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Seven labels added to the line-up for Glasgow’s debut Independent Label Market Presented by The Vinyl Factory, the first ever Glasgow installment of the hugely popular 'Independent Label Market' is set to welcome London and Paris based imprint Because Music to its line-up on Saturday 12 October, and it will also feature a host of prominent Scottish labels and record shops including AED, Numbers, Optimo, Chemikal Underground, Lucky Me, Soma Records, Creeping Bent, Love Music, and Rubadub ......

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goNORTH Goes On The Road The goNORTH team are getting out and about again and coming to a town near you! They are not only going north but east and west as they tour around as much of the Highlands and Islands as possible. goNORTH is charged with the task of developing skills, networks, business support and opportunities in the Screen and Broadcast, Music, Fashion and Craft industries.

genres that perhaps still have questions about what we do as well as re-connecting with our existing audiences. It’s an opportunity for us to answer those questions and provide guidance and advice on how we can support creative businesses."

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Look out for the dates and venues to be announced shortly but think how goNORTH might be able to support you in your creative vision, then come along and have a chat with the team.

Amanda Millen, goNORTH Festival Director, said: "We want to use this roadshow to connect with our audiences in these


The Chair of SMIA Stewart Henderson said: "As the SMIA moves into the final quarter of 2013, I’m more confident than ever that we’re on the road to establishing an organisation of real significance. Of course the long-term measure of that will be whether we’ve built a strong and diverse community of members: a community made up of organisations and individuals, of artists and businesses and with representation across as many genres and sectors as possible. Pulling that off will require the pursuit of our common rather than competing interests and we’ll only unearth those interests by getting together more often and talking." SMIA's sector meeting last month featured record labels and it proved to be a hugely worthwhile and informative exercise attended by Rock Action, Soma, Greentrax, Linn, Olive Grove, Song By Toad, Gerry Loves Records, Armellodie Records, Comets And Cartwheels, A Modern Way and Chemikal


St Boswells : 25 October : Something new for St Boswells Live! is on the horizon. They have had continued calls for jam sessions and open mics, but the big hall they normally meet in can be a bit scary, especially when there are lots of people watching and even milling about at the end. With this in mind, and with the help of St Boswells Cricket Club, St Boswells Live! are introducing Bread & Jam - as they admit a terrible pun on a simple concept - a great idea that other music clubs and venues in other parts of Scotland might pick up on. To get involved with the first night on Friday 25 October at 8pm just turn up at the Cricket Club (around the back of the Buccleuch Arms Hotel in the centre of St Boswells just an hour from Edinburgh on the A68) with your instrument, voice or just a willingness to listen and enjoy the music. Feel free to bring an amplifier if you need one, but the room is small enough to be acoustic. The club's encouraging people to join in, but if you want to play alone then just say

The Scottish Music Industry Association has just unveiled an update of their website - www.smia. - and have declared that they now have a site that no longer inspires vertigo or gives the impression you’ve just activated multiball! The site now has an effective membership sign-up process and they have established a site design that allows SMIA to keep you up to date with their activities as well as those of our members and other music industry organisations throughout Scotland, the UK and overseas. Members can now also access exclusive offers for industry events in Spain (BIME, Bilbao and Live Sessions Day, Lleida) and Prague (Nouvelle Prague).

Bread & Jam for St Boswells Live!

Underground. Previous sector meetings have included retailers and artist management and SMIA will be hosting more in the coming months, looking for contributions and attendance from local and national government, enterprise agencies, Creative Scotland and other key industry organisations. There will be an announcement shortly relating to next year’s SAY Award which is another major strand to SMIA’s activities and a cornerstone of their strategy to strengthen and champion the extraordinary industry we are all part of. SMIA's annual membership can now be paid in bite size monthly installments (as little as £5/month for an individual) and they welcome new perspectives, experience and skills into the organisation. It’s an incredibly exciting time for Scotland’s music industry and by joining SMIA you can help to inform their policies and guide priorities. For more information on membership and events just contact Caroline Cooper at or call on 0141 554 8695.

For refreshments drinks can be bought from the cricket club bar and St Boswells Live! are providing delicious soup and bread (that’s where the “bread” bit comes from!). Donations to pay for the food, and keep St Boswells Live! running are welcome, but there’s no obligation. If you’re planning on coming an email is appreciated to help plan the amount of food required - St Boswells Live ! are also on the lookout for any photos and videos you have of any of their past shows. If you have any then please send them to (up to 10MB) or upload them to and send a the link. The plan is to build up a gallery to help performers and pull in more fans.

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Inverness Gigs announces Photography Exhibition Inverness : 26 January - 23 February 2014 :

Inverness Gigs will be hosting a photographic exhibition in 2014 celebrating the contemporary music scene of the area at Eden Court Theatre from Sunday 26 January to Sunday 23 February. The aim of the exhibition is to highlight the whole Inverness area music scene from local musicians such as Megan Blyth and Toby Michaels Rolling Damned to local venues such as Ironworks and Hootananny to local festivals such as Rockness and Brew at the Bog.

local music scene. It's a great idea to exhibit these images which adds another dimension to the project and helps to promote local music, hopefully this will be the first of many such events.”

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Inverness College UHI provides an HNC and HND in Visual Communication as part of its Chris Lemon, founder of Inverness Gigs extensive Creative and Cultural Industries commented on the launch: “Over the last programmes. Students have the opportunity to several years we have been fortunate enough to participate in a comprehensive and exciting work with some truly impressive photographers range of graphic design, illustration and and this exhibition gives the opportunity to put photographic studies, combining traditional the spotlight on both their talent and the vibrant design techniques with state-of-the-art digital Inverness music scene” technology - The exhibition will showcase the work of both professional and amateur photographers all based in the Inverness area and all extremely talented, covering gigs and events that have taken place since Inverness GiGs inception in 2010. Inverness Gigs is a music based website that promotes the events of the area. The website was "Highly Commended" in the Best Use of Digital Media category at the Highlands and Islands Media Awards 2013. The site currently has twenty contributors all of whom work in a voluntary capacity. The event will be sponsored by mi inverness and supported by the Creative and Culture Programmes at Inverness College UHI and amateur photographers will be invited to submit work for consideration on inclusion in this event. Details on how to do this will be announced shortly.

Fish at The Ironworks : photo by Brian McIntosh

Ash at The Ironworks : photo byBrian McIntosh

Colin Munro from sponsosrs mi inverness said: “Inverness Gigs provides a fantastic online resource for people to really find out about the

The Whiskys at The Ironworks : photo by Roddy McKenzie


James at Belladrum 2013 : photo by Roddy McKenzie

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‘Chemistry Opera’ weaves wartime tale Edinburgh : 24 October :

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Scottish composer Julian Wagstaff has announced the première of a new forty-minute opera for three singers and three musicians. Entitled Breathe Freely, the piece has been commissioned by the University of Edinburgh to celebrate the Tercentenary of its School of Chemistry in 2013. The opera will receive its first performance at a special concert in the Ballroom of Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms on 24 October. It will be performed by world-class musicians and singers and conducted by Derek Clark, Scottish Opera’s Head of Music. The opera tells the story of a Polish independence fighter, socialist activist and chemist named Stanisław Hempel, who came to Edinburgh in 1943 to undertake scientific work in support of the Polish Armed Forces in the West, in which he held the rank of lieutenant. He was given a laboratory by Prof. James Kendall, Head of Chemistry at Edinburgh University at the time, who also features in the opera. The lineup of characters is completed by Dr. Chrissie Miller, the first female chemist to be inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In preparation for writing the piece (for which he also wrote the libretto), the composer thoroughly researched the history of chemistry at Edinburgh, and interviewed countless present and former students and members of staff – including several who studied here in the 1940s. Via the Internet, he even tracked down a grandson of Stanisław Hempel in Łódz in Poland, gaining unique insights into the life of the opera’s central character. Julian Wagstaff said: “It has been a real privilege to work on this project. I have met some fascinating people, and greatly enjoyed getting to grips with the science, and of course the history of this fascinating department. I am thrilled that a conductor of such experience and renown as Derek Clark has come on board for the project, along with absolutely first-rate musicians and singers. Scottish Opera have given me a huge amount of practical support and help with the project, for which I am enormously grateful.”

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Prof. Eleanor Campbell, Head of the School of Chemistry at Edinburgh

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University, said: “I am really looking forward to the first performance of Breathe Freely. It has been a great experience for students and staff within the School of Chemistry to interact with Julian on this project. It will be a unique legacy of our Tercentenary year and I am delighted that Scottish Opera has been so generous with their support.” Alex Reedijk, General Director at Scottish Opera, said: “It's common knowledge that I am very keen on the development and commissioning of new opera in Scotland and I'm pleased that Scottish Opera has been able to provide support to Julian and The University of Edinburgh in delivering the performance aspect of such an interesting project.” It is hoped that October’s concert will bring both classical music and science to new audiences. The programme will open with a performance of Julian’s piano trio A Persistent Illusion, commissioned by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2011. Composer Julian Wagstaff enjoyed a sell-out success on the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his opera The Turing Test, about the quest to build a truly intelligent machine. His stage musical John Paul Jones, set during the American Revolution, was revived as a concert version in 2010 in association with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. GIGnotes:

Breathe Freely – Assembly Rooms, 54 George St, Edinburgh, EH2 2LR. Thursday 24 October at 8.00pm. Tickets: 0131 668 2019 and via Prices: £12.00 (£6.00 concessions)

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Hydro opens to great acclaim Glasgow's Hydro, Scotland’s new live entertainment venue celebrated a hugely successful opening night welcoming 13,000 music fans to a Rod Stewart concert. The SSE Hydro’s spectacular façade lit up the Glasgow skyline with a blue and green glow, as it opened its doors to the public for the very first time. Designed by world-renowned architects Foster and Partners, The SSE Hydro has a seated capacity of 12,000, rising to 13,000 with a seated and standing configuration. Around one million people are expected to attend approximately 140 music, sport and comedy events at The Hydro each year. SEC Ltd Chief Executive Officer, John Sharkey, said: “It's great to see The SSE Hydro open its doors, it’s a phenomenal building which lit up the Glasgow skyline tonight. Everything about this building is world class. The engineering is fantastic, the architecture is outstanding, the acoustics tremendous. We have a host of large scale and high profile events planned, such as the World Gymnastics Championships, to the opening ceremony of the Ryder Cup where we will be looking forward to welcoming around 1 million people per year to The SSE Hydro, from the World. Jonny Petrie, SSE Director of Commonwealth Games and Sponsorship, said: “It's great to finally be here to celebrate the opening of this phenomenal venue tonight, we have been working with our fantastic partners at the SECC for a few years now and it's great to see all the amazing work they have put in come to fruition. We are really excited about this partnership. The sponsorship is of a scale that we haven’t experienced before and we are looking forward to all the opportunities it will present and continuing our great relationship with the SECC for the benefit of our customers. With an audience of 1 million visitors each year, The SSE Hydro aims to be one of the top 5 busiest indoor music arenas in the world alongside such iconic venues as Madison Square Garden and The O2 arena.

Rod Stewart was full of praise for the Scottish crowd, telling them from that it was “humbling” to play the very first concert in the new venue before kicking signed footballs out into to the ecstatic audience.

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The View and hip-hop's Tinchy Stryder to launch Paisley's Christmas celebrations Paisley : 16 November :

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This year’s Paisley Christmas Lights switch-on promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with not one, but two headline acts performing on Saturday 16 November. UK hip-hop star Tinchy Stryder and Dundee rockers The View will be on hand to kick off the celebrations alongside boyband Mr Meanor, female pop sensation Alexa, the Clyde 1 Roadshow DJs, and Santa Claus with his reindeer. Tinchy Stryder will take to the stage performing his biggest hits, including new single Help Me. With two top 10 albums, seven top 10 singles, Tinchy will get the party started in style. With two number one singles under his belt and collaborations with acts such as Taio Cruz, Wiley, Pixie Lott and Calvin Harris, Tinchy will bring a show never been seen before in Paisley.

They’ll introduce all the top performers, as well as playing music and offering some great giveaways and prizes throughout the afternoon. Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will hit the Big Red Christmas Lights Switch-On button at 6pm. Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Paisley’s Christmas lights switch-on ceremony has established itself as being the best way to start the Christmas season. “This year’s line-up will again draw a huge crowd to Paisley town centre for the performances and the programme of activities and entertainments going on throughout the day. “Renfrewshire Council has invested in our events programme to support businesses and boost the regeneration of Paisley town centre. The Christmas Lights switch-on is a highlight of that approach. “We are continuing to work with the local business community on their continuing involvement in and support of the town centre events programme. “Last year almost 40,000 people came in to Paisley town centre for this exciting annual event. We’re all looking forward to another fantastic day in Paisley.”

The View formed in 2005 when four schoolmates got together and started writing music. Two years later, they emerged with the Mercurynominated, chart-topping debut album Hats Off To The Buskers and embarked on huge tours, tearing up stages across the globe. Three albums later, including two in the top ten, countless Best Album awards and numerous top ten singles the band are now older, wiser and ready. Before the big finale there is a terrific line-up throughout the day. Starting with the traditional reindeer parade at noon from Gilmour Street, which this year will be led by Santa Claus himself! Completing the musical line-up is Mr Meanor, a four-piece pop/R&B boyband with members from the US and UK and YouTube sensation Alexa. On the main stage in Gauze Street the Clyde 1 Roadshow team with DJs Gina McKie, Romeo and Gavin Pearson will be ready to kick-off the live entertainment from 1pm.

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Sebastian Forbes

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

Choral singing and conducting have been central to the musical career of Sebastian Forbes. His music found its focus through a series of chamber works in the 1960s. These include the Piano Trio (1964) which, as Conrad Wilson wrote in The New Grove (1981), established him as a composer of intellectual toughness, and culminated in a joint share of the 1969 Radcliffe Award with his String Quartet No.1, a landmark in an exciting maturity (The Strad). Significant commissions followed, including orchestral works for the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival, and pieces for leading recitalists and chamber music groups. He was awarded the Cambridge MusD for Composition in 1977. He has often conducted performances of his music, including his Sonata for 8 at a "Round House" Prom in 1979 and abroad - a beautiful and thrilling work, with a fine sense of colour...a really attractive piece, very well performed by the Nash Ensemble under the positive direction of the composer (The Times). Sebastian Forbes directing Surrey Cantata

Sebastian has continued to compose for orchestras, ensembles, recitalists and choirs, including two settings for Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, of the Evening Canticles - absolutely masterly (Organists' Review). Among works recorded on CD are Triple Canon for trumpet and digital delays (1988) and commissioned works for Bristol and Ely Cathedrals (1991 and 1995). Significant among more recent works are Sonata-Rondo for piano, Reflections for chamber organ, and String Quartets Nos. 4 and 5, all of which exemplify his characteristic subtle harmonic plotting (Revised New Grove, 2000). In his student days at Cambridge, Sebastian Forbes sang in the Chapel Choir of King's College. He has since directed many choirs - large and small, professional, semi-professional, student and amateur. He conducted concerts, broadcasts and recordings with the Aeolian Singers in the late 1960s, with an emphasis on J S Bach and new British music. He was similarly active with the Seiriol Singers (Bangor University) with whom he won the UK mixed-voice round of the BBC's Let the Peoples Sing in 1971. A decade later he again achieved this accolade, with the Horniman Singers, with whom, for ten years, he gave numerous London concerts (St John's Smith Square, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room). Sebastian Forbes is Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Surrey, where he is also Director of Music. His teaching covers a wide range besides composition, and in addition he is active as a conductor and a record producer. : : 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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Manning a stall alongside Erol Alkan’s offshoot Phatasy Sound, Because Music are among seven labels added to the initial line-up announced last month, with Electric Music Company, Mini 50, Twin City, Number4Door and Insularis Records joining the likes of Optimo Music, Numbers and Chemikal Underground for a day of market style trading at Barras Art & Design Centre, check it out at - for the latest information.

Since launching in London in 2011, Independent Label Market have also orchestrated events in LA and Toronto, with Glasgow the latest city to have its independent scene celebrated by this unique event and you can watch our film from this summer’s London market here.

A unique opportunity for label heads to sell their newest releases, limited editions and merchandise directly to the public, Independent Label Market will also welcome gourmet food stalls hosted by Smoak and Fire In Babylon with more to be announced, as well as live DJ sets from a broad range of artists represented by the labels on show, from pioneers of Glasgow’s electronic underground Numbers and Optimo Music’s JD Twitch to much-loved local acts Belle and Sebastian and Edwyn Collins.


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StG Promotions present: The Courtesans support from: Splintered Halo : Trongate Rum Riots : Aperture : The King Lot live : 31 October - Glasgow : 1 November - Edinburgh :

StG Promotions aim is simple, to bring the best live music to various venues around the Glasgow area. They plan to bring better-known artists to smaller venues and support the local music scene by offering attractive support slots. StG Promotions grew out of a love for music and the chance for two old school friends to work together after 20 years - they want you to enjoy the journey with them!

The Courtesans :

Becoming well-known for their 'Stripped Sessions' music nights which soon move to an interesting new venue at Adelaide's Auditorium they have a special Halloween treat for music fans in Glasgow and Edinburgh. For that scariest of nights StG have brought The Courtesans to Scotland with their theatrically crafted brand of sultry, unapologetic electro rock with a bite, these four girls are rash, wild, powerful and unstable! The Courtesans met on a dark wild night in London spurred on by absinthe kisses and tales to never be repeated, The Courtesans bring together four emphatic personalities merged by fate. Raucous guitars brush up against thigh-skimming angelic chords and seductive sounds; an irresistible mix of unpredictable music and provocative live shows all wrapped tenderly in the feminine form. Restless, tortured by their own dreams and a passion for their art, the secretive band have decided that their time is nigh. The Courtesans are Sinead La Bella (Light), Agnes Jones (Darkness), Saffire Sanchez (Rebel) and Victoria Brown (Temptation). Debaucherous, vicious and addictive, the band’s brazen take on The Velvet Underground’s ‘Venus In Furs’ gives a tantalising taste of things to come. Listen here:

Splintered Halo are a Heavy Metal band from Glasgow with virtuoso session musicians at its core:

With a uniquely theatrical slant in their approach to sensual, ethereal triphop, The Courtesans are currently recording their debut album, supported by a huge hypnotised fan-base and fully-funded by a successful Pledge campaign. Pledgers were privy to an exclusive uncensored video of ‘Dirty Killer (Remix)’ created by and featuring the band. See the censored version here: On 31 October they play Glasgow's Classic Grand with support from Splintered Halo and Trongate Rum Riots. To spice up the evening further there will be Burlesque performers in-between the bands with free horror make up from Sarah Scars. Scotland's capital doesn't miss out though as the girls travel to Edinburgh's Cabaret Voltaire to extend Halloween a further day - and where better than in Edinburgh's own unique underground venue. Supporting The Courtesans here are Aperture and The King Lot

All Hail The King Lot! Friends for many years, sold out supports with platinum selling american acts were all part of the boys paying dues and learning their craft, they are now armed with a fistful of great songs :

Aperture are a four piece alternative rock band from Edinburgh in the style of Yeah Yeah Yeah's, PJ Harvey, Siouxie and the banshees and The Cure:

Bounders and cads to a man (and woman,) Trongate Rum Riots’ unique blend of speed folk and proto-punk has been making ladies in whalebone corsets faint for around 132 years now: - photo by : photo by Elaine McIlwaine

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

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.” Listen: Available from: [Available for download from this link] ------------------------------------------------


Album : cd / download Release Date: 21 October 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 awardwinning singer Kris Drever (Lau) Listen: Available from: iTunes, Amazon and all good record stores (Proper Distribution & Highlander Distribution)


ROVING CROWS Deliberate Distractions Album : cd Release Date: 4 November

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. Listen: Available from:


Album : cd / download Release Date: 28 September "...the singers voice is acutely soulful and perfectly edged to fit a variety of sounds and genres with 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 Listen: Available from: ------------------------------------------------


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Album : cd / download Release Date: 7 October - From Monday 23 September, and for a limited time only, you will be able to stream the album on Bandcamp and Amazing Tunes.

Recorded live over one weekend at Gargleblast Studios, Hamilton (Scotland) with Producer Andy Miller, the album follows the historical journey of an unnamed ep : cd / download hero through childhood dreams of becoming a pirate on Release Date: 14 October the high seas, to first loves, the horror of war and the hope of one day making the long journey home. The This is the debut EP from singer songwriter Tammy Miller, "Let It Go". Hailing from the Scottish Borders and result is something that will lift the soul yet break the heart of anyone who enjoys a ripping good story. in a very short space of time, this super talented musician has already built a strong following and Listen: continues to impress in the music industry. This acoustic EP is a tiny, but amazing look at this amazing The album will be released on Monday 7 October 2013. From Monday 23 September, and for a limited time new talent and star of the future. only, you will be able to stream the album on Bandcamp and Amazing Tunes. Listen: Bandcamp - Amazing Tunes - http://deadlywinters.amazingtunes. Available from: com/ At events & gigs from sales point and on Itunes / YouTube Preview Video - Amazon / Spotify / Google Play / Deezer / Bloom fm / deadlywinters Nokia Music / Blinkbox / eMusic / xbox Music

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Album : cd / download Release Date: 30 September 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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'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 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 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 : 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 ------------------------------------------------

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 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:

GERRY JABLONSKI and -----------------------------------------------BARBARA DICKSON THE ELECTRIC BAND Twist of Fate

Album : cd / download Release Date: 23 September 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: Available from: ------------------------------------------------


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

To Each & Everyone The Songs of Gerry Rafferty Album : cd / download Release Date: 1 September

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 multiinstrumentalist Troy Donockley. Listen: Available from: (on release) Pre-order: ------------------------------------------------

GIFTED KINGS Lose What Makes You

Album : cd Release Date: September 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: 30 September

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. Listen: Available from:

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Album : cd / download Release Date: 2 September 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. Listen: Available from: - pre-order now! RoddyHartandtheLonesomeFire ------------------------------------------------


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vocals and cathartic lyrics that explore love and loss. Listen: Available from: ------------------------------------------------


Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now The latest instalment in the Thula Borah story has arrived, praised in the past for their haunting and diverse sounds, the band now presents a six track album that drips quality from every pore. The mix includes brooding, haunting soundscapes, some more direct compositions and a couple of longer songs. Those lengthier tracks allow the band to explore deeper themes and ideas through the natural progression of the music. Listen: Available from: iTunes, Amazon and many more digital locations as well as band camp. Physical copies will be available at gigs as well as from the band’s website ------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------

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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


ep : download Release Date: Out Now 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:


Songs From Inspire The debut 6 track EP from Glasgow four-piece Album : download The Apparells. Lee Cuthbertson (Lead guitar/ Release Date: Out Now vocals), Paddy McBrearty (Rythym guitar/ vocals), Stephen McCartney (Bass) and Jay Murray (Drums) all brought up in the shadows of The Scots Music Group’s Inspire project aims to broaden access to community music by working in Glasgow’s famous shipyards, have went from partnership with local support organisations in strength to strength since forming in 2011 Edinburgh, offering opportunities for vulnerable people creating a buzz wherever they go and steadily affected by issues of homelessness, poverty, addiction building up a healthy fan base. and mental health to take part in music, song and dance. 'Songs from Inspire' features Karine Polwart, Listen: Dick Gaughan, Louis Abbott & Sarah Hayes (Admiral and Adam Holmes, produced by Matheu Watson ryder-1 and Ian McCalman, mixed by Matheu Watson and Paul Savage. Available from: all good digital retailers and on CD in local record shops


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Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now Wingin' It are an award winning guitar duo from Scotland. Adam Bulley and Chas Mackenzie formed the duo in 2005, having met playing in other projects in and around Scotland. The duo perform a wide range of material from Rock, Pop, Funk, as well as instrumental pieces in the style of Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass and Classical. "Astonishingly good" Martin Taylor MBE

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Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now The Marshals' sound can loosely be described as ‘country rock', although the power pop hooks of "Two's Company" and the Stones-y swagger of "You Can Have My Heart" convey the band's love of guitars, their way with a catchy chorus and their unabashed belief in the power of rock music as a storytelling medium. Organ and piano are more prominent on this album, on two tracks simple strings are employed to beautiful effect. Listen: Available from: ------------------------------------------------

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download THE CUT THROAT RAZORS Dr. Gelati & The Lemon Garden Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now

4) as frontman of acclaimed Scottish alternative rock quartet Thula Borah, Lloyd James Fay embarks on his first foray into solo territory with the highly anticipated release of his beguiling debut LP, The Black River Chronicles. An introspective reflection of his formative years, childhood stories and forlorn first loves in suburban Lanarkshire’s creaking post-steel-industry suburbs, the album sees the Glaswegian suburbanite rocker turn pastoral singer-songwriter and embrace the subtler ambient and acoustic textures that pepper his band’s catalogue.

Welcome to the world of The Cut Throat Razors, a sharp dressed Glasgow based 10 piece band formed in 2010 who have been filling the dance floors of Scotland ever since. This, their first album, was released in June Listen: in Glasgow's Stereo where the band performed their self-penned songs of love, lingerie, libation and liberation. They have a big punchy sound, evoking Available from: classic ska, motown, new wave, big band swing and polka! You will find them strangely unique. Listen: Available from: id575684702 ------------------------------------------------

ALEX HYNES Slow your breath ep : cd / download Release Date: Out Now


In celebration of Electric Honey's 20th Anniversary, the renowned college label presents 'Slow Your Breat', the debut EP from exciting new singer-songwriter Alex Hynes. Stirling based The Falling Thunder Alex is a Scottish-Canadian multi-instrumentalist ep : cd / download who has already supported acts as diverse as Release Date: Out Now Eddi Reader, Ruby Turner and Gallagher & Lyle. His EP comprises a small collection of distinct Herculean are a three-piece alternative rock band based songs capturing a broad range of sounds and in Glasgow. The defining factors in their music include influences. atmospheric guitars, falsetto vocals, anthemic choruses and mature songwriting. Their debut EP was recorded Listen: at Chem19 Studios and engineered by Jamie Savage, brother of award winning producer Paul Savage. They've been described as "Future wordsmiths" by Available from: BBC's Ally McCrae. itunes, amazon, spotify


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The Trade have been busy working on new songs during some of the busiest times of each of the guys lives. But the fruits of their labours have come together and they've now recorded their second album - Fu-Go The Black River Chronicles which they feel is giving something to their fans, which Album : cd / download they'll love! The band have been touring the UK Release Date: Out Now extensively for three years and are planning a busy Having already caught the critics’ ear (Radio 1, Channel 2013.


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Album : cd / download Release Date: Out Now Described by the Glasgow Daily Record as The Stones meets The Beta Band with Hendrix on decks, Electrobuddha's Evolution album is out and out Scottish rock at it's finest and has been played by the likes of Jim Gellatly. Well worthy of a listen. Listen: Available from: ------------------------------------------------

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I've Got (Enough Love) single : download Release Date: Out Now

The 3rd single release from 'The Dons of Hip Hop' - Shy & DRS featuring RocK Royalty Nazareth! The new face of Scottish hip hop meets the Classic rock titans in a rap infused remix reminiscent of the Run DMC vs Aeromsmith hit 'Walk this Way'. Recorded in Germany, its one of 2 album tracks to feature the Dunfermline Rock Gods. Listen: soundcloud / bandcamp / youtube - com/shyanddrsvevo Available from: i-Tunes/Amazon ------------------------------------------------

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2013 version will be bigger and better. Taking place over 11 days in October, the festival has been designed to wrap around the Royal Cupar Arts Festival National Mòd, Scotland’s premier Cupar celebration of Gaelic language and October 5-17 culture, which is coming to Paisley for the first time. With Mòd fringe This biannual festival programes the events also taking place in the town very best in contemporary visual art at the same time, Paisley will have and is a feast of installation, a real festival feel, and will be the interventions, exhibitions and place to be in October.The bulk of performance. The festival won't The Spree action will take place in take place again until 2015, so the unique setting of a Spiegeltent don't miss out! in County Square in the heart of the town, with bigger shows to be held in the stunning 850-year-old Paisley Abbey .


Glasgow October 9 - November 9

Welcome to Glasgay!. The 20th anniversary festival runs in Glasgow with an exciting line up including work from Jackie Kay, Scottee, Tina C, Maw Broon, Terry Neason, Stef Smith, Martin O'Connor & Donna Rutherford. We celebrate our LEGACY and the particular contribution made by LGBT artists past and present.

Edinburgh October 11-12


Edinburgh’s biggest multi-venue music festival Haddow Fest is back for its fourth year but this time it’s not just on the traditional Sunday as it's now a two day festival. Haddowfest 2013 will see The Rifles and The Holy Ghosts as the main acts on the Friday night and Dry the River and We Were Promised Frontier Festival Jetpacks as headline acts for the Berwick-upon-Tweed extended Saturday all dayer, with October 10-13 the usual Haddowfest mix of the The Frontier Festival takes its name well-known and the more up and coming Scottish artists. from Berwick’s border location, as well as the organiser’s desire to showcase the best music from the “frontiers” of lo-fi, indie, rock, electronic and folk. The line-up Royal National Mod includes the finest artists from Paisley Berwick-upon-Tweed, northeast October 11-18 England and southeast Scotland, along with international touring The Royal National Mod will take acts. Tickets from The Maltings place in Paisley in 2013. The Feis 01289 330999 or events will take place in local hotels, public houses and local central venues. An Comunn Gàidhealach is one of the oldest and most respected Gaelic organisations. Founded in Oban in 1891, it has long been a leading Shetland Accordion light in the teaching, learning and use of the Gaelic language and the and Fiddle Festival study and cultivation of Gaelic Shetland literature, history, music and art. October 10-14

the country.

Biggar Little Festival Biggar October 17-27 A family-friendly festival in the historic market town of Biggar celebrating music, dance, arts and crafts, literature, and drama. Biggar will be filled with an eclectic programme of workshops, exhibitions, children's events, performances, a craft and food fair, and festival clubs. Take your pick from more than 50 events spread across 10 days in October. Many events are free! So start planning your visit to the Biggar Little Festival now!

be full of wonderful concerts featuring the finest of Scotland's musical talent as well as some international guests. The venues are as special as ever, ranging from the prestigious Perth Concert Hall to town halls and tiny village halls, from atmospheric castles to the historic Dunkeld Cathedral and even including an iron age Crannog on Loch Tay…18 venues in all in 2013! The festival is always always evolving (remember it began as just a weekend of concerts!) and this year organisers have put a lot of thought into the whole concept of 'Amber Discoveries' to complement their programme of concerts. All the Perthshire Amber team look forward to welcoming you to Perthshire in the autumn.

Oxjam Dundee

40th Glenfiddich Piping Championship

Dundee October 19 The biggest music event of it's kind in Tayside, with 5 venues hosting live local acts, from indie bands, acoustic artists, DJs, reggae acts and more, this years event will be the largest yet in Dundee's participation in the nationwide Oxjam Music Festival. Venues will be open from 1pm onwards, with an after party late on. All proceeds go to the great charity, Oxfam, which is helping to eradicate poverty across the globe. With the help of this festival, money can be raised to help families all over the world. So whilst you have a great day listening to the best local talent around, you'll be helping out a great cause.

Sound North East Scotland October 23 - November 21

sound is driven by the passion to make new music more accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. It embraces a network of local organisations to produce a varied programme of This the 26th festival presents the events exploring new music. The best in traditional music from festival brings together a large Blazin’ in Beauly Shetland, Scotland, Ireland and range of different genres of music Scandinavia. The Shetland Beauly to appeal to a wide variety of tastes Accordion and Fiddle Club promotes October 12-19 and encourage people to discover the best in tradional Shetland music, holding events throughout Blazin’ Fiddles host the 13th Blazin’ new sounds and widen their musical the year, as well as the annual in Beauly from 12th til 19th October horizons. Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival 2013. Expect full immersion into the (SAFF) music, culture and craic of the Highlands of Scotland – things which Blazin’ Fiddles have been Perthshire Amber championing throughout their 15 - The Dougie MacLean years in the Scottish music scene. A The Spree Festival unique opportunity to learn from Paisley Perthshire the band and their special guest October 10-20 October 25 - November 3 tutors as well as take part in sessions, concerts, masterclasses The Spree is back after a successful and ceilidhs whilst establishing new This is the 9th year of Perthshire debut in Paisley last year…and the Amber and promises once again to connections in a stunning part of

Blair Atholl October 26 The Glenfiddich Piping Championship was established in 1974 to inspire and stimulate the world's finest individual pipers, and to seek the best overall exponents of ceol mor or piobaireachd (the great music) and ceol beag (the little music). Blair castle provides a spectacular backdrop for this thrilling musical event.

24th Glenfiddich Fiddling Championship Blair Atholl October 27 The Glenfiddich Fiddling Championship was established in 1989, to encourage, stimulate and perpetuate the art of fiddle playing throughout the country.

Denholm Folk Music Festival Denholm (Scottish Borders) October 31- 3 November Folk fused with rock and country gives the 10th Denholm Folk Music Festival an added twist. This folk fusion festival in the Scottish countryside is a relative newcomer, slowly building a reputation in the local area. It's a small and cozy affair not far across the Scottish border which has always managed to attract quality headline acts to compliment the workshops and open mic sessions. Free sessions all weekend in the Auld Cross Keys, The Fox and Hounds and Denholm Meet. Sessions, licensed bar and meals available all weekend in the Festival Club, Lesser Hall.


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Skye Swing Jazz Festival Isle of Skye October 31 - 3 November

NOVEMBER Aberfeldy Festival Aberfeldy November 1-3

Aberfeldy Festival is back and this year’s line-up is going to be bigger This autumn sees the Isle of Skye and better than ever! With the host its first “Swing Jazz Festival”, a latest and greatest contemporary weekend of wonderful music, fun, alternative music, alongside poetry, nostalgia, glamour and dancing. art, street entrainment and fireworks, it’s certainly going to be The Sage Gateshead’s ‘Jambone a great weekend. Those kind folk at Youth Ensemble’ and Corrie Dick DEWAR’S® are sponsoring our the winner of Young Scottish Jazz amazing festival again this year, so Musician of The Year will share the there is sure to be some great weekend with The Rick Taylor Big whisky too…what more can you ask! Band, The Brian Molley Quartet and The Stu Brown Sextet who will be playing the music of Raymond Scott the composer of the eye-popping Scottish Soulful “Looney Toons” music for Tom and Weekender 3 Jerry, The Simpsons and Ren and Dumfries Stimpey. November 1-3 One of the highlights of the weekend is a 1940s Big Band Night SSW3 - the third Scottish Soulful on Saturday 2nd November some of Weekender and biggest event so the finest musicians in Scotland are far! The last two year's events were massive successes and were hailed coming together to perform the as "the friendliest weekender ever" music of Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Count Basie and all the greats. You by all of the patrons that attended can dance the night away or sit and this incredible 3 day and 3 night listen with the 16 piece Rick Taylor event set in an incredible venue. Don't be misled by the name The Big-Band, featuring The Bevvy Sisters, who bring to life the iconic Scottish Soulful Weekender, yes we play a lot of soul music in some of Andrews Sisters. We are holding the rooms but we also cater for weekly dancing classes led by Lorayne McLucas of SKYEDANCE to soulful and jackin' house music lovers in the Pressure Point and nu get us in the mood starting disko, techy vibes and edits in the Wednesday 25th September. Blue Room with everything else in between. For tickets and info see

Each night differs from the other but both include a blend of great music for everyone with a mix of folk and traditional styles!

Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival Carlisle November 8-10 The highly acclaimed Carlisle Blues Festival celebrated five incredibly exciting and successful years with a weekend event in November 2011 which many regarded as the best UK blues festival of the year. 2012 even surpassed that cementing the event as one of the top three of its kind in the country.

supporters of the event. Dannsa is happy to announce the return of the very successful weekend festival of traditional dance but this time with an international twist. On 15-17th November 2013 Kingussie will be bouncing once again with dance workshops, showcases and live music from across the land.

The Piano 2013 Glasgow November 16 - December 1

Ultimately, the piano, like every instrument is merely a tool, a means to an end. But no other instrument can compare with the piano for the power it gives the individual player to create a whole many-voiced world of colours, lines, The key to the success of the arguments, textures – and Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival has emotions. Few other instruments always been the consistent strength have proven themselves as of the line up and its refusal to be multifaceted and versatile as this restricted within a genre. It doesn’t astounding creation of wood, metal, guarantee to please all of the wire, felt and lacquer. That is why people all of the time but it does in November, we celebrate The promise to please the vast majority Piano. of the audience for the most part of the time. Whatever happens the Carlisle Fiddle 2013 festival in 2013 promises another Edinburgh feast of the very best in real live music. Would you want to miss out? November 22-24

Kinross-shire Music Festival Kinross-shire November 14-17+22-24

Kinross-shire Local Events Organisation (KLEO) is delighted to announce that Ricky Ross will Carrying Stream perform at the Kinross-shire Music Sonica Festival Festival which will take place over Glasgow Edinburgh two weekends (14-17 Nov and 22October 31 - November 3 November 6-13 24 Nov) in Kinross and Milnathort. Other performances will range from Welcome to the second Sonica, a The 12th annual autumn music Rock, Jazz, Folk, Blues and Classical long weekend of sonic art festival by The Edinburgh Folk Club and includes an under-18 “Kinrossencompassing music, performance, who meet every Wednesday at 8pm shire’s Got Talent Competition” for sound, multimedia and visual art. in the Pleasance Cabaret Bar Children in Need. Ticket information Sonica is Cryptic’s dedicated festival and sale will be through our website to world-class sonic arts and music. and TicketWeb. Sonica adds to Glasgow’s vibrant music scene by presenting work by House Folk Scottish established international artists, providing a UK platform for further Music Festival Strathspèy Away 2013 performances of exceptional and Kinlochard Kingussie rarely seen work and, showcasing November 7-8 November 15-17 the best emerging local and international talent. Now in its sixth year the House Folk Building on Dannsa's legacy, Scottish Music Festival brings you Strathspe Away will now be lead by Tickets on sale now. Early bird two nights of Scottish music tickets, purchase tickets to performed by top artists in a highly a committee of enthusiastic Tramway by Monday 21 October for unusual and intimate venue. The £8 instead of the standard price of concerts take place every year in £12. Special Offers: Buy a ticket for autumn in the village of Kinlochard two shows at Tramway and get a situated in the Heart of the free ticket for the third show. This Trossachs. The concerts offer an offer can only be purchased by expo of bagpipe, accordion, strings, calling the Tramway Box Office on fiddle, vocals and flute music fusing 0845 330 3501. traditional and contemporary Scottish styles that have influenced the music scene around the globe.

The Scots Fiddle Festival seeks to sustain and promote Scottish fiddle tradition and idioms, by providing a platform for performance, education, and participation. A weekend of concerts, recitals, workshops, talks and exhibitions is held on an annual basis highlighting regional Scottish fiddle styles and intercultural connections.

St Andrews Festival St Andrews November 30 Celebrating St Andrews Day in St Andrews is like celebrating St Patrick’s Day in Dublin! Join the town in celebrating Scotland’s patron saint. Join the pipe band led torchlight procession through the town culminating in the largest outdoor Ceilidh in the world! Savour the atmosphere of the weekend with a variety of fringe events and performances including the St Andrews Food & Drink Festival.

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