May, Nico Bruce, recognised for his songs presenting ‘the perfect Venn Jim McDermott (house band for the night) diagram between the political and the GIGnotes ..... personal’ (Guardian). 27 November / Dick Gaughan Benefit Concert at Phil and Aly have been life-long friends of Dick's since Edinburgh's Festival Theatre / 7:30pm / tickets £25 @ the 1970s when Aly and Dick were members of the renowned folk group, Boys of the Lough. Karine Polwart has long been a fan of Dick's and in

Follow the event page @ Masterful songwriting with influences of jazz and blues create a cinematic feel to this fine collection of nine selfcomposed tracks and a co-write with Mairearad Green. The slow jazz beat of the opening track sets the album's tones.

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

Richard Hunter was born in Glasgow and moved to London in 2009 to study music. A multi–Instrumentalist, he gained an BMus (Hons) Degree in Music with Bimm (Tech Music School) in association with the University of West London and London College of Music, studying under composers/ producers Adam Bird and Kevin Webster.

After graduating in 2012, Richard has had experience observing and assisting with award winning composer Patrick Doyle and television composer Tom Howe.

and has taught music to various education centres across Scotland and United States. Additionally, he has created and lectured a NQ Sound Reinforcement course at Glasgow Clyde College.

Experiencing the development of Sony’s platformer game “Puppeteer” at Patrick Doyles Shepperton Studios and various television adverts at Tom Howes studio in London, composing orchestral and media work became a bigger part of Richard’s writing process. Now with his own music studio at creative hub Hayburn Studios, Richard aims to provide fresh, versatile and creative musical works to suit the needs of developers. Using both authentic and virtual instruments in his studio, Richard also uses current industry production techniques to create immersive and compelling musical work. As a bassist has had a wide range of experience as a touring musician with various contemporary bands, session work, studio recording, festivals and cruises. He has co-produced a number of albums and uses this knowledge gained from these experiences and from current production work to his music. Richard has played in the Glasgow Strings Orchestra (2007-2008), performing double bass for various Classical and Baroque pieces lead by conductor Andrew Morris at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD). Additionally, he has gained a masters diploma in Music Education with the University of Edinburgh "The Scottish Music Centre's task is to champion the wealth of talent that abounds in Scotland's musical community" : : 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, 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:

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Stewart’s 40 Years In Broadcasting Stewart Fenwick is never happier than when he’s sitting behind a mic playing his classic country songs to listeners all over the world. The Celtic Music Radio presenter is celebrating 40 years as a broadcaster having caught the bug as a teenager at Radio Lornshill at Lornshill Academy in Alloa and this involvement continued when he was part of the Radio Airthrey set-up at Stirling University, though he was never a student. Campus Country was the show he helmed and guests in his eight years there included one of the biggest American names in country music, George Hamilton IV. He ended his university broadcasting with a 24hour programme. ‘It started at noon on the Friday and ended at noon the next day,” said Stewart, who has also been associated with Country Music and Dance Scotland magazine for the past 27 “I love broadcasting and the relationship years. between the presenter and his audience,” said Stewart. “The years have flown by and “I got home in time to watch Scotland play my enthusiasm remains the same as it England and fell asleep. I missed the only always was. goal of the game which England scored, so I wasn’t too bothered.” “I love interviewing the performers and those who have a passion for the music such as the He then joined Central FM, where at one promoters, those who stage events and, of stage, he was on air seven hours every course, my colleagues over the years. weekend with a country music show: four hours on a Saturday and three on the “At Celtic Music Radio, we are free to play Sunday. whatever we choose and that makes it all the more enjoyable for presenter and listener, I For the past ten years he has been think.” presenting the programme, Celtic Country with Glasgow-based, Celtic Music Radio Celtic Music Radio 95FM recently moved into 95FM, every Sunday for two hours from new studios very close to the Grand Old midday. Oprey on the city’s south side. To help him celebrate with his listeners, Stewart has been re-visiting interviews with major country megastars such as Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Marty Stuart and Shania Twain, to name but a few. He’s regularly visited Nashville and the Canadian Country Music Awards extending his knowledge and contacts in the country music business. He’s a great fan for promoting home-grown acts and wishes more would get in touch for potential radio exposure.

Station chairman, Alex Jenkins, said: “Stewart Fenwick is one of those guys you want on a station like ours. “He plays great music, is extremely knowledgeable and his listeners know they are in a for a great show week in, week out. “All of us at the station offer him our heartiest congratulations on his landmark 40 years of broadcasting.”

Celtic Music Radio 95FM Launches House Concerts Celtic Music Radio has hosted its first ever House Concert on 9 November with Eef Barzelay – formerly main man of cult band, Clem Snide – doing the honours.

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“I’ve been an Eef and Clem Snide fan for many years so the chance of him doing the first Celtic Music Radio House Concert was snapped up immediately,” said Mike Ritchie, one of the volunteer presenters at the Glasgow-based charity radio station.

Eef Barzelay

“Celtic Music Radio’s new studios in Glasgow’s Admiral Street have the space to host House Concerts and, of course, we have the expertise to record the shows and to interview the acts live or for future broadcast. Eef is terrific and he will be the first of many, we hope.”

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Conference & Networking Programme Announced For World's First Music Tourist Summit in Glasgow #musicsummit A musical airline, a hotel with its own recording studio, a heavy metal cruise and a Scottish travel company offering festival packages to Cuba, are just some of the presentations due to feature at the first international Music Tourist Summit in Glasgow on 18-19 November. Unveiled at the World Travel Market in London yesterday, the full programme highlights innovative initiatives where music and tourism converge, providing insights into how they can mutually benefit businesses, organisations and the artistic community. Moreover, in keeping with two industries based around enjoyment and connecting with people, the event features a range of relaxed networking opportunities. “The Music Tourist Summit is the perfect opportunity for destination marketing organisations, hotels, attractions and other hospitality businesses to learn how this growing niche can boost visitor numbers and increase awareness,” says founder, Olaf Furniss. “For all those working on the music side, it will introduce a wide range of areas for potential partnerships and collaborations.” The conference takes place in the Drygate

Music Tourist Summit Unveils Programme PRESENTATIONS .....

Destination Music: Music forms a key component of Hamburg’s promotional strategy and attracts more music tourists than Berlin, Munich and Cologne combined. The umbrella organisation Hamburg Marketing has developed a wide range of initiatives working with a variety of partners from the grassroots scene to promoters of large musicals and the recently-opened Elbphilharmonie. Presented by Johannes Everke (Hamburg Marketing) Destination Music: Icelandair is the founding partner of the annual Airwaves Festival, which is now Reyjkavik’s biggest tourist event and has played a significant role in boosting visitor numbers. The airline supports a variety of different music activities which in turn have also stimulated general interest in the country. Mike Reynolds (Icelandair)

Julia Jones, Found In Music Brewery on the first day and is followed by a reception at the City Chambers and an evening event comprising music, food and socialising at the Citizen M Hotel. On the Saturday, delegates will have a further opportunity to connect on a Glasgow Music City Tour, followed by a presentation by The SSE Hydro and lunch. The Music Tourist Summit is the world’s first international event to bring together the music and hospitality sectors and features presentations, workshops and networking opportunities. It aims to generate ideas and recommendations for future partnerships and collaborations, by strengthening mutual understanding between the industries. The summit will serve as the foundation for an international network, and will lead to the establishment of a consultancy to assist with the development of music tourism initiatives. Music Tourist founder, Olaf Furniss, is behind the award-winning Wide Days conference and showcase event, which won the Best Networking Event 2014 at the Yearly Music Convention Awards. He has extensive experience working for some of Europe’s largest music industry events, has been a member of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association since 1995 and as a journalist has reported from a range of exotic locations and events for the BBC, The Guardian, The Scotsman and the Press & Journal. The summit pass costs £200 and includes lunches and a buffet on Friday evening.

Johannes Everke - Hamburg Marketing

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Destination Music: music tours range from a guided walk of key locations (taking place on day two), to fully fledged packages to exotic countries. What are the challenges for travel agents looking to develop this niche and what benefits do they bring promoters and artists? Kath Bateman (Caledonia Worldwide) Cruising To Success: Music Cruises are a growth market, increasingly catering for niche genres and seeking to offer bespoke shore-based excursions. Among the European success stories is the Full Metal Cruise, partnership between Tui Cruises and the ICS Network, promoters of the enormous Wacken Festival. Currently eyeing Scotland for future sailings, we look at what makes a destination attractive as a port of call. Jan Struve (ICS Festival Service) Beyond The Bed: In 2011 The Nordic Choice hotel chain opened its first hotel targeting musicians, promoters and fans. This year it followed up its successful debut with venture which houses a recording studio and allows guests to make music. The first album recorded in the hotel is due to be released in the spring. Robert Holan (Nordic Choice Hotels) Beyond The Bed: Dr Julia Jones has worked with leading brands including Intercontinental, Saga and Warner, to create music packages for guests tailored around demographic data. Her next project is to set up a network of hotels to create a circuit for emerging talent. Dr Julia Jones (Found In Music) Amplifying The Legacy: Bon Scott’s Scottish home town, Kirriemuir, attracts thousands of AC/DC fans from 27 different countries for its annual Bonfest and a recently unveiled statue has quickly become a top visitor attraction. This in turn funds the local youth music initiative, DD8, and gives the local economy a significant boost. How can the legacy be developed and be tied in to Scotland giving birth to three quarters of the original AC/DC line up? Graham Galloway (DD8 Music/Bonfest) Studying Success: In 2011 UK Music published the Wish You Were Here report, the world’s first study detailing the value of music tourism for an entire country. Updated annually, it now includes more regional data and is proving a valuable tool for both the music and tourism sectors. How has it evolved and how can it be used to further boost this segment? Tom Kiehl (UK Music) Destination Digital: Streaming gigs and festivals is becoming an increasingly effective way of promoting destinations, both in terms of costs and the type of data generated. We look at some examples of how it can benefit musicians and promoters, while also generating interest in where they are playing. Dougal Perman (Inner Ear)


-Everything you need to know about the tourism industry. Jane Ali Knight (Edinburgh Napier University) -Everything you need to know about the music industry. TBC

SCHEDULE - DAY 1 * * * * * * *

Registration Opens Welcome Presentations (includes networking intervals) Lunch Presentations, networking & quality beer (optional) Civic reception at the City Chambers. Soireé at Citizen M with buffet dinner, music and socialising


* From Citizen M Hotel. Glasgow Music City Tour including a walk of the Music Mile,followed by coach to Merchant City, East End and continuation to The SSE Hydro. * Presentation by The SSE Hydro * Lunch * Afternoon festivities at the Tenement TV HQ.

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Rock Radio Glasgow triumph in their bid for the 96.3FM West of Scotland Radio Licence Ofcom has announced that Rock Radio Glasgow have been awarded the 96.3FM commercial West of Scotland Radio license. Rock Radio Glasgow were up against competition from Caledonia Holdings Ltd (GO 96.3 Glasgow), Original 96 Glasgow Ltd (Original FM), Radio Clyde Ltd (Clyde Rocks). Rock Radio Glasgow won against the odds with a local bid put together by Glasgow music scene veterans; they fought off fierce competition from national players with support from local businesses, politicians, bands and thousands of rock fans, many of them writing letters of support to OFCOM. Music promoter and venue owner Donald MacLeod, along with businessman and music industry veteran, Paul McManus and media entrepreneur Ciaran O’Toole, were the driving force behind the successful bid. Rock Radio Chairman Macleod said: “ This is fantastic news , we were the outsiders from the start, in many ways written off by some in the radio industry. A feat that couldn't have happened without the support of the public, the bands and many in the music industry , and we are truly humbled and full of gratitude for that support.”

While, bid leader O’Toole said: “it has taken nearly a year from inception to winning the bid, the team worked tirelessly to make the dream a reality, we are now preparing for the stations launch in 2017.” Industry professionals and politicians have been vocal in their support for the bid recognising the cultural and business benefits it will bring to the city. “We are a UNESCO City of Music and our passion, as Glaswegians, for our local musicians and thriving music scene would benefit enormously from a station dedicated to enhancing our city’s music sector once again.” Councilor Frank McAveety, Leader of City of Glasgow Council “I firmly support a radio station that is a true champion of Glasgow’s live music scene, one

which will focus on a currently underrepresented audience, and give the Scottish music industry a cost effective advertising platform to promote themselves.” - Sandra White, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Kelvin ( Scottish National Party) “The creation of a dedicated rock music station would undoubtedly increase the demand for concerts of this nature, providing many benefits across the city as a whole to venues, promoters, bars, restaurants and hotels etc.“ - Geoff Ellis, CEO at DF Concerts Ofcom will shortly publish a statement setting out the key determining factors for the award of this licence, which will be issued for a twelveyear period.

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UNDERGROUND LIVE @ Teviot Underground Every Thursday :: TEEK playing Underground Live ::

Edinburgh University Student’s Association are hosting free live music events every Thursday as part of their weekly entertainment program. The events, running as Underground Live, will showcase some of Scotland’s best upcoming musicians, and all for free.

Indigo Velvet, The Rising Souls, Universal Thee, Earths, and many others have played Underground Live over the last two years. This series of live events will see acts such as The Boy with the Lion Head, Delphi, Broken Boy, Teek and literally, dozens more, play free shows at Teviot Underground, Teviot Row House. The events will take place every Thursday night from 9pm, starting on September the 22nd, and are completely free to attend, even if you’re not a student. Come along and hear some great Scottish acts. You might just find your new favourite band! For a full list of the upcoming events, visit:

SARASWATI :: album :: 'Magic In My Everyday' release date - 11 November @

Saraswati is delighted to announce the release of her hotly anticipated debut album. It has been an amazing year for the enigmatic songstress who has been compared to the likes of Sade and Lauren Hill.

Her earlier EP release met with critical acclaim and two tracks were hand picked by cult movie producer, Noel Clark for the latest smash hit movie The Brotherhood. Bad Habits and Sweet Little Bassline featured in the movie and have attracted a real underground following of fans. "I have been working hard doing many little gigs up and down the country to get my music out there and I’m so happy with the response to the shows and my music. From

playing small basement shows in Glasgow, Leeds, and London to being asked to play Party at the Palace in Linlithgow has been fantastic experience for me … what an incredible year I've had so far!” said Saraswati. Saraswati has had an interesting start to life. Born and brought up in an orphanage in Nepal where her only sibling was adopted and taken to the UK as a youngster. After some time her sister had eventually learned enough English to tell her adopted mother that she had left someone behind and immediately they went back for her and the siblings were reunited. Saraswati always found solace in songs and music and she has seamlessly managed to combine the influences of both cultures from her birth land and in the UK, the country she now calls home. Her debut Album Magic In My Everyday is testament to her real deep rooted love of hip hop, soul and reggae, all delivered with an understated beauty and a natural pop twist. To end the year on a high with release of her album she will perform a series of concerts in the UK, which will include London, Leeds and Glasgow with more to be announced. See her live and listen to the music…you’ll be drawn into the magic that is Saraswati. Magic In My Everyday was released on 11 November and available to order on iTunes now @

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DOGHOUSE ROSES :: album :: 'Lost Is Not Losing' release date - 25 November @

Glasgow’s Doghouse Roses once more present their unique take on contemporary folk and reaffirm that they are ‘Something a little bit special’ (The List) with the release of their long-awaited third studio album ‘Lost is Not Losing’.

guest co lead vocal from Biff Smith of ‘A New International’ and stinging lead guitar from Slovenian virtuoso Dejan Lapanja. Backing vocals are provided by Jo Shaw and Katie Macarthur, who also perfectly complements Iona Macdonald’s voice by providing harmonies on the Ballad of a former prostitute, ‘Fairground’. John Alexander adds acoustic guitar to ‘ To Decide’ and ‘Days of Grass and Sun’, and the album is fully realised by Laura-Beth Salter on mandolin and Jez Hellard on harmonica.

In 2014, an invitation to open for Television brought the pairing back to the stage for the first time in almost 2 years. Inevitably, this lead to the realisation that both had been unintentionally writing songs destined for the duo.

‘Pour’, is a defiant and quirky opening track, telling a tangled tale of love and alcoholism, brought to life by Craig Laurie on drums and Stephen McGourty on bass. ‘Feed the Monster’, ‘New Year Rag’ and ‘After Sun’ are overtly political, but without the oft dictatorial edge of protest songs. “Life is political”, according to Once seasoned with the progressive Iona. “Politics isn’t about detached politicians. fingerpicking of Tasker’s guitar and the impelling It’s about how we choose to live our lives every vocal delivery of Macdonald, recording became day and how we choose to treat the people and the next step. Whilst the almost constant the world around us. It’s about the questions comparisons to Sandy Denny and Bert Jansch we ask.” might leave some to expect yet another attempt at reviving the folk revival of the 1960’s, the The band shifts into classic country territory for colours on display here are contemporary the leaving song, Diesel Engine complete with reflections.

There is often dark humour and a rich seam of inspiration to be found when life leads you off the beaten track, through the dark cities and scattered bars of ‘Lost Is Not Losing’. For an album that is borne from tales of the road, it is only fitting that Tasker and Macdonald take the songs back to their breeding ground as they embark on a German tour in the winter, with UK dates to follow in April 2017 Album launch on 25 November in Glasgow's State Bar - event page @

Homecoming Gig For Glasgow’s Ashton Lane Classic Grand, Glasgow - 7 December -

Fresh from their European tour, Ashton Lane will celebrate being back on home turf with a concert in Glasgow on 7 December, where they will be joined by Wet Wet Wet's Graham Duffin.

2016 has already seen them perform at the famous Country 2 Country festival in London, as well as receiving nominations in two categories at this year’s BCMAs (British Country Music Awards) for best duo and best song. They also played an impressive set at McEwan’s Party At The Palace in August and their most recent album Nashville Heart received five star reviews.

O'Connor and they are part of a new wave of homegrown modern country music originating in the UK.

The band has a romantic back-story and come from fine musical stock. Ashton Lane is fronted by husband and wife duo, Esther and Tim

Esther’s musical heritage however spans right back to her childhood. She remembers being out on tour at only five years of age with Elton John on his US tour accompanying her Dad’s band Wet Wet Wet. Graham Duffin often accompanies Ashton Lane as a guest band member and will be playing with Tim and Esther on this Glasgow date. “The excitement of the live shows and a love of travelling got under my skin very early” says O’Connor. “I loved everything from the hotels, to turning up at the venues for sound checks …and the catering. It was all great fun from start to finish, and I definitely got bitten by the bug!” It’s so nice to have Dad join us at our gigs now. It really is a family affair and it’s a privilege to perform together, doing what we love… playing great music” - Esther O’Connor, Ashton Lane Don’t miss them live on 7 December at Classic Grand, 18 Jamaica Street, Glasgow 8-11pm. Tickets are on sale now @

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EP cd / download / stream Release Date: 28 October An unsigned 4 piece indie rock band from Edinburgh. Their influences are varied and include Swervedriver, Ride, Redd Kross, Smashing Pumpkins, Therapy?, Girls Against Boys, Helmet, Alice In Chains and Placebo to name but a few. Their music has been described by 7Ahead as “…the raucousness of early Nirvana records jumps out and appears to be revitalised in BHG’s style.” Listen/Watch:

single download Release Date: 7 October

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

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album - cd / download Release Date: Out Now

My new album The Seas Between Us is out now! It has twelve old Scots and Gaelic songs, many of which I’ve been singing since I was a little girl. It was recorded and produced by Matheu Watson, who also played several instruments (guitars, fiddle, mandolin, prepared instruments, synth, organs, etc.) and features Fraser Fifield (prepared whistle, lowland pipes, kaval), Jim Rattigan (French horn), Ben Cashell (cello) and Findlay Napier (voice). It was mixed by Leo Abrahams and mastered by Iain Hutchison. Listen/Watch: Available from: iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Spotify


Fine ’n’ Rosy


album cd / download / stream Release Date: 3 October

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

Harley Honey single cd / download Release Date: 22 October

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

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



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The Poets and The Beats

This Girl, This Woman

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The Poets and the Beats is the new album from singer/ Hailing from The Shetland Islands, The Revellers are a songwriter Paul Armour. Says Paul: "This album is very seven-piece juggernaut, that combine fiddle, mandolin much a beat combo sound. Songs based with grooves and tenor banjo with heavy metal, punk and alternative using retro instruments: Rhodes Wurlitzer & Hammond, rock rhythm section. The end result is something which vintage amps and guitars. The feel is a mix of styles, has been nicknamed by onlookers as ‘Heavy Folk Music’ punchy melodic & rhythmic. Lyrically the style is quirky or ‘Viking Metal’. The band release their second album with themes of hope and renewal. A recent review from this autumn – ‘Skeletons’ with Tim Matthew (Lau/ Rock Fm. Scotland described my sound as "Weller-ish" Mystery Juice) at the helm and cameo appearances but more refined! It's all in the ear of the beholder. from some of Shetland’s finest musicians (including Enjoy the beats..." Arthur Nicholson and Kris Drever) and Danish multiinstrumentalist, Perry Stenback. Listen/Watch: Listen/Watch:

Available from: iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Spotify

Available from: iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Spotify


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This Girl, This Woman is the debut album by 57-yearold singer Jude Adams, who discovered her talent following a life-changing M.E. diagnosis. The album, which Jude describes as soulful pop with a 60s twist, contains 10 tracks all written and sung by Jude, and produced and arranged by musician Janette Mason. Jude comments: " I always loved to sing, and I always did, but behind closed doors. It was only when I got to 50 that I summoned the courage to start singing in public. And then two years later I was diagnosed with M.E. Performing, work and many ways in which I lived my life had to stop or change significantly. It was debilitating, but led to a lot of personal reflection, and ultimately the silver lining of discovering a passion for songwriting." Listen/Watch: Available from: // iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Spotify


Long Way Home Nature Flow

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


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

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


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

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



Stories Untold

Crossing Borders

To Be Free

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

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

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

album cd / download Release Date: 23 September


album cd Release Date: 9 September


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album - widescreen in scope and ambition Imaginarysuch Creatures is a collaborators virtual band, as a studio featuring illustrious Paul project formed by the collaboration of lyricist Buchanan (The Blue Nile), Karen Matheson and songwriterJulie David Scottand andChris producer and (Capercaillie), Fowlis Thomson multi-instrumentalist Iain McKinna. The (The Bathers). Written, arranged and Butterfly’s Dream is their debut album. Guest masterminded by McGeechan and recorded with musicians include guitar ace Keith More, the stunning Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the harmonica Fraser Speirs and exresult is an legend emotional soundscape with Lindisfarne songwriter Rod Clements. references ranging from Ennio Morricone to The Cocteau Twins and David Sylvian. Listen/Watch: Listen/Watch: + Available from: from: Available Birnam Shop: CD: DL: Store: Love Music, Glasgow also coming soon on itunes + spotify Facebook:

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Give Me All Your Love


Album - cd / vinyl / download Release Date: Out Now Dream The Butterfly’s Album is the lushly orchestrated brainchild of Starless cd / download Paul McGeechan, keyboard player of Love & Releasefrom Date: Out Now Money Glasgow. It’s an epic and unique

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The Fruited Thorn

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to all the amazing ballads and ballad singers Imaginary Creatures is a virtual band, a studio past present. To those great projectand formed by the collaboration of lyricist singers who David bringScott songs life and and songwriter and to producer and multi-instrumentalist Iain McKinna. The helped awaken the young singer in Butterfly’s Dream is their debut album. Guest her. Sheila Stewart said “you search musicians include guitar ace Keith More, and you soul and harmonica find legendyour Fraser Speirs andyou ex- put Lindisfarne songwriter Rod Clements. that into the singing.” The Fruited Thorn is a collection of folk ballads, Listen/Watch: ancient and modern, in Scots, English and Gaelic. Available from: Birnam Shop: Listen/Watch: Available from: also coming soon on itunes iTunes/Amazon/record shops+ spotify


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Alt.Blues/Soul musician, Hugh Kelly found his ‘big’ voice busking on the streets of Edinburgh in his teens. Now 21, his debut EP combines intricate songwriting, catchy melodies and a sense of raw emotion. “an extraordinary voice that ranges from the crunch of steps on a pebbly British beach, to a soaring heavenly and slightly whiskeysoaked angel’s falsetto” Arun Kendall, Listen/Watch: Available from: iTunes + Spotify

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



Tonight, As We Dance

Time Enough For Love

(Revenge Of the Tartan Unicorn)

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

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

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

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



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Between River and Railway

First Impression Album cd / download Release Date: Out Now

With a fresh take on world music the duo take their instruments on an international tour - enjoy the sultry sounds of the Tango, the rhythmic drive of the Balkans, with riproaring tunes from Russia and Scotland. Virtuoso playing and fresh musical ideas, Paul and Michael explore the potential of their instruments in a way that is exciting and engaging. The result is a vibrant, intriguing and occasionally explosive mix of music that crosses cultural boundaries. Listen/Watch:

Available from: iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, in stores through Highlander Distribution

Album cd / download Release Date: 29 April

Alone With History Album - cd / download Release Date: 23 May

'Alone With History is Alastair Savage's 4th album release and his first completely unaccompanied fiddle recording. Recorded in the historic surroundings of Crathie Kirk in Royal Deeside, the album features 18th Century melodies by Niel and Nathaniel Gow alongside music by 19th Century master James Scott Skinner. The recording also includes a tribute to Rabbie Burns alongside Savage's own unique compositions dedicated to the great Scots fiddle composers of the past.' Listen/Watch: Available from: / / iTunes, Google Play, Amazon MP3, Scottish Music Information Centre, shops via Highlander Distribution

Since winning the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year title in 2015, folk singer Claire Hastings’ debut album Between River and Railway has been hotly anticipated. The album features exciting arrangements of traditional folk songs alongside Claire’s self-penned material. The songs are brought to life with band members Jenn Butterworth (guitar & vocals), Laura Wilkie (fiddle) and Andrew Waite (accordion) as well as guests Martin O’Neill (percussion) and Duncan Lyall (bass). Throughout the album, whether Claire is singing in the tradition, about her home, sharing life experiences or interpreting the works of Robert Burns and William Douglas, there’s an enduring sense of beauty, in both vocals and music. (Folkwords)

Listen/Watch: Available from: bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon MP3 as well as selected stores from 29 April

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



The Vivians

Wild Things


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

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

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


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EP cd / download Release Date: 29 July

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Dear Satellite Album cd / download Release Date: 8 April

Dear Satellite was produced by Grammy award-winning Dom Morley, known for his work on Amy Winehouse's Back To Black, as well as working with Adele, Grinderman and Sting. He also produced Colin's first album on Xtra Mile Recordings, City Awakenings released in 2012. The album is ten tracks of floating, positive, textually diverse pop songs. Listen/Watch: Available from: Xtra Mile Recordings: Amazon: iTunes:

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Reverberatin' Love EP cd / download Release Date: Out Now

The Strange Blue Dreams present their debut EP, three songs that passionately distil the various golden ages of popular song into a unique and exciting new sound. Menacing drums and surf-noir guitars, a cowboy anthem with a dash of Bollywood and Sun Records hillbilly beat, and a Scots air peppered with Balkan drama.

The Véloniños; From way out West Port Glasgow and beyond. Their musical influences firmly rooted in americana, rock ‘n’ roll, country and rockabilly, Inspired by the likes of Hank Williams, Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins and The Everlys, to name but a few. This is the debut album from the group, featuring all six tracks from their previously released digital EP and four brand new tracks. “We’d like to think there’s a little of who we are and where we come from in the songs too, Levengrove Park, Helenstown and These Quiet Lands are all relevant to where we live and we hope you’ll enjoy this album for what it is: a no nonsense rockin’ record in all its different guises.” Listen/Watch: YouTube

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Available from: iTunes Love Music, 34 Dundas St, Glasgow G1 2AQ.

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



Down To The River

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Throughout the album, Angela’s stunning vocal harmonies soar, a newly found and defining quality in Rosie Sullivan is young singer /songwriter from the her individual style. Although influences of country, soul Isle of Lewis. After winning a national competition and pop all join together in Down to the River, Angela’s last year she has grown in confidence and maturity island roots are never far beneath the surface. John and has compiled her first EP of her original Saich, former Capercaillie bass player and guitarist, and material. She has performed live at Wembley in Wild Biscuit co-producer Mags Russell have created March this year and is active in the local music and multi-layered arrangements on tracks such as Don’t Say Hi, Yesteryear and the title track Down to the River performance scene. She launched her EP reminiscent of many of the classic singer-songwriter "Wonderland" at An Lanntair Arts Centre in albums; on others such as Wax Doll and Closing Doors Stornoway on the 25 May. a contemporary acoustic approach puts the emotion up close and in the moment. Listen/Watch:

Available from: Free download or £5 for CD available at 'Rosie Sullivan Music' facebook site @

Listen/Watch: Available from: All major online retailers and in stores across Scotland through Highlander Distribution


single download Release Date: 27 May

Rachel Alice Johnson returns with her third single. Since being selected for Creative Scotland’s ‘Verden Studios Demo Project 15’, Rachel has been steadily winning over critics with her contagiously catchy melodies, with her next single ‘Safe Island’ set for release on 27 May. Listen/Watch: Available from:




Balance The Light

Yet We Sing

Album cd / download Release Date: 15 January

Born of a love affair with Celtic music, Cara features four of Germany’s finest traditional musicians, with Scottish singer-songwriter Kim Edgar, delivering an innovative blend of trad/new material, and twin lead vocals. Touring Scotland: Celtic Connections 27th, Eden Court 28th, Carnegie Hall 29th, Queens Hall 30th Jan 2015. Listen/Watch: Live trailer @ Yet We Sing Promo @

Electric Waterfalls EP cd / download / 7" vinyl Release Date: 25 March

This is an exciting new 4 track EP release that is a departure from my usual sound and has been heavily influenced by my love of pop music. I worked with the incredible Jud Mahoney (Justin Timberlake, Usher, Michael Jackson) who produced this EP, and it's also the first time I have included a co-written track on a release, working with Jud and hitmaker John McLaughlin (Busted, Westlife, Bay City Rollers). 'Love this soaring piece of perfect Adult Pop. Fantastic songwriting and beautiful vocal delivery" - John McLaughlin

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'Balance the Light' is Dropkick's most varied collection of songs, showcasing their unique harmony-driven powerpop. “Their music has an originality about it that defies explanation.....blending almost equal parts alternative, indie-pop, folk and country.” Maverick Magazine. 'Balance the Light' will be launched with two special German shows in April, followed by Scottish dates: 21/4 Clark's, Dundee, 22/4 Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, 23/4 13th Note, Glasgow. Listen/Watch: YouTube Available from: itunes, amazon, spotify, google play, apple music and other digital sites. Available from: Coda Music (Edinburgh), Love Music (Glasgow), Assai Records (Broughty Ferry, Dundee), Wall of Noise (Haddington), Vinyl Frontier (Dunbar)

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download ALLAN MACDONALD & NEIL JOHNSTONE The Bruce 700

Album - cd - Release Date: Out Now This CD is the culmination of a much earlier celebration, in music and song, of ‘The Wallace’ in 2005, by way of a commission from Alasdair Campbell who was then with The Tolbooth Music and Arts venue in Stirling. This was followed by another commission by Carolyn Paterson in 2014 to celebrate another icon of history of whom we know a good bit more than the former, Robert de Brus of Norman French stock, the 14th C warlord who became King, regaining Scotland’s place as an Independent nation. This orchestrated progression of music ranges from an arrangement of a classic traditional pibroch theme, in its most appropriate animated and rhythmic presentation, to specially composed and arranged pieces. Melodies are presented on a range of pipes in several different keys, overlaid and blended with percussion, clarsach, cello, soprano saxophone, violin, whistle and vocals. Available from: /



Songs from the Boarwood

Human Condition

Album cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Album / cd / download Release Date: 29 April

The Mars Patrol have been honing their stirring alternative rock sound over a series of rapturouslySongs From The Boarwood is Euan Drysdale’s received EPs and singles. Now it’s time for their first second CD release. It is a collection of heartfelt album "Human Condition". The album is crammed full and uplifting songs inspired by reminiscences on of songs more melodic than a spaceship full of growing up in a Scottish town.The 10 songs on Nightingales that stick in your head like a recurring Songs From The Boarwood are all original Drysdale dream you won't ever want to wake up from. Recorded between the Capitals of both Scotland and England compositions. They are a seamless mix of folk, respectively and mixed by Tim Palmer (U2, Goo Goo blues and ballads. The three musicians work Dolls) and Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro, Twin sensitively together to create a tasteful acoustic Atlantic), the Album is entirely crowd funded by The sound that is the perfect sound-world for such Mars Patrol's mega-loyal legion of international fans evocative, lyrical and beautiful songs. the reward of relentless touring and maintaining enthusiastic online relationships. Listen/Watch: Listen/Watch: Available from: Available from: iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play + iTunes + Amazon




That Very First Day


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Sarah released her début album, Woven, to widespread acclaim in November 2015. This inventive, emotional music explores the relationship between experience and identity; setting traditional words to new tunes and new tunes to traditional forms, tying them together with recurring themes in ‘an utterly compelling tapestry’ (Folk Radio UK). Listen/Watch: Available from: Love Music (Glasgow) Coda Music (Edinburgh)


Album cd / download Release Date: 18 January

Debut album from World Record Breaking band Whisky Kiss. Unusually for a Scots trad band debut album, sexySOUNDS by Whisky Kiss includes 3 tracks used by Visit Scotland, 2 tracks that are Guinness World Records & 1 iTunes no1 (debut single Jocks Revenge topped the charts in Uruguay & Luxembourg) Listen/Watch: Available from:

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Debut EP from the French Cameroonian singer-songwriter. Recorded in Glasgow in the space of 2 days, the EP is an introduction to Djana Gabrielle's rich songwriting and melodies. Ethereal and soulful, « That Very First Day » is the promising debut from an artist to follow. Listen/Watch: Spotify Youtube (Dance with me) Available from:

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



Cold Weather Music


One Kiss Later

David Altair has just released his 6th album entitled ‘B-Sides’. This is some work that was previously never released and is quite rare. The album has quite a psychedelic feel to it especially ‘we can’t stop now (the Wall)’. The album flows into a journey of ambient sounds and experimentation.

Ashton Lane are part of a new wave of homegrown modern country music originating in the UK and are sure to expand their growing fan base this year. The single One Kiss Later is out on 29 February 2016 Ashton Lane consist of Esther O’Connor and Tim O’Connor. The band performs as a duo but at times as a three piece when Graeme Duffin (Wet Wet Wet) joins them as guest guitarist. The band has a romantic back story, being husband and wife and also come from fine musical stock. Esther O’Connor’s musical heritage however spans right back to her childhood. She remembers being out on tour at only five years of age with Elton John on his US tour accompanying her Dad’s band Wet Wet Wet.

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This is Doghouse Roses' guitarist Paul Tasker's first solo album. An all instrumental album peformed on fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo with flute, flatpicked guitar, cello, pedal steel guitar and percussion. The 10 tracks are musical responses to both real life and imagined events and largely have a folk or old time Americana feel, but with 2 guitar duets adding a jazz tinge. Listen/Watch:


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

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

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

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in its fifth year, the 2016 edition will take place from 14 to 22 October at various venues in the town, including a specially-erected Spiegeltent in the town centre. Headliners include Admiral Feis na Mara Fallow, a unique collaboration between Justin Currie and the RSNO, Roddy Woomble and Band, Mallaig Donnie Munro, and a double bill of Treacherous 7th - 9th October Orchestra and Skerryvore, plus comedy from An exciting array of award-winning talent at this Daniel Sloss and Craig Hill. For tickets and more info, see years Fèis na Mara festival in Mallaig. What better way to start your October break than to hit the stunning little town of Mallaig for a weekend of glorious Scottish music? This year’s line-up includes Dàimh, Niteworks, The Scott AfriFest Wood Band, The Federation of the Disco Pimp, Edinburgh The League of Highland Gentlemen and The 22-23 October Mischa MacPherson Trio, with sessions, ceilidhs and parties around every corner! Mallaig is truly AfriFest is a vibrant celebration of African arts on a roll this year, with the opening of the and cultures, with live music, dance, art, films, beautiful new crannog and bakery, the workshops. DJs and food, taking place at impressive refurbishment of the iconic West Summerhall, in Edinburgh on 22 and 23 Highland Hotel, and the Scottish Hospitality October. Set up to mark the unique input black Awards’ ‘North Restaurant of the Year’ going to performers have made to the artistic and Mallaig’s Cornerstone Restaurant. All this, and cultural landscape of Scotland. All events are the might of this year’s line-up in a limited capacity village hall suggest these tickets won’t free and designed to appeal to a wide range of age groups and tastes. be around for long!

open stage, festival clubs, sessions, stalls, free events.... and lots, lots more! The Fiddle Festival committee are now working hard towards Fiddle 2016. The dates are out now but keep an eye on our Facebook page and join our mailing list to be the first to hear what artists are playing at this years festival.

DECEMBER Darvel Music Festival Darvel, Ayrshire 2-3 December (Also 23-24 Sept) People travel from all over Scotland, the UK and overseas to enjoy the "Darvel Experience" and the event has gained stature amongst the Scottish music fraternity since its inception in 2002. Past and present band members of Texas, The Silencers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Average White Band will be represented at this year’s 15th Darvel Music Festival.

Tenement Trail


Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Glasgow 8 October Tenement Trail is a multi-venue music festival in Glasgow. Taking place on Saturday 8 October, #TT16 is one ticket to over 12 hours of live music across nine venues, featuring over 50 bands and DJs. In the month that Tenement TV will celebrate their fifth birthday, Scotland’s largest music platform are throwing one hell of a party with a line-up featuring indie icons Milburn, Crash Club, Be Charlotte, Tijuana Bibles, The Bar Dogs, The Van T’s, Barrie-James O’Neill and many, many more.

Doricana Fest Stonehaven 8 October One day music festival based in the NE of Scotland showcasing the countries finest Americana / Roots / Country and Acoustic acts. Stonehaven is tuning up for a boot scooting new Americana music festival aimed at visitors and locals alike.The one day (family) festival will feature 6 Scottish bands with Americana roots including The Holy Ghosts (Edinburgh), Colin Clyne (Stonehaven), Daniel Meade (Glasgow), The New Madrids (Perth), Mikey Maclennan (The Carloways, Bridge of Earn) and The Malpaso Gang (Aberdeen).

Falkirk Live! Falkirk 14-16 October Falkirk Live! is a brand new three day music festival with its inaugural events taking place from 14 to 16 October, featuring various music genres including Jazz, Blues, Hip-Hop, Funk, Gospel + much more.

The Spree Paisley 14-22 October The Spree is Paisley's national festival of music, comedy and much more, taking place as part of the town's bid for UK City of Culture 2021. Now

Edinburgh 30 December - 1 January 2017

Perthshire Amber -

The Dougie MacLean Festival Perthshire 3-6 November The Perthshire Amber Festival brings together many musicians and entertainers from different parts of the world who have been involved with Dougie MacLean over the years. This unique festival shares Dougie’s inspiring music, celebrates the history and culture of Perthshire in the heart of Scotland and showcases the beautiful scenery. The concerts are staged in a variety of wonderful venues from prestigious theatres to historic castles to an Iron Age crannog on Loch Tay, to atmospheric Dunkeld Cathedral.

Carrying Stream Festival Edinburgh 9-16 November

Three days of spectacular events, incredible bands and amazing crowds from every corner of the globe. See Shetland Vikings bearing firelit torches, hear beautiful choral singing in St Giles' Cathedral, enjoy birling to traditional Scottish music in the Old Town, and watch top stars and incredible fireworks from Princes Street Gardens. Edinburgh's Hogmanay shows the world how to party!

2017 JANUARY 2017 Celtic Connections Glasgow 19 January - 5 February

The Carrying Stream Festival is organised annually in November by the Edinburgh Folk Celtic Connections 2017 comprises a wealth of Club to celebrate the life and work of the great Scottish folklorist and writer Hamish Henderson. concerts, ceilidhs, talks, workshops, free events and late night sessions taking place over 18 days across various venues in Glasgow. From Thursday 19 January to Sunday 5 February 2,100 musicians from across the globe will take Fiddle 2016 part in 300 events at venues throughout Glasgow, Scotland, for one of the leading annual Edinburgh festivals of world, folk and roots music. The 18-20 November festival is supported by Glasgow City Council and Creative Scotland, and delivered by Glasgow One of Scotland's biggest traditional music Life. 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art festivals, promoting & sustaining traditional exhibitions, workshops, free events, late night fiddle music since 1996. A weekend packed full sessions and a host of special one-off musical of great music! Over the weekend there are collaborations will once again light up the concerts, ceilidhs, recitals, workshops, talks,

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are now working on festival listings for 2017 please send in details of your music festival, big or small!

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flies from Glasgow. Butefest has endeavoured to compile a richly varied and superb line-up that includes both the contemporary and the classic of the music world and runs that gamut from rock to roots and folk to dance.

Solas Festival is an allage arts festival held in Perthshire from 17 to 19 June, with hip-hop, electro loops and some of the finest folk and roots music you’ll find in a Scottish field: a rich Groove CairnGorm mix of traditions, talents and tastes. Expect an Cairngorms unusual mix of art, music, theatre, comedy, 25-25 February 2017 debate and soul-searching. The programme also Tartan Heart ‘Belladrum’ Launched last year as the UK’s first resort based makes space for challenging debate with activists, writers and thinkers from across the snowsports festival, Groove Cairngorm combined Festival winter snowsports, along with a selection of DJs political, cultural and religious spectrum. Solas Festival offers a creative and entertaining Beauly and acoustic acts performing over two stages up programme for festival-goers of all ages in a 3-5 August 2017 the mountain, followed by an Apres-ski party safe environment. until the early hours at Badaguish Outdoor Get yourself a ticket to Scotland’s all ages Centre featuring acts including Grandmaster wackiest festival of music and performing arts. Flash, Hot Chip and Radio 1’s Monki amongst Bella is back in its beautiful Highland setting with many others. 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 Hebridean Celtic Festival Damdoaran, eFestivals. Belladrum Tartan Heart Hebrides Festival takes place in the beautiful Highland 19-22 July surroundings of Belladrum Estate, near Beauly in Inverness-shire. The independent festival has TradFest Edinburgh | Fantastic four-day festival set against the rich built a reputation for its eclectic line-ups, its Dùn Èideann cultural backdrop of the Outer Hebrides, offbeat non-musical entertainments and its allfeaturing top quality music from around the ages approach. Edinburgh Celtic nations and beyond. Stornoway and 26 Apr – 7 May 2017 throughout Lewis and Harris. The cream of Experience Scotland Live with a seasonal feast of international folk and Celtic music have heaped praise on HebCeltl as it celebrated its 20th year living traditions and local cultures. Encounter in 2015 by hosting its biggest number of live music, storytelling, dance, craft, song and folk drama at venues – indoor and outdoor – across performances ever. Award-winning artists who took part in this year's Hebridean Celtic Festival Edinburgh and the Lothians. Rooted in the past hailed it a huge success after bosses laid on new Electric Fields yet resonating in the present, TradFest showcases dynamic engagement with Scotland’s venues and returned to its roots for the Drumlanrig Castle showpiece event. History and Heritage as well as providing a 1-2 September 2017 platform for up and coming talent in the world of Trad. Look out for the Battle of the Folk Band Nestling in the beautiful surroundings of event as part of the finale performances this Drumlanrig Castle, south west Scotland. We’ve year! been working really hard to top last year and ButeFest we’re pretty excited about this summer, as well The Isle of Bute as having some brand new developments. One 28-30 July 2017 of the most exciting music festivals in Scotland returns in 2016, over two days in the stunning A three day festival of music, food and fun. This grounds of Drumlanrig Castle! accessible and hugely friendly family festival all takes places a mere thirty-five miles as the crow


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