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Youth music forum 'Off The Record' is coming to Dundee and Aberdeen Record label owners, journalists, DJs and concert promoters are among the industry figures set to share their knowledge at 'Off The Record' days, taking place in Dundee on 3 October and Aberdeen on 4 October. The youth events, open to anyone aged 14-25, will provide advice workshops and presentations focusing on key aspects of the music industry including releasing music, getting/organising gigs, promotion and working in the business. Confirmed speakers for both days include Jim Gellatly [XFM Scotland/Amazing Radio], concert/festival promoter Nicky Carder [Beyond Promotions], digital music distributor Toni Malyn [EmuBands] and booker Steven Milne [The Lemon Tree]. In Dundee they will be joined by label manager Halina Rifai [Bloc Music/Podcart], while the Aberdeen event includes Scott Macdonald [KFM Records], rapper/engineer Dave Hook [Stanley Odd/Solareye] and promoter Aileen Lynn [MILK]. Additional speakers will be announced in the lead up to the weekend.

A previous 'Off The Record' event held in Musselburgh : photo by Euan Robertson

“The speakers bring a diverse range of insights and the sessions are designed to be relevant to musicians and those looking to work in the industry – regardless of genre,” explains Olaf Furniss, who along with music manager Michael Lambert, runs the Born To Be Wide organisation which hosts Off The Record. The Dundee event takes place at the Caird Hall in partnership with Dundee Festival Trust, while the Aberdeen day is at the Lemon Tree and is hosted in conjunction with Aberdeen Performing Arts and Station House Media Unit. In addition to existing series partners - the Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative and digital distribution company EmuBands – Off The Record will also see new partnerships with the Musicians’ Union and the Academy Of Music & Sound. “We are delighted to be involved with the Off The Record events, they are a great opportunity for young people looking to work in music," says Jonathan Tait, the Academy Of Music & Sound’s vice principal, commercial & operations. Full details on the web links below..


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Made in Perthshire features musicians making waves well beyond Scotland Perth Concert Hall’s 10th Anniversary celebrations continue on Saturday 19 September with a special concert called Made in Perthshire highlighting some of the huge variety of music that the venue has staged over the past decade.

put together a truly world-class band for Made in Perthshire including Dave Milligan and Graeme Stephen, two of the top jazz players in Scotland, Ben Nicholls who has played with Seth Lakeman and many other great musicians. It is a multigenre gig with roots in tradition and the music ranges from beautiful slow epic sets to a dance vibe. We had Perthshire firmly in mind when putting the set together and we think that local audiences will really appreciate the show which features music by Gordon Duncan, Dougie McLean, Trilok Gurtu and much more.” The impressive full line-up is: Ross Ainslie (pipes, whistles, cittern), Patsy Reid (fiddle) with Fraser Anderson (vocals, guitar), Ali Hutton (pipes, whistles, guitar), Signy Jakobsdottir (drums, percussion), Stewart McMurdo (viola), Dave Milligan (piano, keyboards), Ben Nicholls (bass), Lisa Rigby (vocals), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Laura Wilkie (violin), Rachel Wilson (cello) and Craigie Choir. Patsy Reid :

GIGnotes ..... Sat 19 Sep: 7.30pm, Perth Concert Hall, £12.50; concessions £10.50 (+ £1.50 booking fee per ticket). Kids Go Free. For tickets and info contact Horsecross Arts Box Office on 01738 621031 visit

Musically directed by two of Scotland’s finest young composers and players, Perthshire’s own Ross Ainslie and Patsy Reid, Made in Perthshire is a specially commissioned night of contemporary music rooted in the Scottish tradition but spiced with folk, pop, jazz, classical and world flavours. Ross and Patsy will be joined by two more hugely talented local artists making waves well beyond their native county; songwriters Fraser Anderson and Lisa Rigby. A top-class backing band drawn from a wide variety of musical backgrounds complete with string section and the 20-strong Craigie Choir will complete the line-up for what promises to be a unique and unforgettable night of songs and tunes to celebrate Perth Concert Hall’s 10th Birthday in style. Patsy Reid said: “Perth Concert Hall is a massive asset for the city. I meet many musicians who know about Perth because they have played in Perth Concert Hall; it puts Perth on the map. I have seen some of the best gigs ever here right on my doorstep. Because of the calibre of the acts that play here, it is an honour to be asked to get involved in this concert.” Ross Ainslie, who played in Perth Concert Hall’s launch weekend ten years ago and at its 5th Anniversary in 2005 said: “We have

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#SAMA2015 Scottish Alternative Music Awards announce nominations The Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs) are back and bigger than ever – as they announce the nominees for their sixth award show set to be held at The Garage, Glasgow, on Thursday 8 October.


Continuing to shine a light on emerging talent on the Scottish alternative music scene, the SAMAs have spent this year celebrating bands from across Scotland at a number of intimate gigs, but will now turn to the public to award the best on the scene in 2015. Psychedelic’ Apache Sun have their debut EP released on infamous student run record label Electric Honey. Brothers Kris & Pete from Aberdeen have encapsulated all that is great about psychedelic, garage, rock and pop music

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SAMAs founder, Richy Muirhead, has also unveiled that the event will be hosted by a selection of special guests and will include performances by previous winners and nominees including Holy Esque and Crash Club. Richy said: "The shortlist is extremely strong this year, with nominees from every corner of Scotland. There is a huge surge in nominations for new bands, which goes to show that Scotland is forever churning out new and exciting talent. I think this year’s main event will be one not to miss – it’s our sixth birthday, so we’ve got a few surprises and crowd-pleasers up our sleeves. Stay tuned!”


Tickets for this year’s Scottish Alternative Music Awards are available now via EventBrite. Prices start from £10. VIP packages are also available.

The SAMA nominees for 2015 are as follows:

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returns to Summerhall Edinburgh's Summerhall is excited to announce the Autumn programme of Nothing Ever Happens Here… live music nights in it’s brilliant Dissection Room.

Edinburgh's 'The Spook School' support Joanna Gruesome on 23 September :

Sam Gough, Summerhall General Manager talking about the year round programme said: "After a storming set of sell out gigs during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival we are excited to continue our excellent live music nights throughout autumn and beyond. We have a great selection of established and upcoming bands from across the world and are particularly proud to provide a platform for the next generation of Scottish artists to grow an audience in.” Get ready to go totally nuts for Joanna Gruesome on the 23 September who will be playing tracks from their new album Peanut Butter, amongst other songs. The band all originally met on a wine tasting holiday. Their terrific debut album Weird Sister took the world by storm when it was released in September 2013, going on to win the Welsh Music Prize. At radio their singles have scored a remarkable four out of four on the BBC 6Music playlist and the band have played sessions for both Lauren Laverne on 6Music and for Huw Stephens on Radio One. Support comes from the up and coming The Spook School.

With support from F. Ampism, the solo experimental and audio-visual project of Paul Wilson, also of Brighton’s freejazz weirdo collective Bolide. He creates swirls of delay and other worldly textures through pedal and electronic manipulation, sometimes aided with projections of his own homemade collage films. There is also support from Tissø Lake (aka. Ian Humberstone) who falls neatly into a close knit circle of Edinburgh musicians and songwriters that have been meticulously honing their craft for a number of years, having collaborated and performed with the likes of Rob St. John and Eagleowl and is also the co-founder of the excellent Folklore Tapes.

Son Lux perform on the 22 October. Founded by producer-composer Ryan Lott in 2007, and with recent band additions of guitarist-composer Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang, Son Lux is now a ferocious trio both live and on record. Their brand new record ‘Bones’ was released June 22nd on Glassnote. Bones is the first album documenting this new formation, and it draws from the three members’ unique and omnivorous On 4 October we host Laura Naukkarinen, aka musical vernaculars. Few bands have built a Lau Nau who is one of the more interesting more impressive and varied array of names in the Finnish music scene – a singercollaborators: Lorde, Beyoncé producer Boots, songwriter, producer and film music composer. Sufjan Stevens, Matthew Dear, Busdriver, Vijay Her songs are imbued with a cinematic breadth Iyer, Nico Muhly and Pulitzer Prize winner of vision and her idiosyncratic, finely honed Caroline Shaw. Support comes from Barbarossa soundworld builds on fragile, spectral otherness. and from the US Olga Bell. Lau Nau has opened for Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Lee Ranaldo in Helsinki on the One of the premiere psychedelic bands on the bands’ kind request, and played dates in New planet come to Summerhall on the 27 October. York and San Francisco, Super Deluxe in Tokyo, Japan’s Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting and Shanghai Expo in China to name a few. Paraiso U.F.O. were formed in 1996 and play Debut album, ‘Kuutarha’, won acclaim from the progressive jams in the vein of psychedelic likes of Pitchfork and Dusted, with The Wire freaks such as Magma, Gong, Ash Ra Tempel, naming the LP in their top 50 albums of 2005, Flower Travellin’ Band, Guru Guru and Pink Floyd and citing her Philadelphia show of that year at their wildest. Furthermore, guitarist and amongst “60 concerts that shook the world”. Lau founding member Makoto Kawabata believes he Nau’s third album ‘Valohiukkanen’ was is the reincarnation of hippie guru Father Yod! nominated for a series of prestigious music They have graced stages and festivals all around prizes in Finland like the Teosto prize. the world, including the phenomenal Austin Naukkarinen also composes music for films, Psych Fest arguably more times than any other theatre, dance and sound installations. She band. Braw has been chuffed to have put on accompanies silent films live and composes Kawabata-san in various capacities over the music for feature films. Her original music score years, with a solo show in 2013 and a for Jan Forsström’s feature film ‘Princess of collaborative set with Japanese noise legend KK Egypt’ was nominated for the Jussi movie prize Null earlier this year, but we’re over the moon to in Finland 2014. have the entire UFO unit in the Dissection Room

of Summerhall. Expect a fully psyched out experience from this legendary Japanese collective, unlike anything you’ll see this year! With support from Nackt Insecten , the solo ritualistic drone project from Glasgow underground legend Ruaraidh Sanachan, also of Moon Unit, Bad Aura, Pyramidion and countless other psychedelic noise projects of the west’s vibrant weirdo scene. This will be his first solo show in what seems like years now, Nackt Insecten places audiences into a hypnotic trance of synth, tape crackle and hum – as heard on his 2011 opus and masterpiece ‘Reality Bridge’ on Blackest Rainbow. Get down early! The current batch of gigs concludes on the 28 October with Mercury Prize nominee East India Youth aka William Doyle who first performed live as East India Youth in November 2012 .Over the next two years his achievements seemed as effortlessly gained as they were well-deserved. He released the ‘Hostel’ EP via the Quietus Phonographic Corporation in March 2013 and then his critically acclaimed albums ‘Total Strife Forever’ on Stolen Recordings in January 2014, which would go on to be nominated for the Mercury Prize and ‘Culture Of Volume’. He will be supported by Pixx ,the nom de guerre of 19 year-old Hannah Rodgers, a young songwriter from Chipstead and alumni of The BRIT School. Her music is inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Aphex Twin and her recording debut, Fall In was released by 4AD on 28 August. Throughout the Autumn, Soulsville presents new club night Rhythm Machine at Summerhall. A night centered around the evolution of African drum beats in an electronic age. Playing Tom Tom Heavy Electronic Funk, Synth-laden Nigerian Boogie & Mind-Bending New Wave Disco, DJ's Francis Dosoo, Andy Danet & Cameron Mason hope to conjure up the vivid experimental energy of a block party in Downtown New York in the 1980's. The night was premiered during the August festival to a capacity crowd and organisers are looking forward to their second outing on the 2nd October.

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Scottish National Jazz Orchestra brings inspirational saxophonist Benny Golson to Scotland The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra is privileged to welcome special guest Benny Golson, an inspirational tenor saxophonist and a hugely influential figure in twentieth century jazz. This unique concert experience features a jazz master (and master raconteur) whose long career has confirmed his status as one of the alltime greats of modern jazz. notably with Art Blakey on the classic Moanin' album.

He plays with the SNJO at Edinburgh's Queen's Hall on 18 September, the Music Hall in Aberdeen on 19 September and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow on 20 September.

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Benny Golson was there at the beginning when he and John Coltrane were "two young kids growing up in Philadelphia - aspiring to be musicians". Golson became a powerful driver of creative jazz in the 1950's and '60's as co-leader of the famous Jazztet with Art Farmer, and appeared as a valued sideman on dozens of record dates. He can be heard alongside Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Roland Kirk and

with this special celebration of Benny Golson’s outstanding contribution to Golson is an authentic jazz. His music, his originator too, and the experiences and his personal composer of numerous jazz history draw a clear line from standards such as Killer Joe, I A Great Day in Harlem right Remember Clifford, Along up to the present day in Came Betty and Whisper Not. Edinburgh, Glasgow and A hugely diverse career has Aberdeen. also seen Benny Golson bring a distinctive jazz voice to The Scottish National Jazz incidental music for film and Orchestra directed by Tommy television music. However, Smith are guaranteed to his greatest moment of match gravitas with style, screen fame arose and respect with goodunexpectedly with a cameo humour as they warmly appearance in Spielberg’s welcome Benny Golson to the “The Terminal” featuring Tom Scottish stage. Together they Hanks. It’s the fictional story will demonstrate how great of Viktor Navorski, a man jazz was made in the who spends nine months beginning, and what makes it living in an airport, striving to so wonderfully alive today. get Benny Golson’s GIGnotes ..... The Scottish autograph. National Jazz Orchestra directed Benny Golson, now eighty-six years young, proves beyond doubt that the jazz flame stays constantly lit by the creative spark. As Golson recently explained to a young reviewer, "Jazz is all about imagination. We’re going to the same forest, but not to the same trees. I have no idea what solo I’m going to play. I play what’s on my mind." The SNJO’s twentieth anniversary year continues

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The University of Glasgow and UK Music Presents: This Born To Wide How do you create and sustain a scene?

night will help you! Born To Be Wide kicks off its seminar season on Thursday 1 October, with a look at how to create and sustain a scene. Taking place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus, the evening will begin with an interview with Kevin Williamson, whose Neu! Reekie! cultural events regularly attract hundreds of attendees. He will also join a discussion focusing on different approaches to building an audience. Hosted by Born To Be Wide director Olaf Furniss, it includes Halina Rifai [TYCI/ Bloc+Music], Martyn Flyn [Lucky Me] and Creative Edinburgh founder, Janine Matheson.

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“There are many different ways to create an audience and community around an event or music genre,” says Furniss, who has overseen Born To Be Wide’s development from a music scene social night to Scotland’s leading music business event organiser. “The panelists will provide unique insights into their respective approaches.” The interview and discussion panel will be followed by speakers playing a selection of their favourite tunes and socialising with the audience. GIGnotes ..... Born To Be Wide - Creating and Sustaining a Scene, Thursday 1 October, The Electric Circus, 36-39 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF. Admission £5.50 / £4 [Musicians' Union members]. Tickets:

ABOUT BORN TO BE WIDE: Born To Be Wide is a Community Interest Company, based in central Scotland. It stages music business seminars, the annual Wide Days convention/showcases and the Off The Record youth events. The company also organises bespoke talks and workshops for other conferences, festivals and organisations. Born To Be Wide started life in 2004 as an informal social night to bring together those involved in the Scottish music scene, and soon began attracting interest throughout the UK. Since April 2008 the company has hosted networking evenings, which begin with a discussion panel featuring key figures from the music industry.

An ‘Introduction to the Music Industry’ PRS Songwriting workshop with Rachel Sermanni Record label talk with Soma Records Festival/Concert talk with Geoff Ellis (T in the Park/DF Concerts) Artist Management talk with Michael Lambert (A Modern Way Management - Idlewild & Fatherson) Careers in Music with UK Music CEO Jo Dipple Club/DJ talk with Sub Club Music Careers Opportunities with Creative and Cultural Skills Higher Music Education with Professor Martin Cloonan (University of Glasgow)

UK Music has brought together a Scottish music industry professional line-up for our ‘Introduction to the Music Industry’ event on Thursday 8 October at the Adam Smith Building on the University of Glasgow campus. The event in partnership with the University of Glasgow is designed to engage young adults aged 18-25 into considering careers within the music industry. SNP MP for Glasgow North Patrick Grady will introduce the event which will kick off a series of talks from a variety of experts in the Scottish music industry. These will include a label talk from Soma Records, festival/ concert talk from T in the Park’s Chief Executive Geoff Ellis, DJ/Club talk from the Sub Club, a songwriting workshop with Rachel Sermanni hosted by the PRS and an artist management discussion from Idlewild & Fatherson manager Michael Lambert from A Modern Way Management. Creative and Cultural Skills, who offer skills and training for the UK’s creative and cultural industries will speak about their access to funding, jobs and how they can offer career advice. UK Music’s CEO Jo Dipple will also speak about apprenticeships within the industry and Professor Martin Cloonan from the University of Glasgow will discuss higher education in music.

Rachel Sermanni will be taking a PRS hosted songwriting workshop :

steps towards a career in music.” Professor Martin Cloonan, Research Convener at the University of Glasgow said: “It is a pleasure for the University of Glasgow to host this event on behalf of UK Music. It's very important to those wishing to enter the music industry educate themselves as much as possible about how the industry works. This day offers an ideal opportunity to do just that.” Mike Grieve, Managing Director at the Sub Club said: “Sub Club is delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile event where we hope we can contribute positively to this opportunity for young people to learn more about the music industry first hand.” Darren Quail, Soma Records said: “Soma are excited to be part of what will no doubt be an interesting insight for young people into the workings of the ever evolving music industry.” Participants can apply for a place by emailing their full name, age, mobile number and music experience to: (Successful participants will be informed by the 1 October applications accepted up to 6 October.)

About UK Music: UK Music is the umbrella organisation which represents the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music Jo Dipple, UK Music Chief Executive said: industry - from artists, musicians, songwriters and composers, to record labels, “We are delighted to be working with music managers, music publishers, studio Glasgow University to bring together some of producers, music licensing organisations and Scotland’s leading music industry the live music industry. The members of UK professionals to present their unique Music are: AIM, BASCA, BPI, FAC, MMF, MPA, knowledge to the young people of Scotland. MPG, MU, PPL, PRS for Music and the Live The event will help the participants to gain Music Group. access to information regarding apprenticeships and internships within the industry as well as learning about its various sectors which will set them up for their first

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New live jazz Superstar Line Up For series launches Edinburgh's Festive Show at Meggatland In association A new venue for live music in Edinburgh dips its toe in the water this week with the launch of a series of jazz nights for the darker nights. Canalside is wonderfully located within the grounds of Meggetland, it opened in March 2014 and forms part of the Boroughmuir Community Sports Club on the city's Colinton Road. First up for 'Live at Canalside' on Friday 18 September at 7.30pm is The John Burgess Hot Four, playing jazz from the 20's and 30's with real passion and panache. They feature Colin Steele's elegant trumpet, the banjo and guitar wizardry of Ross Milligan, the ever swing string bass of Andy Sharkey and the clarinet and saxophones of John Burgess. Toe tapping stuff and up lifting swinging jazz that's guaranteed to leave you smiling. Then on Friday 16 October there's a visit by a MUSIC NEWS Scotland favourite the Lorna Reid Quintet. Since launching her debut album to a packed house at Pizza Express Jazz Club London in 2008, Lorna Reid has grown to become one of Scotland's most sought after jazz artists. Twice nominated ‘Best Jazz Vocalist’ in the Scottish Jazz Awards she has also debuted as a radio presenter on BBC Radio Scotland and featured as an opening act for the Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival.

with Broadway Productions, Scotland's 'Tonight Productions' are delighted to announce that two West End leading ladies will join the cast of ‘Tonight…A West End Christmas’ in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh's Peter Ferguson who brings top musicals to Edinburgh

“I am absolutely thrilled to be returning to Edinburgh. Wonderful songs in a wonderful city. It happens to be one of my favourite places. To be working with some great talent and great mates too, is just a joy. I cannot wait; it will be a fantastic night.“ said Ruthie Henshall. Edinburgh based producer, Peter Ferguson has been wowing audiences since 2012 with a stream of variety concerts across Scotland and continues to attract the cream of show business to these lavish productions.

And finally in this series the Marty Waugh Quartet visits on Friday 13 November. Like so many before him, Marty Waugh has brought the songs of the greatest names such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and many more onto the stage with his tribute to swing. Unlike many others however, his performances are beyond a simple reproduction of the songs of an era that will never die.

Peter said: “I am delighted to welcome back to Edinburgh some of the finest stars of London’s West End. The city is blessed with such a strong musical theatre audience and it’s always a thrill to produce one off concerts with a real London vibe and the chance to get up close and personal with these amazing performers”.

You can get tickets from the bar, call 07557 680995 or Email: to reserve. Tickets will also be available on the night at £10 (including a glass of fizz), with doors opening at 7.30pm.

GIGnotes ...... Tonight…A West End Christmas, Sunday 22 November. Doors 7pm/Curtain 7:30pm. The Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh. Ticket prices £38.50, £28.60 & £23.10. £1 transaction fee applies to all online and telephone bookings. Tickets are available from the venue and/or

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Musical theatre stars Ruthie Henshall (Miss Saigon, Follies, Chicago, Billy Elliot) and Louise Dearman (Wicked, Evita, Jekyll & Hyde) will jet into Edinburgh for one night only to appear in this glitzy musical extravaganza that will feature classic show tunes from Broadway as well as West End showstoppers at The Usher Hall in Edinburgh on Sunday 22 November. Also joining the stellar cast will be former S Club 7 heartthrob Jon Lee. Jon recently took the West End by storm with his appearances in Jersey Boys and Les Miserables. The audience can also expect a few festive gems in there to kickstart the Christmas celebrations.

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Gerda Stevenson

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"

Gerda Stevenson, an actor/writer/ director/ singersongwriter, trained at London's R.A.D. A. winning the Vanbrugh Award. She has worked on stage, television, radio and film throughout Britain and abroad. From the Stevenson family of musicians (her father the composer/pianist Ronald, sister composer/harper Savourna, and niece composer/fiddler AnnaWendy), Gerda is known for her singing in many theatre

productions. In 2014, she was nominated as one the Saltire Society's Outstanding Women of Scotland. With support from Creative Scotland, a highly acclaimed CD of her own songs, NIGHT TOUCHES DAY, was released in 2014 (Gean Records, produced by Mattie Foulds), her vocals accompanied by an array of fine Scottish musicians: James Ross, Konrad Wiszniewski, Inge Thomson, Seylan Baxter, Rob MacNeacail, and Norwegian multiinstrumentalist Kyrre Slind. She is also one of the MADGE WILDFIRE trio, with Patsy Seddon and Kathy Stewart.

PERMANENT, and has been nominated twice for the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland. Founder of Stellar Quines, Scotland's leading women's theatre company, and Associate Artist of Communicado, she's also a trustee of the Scottish International Education Trust, and a Scots Language Ambassador for Education Scotland. She has written extensively for

In 2011, Gerda was nominated by the League of Professional Theatre Women (New York) for the Gilder/ Coigney International Award. She received a BAFTA Scotland Best Film Actress Award for her performance in Margaret Tait's feature film BLUE BLACK

radio and is regularly heard in BBC Radio 4's popular PAUL TEMPLE MYSTERIES, playing Steve, feisty wife of the eponymous hero. She performed in, and directed her stage play FEDERER VERSUS MURRAY (published by prestigious American literary magazine SALMAGUNDI), touring the production to New York in 2012, as part of the Scottish Government's NYC SCOTLAND WEEK celebrations. She is a visiting lecturer at Glasgow University, where her work is studied as part of the Contemporary Scottish Literature course. Gerda's poetry collection, IF THIS WERE REAL, (pub. Smokestack Books, 2013) was reviewed in The Sunday Herald as: "The best of the new in contemporary Scottish poetry - not to be missed." : : 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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Sweden's Charlotte Eriksson aka 'The Glass Child' to play Edinburgh Charlotte Eriksson, is a young heartfelt singersongwriter originally from Sweden, also known as The Glass Child by her fans. She will be playing a gig as part of her UK tour, at the Voodoo Rooms Speakeasy in Edinburgh on 6 October. Support on the night will come from two young Edinburgh songwriters Daniel Scott and Ross Arthur. Ross Arthur : photo by Becca Hornyak

Charlotte Eriksson, a complex, deep and very ambitious young singer songwriter originally from Sweden, who moved to London when she was 18 armed with her guitar, a worn-out bag and a steely determination to make it on her own and more importantly on her own terms. This she has accomplished by developing her craft, writing deep and meaningful lyrics accompanied by memorable, catchy and heartfelt tunes, and steadily building a fanbase by gigging and recording two EPs under her own label, Broken Glass Records, and crowdfunding her album “I Must Be Gone And Live, Or Stay And Die” through PledgeMusic.

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Charlotte Eriksson.

Charlotte said: “My first official show in my favourite city in all the world! It will be an amazing evening of music, hang, stories and good vibes. I'll play both old songs and completely new ones that no one has ever heard before. You can get your hands on my signed books and CDs, and we can take weird pictures together and talk about coffee” -

Daniel Scott is a 19 year old who has been writing and playing songs around the Edinburgh music scene for the past 3 or 4 years. His sound is mainly soul-influenced but many songs can be a mix of genre ranging from slow acoustic ballads to upbeat funk tracks. And Ross Arthur is a very energetic Singer/Songwriter - "The one man band who performs for the 3 absent members". Ross' material has been played by Jim Gellatly and Ross has performed his selfpenned songs to audiences 3000 strong. Tickets are available from

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ROSS AINSLIE : album : 'Remembering' release date - 18 September :

Ross Ainslie is one of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and composers, playing pipes, whistles and cittern. He is renowned for his highly acclaimed solo material, and as a skilled performer and prolific collaborator who performs regularly with bands Treacherous Orchestra – of which he is a founding member - Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Charlie Mckerron, India Alba, and with Jarlath Henderson.

He has also received industry recognition for his talent with nominations for Musician of the year at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2013 and Best Duo at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2014 with Jarlath Henderson, nominations for Best Instrumentalist at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2010 and 2012, nomination for Album of the year at the Scots Trad Awards with his debut solo Album “Wide Open” in 2013, as well as nominations in Best Live Act category at the Scots Trad Music Awards with Jarlath Henderson in 2008, and with Treacherous Orchestra in 2009 and 2010. Ross' solo album “Wide Open” was number 9 of 50 in The Scottish albums of 2013 in the Sunday Herald. In January 2015 Ross was commissioned by Celtic Connections to write a piece for the New Voices series. Ross decided to go outside his comfort zone and try out songwriting for the first time and “Remembering” is what he achieved. “Remembering” features five songs and three tune sets, from “Head High” which is a song about remaining positive and not dwelling in the past that features some words by the living legend Jock Duncan to a kind of psychedelic, thrash grass suite called “Nowhere To Go” which is in three sections. “Lullaby For Mel” was written for Ross’s friend that he lost far too early and it shows his flair for writing a beautiful slow melody. The album opens with a song called “Change” that reflects on Ross’s drinking days and the decision to go sober. Overall “Remembering” is an open and honest piece of music.

ROY'S IRON DNA : album : 'Exposure' release date - out now : Roy's Iron DNA (a musical collective and live band from the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh) released the world's first augmented reality album in the summer. The album, entitled ‘Exposure’, was released as a tabloid style newspaper with each page scannable with a smartphone/tablet app enabling the reader to play an individually commissioned video for a track from the album. You can see the video to the album track Question Marks at :

10,000 copies of the newspaper were distributed to 250+ outlets across the length and breadth of Scotland free of charge ensuring an estimated 100,000 readership! No other act has combined augmented reality with visual art and music in such a way before. Funded by Creative Scotland, Roy’s Iron DNA has commissioned a wide range of creative talent from across the country. Art students and professional production houses have interpreted tracks from the album to produce their own unique views on the music. These videos were also released daily via the band’s official vimeo channel, before the newspaper and digital download release of the album. The album is being released by the band’s own multi-faceted music company Travelled Music who count festival headline band Caribou among their clients. The band play The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh on 10 October and Cafe Kazmiranda in Berwick on 17 October. // email us @

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download IMAGINARY CREATURES Danse Macabre Album cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Danse Macabre is the second studio album from virtual band Imaginary Creatures. The group is a studio project formed by the collaboration of lyricist and songwriter David Scott along with composer and multiinstrumentalist Iain McKinna. For this album, the Imaginary Creatures are joined by legendary drummer Ted McKenna, well-known from the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Rory Gallagher and the Ian Gillan Band. There is also a top-notch lineup of guest musicians. Making a return from the first album are guitar ace Keith More and backing vocalists Alexis and Kirsty. New to this release are saxophone players John Burgess and Kenny Tomlinson, and keyboard maestro Rich Anderson. Listen/Watch: Available from: iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify, Google Play


Album cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Novantae are an award winning Scottish rock band formed in Dumfries & Galloway in 2010. The band are: James Henderson on guitars, mandolin and vocals; Tom Cuddihy on bass guitar, banjo and vocals; Guy Bryson on drums, percussion and vocals. The band’s debut album For Us was recorded in the heart of Galloway, and mastered in Glasgow. The songs are inspired by the people and places of Scotland and take the listener on a diverse aural journey. Available from: iTunes, Amazon MP3,

BATTLEFIELD BAND & Guests Beg & Borrow

Album cd / download / streaming Release Date: Out now on download/stream : CD on 2 October

Beg & Borrow is a musical project which explores shared music and song from Scotland and Ireland. Featuring Scotland's Battlefield Band and twelve guest artists, the recordings made during the project are available as an album from Temple Records. Listen/Watch: Available from: Usual places or direct as download or CD from: Temple Records at .....



Summerland UPrising

Album cd Release Date: Out Now UP is a trio comprising guitar, double bass, drums and harmony vocals, based in East Lothian and Edinburgh. These are fine, experienced players, and the album (superbly engineered by Wayne Bell) gives a good crosssection of their eclectic live repertoire - early rock, jive, country, jazz, blues, traditional folk and skiffle pieces all come under a very broad umbrella - if it's fun they play it! Listen/Watch: Available from: Direct from the band - email: or via facebook - album £10 + UK p&p £2.65. Payment via PayPal invoice, either by PayPal a/c or credit/debit card

Fairy Lights

Album cd / download Release Date: Out Now Jenny Lascelles is a singer, songwriter, pianist and occasional ukulele enthusiast from Newcastle Upon Tyne. Fairy Lights is her first album, a result of both eager anticipation from audiences and a keenness to set down some of her music in sold form. The album is a reflective look at the way in which little, personal moments can portray the wider world. The album uses a variety of influences, whilst also maintaining a lyrical and stylistic thread throughout. Listen/Watch: Available from: iTunes, Amazon MP3, RaRa, Spotify, eMusic, Google Play

Album cd / download Release Date: Out Now Summerland are a hard-gigging band that are delighting ever larger live audiences with their songs of love and loss, longing and rejection. Sophie Armstrong, a shepherdess working in the wilds of Northumberland by day, has an extraordinary voice that soars, yet offers vulnerability and clarity too. At her side stands Gary Shearer, a guitarist of impressive ability whose musical tastes know no bounds. Together they’ve crafted a set list of original, heartfelt songs. This is music that is both contemporary and timeless. Listen/Watch: Available from: iTunes and Amazon The Music Shop + Berrydins Bookshop, Berwick

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



Always In My Heart

Apache Sun

Shattered Echoes

Glasgow Jazz singer Eddie Toal has released a CD as a tribute to his wife Irene who always wanted him to make a recording. Sadly, Irene will never hear it. She died from Breast Cancer four years ago aged just 48. Irene’s dying wish was to help other patients at the Beatson Cancer Centre where she was treated. So Eddie (66) is donating all the proceeds from his recording to the Beatson Cancer Charity and hopes to raise thousands of pounds. “It’s not exactly the Taj Mahal but it’s the best I can do to remember her” says Eddie, an exrailwayman and semi-professional singer. “Irene used to nag me about making a recording of old songs that we both loved but I just never got around to it. Well, now I have and it’s for a great cause.”

‘Newly minted psychedelic’ band from Glasgow have their debut self-titled EP released on infamous student run record label Electric Honey. Brothers Kris and Pete have encapsulated all that is great about psychedelic, garage, rock and pop music into this record. A perfectly balanced EP.

Foxbeef: Powerful, melodic, hard rock with grunge sensibilities. Foxbeef released their début album Shattered Echoes on the 27 June, 2015. The drums were recorded at TPot Studios in Kinross with Robin Wynn Evans, whose credits include The Manic Street Preachers & The View. The band took on the responsibility to record and produce the rest of the album themselves, working as hard as they could over the course of a year to get the album to a place that reflected the bands personality and energy.

Album cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Available from: Beatson Cancer Charity, iTunes, Amazon MP3

EP cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Listen/Watch: Available from: Love Music (Glasgow) Monorail (Glasgow)

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Moving Pictures


Album download Release Date: Out Now

David Altair releases his fourth album entitled ‘Movies’. This album is more beat driven than his last mainly instrumental albums. The album has an ambient and progressive feel to it drawing on inspiration from Boards of Canada. David has released the album for download on Bandcamp. The cover art is by James Abell with fonts by Douglas Mackay. Listen/Watch: Available from:

Remember To Forget Album cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Remember To Forget is my second release, which I feel reflects the ups and downs I have been through since my last release A Place for Sorrow. With this record I had a different perspective with writing and recording and I hope you enjoy listening it to as much as I enjoyed putting it all together. Thank you for your continued support; it is forever and always appreciated. Much love, Rob xx Listen/Watch: Available from:

EP download Release Date: 15 June

Sylvie is a Scottish singer-songwriter & her songwriting reflects her Scottish roots and life near Glasgow. Her music has been described as "pop meets folk in a bar for the broken hearted". Over the last year she & her guitarist David, both Danny Award Winners at Celtic Connections have cowritten some of their best works & an EP of 4 songs called "Moving Pictures" will be released on the 15th June with 2 more EP's being released this year with an album in January 2016. Listen/Watch: Available from: iTunes, Googleplay & Amazon

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



In Praha

July Moon

Even Song

Paul Mellon (Guitars): This is our second single of our debut EP which we aim to release this autumn. In Praha is a song about 2 people falling in love in Prague. The main riff was inspired by Here Comes Your Man by Pixies and the solo is my own very poor imitation of / homage to Nels Cline's solo in Impossible Germany by Wilco. Some have called it catchy.

July Moon is the second studio album from singersongwriter Alistair Ogilvy - a strong collection of selfpenned material released on his own label and recorded at CHEM19 studios. Alistair was determined to push some genre boundaries while focusing on varying themes of love and loss, poetry and nostalgia. Louis Abbott from Admiral Fallow produced the album and it also features Karen Mathieson from Capercaillie on guest vocals. This new release is sure to gain him new admirers and open up exciting opportunities.

Electric guitarist, re-imagining jazz, folk, rock and choral music. Born in London, Steve Garrett has lived and traveled across the UK, Antartica, Canada and California, and now calls Scotland home. His music springs from a lifetime of influences from diverse sources and performances. Even Song include songs of loss, longing, inspiration by landscape, resolution and hope. The reflective mood mirrors the fading light at the end of the day. Composers range from the 16th Century through folk and the 1980s to contemporary European jazz, with some original compositions. Arrangements bring out the full resonance of the guitar, sometimes backed by loops recorded in real time.



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Jenny Does Burn Album cd / download Release Date: 29 June

‘Jenny Does Burn’ is a collection of 12 original tracks and the debut album from Scottish singer songwriter Mairi Orr. Produced by Mattie Foulds, this alternative folk / Americana album features musicians Steven Polwart, Nico Bruce, Fraser Fifield, Dave Currie, Danny Hart and Mark Woods. Listen/Watch: Available from: Amazon, iTunes

Truth Be Told Prettiest Criminal EP cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Georgia Gordon's 'Prettiest Criminal' EP is the latest release from this 20 year old Scot. Tracks released in 2014 caught the media's attention 'bound for bigger and better things' - The Scotsman 'damn, this is good - must get more from her' Crack in the Road. This latest EP brings an intimacy to her voice with lyrics taking it to the next level. Her distinctive and huskily mature sound is pitched somewhere between blues and early RnB with a slight hint of KT Tunstall and Alabama Shakes. Listen/Watch: Available from:

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Resisting obvious labelling MIR pay homage to their influences without ever drifting into cliché and from this genre surfing road trip craft a cohesive accessible album that is littered with pleasant surprises. Lyrically astute they do intimate and subtle and they let rip in equal measure and, have a massive personality on and off stage - Roddy McKenzie / Inverness Gigs Listen/Watch:

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



Eve's Bonie Squad

Album cd / download / vinyl? Release Date: 31 July It is never easy for a son to follow in the footsteps of a famous father, so Iain Jnr chose not to. He gave up the world of solo piping and went on his own musical journey. But what he was taught in his formative years is deep within him and this album is a definite attempt at some kind of filtering of the music of his hinterland. There is also a story present, sometimes a rocky one, of a father and son's relationship formed through a rich tradition and an art form that is deeply important to their culture and to both of them personally. There is a mixture of all these elements in this album and Iain Morrison is an artist who is following his own path, wherever that may take him.

Listen/Watch: Available from: Coda Music (Edinburgh)

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Tim is a song-writer and performer who has been described as a cross between Ivor Cutler and Randy Newman. And now that The New Rope String Band is calling it a day Tim is ready for a new solo career. This album is a collection of songs that celebrate a joyful and urgent humanity recorder with guitarist Ian Carr and bassist Neil Harland. Audiences are once again warming to a man with a very special gift who entertains with a passion, superlative musicianship - and humour. Listen/Watch: Available from:


Album cd / download Release Date: Out Now Glasgow sextet James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band were formed in 2013 and soon established a cult following that set up a ripple effect carrying their name far and wide. Their music is a mix of alt country and folky rock roots orientated Americana. They showcased at the 2014 Celtic Connections and realised they had enough material to start putting their debut album 'The Tower' together. Recorded in Scotland an additional session was recorded at Smecky studios in Prague where the strings for the track 'The Last Waltz' were played by the world renowned Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Roddy Hart also guest vocals on the track. Listen/Watch:

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The Untied Knot Album cd / download Release Date: 6 July

Shooglenifty’s seventh studio album, and the first to feature a collection of songs. The breathtaking ‘puirt a beul’ (mouth music) of Gaelic vocalist Kaela Rowan brings a captivating and energising new element to the band’s sound, and further confounds any attempt to categorise them. Listen/Watch: Available from:

Revolution Infinite Variety Album cd / download Release Date: Out Now

“Originally based on a loose concept of merging post-punk New York with postpunk Manchester, The Cathode Ray swiftly added sixties garage, soundtracks, glam, northern soul, disco and psyche to their sound-palette for their eponymous 2012 debut album - fully blossoming with added electro, shoegaze and prog for this year’s Infinite Variety.” Listen/Watch:

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Glasgow: Love Music Edinburgh: Coda Music; Elvis Shakespeare; Underground Solush’n; Vox Box

Album download (cd in July) Release Date: Out Now

Finally, it's arrived! "The follow up we've all been waiting for, the result being one incredibly cohesive album that doesn't put a foot wrong – welcome to the Revolution". - Andy Gee, The Sound. Includes the singles 'Los Angeles' , 'When the River Runs Red' and brand new single 'The Only One'. Listen/Watch: Available from: iTunes, deezer, amazon, play, google play, 7"Digital etc.... ie ' most online record stores

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





Tied to the Moon

The debut album from Edinburgh’s orchestral noise-pop collective, 'Amateurs’ is a spectacular amalgamation of live and programmable instrumentation that creates an overwhelmingly powerful sound. “Pure, simplistic and beautiful” - Artrocker "It’s the kind of music that makes me want to type all day in an attempt to describe its beauty” - The 405 “Urvanovic have managed to create a sound that is both complex and enchanting” The Vinyl District

Tied To The Moon was conceived in an apartment above a pottery studio deep in the sticks of Nova Scotia where Rachel had four days of complete stillness with no means to communicate with the outside world - during silent afternoons of coffee and pistachios, Rachel would sit, in total solitude; writing; reading; playing music. In the space of these four days she unintentionally wrote six songs - four that would later become the core of Tied To The Moon: ‘Tractor’, ‘This Love’, ‘Banks Are Broken’ and ‘Old Lady's Lament’.

Debut Album cd (later) / download Release Date: Out Now

Album : download / vinyl Release Date: 15 June

Skyline are a Scottish band from Edinburgh looking to revolutionize the musical boundaries that lie in place today. We are searching for the balance between electronic music and live music to change musical opinions. We adopt melodic undertones to inflict emotion but will always embrace elements of contemporary music. Listen/Watch:

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Listen/Watch: Available from: Love Music, Glasgow Vox Box, Edinburgh

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Baby Eat Your Heart Out

Into the Sea

Album cd / download The Butterfly’s Release Album Date: Out Now

Album : cd / download / vinyl Release Date: 10 July


cd / download Scottish troubadour Dean Owens’ 6th Release Date: Out Now solo album was recorded in Nashville, Imaginary Creatures is a virtual band, awith studio produced by Neilson Hubbard, project formed by the collaboration of lyricist guest US musicians including Will and songwriter David Scott and producer and Kimbrough, Kim Richey and The Suzy multi-instrumentalist Iain McKinna. Butterfly’s Dream is their debut his album. Guest Bogguss complementing searingly musicians include guitar ace Keith More, soulful voice. The former Felson’s harmonica legend Fraser Speirs and exunique blend of Celtic Americana is Lindisfarne songwriter Rod Clements. grounded in the idea of “home” while Listen/Watch: keeping a wandering eye on the road. Available from: Listen/Watch: Birnam Shop: hummingbirdone1/videos Available from: also coming soon on itunes + spotify and Facebook:

We Came From Wolves Album cd / download Release Date: 1 June

Saraseto Records proudly present the debut, selftitled album from We Came From Wolves. 'Everything you could want from emotional Scottish Rock' (Rock Sound Magazine) Listen/Watch:

Available from: iTunes and Love Music Glasgow

Album cd / download Release Date: 1 June

The OK Social Club are back with their 2nd studio album Baby Eat Your Heart Out. The follow up to their 2013 debut Nothing in Common is already being heralded as bolder, deeper and more ambitious than their debut. "We're very proud of this record and can't wait for everybody to hear it" - Raff Eragona, The band's songwriter and frontman. "Already a strong contender for the year's best indie album" - Jamsphere Listen/Watch: + soundcloud Available from: (And other online stores) CD's @ theoksocialclubofficial

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download DON'T SHOOT



The Wonderkid

Departure Lounge

Composer - Matthew Whiteside, featured musicians/ensembles: Red Note Ensemble, The Robinson Panoramic Quartet, Aurea Quartet, Emma Lloyd, Joanna Nicholson, Abby Hayward

EP / Download Release Date: 18 May

"This EP should come with a warning, one listen to this and you'll be hooked" - Michael Chapman Chordblossom. “For a band who are both relatively new and irritatingly young, it’s impressive this track (Panic) is very much the finished product. Catchy, welcoming and flawlessly presented, they’re ready for a big step forward.”- BBC Across The Line. Don't Shoot entered Glasgow's 'Soundwave Music Competition' and after storming through the heats, they played the final at Glasgow's O2 ABC on the 10th of January 2015 and were announced winners that very night. Listen/Watch: Available from:

ep download Release Date: Out Now

Vaguely outrageous, psychedelic 3 piece hip-hop folk funk outfit, hand crafting screwball anthems deep in the Highlands of Scotland. Amalgamating a wealth of experience in vocal performance and musicianship, whilst fusing the hip hop languages of scratching, beat-boxing and lucid lyricism with the foibles of apathy and the implied abuse of aquatic life. Listen/Watch: Available from: Google Play - iTunes -


Once Upon a Time ep cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Bella and the Bear are a Scottish duo formed in 2014. A traditional acoustic sound is restored with rhythmic and percussive guitar playing, blending two-part harmony and a flair for storytelling through song. Once Upon a Time is the opening chapter and an opportunity to share the music the duo are beginning to create together. Listen/Watch: Available from: Big Sparra Vinyl in Ayr

Dichroic Light

Album : cd / download Release Date: 4 May Dichroic Light is an evocative electro-acoustic album that combines interactive electronics and the classical instrumentation of strings, wind and piano to create a very personal body of work reflecting Matthew’s passion for electronics and sonic experience. Matthew Whiteside is an electronic alchemist who combines his many musical influences to create an electro-acoustic soundworld. Listen/Watch:

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Despite The Dark Running Circles ep cd / download Release Date: 18 May

Running Circles is the debut release from indie pop duo Evering, combining warm acoustic guitar riffs with graceful piano work to create an original pop-folk sound. Chris's raw vocals are enhanced with Dawn's rich harmonies as the band pull on a range of influences including Ben Howard and Elbow. Listen/Watch: Available from:

Album cd / download The Butterfly’s Dream Release Album Date: Out Now cd / download One of the most folk-based bands Release Date: Outexciting Now

to emerge from Scotland in recent years, Imaginary Creatures is a virtual band, a studio RURA returns with their hotly-anticipated project formed by the collaboration lyricist second album, Despite the Dark. of Rugged and songwriter David Scott and producer and and hard-hitting, yet intricately disciplined, multi-instrumentalist Iain McKinna. The instrumentals sit alongside heartfelt, Butterfly’s Dream is their debut album. Guest anthemic songs, in a masterpiece release musicians include guitar ace Keith More, from the Glasgow and Edinburgh-based fiveharmonica legend Fraser Speirs and expiece Lindisfarne songwriter Rod Clements. Listen/Watch: Listen/Watch: Bandcamp Available from:

Birnam Shop: Available from: online download platforms (iTunes etc.) Coda Music (Edinburgh) also coming soon on itunes + spotify Europa Music (Stirling) Facebook:

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



The Good Haul


Skorsa: The Riddle of the Earth

Fragmentality is the eagerly-awaited debut album from Becci Wallace. The album showcases an artful blend of genres, blurring the boundaries between folk, pop, trip hop, jazz and blues. The album follows the journey of an escapist, yearning for beauty from the unknown, the untravelled, and inevitably the route back to where she started.

Eagerly awaited debut album, produced by the legendary John McSherry (At First Light, Lunasa, Tamalin) and Donal O’Connor (At First Light), it contains an eclectic mix of tunes and songs. There is a fine collection of musicians performing on the album including John McSherry, Donal O’Connor, Ross Martin (Daimh), David Foley (Rura) and Pauline Scanlon (Lumiere). Tunes from Ireland and Scotland (both traditional and contemporary), self-penned tunes, as well as songs and tunes that Susan collected on her travels in Sweden, can be expected.


Listen/Watch: Soundcloud - coming soon!

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Available from: Amazon At live shows

Album cd / download Release Date: 1 May

A Good Haul is the debut album from Spoot Hawk, who formed in the summer of 2013 on the Shetland Islands. The album documents the band’s first year together. The album opens with the catchy and memorable Hot Love (Straight After Midnight). With its darker moments and the odd spattering of humour, the album is sure to satisfy a wide range of listeners. Brace yourself for a high-octane musical experience. Listen/Watch: Available from: High Level Music (Shetland) Mareel (Shetland), Downloads from iTunes


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"The EP captures Josephine’s quirky style beautifully; a refreshing debut that makes her stand out from the crowd, certainly in these Northern plains anyway. Her music has a direct approach with the lyrics taking centre stage, wrapped in her accomplished almost Ben Folds style with a nod to Regina Spektor (who she has stated as being an influence). Tracks like You (Are Not The Reason), is a crushingly simple yet charming address to a former flame. If she can continue to go from strength to strength she is capable of delivering greatness. " - Jamie McDonald, Netsounds

Chasing The Sun Album cd / download Release Date: Out Now


INSPIRED by sun-filled summers spent on Tiree that were the springboard for the band forming, ‘Chasing the Sun’ is the fifth and arguably most mature sounding album yet from multi award winning Skerryvore. From the assured determination of ‘Can You Hear Us?’ and steadfast self-belief of ‘Here I Am’, to the life-isshort urgency of ‘We Can Run’ and wistful reflection of ‘You Were My Friend’, this is an album with all the hallmarks of a band that has lived, learned and played music together for close to 10 years now.

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The Jelly Man's Daughter

Ripped From The Wire Spine ep download Release Date: Out Now

Album : cd / download Release Date: 1 May

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Album cd / download The Butterfly’s Dream Release Album Date: Out Now

cd / download The debut album Release Date: Outfrom NowThe Jellyman's Daughter - the sweet vocal harmonies and unique cello/guitar of theband, Edinburgh duo Imaginary Creaturesplaying is a virtual a studio are joined by double bass, banjo, fiddle and project formed by the collaboration of lyricist mandolin on certain bringing a fresh and songwriter Davidsongs, Scott and producer andand innovative sound. In Americana UK's words... multi-instrumentalist Iain McKinna. The "Emily andDream Graham exquisite Butterfly’s is combine their debut album.vocal Guest harmonies and instrumental virtuosity, musicians include guitar ace Keith More,with Graham's rhythmic, percussive harmonica legend Fraser Speirsand and eximprovisational cello playing giving their music a Lindisfarne songwriter Rod Clements. unique appeal" Listen/Watch: Listen/Watch: album/the-jellymans-daughter | http://www. Available from: Birnam Shop: Available from: Codacoming Music, soon Edinburgh also on itunes + spotify Facebook:

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



Two Sides


Fickle Fortune

Album : cd / download : Release Date: 4 May The debut album 'Two Sides' from flame haired songstress Sophie Rogers is released this Spring. All music and lyrics were written by Rogers and skillfully co-produced by Gordy Goudie (Echo & The Bunnymen, Simple Minds) at The Soul Kitchen. Working closely with her band to develop her Celtic- soul & Country folk image and sound even further towards the album launches and tour, Sophie is lining up some unique venues to showcase her music. Album launch: Edinburgh, 14 May @ Sneaky Pete's + Glasgow, 15 May @ Broadcast Listen/Watch:

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Album / cd / download Release Date: 1 June

'Filckle Fortune' is the much anticipated debut album from Robyn Stapleton. Since winning the title of BBC Restricted is the second EP from Shetland metal Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician in 2014, heads Quantana. The band draw influence from she has had an incredible year, with stand out live many big names within the heavy metal and hard performances, including BBC's Proms in the Park. The rock scenes, such as Killswitch Engage, Five Finger album features songs of Robyn's Scottish and Irish Death Punch and Alter Bridge. Powerful, fistheritage, in the Scots, English and Gaelic language: stories of twists of fate and changing fortune. With an pumping vocals complimented with melodic exceptional vocal quality, Robyn interprets some of harmonies and intricate riffs accompanying one Ireland and Scotland’s finest folk songs, from lively and another, all held together with a fat-bodied bass spirited arrangements to sensitively accompanied and drums that will feel like a kick in the gut. ballads and unaccompanied laments. Listen/Watch:


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Bring It All Home

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Paisley 17-19 September

True North

Aberdeen Performing Arts has announced the launch of True North – Aberdeen’s festival of Scotland’s leading stars are set to take Paisley music and song – celebrating the North-east's by storm in a series of special events celebrating singer songwriter tradition and providing a Scottish’s musical talent and songwriting. Bring platform for the very best music and song, from it all Home – run by Renfrewshire Council – is ballads to contemporary classics. Taking place back for a third year with a huge offering of from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 September at The Scottish talent coming to Paisley for the festival Lemon Tree, Music Hall and in various locations on 17-19 September 2015. Featuring a series of across Aberdeen’s city centre, the festival free events, the festival offers existing and includes an evening celebrating the music of Neil budding musicians plus music fans a chance to Young in his 70th year featuring a lineup of top learn the secrets of the trade. artists, a Songwriters’ Circle event, Late Night Festival Club sessions and a headline concert at the Music Hall featuring a - yet to be announced - award winning artist.

Dundee Celt Fest

Dundee 18-20 September

Isle of Jura Music Festival

2015 will be the first Dundee Celt Fest, a weekend music festival featuring the best of celtic rock and folk music. Dundee has contributed greatly over the years to celtic rock and folk music, It was only a matter of time before a celtic/folk festival in Dundee surfaced. September 2015 will see the very first Celtic Rock and Folk festival in Dundee and year after year to follow.


Jura 25-27 September The Isle of Jura Musical Festival is a wellestablished favourite for lovers of the traditional music scene, enjoy a weekend packed with fantastic performances, stimulating workshops, spontaneous sessions and great craic. To guarantee you don’t miss out, you can prepurchase your tickets online now.

Dunbar Traditional Music Festival

Ullapool 25-26 September Loopallu takes place in the tiny remote North West coast fishing village of Ullapool and doubles the population of the village for the weekend. As well as the usual eclectic line up of acts appearing at the festival big top and the fringe events after hours in the villages pubs, the festival will be welcoming the return of the Literally Literary tent in association with Ullapool Book Festival. All this, as well as the usual warm Ullapool welcome.

Dunbar 25-27 September The Dunbar Traditional Music Festival continues to flourish since it began in 1988. Set in the historic seaside town of Dunbar, the Festival is committed to showcasing local and young talent alongside well established and internationally known artists. Song, music, pipes & drums, children's workshop, informal tunes and sessions, concerts, ceilidhs and open air

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..... lots more festival dates in our FESTIVALS! supplement read it @ but in recent years this has broadened to include Spiegeltent will be back in County Square to jazz, blues, Appalachian, country, bluegrass and host the bulk of the action but there will be a skiffle. few big-name shows in the Abbey as well as stuff happening at Paisley Arts Centre and elsewhere. We also have a few surprises in store!


Balmaha’s Braw Weekend Balmaha, Loch Lomond 3 October

The Cumnock Tryst Cumnock 1-4 October

A music festival under the leadership of Scottish A new food, drink and music festival in the East composer, James MacMillan CBE Loch Lomond village, organised by The Oak Tree Cumnock, Scotland. The Cumnock Tryst is an Inn and sponsored by Deanston Distillery on the annual event with concerts in venues in and banks of Loch Lomond. On the Saturday night around the town. The programme will feature from 6pm-midnight enjoy a Beer, Whisky and some of the finest, international classical artists, Music festival. A strong line up of music acts for as well as music and musicians from different the evening includes Dave Arcari, The Zips, Mick backgrounds both stylistically and socially. The Hargan and Have Mercy Las Vegas. Cumnock Tryst aims to make its strong commitment to the community at the heart of all its activities, for instance involving young people at school and college, amateur choirs and local bands.

Tenement Trail Multi Venue Festival Glasgow 4 October

Ullapool Guitar Festival

Ullapool The third annual multi-venue music festival from 2-4 October Scotland’s largest music platform Tenement TV will feature a packed line-up including a headline So why is the UGF so special? Perhaps it’s the Art School show from Glasgow’s WHITE, sets mix of music old and new, of electric and from Atom Tree, Crash Club, Monogram, Pinact, acoustic, of steel and nylon, of seasoned Other Humans and Team Player. Taking place performers and those, like the students from the for over 12 hours on Saturday 4th October 2015, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, just starting the Tenement Trail festival organisers have also out on their careers. Perhaps it’s the location on revealed that Lisa Mitchell, AmartArt, Be Loch Broom and the drive up through some of Charlotte, Bella and The Bear, The Van T’s, Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Perhaps it’s Declan Walsh and Aylee will appear. the informal air of the whole weekend: there’s no “us and them”, no VIP area. Everyone mingles, and you’re likely to find yourself sitting beside a guitar legend in the Festival Club – or even jamming with them on one of the trade The Spree stands. Paisley 9-17 October Paisley's national festival of music, comedy and arts, now in it third year - taking place at various venues in the town centre . The

Glasgow Americana

Festival Glasgow 7-11 October Glasgow's annual celebration of Americana brings musicians from as far afield as Texas and Canada to perform roots music from blues to rockabilly.

sound North East Scotland 22 October - 9 November 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 events exploring new music. The festival brings together a large range of different genres of music to appeal to a wide variety of tastes and encourage people to discover new sounds and widen their musical horizons.

Sonica Glasgow 29 October - 8 November Sonica returns to Glasgow for 12 days this Autumn with a programme dedicated to worldclass sonic arts, presenting emerging British talent alongside exceptional international artists from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Indonesia, Netherlands and Quebec. Highlights include:Olivier Ratsi (Antivj) // Herman Kolgen // Speak Percussion with Robin Fox // Kathy Hinde // Sisi Lu // Mark Lyken // Robbie Thomson. “If you want to experience the thrilling interface where music, visual art, theatre and digital technology meet, hasten to Glasgow.” The Times. Tickets on sale from Monday 15 June

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bands signed up: The Men They Couldn’t Hang / The Lost Boys / Scocha (Back for a 3rd Year) / Perthshire Blistered Molly (Back for a 2nd Year) / Greg 30 October - 8 November Anderson (Back too for 2nd year) he rocked the tent at the end last year! Main tent headliner This is the 11th year of our festival and promises Edinburgh's Hogmanay and other bands to be announced. As before Edinburgh once again to be full of wonderful concerts Riverside Rock must not be missed, the Scottish 31 December featuring the finest of Scotland's musical talent Borders very own music festival at Riverside as well as some international guests. Our venues Park, Jedburgh, and 2016 will have more food Four fabulous days and nights of amazing events outlets, more bars and a bigger tent. Tickets on are as special as ever … ranging from the prestigious Perth Concert Hall to town halls and kick off the world's greatest New Year party. sale soon! With the traditional torchlit procession, street tiny village halls, from atmospheric castles to performers, fireworks, concerts, ceilidh, the big our historic Dunkeld Cathedral and even Hogmanay party itself and a New Year's Day run including an iron age Crannog on Loch Tay…25 to blow the cobwebs away - Edinburgh's venues in all in 2015! buzzing. Come along and experience the magic for yourself.



Kinross-shire Winter Festival

Inverness 31 December

The Red Hot Highland Fling Scotland's Biggest Free Hogmanay Concert is guaranteed to bring the 2015 Inverness Festivals programme to a wonderful climax. Children Welcome!

Kinross-shire November (various dates)

We are delighted to announce that Big Country with THE BEST OF BIG COUNTRY TOUR will headline the Kinross-shire's Winter Festival 2015 on Saturday 21 November, 8pm at the Community Campus in Kinross.

House Folk Scottish Music Festival Kinlochard 11-13 November The festival is now in its 8th year and takes place in three highly intimate venues over three nights in the wonderful setting of Kinlochard in the Trossachs. The concerts offer an expo of bagpipe, accordion, strings, fiddle, vocals and flute music fusing traditional and contemporary Scottish styles. Each night differs from the other but both include a blend of great music for everyone with a mix of folk, modern and traditional styles!

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JANUARY Celtic Connections Glasgow 14-31 January Celtic Connections 2016 comprises a wealth of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, workshops, free events and late night sessions taking place over 18 days across various venues in Glasgow.

MARCH MV Festival

Edinburgh 20-22 November One of Scotland's biggest traditional music festivals, promoting & sustaining traditional fiddle music since 1996. A weekend packed full of great music! Over the weekend there are concerts, ceilidhs, recitals, workshops, talks, open stage, festival clubs, sessions, stalls, free events.... and lots, lots more! The Fiddle Festival committee are now working hard towards Fiddle 2015. The dates are out now but keep an eye on our Facebook page and join our mailing list to be the first to hear what artists are playing at this years festival.

Aviemore Returning in 2016 It’s a weekend of comedy, music and snowsport thrills on the hills in and around Aviemore. 2016 tickets will soon be available from www. Proceeds from the festival go to the Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) and Disability Snowsport UK.

JUNE Riverside Rock Jedburgh 18 June

Wickerman Festival Dumfries & Galloway 22-23 July Wickerman is one of the UK’s best-loved independent music festivals which will enter its 15th consecutive year in 2016. With ten stages featuring an eclectic and exciting mix of leading artists, heritage acts and up-and-coming talent, the two day summer party caters for all musical tastes.

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