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Young People To The Fore At Blas The Blas Festival begins today (Friday 1 September) offering a 9-day taste of Highland culture in venues across the Highlands and some of the islands. In its 13th year the festival, devised by The Highland Council and run in partnership with Fèisean nan Gàidheal, is not site-based but uniquely aims to work with local promoters to bring good quality music, song, drama and poetry to communities across the Highlands, offering visitors and locals an experience of Gaelic language and culture. As well as 35 main concerts, some of the artistes appearing at the festival will visit care homes to perform for residents and organisers Fèisean nan Gàidheal have put together a range of drama and music events in schools across the Highland Council area during the festival. Young people are at the heart of the festival. As well as young musicians getting the opportunity to perform alongside their musical heroes, in a bid to encourage them to enjoy live events schools pupils can get a ticket to any Blas event for just £5. Two Highland Fèisean – Fèis na hÒige in Inverness and Fèis Lochabair in Fort William – will be celebrating 25 years of providing cultural learning opportunities for young people in their communities. A new Drama air Chuairt (Drama Trail) initiative funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig has offered four young Gaelic actors the opportunity to work alongside a professional director and they will go on to perform a new play written by Catriona Lexy Campbell during Blas. The group will visit Gaelic schools and there will be two public events in Inverness and Skye. Blas runs from 1 to 9 September and features a great line-up of traditional musicians and singers. The festival will also honour four icons on Gaelic culture – Fergie MacDonald, Morag Macleod, Finlay MacLeod and Kenna Campbell – in specially–curated events marking the 80th birthday of individuals who have done so much to promote Gaelic heritage. The legacy of one of Gaelic culture’s foremost collectors of song, Rev William Matheson, will be celebrated in four special concerts – Dìleab Uilleim - featuring a range of Gaelic singers including Rachel Walker, Robert Robertson, Linda MacLeod, Alasdair Whyte, Eilidh Cormack, Christine Primrose and Allan MacDonald along with Tide Lines’ Ross Wilson and broadcaster Jo MacDonald. Details of all events, as well as how to buy tickets, can be found at the festival website below.

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34 Open Project Funding awards of between £1,075 and £120,000 made in July for cultural activity across Scotland Details of the Open Project Fund and other Creative Scotland funding can be found @ £700,000 National Lottery funding through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund has been awarded to 34 recipients, including individual musicians, artists, a breakdancing crew, writers, theatre makers, festivals and organisations working across the arts, screen and creative industries. A cross section of projects and individuals with a musical slant receiving funding in July 2017 includes the following: Eigg-based Lost Map Records have received funding to deliver Lost Map’s Visitations, a new series of releases with material generated from artists taking part in a residency programme on the island.

Inkfields is a musical creation inspired by one mans journey across the globe. SingerSongwriter Samuel James-Griffiths dropped all other forms of employment at the end of 2015 to become a full-time Artist. New single 'Sky On The Loose' is available now.

Musician and composer Paul McGeechan has received funding to record Earth Bound a collection of songs and compositions, a combination of original works and new interpretations of traditional Gaelic song.

particularly in this corner of Dumfries & Galloway with a thinly but widely spread population. The arts are vital to health and wellbeing in such communities providing new shared experiences and bringing new perspectives on the world. The Funding awarded to Electric Voice Theatre will arts add considerably to the local economy in terms of increased visitors and continue to be go towards Scottish Superwoman of Science cited as a reason that young families are moving Minerva Scientifica, a music-theatre piece to the area. The CatStrand Arts project means created in collaboration between women that high quality performances, events and scientists and women composers. exhibitions can happen in the Glenkens and that Indie-rock artist Inkfields and singerartists can be properly remunerated for their songwriter Alex Rex both received funding to work. It allows us to put on a diverse record new material. programme ranging in scope from the internationally renowned to the locally Funding awarded to Eastgate Theatre and blossoming and this has a huge impact on our Arts Centre in Peebles is being used towards growing community.” the programming of the Creative Peebles Festival 2017 (25 August- 3 September 2017). Scottish breakdancing crew Flyin’ Jalapenos An annual event celebrating the wealth of has received funding to host their 15th creative work by artists in the Scottish borders, anniversary celebration including a weekend of the festival features music, drama, dance, events showcasing their work and highlighting poetry, film, visual arts, walks, workshops and the Scottish hip-hop scene. Dance battle an outdoor participatory musical in the town competitions featuring local and international centre. dancers from UK, Europe and Canada, will fun alongside workshops and a panel discussions, as Dumfries and Galloway-based multi-arts venue well as DJs and live musical performances from CatStrand has received funding to support its 2017-18 tenth anniversary arts programme. The international and homegrown hip-hop artists. programme will include contemporary music, visual arts, live theatre and filmmaking.

Simon Davidson, Creative Director, CatStrand said: “2017 sees the 10th Anniversary of CatStrand.The arts are so important to rurally remote areas and

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extraordinary filmmaking at the Scottish Queer International Film Festival to artists and makers creating remarkable experiences for communities in the Scottish Borders and dancers and theatremakers exploring mental health. All these awards will enable audiences across Scotland the opportunity to engage with and be inspired by creative activities. While, as always, there are many more good applications than we have the funds to support, these latest awards do provide invaluable support to the successful applicants and we look forward to seeing their work develop as a result.” Open Project Funding is available to a wide range of organisations and individuals working across Scotland in the arts, screen and creative industries. It supports a broad spectrum of activity including creative and professional development, research and development, production, small capital requirements, touring and collaborations, festivals, arts programming, audience development, etc. A full list of activities supported through this route is set out in the Open Project Funding application guidance. Support is available for projects of different scale and duration with the maximum period of award being set at 2 years. Awards are made in the range £1,000 to £100,000 (or up to £150,000 by exception).

“We are delighted to have been able to support such a wide range of artistic practice throughout Scotland in July through Open Project Funding. From a celebration of breakdancing,

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Dawnings is the new project from Glasgow based singer/ songwriter Louise Quinn and producer Bal Cooke. It combines retro electronics with countrified guitar and melancholic reverb soaked vocals. Released on 2 June .

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Top Scots For Celtic Music Radio Fundraiser Buy tickets now @

Four of Scotland’s top musicians have formed a band to play a one-off special show in Glasgow to raise funds for volunteer-led Celtic Music Radio 95FM.

Back of the Moon. In demand as a session musician, she was the MG BBC Alba Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year in 2001 and in 2012 she was awarded Music Tutor of the Year at the Scots Traditional Music Awards. In 2016, Gillian released her first solo album, “Pendulum” that features outstanding performances by Anna Massie, Euan Burton, Phil Hague and Adam Holmes.

Jill Jackson is an award-winning Americana artist based in Glasgow. She first burst on to the UK music The Marchtown Prophets – Gillian Frame, Jill scene as the front woman of rock band Speedway, Jackson, Findlay Napier and Rab Noakes – will appear with whom she scored several UK top ten hits in 2004 at The Glad Café on Glasgow’s southside on Sunday, including a cover of Christina Aguilera’s ‘Genie In A 26 November in aid of the charitable status Bottle’. community radio station. She has toured with artists such as Bryan Adams, Celtic Music Radio 95FM promotes all genres of music Rod Stewart, Albert Lee, Roger McGuinn as well as and in particular new, upcoming unsigned and selfwriting for former Spice Girl Melanie C. Over the released music. It opened new studios in Admiral years Jill has released a total of three solo albums Street earlier this year so it’s hoped this special gig including the hugely-successful limited edition, hard will be a major boost to funds. copy-only album ‘The Ones That Got Away’. Rab Noakes is a force to be reckoned with in the world of music in Scotland and beyond. In May this year, he turned 70 and is celebrating his 50th anniversary in the business.


Liz Jones is an Edinburgh based singer/songwriter and Broken Windows is her debut album with her highly respected band members. It sits happily in rock/blues/jazz territory with songs about love, life and making music.

This led to the formation of a new project band, The Chaplins, winners of the prestigious Celtic Connections’ Danny Kyle Open Stage Award in 2014. Last year, she emerged as a solo artist and her fourth Rab, who has been honoured by Nordoff-Robbins with solo studio album is expected early in 2018. Support acts are the upcoming, teenage singer/ a Tartan Clef Award for Contribution to Music, he songwriter, Lisa Kowalski from Paisley and the tentoured, mainly solo last year, promoting his double piece old time, country and bluegrass band, The CD, “I’m Walkin’ Here” and then released this year, Arkansas Ramblers. following treatment for tonsillar cancer, “The Treatment Tapes EP”. And now out is his double-CD, Chair of the station, Alex Jenkins, said: “Celtic “Bridging the Gaps” containing the 1972 album ‘Rab Music Radio 95FM is run by a dedicated team of Noakes’, 1978’s ‘Restless’ and the 1980 album ‘Rab volunteers and is funded largely by listener and Noakes’. supporter donations. Rab said: “Celtic Music Radio is a special station that gives tremendous backing to many, many musicians, up and coming and established, through its programmes and outside broadcasts. “We’re all really pleased to play at this fund raiser and give the folks at the station our support.”


Adriana 's second album is more raw and guitar-driven that its predecessor. This features Ross McFarlane (Texas, The Proclaimers) on drums, ... with themes from lost love and infidelity to atheism and the refugee crisis. Cracking!

Findlay Napier is one of the most highly-regarded performers and creative forces on the Scottish music scene who made his name touring and recording with multi-award winning traditional Scottish folk band Back of the Moon. Findlay recently released a CD of songs about Glasgow his home for 17 years and it is from there the band’s name comes – Marchtown is the original name of the village on the site that is now Strathbungo. Gillian Frame is a professional Scottish fiddle player and educator based in Glasgow who has worked with many acts and was a founding member of the band

“We are delighted that such a cracking group of hugely talented and well respected musicians has agreed to come forward to support us in this way. We are really grateful to them and to the award-winning Glad Café for generously hosting the show.” GIGnotes ..... Sunday 26 November, Celtic Music Radio 95FM Fundraiser @ The Glad Cafe, Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow. The Marchtown Prophets, featuring Gillian Frame, Jill Jackson, Findlay Napier and Rab Noakes. Tickets are just £10 each and available from the link above. Follow Celtic Music radio on their social media for news of future house concerts! Top Floor Taivers debut album interweaves traditional Scottish, contemporary and original songs and tunes, influenced by the band member's respective home nations and pushing the boundaries of folk. Catch them on tour!

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SCOTTISH MUSIC CENTRE ............ Member's Profile :: TOM HARROLD "The Scottish Music Centre's task is to champion the wealth of talent that abounds in Scotland's musical community"

Scottish composer Tom Harrold was born in 1991 and is a recent graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, where he was a Radcliffe Trust Scholar under the tutelage of Professors Gary Carpenter, Adam Gorb and Dr David Horne. Described as “brazen…bold…confident” [The Guardian], “thumpingly rhythmical” [The Financial Times], and “packed with incessant energy” [The Scotsman], Tom’s music has been performed across five continents at venues which include the Royal Albert, Berlin Philharmonic, Cadogan, Queen Elizabeth, and Bridgewater Halls, the Maison Symphonique de Montréal, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Kings Place, the Purcell Room, and St John’s Smith Square by groups which include the BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Scottish Chamber, Aurora, and Birmingham Festival Orchestras, WorldBrass, Onyx Brass, SuperBrass, Total Brass, Manchester Camerata, the Edinburgh Quartet, the Maxwell Quartet, Psappha, the Lancashire Sinfonietta, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Endymion Ensemble, Trinity Boys Choir, the BBC Singers, and Exaudi. His music has been recorded by Linn Records and Bayerischer Rundfunk, and broadcast internationally across many networks.

Tom’s recent engagements include a European tour of Skirll by WorldBrass (which included a repeat performance at the Berlin Philharmonie), Silent Shores for the Edinburgh Quartet, Darkened Dreams (a Proms commission that was broadcast live simultaneously on Radios 3 and 4), Nightfires, a BBC SSO commission that was described as “…among the most exciting pieces by a Scottish composer in the last 25 years…” [the Herald], and Raze, which opened the last night of the BBC Proms. Tom’s upcoming engagements include a new work for the BBC Singers and Pro Coro Canada, a dance project with the London Mozart Players, a large-scale choral work for Glasgow University to mark the end of WWI, and a commission for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s 2017/18 season. Tom graduated from the RNCM with a Bachelor with Honours in 2013, and a Masters with Distinction in 2015. He was awarded the Soroptomist International for Composers Award and an RNCM Gold Medal, the highest award bestowed by the

College. Tom is grateful to have received sponsorship from Dewar Arts Awards, the Scottish International Education Trust, the RVW Trust, Caird Travelling Scholarships, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and the Cross Trust during his studies. Tom was recently appointed an Honorary Associate Artist of the College. Prior to the RNCM, Tom was a BBC Proms / Guardian Young Composer winner, shortlisted twice by the NCEM / BBC Radio 3 Young Composers’ Award, and highly commended in the First International Competition for Choral Scores (ISCM / EC / JMI). Tom broke a Guinness World Record for his work Ticcatoccatina, for the greatest number of musicians performing on one piano at one time.

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The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) directed by Tommy Smith present IN THE SPIRIT OF DJANGO featuring MARTIN TAYLOR on guitar

It's swing time in September as the SNJO welcomes renowned guitarist Martin Taylor to celebrate the extraordinary music of gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt, one of the most perennially popular figures in jazz. This remarkable concert series will celebrate pioneering music that was pivotal to the evolution of jazz in Europe, and personified the strength of one man’s indomitable spirit. Everyone knows the sound of a gypsy jazz guitar, but Django Reinhardt played the instrument like no one else. Django’s understanding of melody was innate, and the fluidity of his playing, despite severe paralysis in two fingers of his left hand, has ensured his status as a guitar hero. Django Reinhardt’s artistry has inspired professional guitarists for more than seventy years, and his musical legacy has endured long after his premature death in 1953. Indeed, ‘Gypsy Jazz’ is a jazz form that is virtually synonymous with his name. Martin Taylor is widely recognised as a leading interpreter of Django Reinhardt’s music, not least through his Spirit of Django projects and his prior artistic association with Stephane Grappelli. Taylor’s own Roma heritage provides an obvious spiritual connection to the music, but his precise style and cultured approach to improvisation are both virtuosic and thoroughly modern. These concerts are an opportunity to hear how Reinhardt’s timeless melodies can be reborn through re-invention without ever losing original character or appeal. New arrangements by some of the SNJO’s closest collaborators will clothe some of Django's best and least known tunes in layers of orchestral jazz. These fresh charts by Florian Ross, Christian Jacob, Geoffrey Keezer, Martin Kershaw and Bill Dobbins also give free spirited improvisation a starring role. The SNJO and Martin Taylor will reach into the Django’s legacy and bring an orchestral sheen to familiar treasures from Reinhardt repertoire. In fact, Django made several big band recordings in the 1940’s, and they are fondly referenced here with sophisticated refinement and polished modernity. The programme also includes original compositions by Martin Taylor, as well as his arrangement of a wonderful song written as a piece for solo guitar by Marguerite Monnot. Tommy Smith once more directs the SNJO through the twists and turns of joyous music that lived in the moment and lives on today as one of the happiest sounds in jazz music. Perhaps that is why the Spirit of Django has lived on from one century to the next, and still appeals to everyone, everywhere. GIGnotes ..... Friday 22nd September: Eden Court Theatre, Inverness 01463 234234 Saturday 23rd September: Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh 0131 668 2019 Sunday 24th September: The City Halls, Glasgow 0141 353 8000 (All concerts start at 7.30pm but are preceded by a pre-performance talk at 6.45 pm) The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra is supported by Creative Scotland

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Dean Owens is

trailblazing to Nashville’s Americanafest plus new record label, single and tour news

2017 is turning into quite a year for acclaimed Scottish troubadour Dean Owens. He is delighted to be returning to one of his favourite cities – Nashville, USA – in September 2017, as the first Scottish musician to be invited to officially showcase at the prestigious Americanafest (organised by the Americana Music Association). His trip is supported by PRS Foundation’s International Showcase Fund and the Saltire Society.

Americanafest is the key event in the global Americana music calendar, bringing together fans and music industry professionals alike, offering six days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day, and raw, intimate showcases each night. The lineup includes legendary artists and the next generation of rising stars.

Americanafest website Dean: It’s a huge honour to be invited to showcase at this amazing event, and to be flying the flag for Scottish roots music, alongside some of my musical heroes. Dean has recently signed with up and coming UK record label At The Helm Records who will release his next album (Southern Wind, his 7th official release) in Feb 2018. Southern Wind was recorded in Nashville, with the same team who produced his widely acclaimed 2015 release, Into the Sea, including producer Neilson Hubbard (currently working with Jason Isbell and John Prine) and award winning guitarist (and long term collaborator) Will Kimbrough (recently on tour as one of Emmylou Harris’s Red Dirt Boys band). Dean Owens is regarded one of Scotland’s finest singer songwriters, with fans including Bob Harris, Ricky Ross, Irvine Welsh and Russell Brand. His songs including Raining in Glasgow and Man From Leith have been hailed as classics of Scottish songwriting.

Southern Fried Festival’s finale concert Scotland Sings Canada (with an allstar lineup including Justin Currie, James Grant and Karine Polwart). At the end of August Dean was delighted to be invited on tour with Grant Lee Phillips (of Grant Lee Buffalo (Fuzzy, Mockingbirds), and the popular TV show Gilmore Girls), with gigs at Borderline (London), Whelan’s (Dublin) and Cyprus Avenue (Cork), opening for the US singer and joining him on stage for several numbers.

Dean’s plans for the rest of the year include Glasgow Americana Festival and a special date at Eden Court, Inverness to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passing of his lion tamer great great grandfather (buried in Tomnahurich Cemetery, Inverness) – who Summer 2017 saw him performing at various UK migrated to Scotland from Italy, with a travelling festivals, including Maverick, Tiree and as part of circus and a dancing bear. He will finish the year on tour with award winning Liverpool singer-songwriter Robert Vincent and indie pop duo, the Worry Dolls, as part of a Nashville style touring Roots in the Round Songwriters Circle. Meanwhile he is releasing a brand new single 10 Miles to Saturday Night - on Friday 8 Sep. Recorded at Slate Room Studio (Pencaitland), with his Whisky Hearts band (Jim McDermott (drums), Brian McAlpine (keys), Craig Ross (gtr), Mike McCann (bass) and Amy Geddes (fiddle)), it tells the story of a loner with the “bad road blues” - with a typically catchy chorus. (Video here: )

GIGnotes ..... Friday 15 September The Family Wash & The Country – Americanafest, Nashville, USA Thursday 28 September Glad Café, Glasgow (as Redwood Mountain) Sunday 8 October CCA, Glasgow Americana Festival (with Jill Jackson and Grant Dunlop) Saturday 14 October Eden Court, Inverness 29 November–10 December Roots in the Round (with Robert Vincent, Worry Dolls) Monday 11 December Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (with The Whisky Hearts band)

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Passengers invited to lead Scotland’s national orchestra at Glasgow Airport Glasgow Airport asked its passengers to conduct themselves with flair and élan on 31 August, when the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) invited willing journey-makers to take to the podium and lead the ensemble in their chosen tune. Prior to Scotland's national orchestra performing at the transport hub the RSNO were asking all those passing through the airport to voice their interest in conducting the 50-strong ensemble through social media. RSNO Assistant Conductor Holly Mathieson was on hand to give guidance to the budding baton-wielders. Glasgow Airport also hosted a poll on its Facebook page to pick the piece RSNO musicians Susannah Lowdon (Violin) and Lance Green of music to be performed by the RSNO that ten lucky passengers will get (Trombone) with British Airways check in staff Linda Friel to conduct. The choices were: Overture from Rossini's William Tell (Theme from The Lone Ranger); Montagues and Capulets from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet (theme from The Apprentice) and Scottish ceilidh favourite “A performance from the country’s national orchestra is the perfect way to Eightsome Reels. bring to a close what has been a fantastic Best of Scotland campaign.” RSNO Assistant Conductor Holly Mathieson: "There's nothing to In addition to conducting one of the world’s most famous orchestras, compare with the thrill of leading a large professional orchestra playing the music you love. It's my pleasure to invite passengers to take my place participants each received a goodie bag courtesy of Glasgow Airport and on the podium and bring one of Scotland's busiest international gateways the RSNO, and the apprentice conductor deemed the most proficient won vouchers to spend in the airport’s retail and catering outlets. to life with the sound of music." Steven Marshall, Head of Airline Marketing and Development at Glasgow Airport: “The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s annual performance is one of the highlights of the year for both the terminal team and of course our passengers.

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THE DEADLY WINTERS :: album :: 'Ravynstoun' release date - out now ::

On Friday 8 September Alt-Folk band The Deadly Winters release their 3rd album, 'Ravynstoun'.

Welcome to Folk-Rock at its finest. Creative 5piece The Deadly Winters play some of the freshest, original and story-based music on the scene today. Completely immersive listening from the first few seconds and an onstage presence that demands attention! The album comes on the back of 2015’s critically acclaimed EP, Table In The Corner (“Sunny, good-time vibes, immediately catchy hooks and a chorus to holler” - fRoots Magazine; “A serious prospect for both daytime radio and mainstream festivals” - Scotland On Sunday) ‘Ravynstoun’ boasts all the hallmarks of Chris Blair's songwriting talents: well-constructed melodies and lovingly crafted stories, part Folk-

‘Ravynstoun’ boasts all the hallmarks of Chris Blair's songwriting talents: wellconstructed melodies and lovingly crafted stories, part Folk-Rock, part Americana, with tales of sorrow, love, war and debauchery, in a very catchy, foot-tapping way.

Rock, part Americana, with tales of sorrow, love, war and debauchery, in a very catchy, foottapping way. 2017 will see the band perform across the country’s width and length, bringing their exciting and finest-to-date material to an ever expanding audience. The Deadly Winters released their debut album in 2011 and since then are steadily raising people’s awareness of how Folk-Music can still advance with the times. The Deadly Winters re-define the term ‘folkrock’, and take you on musical travels through tales of love, pain, sorrow, joy and friendship. The five-piece know their audience and know their stories well, bringing to the stage an emotive musicality that goes beyond an ordinary performance. You get a real story with these guys, a story that blossoms and erupts beneath and around intricate and well-constructed melodies.

FIONA KENNEDY :: album :: Time To Fly' release date - 27 October ::

Time to Fly is an album of the moment – the moment when you find your own space and have the confidence to fill it; the moment when you’re ready

to go and your heart sings; the moment when your losses turn to gains and your stories can be told. Fiona Kennedy will surprise you.

Fiona with Ross Wilson aka Blue Rose Code she sings a duet with Ross on her new single

Fiona Kennedy collaborates with some of America’s and Scotland’s finest songwriters, including Beth Nielsen Chapman, Marcus Hummon, Calum MacColl and Ross Wilson (aka Blue Rose Code). Fresh twists on classic Nashville songs and new songs woven together to tell a story of life. Fiona Kennedy’s life path has been an unusual one – from being a child performer with her musician parents, through TV, broadcasting, acting, motherhood and a singing career of her own. Her experiences may be unique but the emotional highs and lows are universal and she delivers her myriad stories straight from the heart. Time to Fly is therapy without the therapist and as honest a story as you can tell. Recorded by legendary record producer Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout, Mark Knopfler) with an all-star cast of co-writers and musicians: Beth Nielsen Chapman, Marcus Hummon, songwriter, guitarist & backing vocalist Calum MacColl (Eddi Reader, Black, Peggy Seeger), bass player Simon Edwards (Talk Talk, Beth Gibbons, Fairground Attraction), drummer Harry Mead (Dagny, Union J, Ronan Keating) and fiddle & whistle player John McCusker (Danny Thompson, Kate Rusby, Paul Weller). PLUS! New single coming 8 September. The first single from Fiona's new album will be a double 'A' side of 'Down The Line' written by Fiona and Calum MacColl, and a cover of the wonderful 'Always On My Mind' sung as a duet with Ross Wilson aka Blue Rose Code.

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SKIPINNISH :: Riding an Ever-growing Wave Glasgow Gig + December Tour @ Having come storming back from the edge of existence when they lost their former lead singer in 2016, Highland band Skipinnish are powering through their biggest year yet. In the 18year history of the band their current popularity is unprecedented and is growing at an accelerating rate. Having started the year with their hit single “Alive” which they followed with the Album, The Seventh Wave, the magic of this band’s music and self penned songs are enchanting more and

more people from Scotland and across the world venue they have all the time. appeared at in 2017 including On the 22 September, they will play to a full Eden Court, in house at the iconic Barrowland Ballroom in Inverness, The Glasgow. The gig sold out in record time back in Queens Hall in May with the first 600 early-bird tickets selling in Edinburgh, The less than 10 minutes of release! Supporting Lemon Tree in Skipinnish are “Leo and Anto”, a duo comprising Aberdeen, The of Leo Moran of the Saw Doctors and Anthony Albert Halls in Thistlethwaite of the Waterboys. Also joining the Stirling and many band are long time collaborators Rachel Walker others in all areas of the country from and Archie McAlister as well as some surprise Stornoway, in the Western Isles, Strathy in the guests only to be revealed on the night. far North and Biggar in the Scottish Borders. As well as headlining some of the UK’s biggest Already all the early-bird tickets for the band’s festivals, Skipinnish have sold out every single busy December tour are sold-out and anticipation is running high for the main tickets being released. Skipinnish are on the crest of wave and that wave is growing bigger and more powerful with every performance. How far the band’s popularity will continue to grow is difficult to predict, but the Barrowland performance will be one of the biggest nights for traditional music this year and will be an exciting indicator to the band’s future.

NASTY P :: album :: Rich Mundi' release date - 18 September ::

Hip Hop Artist/ DJ /Producer and pioneer of the Scottish music scene Nasty P is back - or is he?

Rich Mundi is the upcoming L.P from the awardwinning producer Nasty P, and where his critically acclaimed album The Story so Far represented heavyweight hip-hop with guest verses from the likes of Akil from Jurassic 5, Skinnyman, and rhymester Oddisee, this is a more schizophrenic affair from his darker alter ego - Rich Mundi - fusing hip-hop, electronica, RnB, festival bumpers and trippy instrumental jams. Since dropping his last album Nasty has immersed himself in a hectic DJ schedule including sets at practically every venue in Scotland, performances at Outlook festival Croatia, supports with hip-hop big hitters including Dead Prez, KRS 1, Talib Kweli, Rakim, and Earl Sweatshirt, not to mention Sub Motion

Orchestra, the dub influenced Jungle, and UK legend Roots Manuva. In between he has found the time to record and perform as one half of electronic duo Future Kid and was even asked to support Jamie Cullem personally after Jamie heard his soul-inspired production for singer and collaborator, Naledi With all this experimentation it should come as no surprise that Nasty is pushing boundaries this time round - although he has still managed to set things off with an almighty collab with some major names in hip-hop! First single, the hip hop banger no tellin’ features the star-studded line up of Termanology, Reks, Ed O.G and Akrobatik!, while Round again has a more stripped-down sound featuring M.A.D from Groove Armada’s “Superstylin” fame. As the album progresses it moves from a solid hip-hop foundation to the more experimental and booming 808 gospel rhythms of “One more time” and the slow but pulsating “Truth Story”. All of which makes for an intro a bit of a Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde journey, but who’d expect anything less from this Edinburgh-based beatsmith? The 12-track album set to be one of the most exciting and eclectic Scottish releases of 2017, so to those who already know Nasty P, it’s good to have you back, and to those who want to discover more, welcome to the whacked-out world of Rich Mundi!

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Land and Sea

The High Summit

After many years as a well-known face on the band circuit, Bob Leslie’s re-invention of himself as an acoustic performer resulted in two well-received Americana CDs - In a Different World (2010) and Fat Cat (2011) - and a re-launch onto the folk circuit. There, his highly-crafted songs - some serious, some very funny indeed - had audiences showing lively appreciation. However, more and more, Bob found himself drawn to the challenge of writing in a more traditional Scottish vein - a medium, as it turned out, ideal for a musical storyteller.

Paul Anderson from Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire is one of Scotland’s finest traditional fiddle players and The High Summit is his third album of self penned music and song. Like The Singing Land and Land of the Standing Stones before it, The High Summit celebrates the history, landscape and people of Paul’s beautiful North-East homeland. Joining Paul on The High Summit are a group of exceptional artists, highly respected in their own right and adding their own touch of magic to the album. Shona Donaldson on vocals (Scots Singer of the Year 2009 and first female winner of the Bothy Ballad Champion of Champions), Tony McManus on guitar (worldrenowned Scottish guitarist now based in Canada), Malcolm Jones on guitar and accordion (Runrig), Ale Carr on Cittern (Dreamer’s Circus), Ali Napier on keyboards (Miami Vince and former member of the Dougie MacLean Band) and James Gorgon on percussion (Albany show band and The Cutting Edge).

album / cd / Release Date: 8 September Captain Glen’s Comfort is the much awaited debut album from one of the folk scene’s fastest rising bands, Pons Aelius. Due out on September the 8th, the album showcases the sextet’s expansive sound and unique approach to the traditional music of Britain and beyond; from fiery bagpipe jigs to tender mandolin fronted soundscapes, and everything in between. Since winning a prestigious Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award in their early days, Pons Aelius have spent the last two years tirelessly honing their sound on stages both at home and abroad, quickly earning themselves a reputation as one of the most exciting new names on the circuit. Listen/Watch: Available from: Live dates:

album / cd Release Date: 25 July

Land and Sea is the result: twelve narrative songs, their subjects ranging from the Highland Clearances to a Stromness witch who told Walter Scott a few tales. Bob is accompanied by some of the brightest talents on the Scottish folk scene. Available from:


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The Live EP Brave About It EP download Release Date: 10 July

Brave About It is the new ep from Alex Tronic which features Shuna Lovelle. It is currently on rotation on Chill FM with radio support from DJs such as Jamie Porteous at Ibiza Global and Jim Gellatly at Amazing Radio Listen/Watch: Available from: Live dates: Ibiza Dj Sets in September


album vinyl / download / stream Release Date: out now With 6 producers and 9 musicians across 12 tracks, ULTRAS is the brainchild of songwriter Gav Prentice, formerly of euphoric pop duo Over the Wall. Describing the project as "violent pop for the patronised", ULTRAS combines elements of rock, electronica, folk, and hip-hop, the collaborative nature of the album inspired by the latter genre's sonically chopped-up mixtape culture. Listen/Watch: as a hub for all of the various sites you can listen. Available from: Also available in LP Records and Love Music in Glasgow and VoxBox Music in Edinburgh and to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal et al. Live dates:

EP download / stream Release Date: 1 June Four live tracks trailing Dave Arcari’s forthcoming Live at Memorial Hall album which is released on 1 September on double 180g coloured vinyl, special edition digipak CD and download/ streaming formats. These tracks do not feature on the vinyl or CD format releases and are exclusive to this digital EP. Listen/Watch: One Side Blind: Stagolee: Available from: FREE via or paid from:

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download AULD NEW HEIDS




From the Outside Looking In

Let Out The Dark

album cd Release Date: 10 July

album - cd / download / stream / Released: 10 June

This is the first solo recording from the front man, songwriter and producer of Scottish, powerpop band, Dropkick. These songs were written at This album embraces all that was great about the various points in the last 15 years and draw upon a golden days of the scottish folk scene in the 1960s/70s. variety of influences, mixing pop, alternative rock and It is a catalogue of some of the best and most popular Americana. The album was recorded in Dropkick’s songs of the time written by folk legends such as Ewan Edinburgh studio with all instruments and vocals being MacColl, Alex Campbell, Hamish Henderson, Matt performed and recorded by Andrew. McGinn, Archie Fisher, Jim McLean and Mary Brookesbank. Listen/Watch: Also Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott have a song each on the album. A quartet of four of Scotland’s most experienced performers brings together the vocal Available from: talents of brothers IAN and FRASER BRUCE along with the exceptional musical skills of PETE CLARK on fiddle All usual download and streaming sites (amazon / and GREGOR LOWREY on accordion. It has to be said Spotify / apple music / itunes / deezer etc…) that IAN BRUCE is pretty efficient on guitar, to complete Live dates: the instrumental section. Short acoustic set at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, near Inverness 5 Aug + possible Spanish dates later Available from:


album cd / vinyl / download Release Date: 24 March

Adriana Spina’s second album, released almost six years after her first, is more raw and guitar-driven that its predecessor. Let Out The Dark features Ross McFarlane (Texas, The Proclaimers) on drums, and comprises of ten songs which touch on themes from lost love and infidelity to atheism and the refugee crisis. Listen/Watch: Available from: Also available via iTunes and all other popular download sites from 24 March


Good Morning Easter Road EP cd / download / stream Release Date: 9 June

‘Good Morning Easter Road’ is the 2nd EP from Scottish musician Lou Mclean. This record is a peek into Mclean’s life, expressed through witty storytelling in her inimitable riot grrrl pop style. "a gem of the Scottish underground scene" Tenement TV * * * * - The Skinny Listen/Watch: Available from: The Scottish Design Exchange Tempo Tea Bar, Edinburgh ITunes, Deezer, Amazon

Forget The Silver Lining Dark Alley

album cd / download / stream Release Date: 1 June

The Tripwire DC sound is a colourful blend of Punky/Reggae & Rock with a bit of Ska lobbed in. Energetic male and female vocals are complimented with blistering guitar and a driving rhythm section. Reggae nods are nodded towards mid-70’s London, punk to ‘77 & rock horns are lifted skywards to the Rainbow. Listen/Watch: spotify @

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EP cd / download / stream Release Date: 28 April

Debut EP from PYRO featuring their 1st and 2nd single Money and Green and their latest single Sandpaper Throat. This EP shows the diversity of PYRO’s songs from the massive Green to the more melodic Sandpaper Throat Listen/Watch: Available from: iTunes, spotify etc…. Live dates: Friday 19 May – Stramash Edinburgh – Yellow Movement Friday – Free entry – over 18s Friday 16 June – Sneaky Petes Edinburgh – 7pm - £6 entry – Over 14s

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download WE CAME FROM WOLVES EVERING

The Peak Beneath the Sea

single / stream Release Date: 5 May via Struck Dum Records. We Came From Wolves latest single The Peak Beneath The Sea is a bold, emotive alt rock track that sees the Scottish four-piece bare their heart on their sleeves. The track is due for release on 5th May 2017 via Struck Dum Records. The band’s previous single, Places Unfamiliar, addressed mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, which some of the band have experienced. However, The Peak Beneath The Sea turns a corner as the band look towards the future, finding a away to live with these issues. Listen/Watch: Links from 5 May Available from: & iTunes/Spotify etc Live dates:

Beyond Oceans

EP (+single 'Driftwood' / download / stream Release Date: 21 April Beyond Oceans is the second EP release from Evering, out on the 21st April 2017. This collection of four songs grew out of the reality of being adrift in the aftermath of the exit from a relationship. The EP songs, title and cover art all capture a theme similar to the mindset held at that time: Keep making a concious effort to avoid dwelling on the bad bits and instead, persevere, point yourself in a good direction and keep going until you get to where you want to be. Listen/Watch: single @ Available from: Live Dates:


EP cd / download Release Date: 21 April

Debut EP by 17 year old singer songwriter from Paisley funded by Paisley 2021 City of Culture bid and including four specially selected songs which reflect Lisa's personal and musical journey to date. Lyrics and melodies to express feelings, responses and reactions to people and places encountered. Listen/Watch: Available from: Available on Spotify, I tunes and all major platforms. CDs from Feel the Groove Records Paisley, New Hellfire Club Glasgow



Bare Along The Branches

The Wren and The Salt Air album cd / download / stream Release Date: 17 February

‘The Wren And The Salt Air’ is a collection of songs and tunes by acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter Jenny Sturgeon. It was written to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Scottish archipelago of St Kilda becoming a World Heritage Site for its natural features. 'Musically superb, absolutely fascinating and utterly charming' Shire Folk. Listen/Watch: Available from:

The Stuntman

album download / stream Release Date: out now

With a lyrical arena boasting whistleblowers, extraterrestrials and self-cannibalisation, Eugene Twist's highly anticipated second album arrives with one mission: to let the storyteller run riot inside the song. From spat-out surrealism to politicised anthems and mystical ballads, 'The Stuntman' is the latest from the unbounded imagination of Eugene Twist. Listen/Watch: Available from:

album cd / vinyl (tbc) / download / stream Release Date: 24 February

Norrie McCulloch’s third full-length album in as many years effortlessly merges folk, country, americana and indie genres. Recorded live to analogue tape with regular collaborators: Dave McGowan (Teenage Fanclub), Stuart Kidd and Marco Rea (The Wellgreen), Iain Thompson (Bella Hardy band) and Iain Sloan (Wynntown Marshals) this is his most accomplished collection of songs to date. Listen/Watch: Available from: (and most good independent record stores) www.



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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download THULA BORAH Near Life Experience EP cd / download Release Date: Out Now

Putting down a marker for all rock bands in 2017, Thula Borah have produced one of the best records you're likely to hear all year, creating a sound that defies any one genre; switching seamlessly from post-rock, posthardcore and dream-pop to grunge, indie-rock and emo. Indeed, Thula Borah have taken post-hardcore sensibilities and fuzzed out, meaty riffs and amalgamated them with catchy hooks that demand your attention. Listen/Watch: Available from:


EP cd / download / stream Release Date: 23 February Since being selected for Creative Scotland's 'Verden Studios Demo Project 15', Rachel Alice Johnson has gone on to perform with her band at such venues as the BBC Scotland Castle Tent and most recently at King Tuts Wah Wah Hit. Inspired by Lana Del Rey, Royal Blood and The Black Keys, her debut EP '2AM' transitions in to a new vibe of sultry rock and toll combined with bass heavy electro-pop.


album cd / download Release Date: 9 December

Edinburgh Rock ceilidh band have released their 2nd album Energised. With this album Teannaich has brought their unique band of high energy folk rock ceilidh music from the stage to the studio with 11 great tracks of music which is both great for listening or dancing to.

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The Treatment Tapes EP cd / download Release Date: 20 January

In January 2015, Rab Noakes was diagnosed with tonsillar cancer. Thirty radiotherapy sessions ensued. The post-treatment recovery included singing and, of course, writing songs. Six of those songs are on Rab’s new record. There’s no self-pity though, here you’ll find defiance, resilience, love, support and, hopefully, wit. Listen/Watch: Available from: and all good online and high street stores

Out Of The Blue EP cd / download / stream Release Date: Out Now

Guitar-Based Melodic Rock Music from the North East Of Scotland. Solid, chunky riffs with harmonised leads with rolling bass lines and on point drums. FFO Jimmy Eat World, Ash, Green Day and Lifehouse. Singles "Stay With Me" and "Waiting" taken from "Out Of The Blue" EP. Listen/Watch: Available from: iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Deezer etc. CD @

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Debut video single from Alternative Rock duo PYRO. These 17 year old lads from Bathgate produce a wall of sound that you would expect from a 5 piece band. Connor leads on vocals from behind the drums while Cameron uses one guitar and few friends he calls pedals. A blend of Royal Blood and Foo Fighters. Listen/Watch: YouTube: Available from: itunes Spotify cdBaby apple music Email:

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download EWAN McLENNAN & GEORGE MONBIOT Breaking the Spell of Loneliness album cd / download / stream Release Date: Out Now

A remarkable collaboration between writer George Monbiot and musician Ewan McLennan, seeking to use music and word to open up the issue of loneliness and bring people together. Listen/Watch: Available from: All usual outlets



EP cd / download / stream Release Date: 28 October

An unsigned 4 piece indie rock band from Edinburgh. Their influences are varied and include Swervedriver, Ride, Redd Kross, Smashing Pumpkins, Therapy?, Girls Against Boys, Helmet, Alice In Chains and Placebo to Glasgow-based two-piece Louise McVey & Cracks name but a few. Their music has been described by 7Ahead as “…the raucousness of early Nirvana records in the Concrete, Louise McVey (vocals) and Graeme Miller (sound), met in a basement in 2009. jumps out and appears to be revitalised in BHG’s style.” McVey‘s sonorous vocals and Miller’s off kilter album cd / vinyl / download Release Date: 5 December

musical arrangements create darkly atmospheric, and at times unsettling songs , highlighting their shared passion for dark unexplored musical territory.



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We’ll Be Listening and Remembering Until We’re Old and Unsteady EP vinyl / download / stream Release Date: 2 December

'We’ll Be Listening and Remembering Until We’re Old and Unsteady’ is the third EP from Glasgow’s Verse Metrics, a groove-driven 4 piece band with a knack for writing twisty, turny alternative rock songs. Expect post-rock instrumentation with nontraditional song structures; and math-rock subtleties as a bed for Bob Dick’s introspective and often cryptic lyrics. Listen/Watch: Available from: Vinyl - Download - iTunes -

Northern Sky Soul Preacher

EP cd / download / stream Release Date: 16 December

Gilchrist are an Edinburgh band playing an exciting fusion of rock, funk and soul. They released their debut album ‘Funky Philosophy’ in November 2014 and have recently been working with award winning producer Steve Power. They are to release 4 EPs over the next year starting with the ‘Soul Preacher’ EP which contains 3 tracks mixed by Steve. Listen/Watch: Available from:

album cd / download Release Date: Out Now Northern Sky is the eagerly awaited debut solo album from Aberdeen musician Pete Coutts (mandolin, guitar, vocals). This collection of original Doric songs and tunes draws from the cultural heritage and language of the North-East whilst keeping its roots planted firmly in the contemporary sound of traditional Scottish music. Featuring some of Scotland’s finest musicians including: Ali Hutton (pipes, whistles, guitar), Jonny Hardie (fiddle), Brian McAlpine (accordion), Martin O’Neill (bodhran). The album weaves its way through a rich tapestry of tunes and tales inspired by traditional life in North-East Scotland’s fishing and farming communities Listen/Watch:

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



Highway Stars

The Seas Between Us


single download Release Date: 7 October

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

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

album - cd / download / stream Release Dates: CD Out Now / Download 31/10/16 / Steam 1/1/7 Hailing from The Shetland Islands, The Revellers are a seven-piece juggernaut, that combine fiddle, mandolin and tenor banjo with heavy metal, punk and alternative rock rhythm section. The end result is something which has been nicknamed by onlookers as ‘Heavy Folk Music’ or ‘Viking Metal’. The band release their second album this autumn – ‘Skeletons’ with Tim Matthew (Lau/ Mystery Juice) at the helm and cameo appearances from some of Shetland’s finest musicians (including Arthur Nicholson and Kris Drever) and Danish multiinstrumentalist, Perry Stenback. Listen/Watch:

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Guillotine was launched on 10th oct at Summerhall with a massive 19piece line-up including string and brass sextets. This was the only way to do the album justice. Guillotine is the culmination of the band's 8 year weekly residency at Edinburgh's notorious Jazz Bar. This is definitely a huge step up in Mike Kearney's production and writing style. Enjoy! Listen/Watch: Available from:

Atlas The Poets & The Beats album cd / download / stream Release Date: Out Now

The Poets and the Beats from Musician / producer Paul Armour (ex Seminal Glasgow Surf Pop Band “The Cuban Heels") “The album is very much a beat combo sound. Punchy with grooves using classic retro instruments: Rhodes Wurlitzer & Hammond, vintage amps and guitars. The feel is a mix of styles, melodic & rhythmic. Lyrically quirky with themes of hope and renewal. A recent review from Rock Fm. Scotland described the sound as “Weller-ish” but more refined! It’s all in the ear of the beholder. Enjoy the beats…” Listen/Watch: Available from:

album cd / download / stream Release Date: 3 October

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

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



This Girl, This Woman

Stories Untold

Crossing Borders

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

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

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

album cd / download Release Date: 23 September



Harley Honey

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


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single cd / download Release Date: 22 October

album cd Release Date: 9 September

Fine ’n’ Rosy

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

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Nature Flow

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

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scotland's new releases ..... album : single : ep / cd : vinyl : download MARTHA L. HEALY



To Be Free

Tonight, As We Dance

Time Enough For Love

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To Be Free is an interim project - in between albums number one and two - for Glasgow's Martha L. Healy. Including two originals and two of Martha's favourite country classics, the EP was recorded with her band over a snowy weekend in Glasgow in January 2016. Listen/Watch: Available from: id1148312525 plus Amazon + other sites

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

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



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

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coast – in an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty musical acts performing on two stages the overlooking Holy Island. festival has been extended to three days and finishes later each evening. Most of the festival is under canvas including the three stages and there is not a single drop of mud to be found anywhere. So forget the wellies, the weather can rain or shine the BOWFest experience is always amazing. Bathgate, West Lothian

Midstock Festival Dalkeith 1-2 September

Party in the Park

Midstock is an independent, bespoke festival which we started in order to provide the Lothians community with a great event on their doorsteps. This is still at the core of what we’re trying to do but we have seen the festival expand somewhat and we’ve welcomed people from all over the country in the last couple of years. Maybe word is out that we like a good party here in Midlothian!”

Electric Fields Drumlanrig Castle 1-2 September 2017

3 September Now in its 7th year ‘Party in the Park’ music festival and family fun day is a great day out for music lovers with families, held in Bathgate’s Kirkton Park. There is a main stage and acoustic stage with music on both throughout the day from 11am to 6pm with free entry and no ticket required. A real mix of music from local bands and artists to those further afield. This is no ticket required and no entry fee and as this is geared towards familys there is a strict no alcohol policy.

Nestling in the beautiful surroundings of Drumlanrig Castle, south west Scotland. We’ve been working really hard to top last year and we’re pretty excited about this summer, as well as having some brand new developments. One of the most exciting music festivals in Scotland returns in 2016, over two days in the stunning grounds of Drumlanrig Castle!

NXNE Scotland Deeside Activity Park 1-2 September

Linlithgow Folk Festival Linlithgow 6-10 September

Perth Music Expo 2017

Blas Festival

True North

Highlands 1-9 September

Aberdeen 7-10 September

The Blas festival aims to play a role in celebrating the culture of traditional music and Gaelic in the Highlands of Scotland. Blas will do this in part by creating the opportunities for young musicians to play and learn with leading artists in traditional music and Gaelic. Blas will also widen the opportunities for communities to experience and enjoy live music and Gaelic performances which support their culture.

True North is Aberdeen’s music festival - located at the heart of the city, the festival features the contemporary music industry’s most interesting, relevant and exciting artists. Taking place between Thursday 7 - Sunday 10 September, the 2017 festival features a series of unique headline performances in city centre venues, a Fringe programme of free intimate gigs across the city, a chance to be inspired by our masterclass and discussion programme, an amazing gig for kids, and an opportunity to get up close and personal with festival artists.

Northumberland 2-4 September

Perth 7 September The fourth of edition of Perth Music Expo is proud to announce their biggest line-up yet taking place on the 7 September, across 3 venues: Imax Playhouse, The Twa Tams and The Green Room. The free festival starts at Imax Playhouse at 6pm with a music industry panel with special guests.

Best of the West Festival

Building on the success of the last two years, Lindisfarne Festival 2017 is gearing up to be an even bigger and better showcase of music, comedy, culture and creative arts as they announce The Fratellis as their first mainstage headliner. A regularly shortlisted finalist at the UK Festival Awards, this year’s event will be held once again at Beal Farm on the Northumberland

Edinburgh 23 September

Listen, Learn, Riot! DAREFest at The Wee Red Bar is a one day event set up by Lou Mclean and Ashley Stein, two musicians who met at Girl’s Rock School Edinburgh. Inspired by the phenomenal talent coming out of their local music scene but still unimpressed with the industries attitude towards women, they decided to start a one day festival designed to empower all women to take on the Scottish music scene. Throughout a day of workshops run by Lou, Ashley and the brilliant Speaking Out Project (part of Scottish Women's Aid) this event will be focused on building up resilience and skills for music performance & feminist activism.

Doricana Fest

NXNE Scotland is a 2 day festival celebrating the best of everything in the North East of Scotland! With some of the best bands from the North X North East coming to play for you all, here’s just a few of them, many more to be announced over the next couple of weeks: Gerry Jablonski//The Lorelei//The Little Kicks// The Cliftons//Wish You Were Floyd//Gordon James And The Power //The Capollos//Miss Lucid // Paul Anderson. We have lots more to tell you soon, so watch this space! Deeside Activity Park//Captain Toms//Fat Hippy Records

Lindisfarne Festival


Some of Scotland’s most exciting young traditional musicians will take centre stage at this year’s Linlithgow Folk Festival in September and the organisers are claiming that the event will be the biggest and best yet. As well as the headline act Barluath – who are a diverse and innovative young Glasgow-based band – the five Stonehaven days of the Festival will also see appearances by 23 September emerging talent.

Inveraray 8-10 September

The festival is now arguably Scotland's finest boutique festival, one where music and food lovers from the world over gather to celebrate the very best in Scottish music, food and drink. As well as a stunning line-up of 21 different

One day music festival based in the NE of Scotland showcasing the countries finest Americana / Roots / Country and Acoustic acts.

Cumnock Tryst Festival Cumnock, New Cumnock and Auchinleck 28 September - 1 October

Sir James MacMillan announced the programme for the 2017 Cumnock Tryst at a special event in the Dumfries Arms and the launch also featured a performance by Folk trio, Kilda, presented in partnership with Live Music Now Scotland. The fourth annual Cumnock Tryst Festival will take place in venues across Cumnock, New Cumnock and Auchinleck, and in Dumfries House between 28 September and 1 October.


Ullapool 29-30 September On paper they said it wouldn’t work, a festival in late September in a remote village on the West Coast of Scotland 60 miles from the nearest town, but that was ten years ago. 2017 sees a few changes for our friendly, small (but we thank perfectly formed) festival enter its enters its thirteenth year. Moving to the Pier in the centre of the village, still expect another year of fun regardless of what the weather has to say about it. Another year making new friends, and catching up with old ones. Follow us on social media to see who’s going join the ranks that include Paolo Nutini, Mumford and Sons, Twin Atlantic, The Stranglers and Franz Ferdinand who have graced our little stage. You’ll just have to come and see…

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Krafty Brew Presents EH6 with Alabama 3, Big country, Space and more bringing EH6 to Leith for the very first time this October.This is a live So why is the UGF so special? Perhaps it’s the music, food and drink festival in Leith, our aim is mix of music old and new, of electric and Glasgow to try to bring some big names as well as all the acoustic, of steel and nylon, of seasoned 30 September performers and those, like the students from the best talent in Scotland. We are announcing the food and drink line up next month as well as a Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, just starting Tenement TV - the team behind Scotland’s couple of more acts each months. The festival out on their careers. Perhaps it’s the location on biggest and best platform for music discovery features over 100 in band in more than 10 Loch Broom and the drive up through some of are delighted to reveal 20 new bands joining Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Perhaps it’s different venues in Leith and is designed so that their city music festival line-up. Fresh from people travel throughout the whole of leith the informal air of the whole weekend: there’s playing TRNSMT festival at the weekend, Louis stopping at various business throughout the Berry, Clean Cut Kid, Neon Waltz and Vistas join no “us and them”, no VIP area. Everyone mingles, and you’re likely to find yourself sitting whole weekend and seeing the best of Leith. We an array of amazing talent. These new bands will have craft stalls, art exhibitions, food from beside a guitar legend in the Festival Club – or join the already announced headliners, The all over the world, a beer market where all of Temperance Movement who are set to shake the even jamming with them on one of the trade Scotland’s finest breweries will be, children's stands. walls of the 02 ABC on Saturday 30 September entertainment, a massive variety or music from 2017. House to Gaelic and much more.

Tenement Trail

Spree Festival


Paisley 13-22 October

Glasgow Americana Glasgow 4-8 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. Austin-based Slaid Cleaves has the honour of being the first act to be named for 2017’s Glasgow Americana Festival.

Ullapool Guitar Festival Ullapool


The bill has been announced for Paisley’s Spree festival – featuring a one-off collaboration between Scottish indie act Frightened Rabbit and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Paisley Abbey. The festival of music, comedy, theatre and more – which will take over the town centre between 13 and 22 October – is now in its sixth year and is part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.


Leith 21-22 October

Glasgow 26 October - 5 November The full programme has been announced for Sonica 2017, Cryptic's biennial festival in Glasgow of the best in visual sonic art from around the world. 40+ international artists from 14 countries across 5 continents will present work from 26 October to 5 November - from opera in shopping mall windows to a chorus of megaphones across Kelvingrove Park, Sonica brings innovative, unmissable art to all corners of Glasgow. The programme boasts 13 UK premieres, 4 world premieres and 8 Cryptic commissions

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