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The MUSIC NEWS Scotland team would like to pass on our sincere condolences to everyone affected by the deaths after the terrible helicopter accident at the Clutha Vaults in Glasgow. We wish the injured and distressed a speedy recovery. A benefit weekend is planned for 3-5 January by

Age 14-19 years? Then you can 'Hit The Road'! HIT THE ROAD is a project run by the Scottish Music Centre and supported by Creative Scotland's Youth Music Initiative and the Big Fund Young Start programme which gives young performers between the ages of 14 and 19 years old the opportunity to learn more about the live music industry, before they are given the opportunity to tour across Scotland.

Since Eilidh Hadden's 'Hit The Road' appearance, Eilidh’s music has been featured on a range of TV shows such as Made in Chelsea, and she has recently picked up management in the US. And, like Model Aeroplanes, Eilidh has attracted major record label interest since taking part in 'Hit The Road'

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Registration is now open @ One of the most important rites of passage that any musician can undertake is their first tour. The excitement of taking your music out into the world, meeting new people, seeing new places while living on the open road, has long been the romanticised vision of touring held by young bands, musicians and performers. As wonderful an experience as it can be, the reality of live music touring is far from a holiday and it is vital to organise the business side of the project before the fun can begin. This is of course easier said than done as there is no one to tell artists what to expect when touring for the first time, that is until now!

'Hit The Road' links young people with professional promoters, managers and personnel who will teach them the essential skills needed to take their music out of the practice room and onto the road. The young acts selected for the project will take part in a series of exclusive workshops, seminars and information sessions before they put their new skills to the test in the real world of

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Scottish Music Awards Recognise Scotland's Finest Musicians The 15th Annual Scottish Music Awards took place on 23 November at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket, raising much needed funds for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland. The star studded celebration brought together the biggest and brightest talent from all areas of the Scottish music industry in support of the charity with fantastic performances from top acts including Admiral Fallow, Nina Nesbitt, and GUN. With a line-up of internationally acclaimed artists, the fund-raiser celebrated it's 15th ceremony, presenting awards to Admiral Fallow, Camera Obscura, Twin Atlantic, Nina Nesbitt, Mogwai, Susan Boyle, Shirley Manson as well as Rose Moon from Adele's management team, and legendary Scottish record producer John McLaughlin. The 'PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW Special Recognition Award' went to Admiral Fallow, who are recognised as having helped to raise Glasgow's profile internationally as a world class music destination. Glasgow was recently named as the 'Best place in the UK to discover new music talent' with the city hosting on average 130 music events every week (more than any other Scottish city) generating an estimated £75m to the city’s economy each year. Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau said: “For more than a decade the Scottish Music Awards have played an important role in celebrating both Glasgow and Scotland’s rich and diverse musical heritage. Indeed, hosting Scotland’s national music awards further reinforces Glasgow’s cuttingedge style credentials and its reputation as not just Scotland’s leading music city, but also as a UNESCO City of Music."

Twin Atlantic won the goNORTH Best Breakthrough Act award and are pictured here with goNORTH Festival director Amanda Millen photo by Dominic Cocozza

and original band mate Martin Metcalfe who played together in the iconic band Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie. Manson also took home the Sir Reo Stakis Foundation Innovation Award.

Other performers included Nina Nesbitt, who received the inaugural Braehead Arena Best Emerging Artist Award. Nina attended last year's Scottish Music Awards as a guest and was made an ambassador of the “However, the Scottish Music Awards are about more than just music. charity. Taking an active role in the life changing work of Nordoff Robbins They are intrinsic to raising much needed funds for, and recognising the work of, the truly inspirational Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland Music Therapy in Scotland, she attended a music therapy session in April this year at the Royal Blind School. charity and its people.” The audience of over 500 were treated to a performance from Scottish Hip Hop Act Stanley Odd who won 2013's Creative Scotland Big Apple Award, which saw them travel to New York with Nordoff-Robbins Scotland to perform six gigs over six days during Scotland Week 2013. A highlight of the night was the long awaited reunion of Shirley Manson

Rose Moon, of Grammy winner Adele's management team, who has previously worked for Nordoff-Robbins Scotland and the Scottish Music Awards, won the DWF Biggart Baillie New Boss Award in recognition of her incredible management achievements in her career. World renowned song-writer John McLaughlin won the Sunday Mail Living Legend Award for his accomplishments in song-writing and producing, having worked alongside the likes of Busted, Westlife, 5ive, Lulu, Blue, 911 and Echo & The Bunnymen. Other Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland supporters included Mogwai, who picked up the Ticketmaster Best Live Act Award, whilst the King Tuts Wah Wah Hut Songwriting Award was awarded to Camera Obscura, in recognition of their sixth and most successful album to date. Twin Atlantic took home the goNORTH Best Breakthrough Act, having headlined Belladrum festival earlier this year. The evening was brought to a thunderous close by GUN, who reformed at the Scottish Music Awards in 2008, and are now back in the studio working on the next album set to be released in February 2014.

Camera Obscura won the King Tuts Songwriting award and are pictured with DFC's Dave McGeachan photo by Dominic Cocozza


Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland helps improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities and the Scottish Music Awards is the charities main source of funding. The charity needs £500,000 each year to operate with every note raised in Scotland, staying in Scotland. It is grounded in the belief that everyone can respond to music, no matter how ill or disabled. The unique qualities of music as therapy can enhance communication, support change, and enable people to live more resourcefully and creatively. For more information on the charity or to make a donation visit

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2014 Creative Place Awards It has been announced that exceptional talent. nine Scottish communities PEEBLES community would use the Award to support have been shortlisted for the Peebles an imaginative set of activities, events and 2014 Creative Place Awards. installations featuring art and artists within the context of work, study, tourism, leisure and play; the The Awards celebrate and enhancement and extension of the existing festival and the development of a marketing recognise the hard work and programme strategy in collaboration with tourism and business imagination that contributes sectors. to the rich cultural life of ROSNEATH PENINSULA: Cove, Kilcreggan, Rosneath, Clynder, Garelochhead Scotland’s smaller An Award would enable communities within the area to enrich and expand some existing activities with a communities, as well as number of new events. These include a chamber music weekend whose programme will be reflective of their social and economic the environment; a film festival; a Book Festival; a well-being. pop up gallery and a Parkour event. The Award would Winners will be announced at the Creative Place Awards ceremony on Wednesday 29 January, 2014 at the Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock. Nominees have been selected for the wide involvement of the whole community as well as the track record of their existing creative programmes. The winner of each category will receive funding which will enable them to enhance and promote their future activity:

also be used to help attract an enhanced programme of visiting artists.

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Falkirk community would use the Award to support a project called Acts Of Discovery aimed at offering audiences a fresh look at the area and its cultural offering. Based on the themes of people, routes and For places with under 2,500 residents, the three nominees are Kingussie, Ullapool and Helmsdale. The pathways, Acts Of Discovery will build on and complement Falkirk’s cultural offering by enhancing winner of this category will receive £50,000. the existing 2014 cultural activity. Information on the successful nominees:

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Fife 5-piece Sienna are all under 21 but are receiving great acclaim for their live performances including this year's T Break Tent. And now with their brass section they have their own unique sound - check out their new EP Arriving with a blast is a new young Scottish musical quartet going by the name of Salt House - a meeting of four distinct musical minds, their sound is earthy and deep-rooted but progressive with talented songwriting

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KINGUSSIE Kingussie has developed a year round programme of events called “Little Town of Festivals” whereby the town hosts a festival with an arts or cultural theme every month of the year. The “Creative Together” strand would enhance the programme by enabling experts to be invited to give performances and talks, educational workshops, master classes and training courses, and would bring the festivals to the High Street with creative local menus in the restaurants and cafes, themed art exhibitions in the galleries, live music in the pubs and festival-themed shop window displays.

DUMFRIES For Dumfries, the Award would be used to support the commissioning of new cutting edge work by key arts organisations; deliver a community approach to marketing the arts and develop creative approaches to signage, land marking and orientation in the town.


Orkney has a number of flagship organisations such as the St Magnus International Festival, the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney Folk Festival and world-renowned jewellery, textile and craft industries such as Sheila Fleet, Tait & Style and Hume Sweet Hume, which are recognised nationally and internationally. New organisations and festivals have emerged recently such as the Papay Gyro Nights Art Festival, the Orkney Storytelling Festival and the West Side Cinema. The award would be used to support a ULLAPOOL showcase of Orkney arts activities in Edinburgh; a Ullapool community would like to use an Award to landmark creative international conference; a series of create a Creative Ullapool marketing campaign and to creative projects in existing local activities and a enhance and add value to existing events. They are special Winter Festival involving the main festivals and also keen to work in partnership to develop a series of creative industries. new commissions and programming ideas; offer a new workshop programme for the community; support Janet Archer, Chief Executive, Creative Scotland individual artists to collaborate with artists across said: “The Creative Place Awards reward the creative different artforms; hold a 10-day creative showcase vision and passion of the communities across and introduce a winter Film Festival. Scotland. On the strength of the nominees applications the judges have a difficult task ahead HELMSDALE deciding the winners. All are worthy winners and it’s Helmsdale is looking to run an additional programme great to see the communities coming together in alongside their planned Paradigm North project in celebration of their towns and villages.” 2014. This will be called Serendipitous North and will map the creative connections that exist within the Iain Munro, Deputy Chief Executive, Creative remote community. Making visible the often unseen Scotland said: “Congratulations to all the nominees and unrecognised creativity of Helmsdale’s inhabitants for the 2014 Creative Place Awards. The high calibre while supporting the development of significant new of applications submitted was impressive and offer work across multiple art forms by established creative inspiring examples of how embedding arts and culture practitioners, the project will celebrate and activate within the foundation of a community, strengthens creativity within the community. Financial support and improves people’s lives.” and developmental assistance will be made available to participating community members and groups in The deadline for applications was in August and order to harness the momentum it generates. twenty applications were received from a range of organisations across twelve local authority areas. The Under 10,000 residents (£100,000 Award) Creative Place Awards nominees were selected by a panel made up of individuals with expertise across the arts, media, tourism and community development ARRAN The Award would be used to engage professional arts including from Creative Scotland, EventScotland, Visit Scotland and Scottish Enterprise. practitioners to work with individuals and groups on the island; improve access to the arts for all sectors of the community; improve marketing skills and to nurture excellence by providing support for those with

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Scottish Music Centre appoints dynamic expert panel for 2013/14 Composition Marathon Applications for the 2013/14 Scottish Music Centre Composition Marathon close on Friday 31 January. In advance of this date, the centre are pleased to announce the selection panel who will be responsible for granting ten lucky composers the opportunity to participate in this unique event, which culminates in a final performance of their work at The Arches, Glasgow. The panel responsible for this process consists of Oliver Searle (Chair), Jennifer Martin, David Donaldson, Jacqueline Farquhar and Marc Yeats. Longstanding Scottish Music Centre member and immediate past Chair, OLIVER SEARLE originally studied to become a classroom music teacher at Aberdeen University and in 2000, he moved to Glasgow, where he studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with John Maxwell Geddes, gaining a Distinction for his Masters degree in 2002. He completed a PhD in composition in 2006, supervised by Gordon McPherson and has recently written works for the Paragon Ensemble, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, the Hebrides Ensemble, Psappha, Red Note, the Scottish Reed Trio, the BBC SSO, SYMPOSiA, the Bearsden Choir, NYOS, the New Music Players and the RSNO. In 2002, he received a silver medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians in London and in 2004 he won the Mendelssohn Scholarship. Over the last few years, he has had works performed at festivals and venues in Oxford, Edinburgh, Manchester, Aldeburgh, Cluj-Napoca, San Francisco, Johannesburg, Verona and Berlin, with several broadcasts in Europe and Asia. Recent endeavours include a PRS for Music Foundation, 20x12 New Music Award, broadcast on Radio 3 as part of the Cultural Olympiad (nominated for an RPS Award) and a project for the Commonwealth Games in 2014. He is also frequently involved in the creation of music for theatre, has a lecturing post at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has recently completed a number of music projects for people with cochlear implants.

Academy of St Martin in the Fields and local councils across Scotland. In 2003 she was appointed Learning Manager for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, where she was responsible for devising and managing a wide range of educational initiatives, both in Scotland and internationally. She was part of the initial steering group that brought El Sistema to Scotland, spending time in Caracas, examining the teaching methodology and evaluating its potential. Having returned to a freelance career, her experience of music education and training has led to several consultancy projects, including the writing of a three-year professional development programme for the RSNO; devising education and evaluation strategies for the Scottish Ensemble and Hebrides Ensemble; the writing of a community music strategy for Edinburgh Napier University; and supporting the development of a new BMus degree in Music and Communities for the University of Aberdeen. As a composer, recent works include The Sound of Me (Hear My Music, Daniel’s Beard), Blethering (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama), JENNIFER MARTIN read Music at the Magnificat and Nunc Dimitis (St Mary’s Episcopal University of Edinburgh and continued her research there, gaining an MPhil in Composition Cathedral, Glasgow), Look in the Mirror (Stewart’s Melville College and the Mary Erskine in 1996. She was then appointed Composer in Residence at Stewart’s Melville College and The School), Seeing Sounds (New Edinburgh Mary Erskine School and teacher of Composition Orchestra), Hearing Pictures (New Edinburgh at the City of Edinburgh Music School, while also Orchestra, BBC SSO/Radio 3) and Airborne for Mark O’Keeffe (principal trumpet BBC SSO. lecturing in the Animation Department of Edinburgh College of Art, the Drama Department Jennifer is currently a National Companies of Queen Margaret College and in the Faculty of Assessor for the Scottish Government and the Music at the University of Edinburgh, where she Scotland Coordinator for Music for Youth. She has served as a Director on the Boards of Lung taught both Composition and Music in the Community. Jennifer has run creative education Ha’s Theatre Company and Drake Music Scotland and in January 2013, she was appointed Chief projects for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Executive of Hebrides Ensemble. Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ensemble, Horsecross, the

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DAVID DONALDSON is a graduate of the SAE in Glasgow. His 16 year career has covered almost every facet of sound production from recording, producing and mastering live bands to his recent music productions for both commercial release and film. He has enjoyed a long working relationship with Glasgow-born composer Craig Armstrong; programming, co-producing and providing additional arrangements on over ten films and various television, commercial and artistic projects. In 2005 he won a Grammy Award for producing and engineering the soundtrack for Ray, a biopic about the life of Ray Charles.

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The 2013/14 Scottish Music Centre Composition Marathon has been made possible through the generous financial support of Bapu Hospitality and a New Arts Sponsorship Grant supported by the Scottish Government in conjunction with Arts & Business Scotland and, in-kind partners, Enterprise Music Scotland, Live Music Now, Music News Scotland and Nonclassical. David has just finished working on Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby and has completed his first work for Cryptic, an hour long requiem for counter tenor, string quartet and electronics. As one half of Mirror Music he, and Graeme Reedie, are currently working on their second album.

JACQUELINE FARQUHAR graduated with a BA (Hons) in Applied Music from the University of Strathclyde. Specialising in performance, she also studied music history, orchestration, composition and arts management. She won the university’s Alexander Stone Award for her final year Opera Recital. On graduating, Jacqueline worked as a vocal coach both privately and in theatre schools throughout Scotland, and was involved in several international projects, including the International Academy of Music in Nice. After joining the staff of Scottish Opera in 2008 Jacqueline worked in Administration, Finance and the Music Department where she enjoyed responsibility for the Management of the Chorus of Scottish Opera. Jacqueline then joined Producing Art House, Cryptic, where she was responsible for project logistics and fundraising. She lead on coordinating the Cryptic Nights emerging artists programme and took on the role of Company Manager touring with productions to Mexico, Finland and a 26-performance run at the Edinburgh Festival. In 2013 Jacqueline took up the role of Development Manager at The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland where she is responsible for fundraising for the company’s varied projects including eight performing ensembles across the spectrum of jazz and classical music as well a variety of outreach projects.

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MARC YEATS is a composer and visual artist. He was born in London in 1962. His intense music has been performed and commissioned around the world. He has worked with many distinguished performers, ensembles and musicians including Psappha, the London Sinfonietta, the Endymion Ensemble, Paragon Ensemble, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic and Gewandhaus Radio Orchestra, among others with many broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, European and US radio stations. Marc is Composer-inAssociation with Thumb Ensemble (Birmingham UK), Composer-in Association with Manchester Pride (Manchester UK), Composer-in Association with Chamber Cartel (Atlanta USA) and Composer-in Association with SATSYMPH. He was also an Arts Council England Specialist Music Assessor (2011-2013) and is currently Chair of DIVAcontemporary, an artist-led organisation committed to creativity and experimentation in the arts and practice-based research, working internationally, nationally and locally. Marc is a founding partner of SATSYMPH LLP. Recent large music commissions include: SATSYMPH’s on a theme of Hermes; an original work which fuses contemporary classical ensemble music and contemporary poetry in an entirely new and innovative way having a truly unique method of delivery via smartphone apps, sturzstrom, a large choral work commissioned by Coastal Voices as part of an umbrella project that explored the Jurassic Coast with newly commissioned compositions linking music and earth sciences through the voice. Performances included the premiere, 300 feet underground in Beer Quarry Caves, Devon; Lighthouse Poole and the opening ceremony of the Olympic sailing events in Weymouth and Portland, Dorset in July 2012. Other commissions include a string quartet for the Corsham Festival, new works for Thumb Ensemble, Manchester Pride and Chamber Cartel, a brass quartet for Meridian Brass; oros for 8 voices commissioned by Auditiv Vokal, Dresden, Germany, and an orchestral commission for the Chicago Modern Orchestra for 2015 with many other works to be premiered and recorded in 2014 and beyond. Marc's recent compositional research ad interests include unsynchronised music for ensemble and orchestra.

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TAKE MORE MILK TO ENJOY XMAS FESTIVITIES! MILK is part of your monthly health and wellbeing - doctors, nutritionists and cool people recommend a healthy dose of MILK. So to maintain your health MILK has two brilliant nights lined up to help with both your Christmas and Hogmanay spirit at Flat 0/1 in Glasgow's Bath Street. On 11 December it's their Christmas Party - where else do you get mulled cider, mince pies, presents from Bad Santa and glorious live music all in the one teeny cosy room? This year Randolph's Leap (of Fence Records) provide the cockle-warming - all 8 of them! PLUS we've got some very special secret guest carol singers (think Glasgow indie music scene...) who'll be bringing a piano and playing all the Christmas hits from Cliff Richard to East 17. A lovely local choir will welcome guests through the doors and as usual we'll have guest DJs keeping the fun going till the early hours. 9pm-3am. £4 entry. Then on Hogmanay they've picked three of their best acts over the past year to bring in the bells: drum-rap phenomenons Hector Bizerk, big-brass sound from Pronto Mama and selfstyled 'saviours of pop-punk' S.T.A.R. (who will be bringing a drum riser and confetti canon for the ultimate stage show - not to be missed). Lucky 7 next door will be hosting the first breakfast of 2014 - bacon rolls - included in the MILK ticket price, as well as a free glass of punch. 8pm-4am. On sale now from Tickets Scotland - might still be some early birds! Event page:

Student Christmas concert to be held at Summerhall Most Entertaining's annual winter concert will be hosted for the first time at Edinburgh's Summerhall, on 8 December, where the audience will enjoy an afternoon of music for all the family. The student concert will feature a selection of debut performances from Most Entertaining's after school MusicMaking Clubs – with primary school children coming from across Edinburgh to perform in their ensembles. One school ensemble promises to present a revised version of The 12 Days of Christmas, produced by their American intern, Tabitha Gallagher. The concert will also include solo instrumentalists of all ages and abilities, including an 11 year old playing the James Bond theme tune on trumpet to a 90 year old taking to the stage for the very first time, performing boogie-woogie piano after only 6 months of lessons! Most Entertaining's finale will boast over 50 performers playing a Duke Ellington's C Jam Blues, with audience participation. Regardless of whether everyone has enjoyed their mulled wine and mince pie, the concert is guaranteed to be 'Most Entertaining', with special guests appearing too, including, Father Christmas...

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Programme of paid apprenticeships announced for 16 - 19 year olds Daylight Music Productions and The Academy of Music and Sound in Edinburgh have announced a new programme of paid apprenticeships in music business for young people aged 16-19. A fantastic opportunity for young people in the Capital and surrounding areas has arisen with Daylight Music Productions once again looking for apprentices for their successful programme. These apprenticeships in music business provide successful applicants with 16 hours of paid work experience per week with Daylight Music Productions. Apprentices will work in a range of areas of the music business, including, A&R, marketing, sponsorship, royalties and live event promotion. In addition to this work experience, training will also be provided by The Academy of Music and Sound (Edinburgh), in partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College to help apprentices achieve an EDI Level 3 qualification. Apprentices will be based in Edinburgh and will also be given the opportunity to travel to Liverpool Sound City in May to take part in the annual music industry event. This opportunity is open to young people aged 16-19 who are not currently in work or education and who have not previously completed an apprenticeship. Interviews will take place in December and the apprenticeship will begin in January. To submit an application a CV and covering letter should be submitted to: Photographs show live performances organised by the last group of apprentices organised as a showcase of their artists : pics by Julia Nicolle promoter: headline: weblink: facebook:

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David Paul Graham

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" David Paul Graham was born in 1951 and studied at Reading University and then with Hans Werner Henze in Cologne. He was three years in Montepulciano, teaching at the music school and organising the local music-theatre contribution to the annual festival. Here he initiated a childrens' composition-course which produced Tre Opere per Burattini (Three Puppet-Operas) written and performed by young people. This project has become a model. His works have been performed and broadcast in Europe and Latin-America. He composed several song-cycles (texts by Hans-Ulrich Treichel, Richard NÃbel, Rose Aulander, Bert Brecht, Ian Stephen), larger works which have been premiered at the Almeida Festival; Columbus Festival, Udine; Steirische Herbst, Austria and in many German cities. He has written music for radio-plays, film music for Volker Schloendorff and Bill Douglas, Music/Video with Harald Klemm (Dolly, a 20-minute artistic commentary on genetic engineering), and his latest opera was The Girls from Theresienstadt for Thomas Neuhoff and the Youth Choir of the Lukas Church, Bonn (Feb. 2010). His didactic work with young people is widely known. In 1996 Lighting the Candle brought together the Tate Gallery, the Orchestra of St. John's Smith Square and the National Youth Music Theatre in the performance of a stage piece with libretto and music by pupils from a London school. Graham teaches regularly a children's composition-class and has often been composer in residence at university courses and seven times member of the organising committee of a Cuban festival for new music. photo by Jörg Hempel : : 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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Initiative (YMI). Creative Scotland administers the Scottish Government’s YMI programme, 'Hit The Road' are organising five all which creates access to high quality music making opportunities for young people, expenses paid tours in 2013/14 particularly for those that would not normally with the aim of giving emerging have the chance to participate. For further artists the opportunity to gain much details about the YMI programme visit: needed experience on the road. funding/ymi 'Hit The Road'Project Manager Scott Kirkwood comments “I speak to so many young bands and performers who have been disappointed with their early tour experiences and have had to learn lessons the hard way at the coal face of new music. By introducing young acts to experienced professionals I hope that the knock on effect will be a rise in confident, professional and informed acts touring in Scotland.” Video blogs from previous 'Hit The Road' tours can be viewed at 'Hit The Road' is run by the Scottish Music Centre and supported by the Youth Music

The Scottish Music Centre is a national hub and information point, representing all areas of the industry and delivering a wide range of services on a daily basis. Fundamental resources include the online provision of all Scotland’s music news, jobs, event listings and worldwide competitions Charlotte Brimner who was on the last 'Hit The Road' alongside extensive publicity, research, digital tour. She visited Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and preservation, design and print. Additionally, the Dingwall on a tour that also featured Chloe Latimer, Alice Bentley and Daniel Scott Centre houses the largest collection of contemporary classical Scottish music both Photo by Brian Sweeney written and recorded, a vast proportion of which is available for hire or purchase. internationally through innovative training sessions, education and outreach programmes. The Scottish Music Centre is a key player in Inspirational Concept Sessions have, and developing Scottish talent both locally and continue to introduce countless secondary school music students to well-known musicians and composers, Music Plus provides 14-19 year olds with the unique opportunity to be mentored oneto-one by the finest selection of industry professionals and the Hit the Road touring project aims to link the same age group with professional promoters, managers and personnel who will teach them the essential skills needed to take their music out of the practice room and onto the road!

Model Aeroplanes took part in the second 'Hit The Road' tour of the 2012/13 run. Since the tour, they have gone on to do some great things, including playing the BBC Introducing stage at T in the Park and supporting the Editors at the HMV Picture House in Edinburgh Photo by Brian Sweeney

'Hit The Road' venue and promoter partners include DF Concerts (Central Belt), Non-Zero’s (Dundee), The Lemon Tree (Aberdeen), The Oasis Centre (Dumfries), Instinctive Racoon (Glasgow), Beyond (Highlands and Islands).


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SCOTT McWATT : album : A Ceíst Amá relaese date - out now : A year is a long time in politics, in affairs of the heart and in songwriting. A world away from the angst of his debut Jekyll And Hyde, A Ceíst Amá bristles with such maturity and depth it’s difficult to believe there’s less than 18 months between records. With each of its twelve tracks representing a calendar month, A Ceíst Amá is a captivating journey through a year taking in west coast Scotland sectarianism (A' Gorm/Glas 'Dath (The Blue and Green), ageing (Jack And Jill), austerity Britain (A Ceíst Amá (A Question Of Time) and war (XI-XI). “After Jekyll And Hyde, I reflected a lot,” says McWatt. “Was it the best record I could have made? Was it rushed? With this record I wanted to prove that I can write more than just songs about girls and getting drunk.” That’s not to say he’s not excellent about writing about either - witness the fizzing strut of lead-off single Aíne Maíre or the beer ‘n’ sun-fuelled blowout of Summertime (featuring Bluebell Ken McCluskey having a gas on harmonica). The influences of traditional Scottish and Irish music and personal heroes such as Johnny Cash, Jack Kerouac and Burns can be heard across A Ceíst Amá, but perhaps the biggest bearing on the record are McWatt’s grandparents. “At night, I often write and play guitar, and take my grandpa to visit my gran in her nursing home,” says McWatt, who’s donating the ticket sales from the album launch at Glasgow’s ABC2 to Alzheimer Scotland. As a very young boy, it was at his grandmother’s knee that McWatt learnt piano, guitar and the joy of singing and songwriting. She was a great talent herself, and turned down the opportunity to be an opera singer at Saint Paul’s in Rome to have Scott’s mother. “She was the one who’d always encourage me, kept me going,” says McWatt. As youth turns to experience and we take on the role of caregivers for those who used to care for us, so we also realise that we have a responsibility to shape the world for those who’ll come after. A year before Scotland takes a historic vote on its future, McWatt has been asked by Yes Scotland to use the rousing A Ceíst Amá at events to help rally support for Scottish independence. Scott said yes to Yes Scotland. ‘When people say we can’t govern ourselves and that we’d just make an awful mess of it, I’m reminded of a quote from (Scottish-born US talk show host) Craig Ferguson,” says McWatt. “He was talking about the differences between Scotland and America, and said that in America failure is not a disgrace. It’s seen as a necessary step towards success. No one is saying it’s going to be perfect but we can finally grow up as a country by making our own decisions and our own mistakes.” A Ceíst Amá was partly funded by Creative Scotland and was produced by The Technical Jar, a Glasgow-based duo of Chris Marshall and Scott Blackwood who pushed McWatt creatively for all he was worth. It wasn’t always pleasant, he admits, but it was worth every disagreement and note of tension. Inspired by the close-knit set up of Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker album, much of the album’s instrumentation is provided by Blackwood, while Emer Tumilty (John Knox Sex Club) plays violin and Anna Walmsley, the sister of McWatt’s girlfriend, provides vocals.

i’Anson : album : In Chances Of Light

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In Chances Of Light is the debut album from i'Anson, packed with personal memories, evoking one man's relationship with a wild and immutable landscape. Cutting loose from the bustle of London life, Hugh Carswell left the city behind in 2006, relocating to the magical island of Jura off the west coast of Scotland. Hugh already had a strong personal connection with the island, it being the home to five generations on his father's side. Jura's beautiful yet bleak landscape and unique community inspired him to create the stunning music featured on In Chances Of Light. For the i'Anson recordings Hugh has brought together the drummer/percussionist Steve Jansen (ex Japan, David Sylvian), the outstandingly talented Scottish Ensemble on strings, and the jazz bassist Dudley Phillips, among others. Carswell prefers to work under the name i'Anson - taken from his grandfather, the writer Hugh I'Anson Fausset. Hugh first began writing In Chances Of Light whilst rebuilding the stone cottage rented by his family since the 1930s and which he had visited for holidays every year since he was born. The opening track of the album 'Your Halo' recalls the childhood innocence of those summers and the continual presence of the island in his conscience. A sense of simplicity permeates the whole album, reflecting on the adjustment from city life that the distant island offered Carswell. The listener is invited to share in the escape to more elemental surroundings. "I always knew that Jura was the perfect place to write an 'honest' kind of record. When I moved here and began to think about making In Chances Of Light, the setting was almost perfect - I just had to renovate my family's ancient cottage and install a few basics like water and electricity! I spent two years practically single-handedly rebuilding and extending the old house and, at the same time, found endless inspiration in the wilderness of the land around me, the simple life, and warmth of the small local community. Once the building was finished I was able to fully return my attention to the main reason I moved to Jura in the first place - writing and recording the music."

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download TWELFTH DAY Speak From The Start ep : cd / download Release Date: 8 December

Speak From The Start is an EP of cover songs by Scottish fiddle, harp and vocal duo Twelfth Day. The duo were inspired to create Speak From The Start after BBC Radio Manchester asked them to cover You’re The One For Me Fatty by Morrissey as part of their 40th birthday celebrations. Having enjoyed the process of covering a song completely different from their own musical style, Twelfth Day went on to rework tracks by Kanye West, Blondie, Passion Pit and Twin Atlantic. They produced this collection of five captivating songs, which whilst staying true to their original versions, have become something completely different, enticing the listener through the unique sound of Twelfth Day. Listen: Available from: (Pre-order) ------------------------------------------------


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A ten track compilation album featuring a blend of Edinburgh`s old guard and the fresh faced newcomers Album : cd / download to the capital`s music scene. There`s new and Release Date: Out Now exclusive tracks from Frantic Chant, Epsilon One and Jimmy Miller while The Green Tambourine Band and Atmospherics is the new album from jazz singer Kate Daniels. In a style she calls Jazz Noir , Kate evokes Julie The Jackals contribute re-worked versions of recent releases. London and the cellar bars of the 1950's. With


distinguished musicians including John Etheridge, Tony Coe, Alec Dankworth and John Horler, Kate has created Listen: of classic songs, inspired by the low-lives-of-edinburgh haunting imagery of post-war film noir. Listen/Watch:!/music

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PAUL ANDERSON Land of the Standing Stones Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Paul Anderson, from the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, is one of Scotland’s most respected traditional musicians. Land of the Standing Stones is really a love letter to Paul’s native Aberdeenshire as all but a couple of the 51

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Lose this Feeling


Button Up

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"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)

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.

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single : download Release Date: 1 December The new single from Irish folk singer Heidi Talbot’s latest album ‘Angels Without Wings’, is a beautiful modern day folk song. Co written and sung with King Creosote, AKA Kenny Anderson, ‘Button Up’ was created after the pair discovered a mutual admiration: “He was asked to pick his fantasy band for The Independent and he picked me and Morten Harket from A-ha on joint lead vocals,” Heidi laughs. She conceived the melody for Button Up with Anderson in mind, and he sent back his own lyrics. The result is a brooding urgent love song. Heidi is touring the UK in November ande December with multi instrumentalist/Producer John McCusker and Irish Guitarist and singer John Doyle. Listen/Watch: Available from:

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SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL RECORD SHOP 'Record Store Day 2013' was on 20 April :

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




Let It Go

Bearpit Brothers

Long Live Our Friend The Revolver!

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This is the debut EP from singer songwriter Tammy Miller, "Let It Go". Hailing from the Scottish Borders and in a very short space of time, this super talented musician has already built a strong following and continues to impress in the music industry. This acoustic EP is a tiny, but amazing look at this amazing new talent and star of the future.

Bearpit Brothers formed from roots musician Jim Byrne and members of the Creeping Charlies; Robert Ruthven and Larry Alexander. Influenced by 50′s and 60′s sounds; think Richard Hawley, Roy Orbison, early Beatles, The Mavericks. "exquisite guitar duelings with twang and reverb battling away." Blabber 'n' Smoke.

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Roman Nose are a collective trio who write, and produce their own brand of dark, menacing electronic music. Mixing visuals, laptops and live percussion in their high pressure multi- sensory shows, they also combine bespoke masks and customized denim clad biker chic boasting a striking visual presence. Listen:

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download tunes on the album are inspired by the people, landscape and history of the North-East of Scotland. The music on the album has all been composed by Paul himself and at 70 minutes in length, it’s a considerable achievement. The music, though rooted in the traditional Scots fiddle idiom, is also contemporary in style. He has been ably supported in this by a superb group of musicians, which includes Shona Donaldson (Scots singer of the year 2009), Swedish citern genius Ale Carr, Ali Napier (Dougie MacLean band) and Scottish acting star Kevin McKidd on guitar and vocals. Listen/Watch: n/a Available from: iTunes / Amazon MP3 / Spotify ------------------------------------------------

ROWAN ROSS 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

bad for a group all under 21. Their party vibe, powerful harmonies and energetic songwriting along with captivating lead vocals and guitar from frontman Danny McAtear, make them a must see new band. Listen: Available from: album/5aWIunhiV4khsZ7gZ4GcLJ ------------------------------------------------




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Formed in Kinross, Scotland in 2012 Sienna have already received great plaudits in the Scottish media and absolutely wowed crowds at ‘T in the Park’, Not



Dante's 'Wake' showcases the songwriting talents of Seán McLaughlin (a member of Idlewild’s Rod Jones' solo project, The Birthday Suit), the band have captured a modern folk sound that epitomises the Scottish indie scene's uncanny ability to blend contemporary innovation with more traditional values.


Ùrlar Falling Like Dew Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

‘Falling Like Dew’ by vocalist & songwriter Lorna Reid, is rooted in jazz crossing genres from sultry tango beats of Doggone Good, rocking chorus of Time, haunting lament Girl In the Coat to a country feel on Too Busy. An original ‘collection from the heart’ taking notes from Ella Fitzgerald to Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits and Diana Krall. Listen: Available from: Physical distribution tba

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In June of 2013 the band toured Scotland and visited each of their 5 hometowns for a very special night of music. During the visits, the band was able to meet with local tradition bearers, friends and family to source songs and melodies for this release. Ùrlar is centred firmly around community and is undoubtedly the bands most diverse undertaking which has gained further inspiration and direction under the production of multi-instrumentalist and award-winning singer Kris Drever (Lau) Listen: Available from: iTunes, Amazon and all good record stores (Proper Distribution & Highlander Distribution)


Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now This Silent Forest are a four-piece from Glasgow, Scotland. Purveyors of Power Indie taking influence from a shared appreciation of The National, Manchester Orchestra, Idlewild and We Were Promised Jetpacks. The band release their debut album 'Indivision' on 30 September, launching at Glasgow’s Nice n Sleazy and followed with a UK wide tour. 'Indivision' contains previously unreleased tracks and marks a progression in song writing style and attitude from This Silent Forest giving it a dynamic and at times aggressive feel. Recorded in Glasgow at 45-a-side Studios & LoFi Studios with Sam McIntosh, with final mix & mastering duties handled by Chris Gordon. Listen: Available from:

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NorthEast, documents that exchange of Scottish and Brazillian music, which also inaugurates a new word, Ceilidhcatu, merging the words Ceilidh (a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing music and dancing) and Maracatu (a performance genre found in Pernambuco state, in northeastern Brazil), from which the musicians have taken their name.






A Scots Chorus Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

A Scots Chorus is a joint venture between veteran Scots singer Mick West and the fantastic a cappella group Muldoon's Picnic. In mid 2012, West and Muldoon's started exploring the different harmonic possibilities of a body of the most interesting and representative Scots chorus songs they could find and, having decided that some of these songs would benefit from instrumental arrangements too, asked well known arrangers Frank McLaughlin and Stewart Hardy to arrange, manage and perform on the project. It is hoped that the CD and booklet will not only be enjoyable in their own right, but also provide a portal for those who wish to explore the great Scots song repertoire further, and be a motivation and inspiration for all singers and musicians to take this materiel and develop to use it to make their own music. Listen: Available from: iTunes ------------------------------------------------


Beyond The Sea Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

'Beyond The Sea is the new album from Scottish singer Coreen Scott. Singing in French, English and Portuguese, the album is a collection of songs from around the world. From the haunting melodies of Sandy Denny's Who Knows Where the Time Goes and Tom Wait's The Briar and the Rose to the thought-provoking lyrics of Weeping and the deceptively jaunty sound of Je ne veux pas travailler, Coreen’s voice soars above the beautiful instrumental melodies and tight-knit harmonies – there is something for everyone on this CD, including lovely interpretations of such classics as the Dylan's To Make You Feel My Love, Piaf’s La vie en rose, and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac’s Songbird, but also the more rhythmic South African Weeping, the Portuguese Manha de carnival and the lovely French La mer. Listen: Available from: iTunes


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GAVIN SUTHERLAND Tango at the Lost Café Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Tango at the Lost Café is the new album from singer/ songwriter Gavin Sutherland, featuring special guests including his old Sutherland Brothers and Quiver partners, Iain Sutherland, Tim Renwick and Willie Wilson. "A rough sketch of 'Tango At The Lost Café' appeared in my head as I drove home under a starry sky and, by the time I'd got in and put the kettle on, I kind of knew where I was going. Olé!" - Gavin Sutherland. Listen: Available from: iTunes

NordEste /NorthEast

Do What You Love

A Brazilian percussionist, Allysson Velez travels to Huntly, Scotland. There he is touched by the very first Do What You Love is the new album from Scottish singer/songwriter Colin Mackay and follows on from his contact with the Scottish Ceilidh and impressed by the common musical language of the north east of Scotland two previous albums, Handle With Care and Whiskey Morning. The album was recorded State-side, features a and the north east of Brazil. Here he worked with a special selection of local Scottish musicians and a host of musicians, and was produced and engineered musician from West Africa, who has settled in the area, by Bil Vorndick. to transform an encounter into a musical flow of exchanging gifts and virtues. This album, NordEste/ Listen: ------------------------------------------------


Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now Fullsceilidh Spelemannslag are an 11-piece, Shetlandbased instrumental group. Their fiddle driven music, backed by a hard hitting rhythm section, is drawn from their Shetland traditions, alongside Nordic and Celtic influences. 500 Sessions is the group's new album and features a wonderful mix of traditional tunes and new

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download compositions with the isles' rich heritage in mind.

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comfort, and this is throughout each and every track as the songs do sweep though blues, soft rock, soul, and pop quite easily as the album goes on. I personally think that the way he puts both lyric, and music together, is nothing short of a masterclass in songwriting." Jamie Mcdermid - New Hellfire Club Glasgow



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Deliberate Distractions

Deliberate Distractions is the Crows 3rd album release, recorded and produced by The Roving Crows and Nick Brine at Rockfield Studios. A creative jump from their 2nd album Bacchanalia, this is a collection of original songs encompassing their diverse sound.


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STEPHEN LEE 4 Orchestral Pieces Album : cd Release Date: Out Now

4 Orchestral Pieces is a body of work composed by Stephen Lee. Influences reflected in it include the rich, dark imagery of the art of Douglas Gordon and of Caravaggio, the melancholic vision and 'eternal solitude' of the poetry of James Thomson/Charles Baudelaire and the range and poignancy of the musicianship of Billy MacKenzie. Of the tracks, Before the Autumn Came (2 movements) was directly inspired by a Billy MacKenzie vocal melody. Listen:


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Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now Derek Tripp is a Chirstian songwriter, guitarist and singer, currently based in Aberdeen, Scotland, who has performed his music far and wide across the world. Glimpses is the title of Derek's second album. The name is taken from the title track Glimpses of Glory, a haunting and mystical ballad of a journey with God. There is a good mix of love songs, rock anthems, the slightly eclectic, the prophetic and the theatrical. Listen:

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ep : download Release Date: Out Now Former guitarist of Seattle-based Citizens Tom McConnell released his debut solo EP after collecting makeshift studio recordings over four years. The Irishborn folk-soulster has been praised by Acoustic Edinburgh for his “infectious, masterful songwriting” and leading single ‘Flags’ was described by BBC Introducing as ‘Bizarre, left field, ambient...definitely one to watch.”



Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now Ed sings ballads and new-fashioned folk songs: with a voice that is "rich, distinct and full of feeling and warmth", his passion shows through. Somewhere between Ray Charles and Michael Marra, he combines blues piano riffs and old-fashioned songwriting. Listen: Available from: Tattie Records - - TATTCD04 ------------------------------------------------

Recorded live over one weekend at Gargleblast Studios, Hamilton (Scotland) with Producer Andy Miller, the album follows the historical journey of an unnamed hero through childhood dreams of becoming a pirate on the high seas, to first loves, the horror of war and the Twist of Fate hope of one day making the long journey home. The result is something that will lift the soul yet break the Album : cd / download heart of anyone who enjoys a ripping good story. Release Date: Out Now


Listen: The album will be released on Monday 7 October 2013. From Monday 23 September, and for a limited time only, you will be able to stream the album on Bandcamp and Amazing Tunes. Bandcamp - Amazing Tunes - http://deadlywinters.amazingtunes. com/ YouTube Preview Video - deadlywinters

Gerry Jablonski and The Electric Band have long been one of the most successful acts to come out of Aberdeen. Their first two albums on Fat Hippy Records have sold to classic blues rock fans all over the world and both albums have had to be re-pressed. Their stunning third album recorded while their drummer Dave Innes was fighting cancer shows real passion and pain and it takes the band to a new level. Listen:

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Wide Open

Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now Nominated as 'Musician of the Year' at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Ross is one of the most sought after musicians in the Scottish music scene today; performing with Salsa Celtica, Dougie MacLean and The Treacherous Orchestra. 'Wide Open' is a snap shot of Ross's influences and is a diverse collection of musical styles that have inspired him. The nine tracks feature his talents as master piper and whistle player as well as

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download his skills on cittern and mandolin - he is joined by a wonderful line-up of musicians. 'Wide Open' is dedicated to his teacher and mentor the late Gordon Duncan. Listen: Available from: ------------------------------------------------

The Little Kicks are a 4 piece band with a reputation for a great live show and are known for their distinctly catchy upbeat indie pop songs. They have shared stages with the likes of Foals, The Vaccines, Frightened Rabbit, Glasvegas, Maximo Park, Mystery Jets, Errors, The Kooks, Editors, The Macabees and many more. Their debut album “Boxing Clever” was released to critical acclaim and their second album “The Little Kicks” received favourable reviews in the NME (7/10) who said the band “produced a nice line in brittle funk alongside pocket epics they should be proud of”. IsThisMusic awarded the album 4****/ 5 and The Scotsman named The Little Kicks as a band of the year for 2011/2012 and The Sun newspaper included the band in a feature of Top 10 for 2012.



To Each & Everyone The Songs of Gerry Rafferty

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Barbara Dickson's new album is a collection of 'The Songs of Gerry Rafferty'. A tribute to someone she admired and was proud to call a friend. Barbara Dickson is an international recording artist with several hits to -----------------------------------------------her credit and an actress with many stage successes. She tours throughout the UK in major venues to packed houses and will embark on her next tour in October. Barbara was both a friend of Gerry and a great admirer of his songs, which comes across in this tribute album. It is again produced by the amazing multiSelf Titled instrumentalist Troy Donockley. Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now Listen:


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GIFTED KINGS Lose What Makes You Album : cd Release Date: Out Now

Glasgow's Gifted Kings are set to release their their debut album, recorded under the same roof as legendary Oasis and Queen albums. The band is made up of two sets of brothers: Derek Murray (guitar/ vocals), Andy Murray (lead guitar), Gary Smith (drums), Paul Smith (bass). On “Lose What Makes You” Gifted Kings teamed up with top producer Nick Brine (Oasis, The Darkness, Bruce Springsteen) and mastering wizard Pete Maher (U2,Depeche Mode). Their music has been used in several shows on Channel 4, S4C, ITV1, Sky Sports. Ripcurl and O’Neill Sports have adopted Gifted Kings' music in advertising campaigns targeting the USA, Australia and Asia. Listen: Soundcloud: Available from:


THE LITTLE KICKS Put Your Love In Front Of Me Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire is the eponymous debut album from one of Scotland’s most industrious and respected bands, released on Middle of Nowhere Recordings Hart takes a leap of songwriting faith on the album – visiting themes of death, desolation, religion and lossunderpinned by the hopeful romanticism, characteristic of his earlier work, Roddy connects with his band The Lonesome Fire to create a vividly widescreen sonic landscape, given life by the producer of Coldplay’s multi-million selling album X&Y. ------------------------------------------------

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ep : cd / download Release Date: Out Now Unkle Bob returns with brand new EP, Songs For Others, released on 19th August 2013 via JustMe. Largely recorded in a Scottish bedroom, singersongwriter Rick took inspiration from artists like R Stevie Moore, Nick Cave, Grizzly Bear and The Smiths, moving away from a purely acoustic sound to experiment with electric guitars, distortion pedals and looping effects. The EP embodies Unkle Bob’s ability to create catchy hooks, enhanced by echoing, overlapping vocals and cathartic lyrics that explore love and loss. Listen: Available from: ------------------------------------------------


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ep : cd / download Release Date: Out Now The debut 6 track EP from Glasgow four-piece The Apparells. Lee Cuthbertson (Lead guitar/ vocals), Paddy McBrearty (Rythym guitar/ vocals), Stephen McCartney (Bass) and Jay Murray (Drums) all brought up in the shadows of Glasgow’s famous shipyards, have went from strength to strength since forming in 2011 creating a buzz wherever they go and steadily building up a healthy fan base. Listen: Available from: all good digital retailers and on CD in local record shops


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The headline track is a cover of “Love Song” which was originally recorded by Scottish legends Simple Minds back in 1981. Universal You has created a throbbing crossover dance track with razor sharp guitar hooks and sexy vocals.The other tracks confirm the bands move to dance rhythms while retaining the guitars they have become known for. Listen: Available from:

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The Kazmiranda Winter Blues Festival has a great line up with the St Andrews re-forming of Jack Can't Dance as November 30 head-liners, David Faill on guitar David Bell on harmonica and Sophie Celebrating St Andrews Day in St Russell on vocals. Plus one of the Andrews is like celebrating St best blues players in Britain, Steve Patrick’s Day in Dublin! Join the Morrison playing his wonderful style town in celebrating Scotland’s of blues picking and slide, and a patron saint. Spend the day visiting great voice. Plus Doctor Zeke's top tourist attractions including St Blues Epidemic, you will love this 5 Andrews Cathedral where it is said piece blues band, fun and full of a relic of St Andrew is buried and rhythm, classic blues with Dunc then spend the night enjoying the Neilson on drums, Bill Mason on festivities. Join the pipe band led keyboards, Ray Cunningham on torchlight procession through the bass, Nick Riddel on guitar and town culminating in the largest Dave Zeke Hume on vocals this will outdoor Ceilidh in the world! Savour get your feet tapping. the atmosphere of the weekend with a variety of fringe events and Chris Maynard is a fantastic blues performances including the St player, his picking, slide and solos Andrews Food & Drink Festival. are so authentic you will feel like you are back in the Mississippi Delta. He is putting together a band of blues jammers to play after his solo set.

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Edinburgh's Hogmanay

Edinburgh December 31 Four fabulous days and nights of amazing events kick off the world's greatest New Year party. With the traditional torchlit procession, street performers, fireworks, concerts, ceilidh, the big Hogmanay party itself and a New Year's Day run to blow the cobwebs away Edinburgh's buzzing. Come along and experience the magic for yourself.

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JANUARY Celtic Connections

Stirlings Hogmanay Stirling Castle December 31 Stirling's Hogmanay Concert on Stirling Castle's Esplanade, it's the big outdoor concert with headline bands, huge crowds, countdown to midnight and one of the very best fireworks displays in the country. Tickets go on general sale for the Hogmanay concert in October priced at £25 but 500 Early Birds on sale 17 September at £12.50

Glasgow January 16 - February 2 Celtic Connections 2014 comprises a wealth of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, workshops, free events and late night sessions taking place over 18 days across various venues in Glasgow. Celtic Connections 2014 will also use the brand new SSE Hydro, Scotland’s biggest ever music venue. Tickets are on sale now. weblink: bandcamp:


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