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Gerry Cinnamon, Scotland On Sunday, 13 September 2015

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 13 September 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine, 13 September 2015, Gerry Cinnamon

Singer songwriter Gerry Cinnamon rose to prominence in 2014 with the song Hope Over Fear, ending the year with a sell-out show at King Tut’s. In May he released the excellent Kampfire Vampire on Glasgow label First Run Records, played a series of pop-up gigs and then appeared to a rapturous audience at T In The Park.

Blending a catchy acoustic guitar style, harmonica, loop pedal and a voice which makes you want to sing-along, Cinnamon recently launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds to record his debut album. Due to run until the end of the month, it is already well on its way to doubling the target, and has spawned some rather interesting cover versions. A nationwide tour of intimate venues begins on 1 October in Greenock, which is followed by Kilmarnock, Aberdeen, Dunfermline and Edinburgh, before closing in Dundee on 11 October. Based on his work so far, Gerry Cinnamon is set for great things.

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Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music industry seminar evening. Their next event takes place on Thursday 1 October and features an interview with Neu! Reekie! founder Kevin Williamson, followed by a discussion about creating and sustaining a scene. Visit www.borntobewide.co.uk For consideration as our artist of the week or any other news please contact: Derick Mackinnon

Garden of Elks, Scotland On Sunday, 6 September

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 6 September 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine, 6 September 2015, Garden of Elks

To readers of this column in its previous incarnation, Highland act Garden Of Elks will be a familiar name, having featured regularly since the band’s inception three years ago.

April saw the release of the release of their debut album, A Distorted Sigh, on Edinburgh’s Song By Toad label, which was produced by Marcus Mackay [the creative other half of SAY Award winner, Kathryn Joseph]. Around the same time, frontman Niall Strachen downsized to performing solo, a move partly brought about by drummer Paul Bannon taking up a job on a cruise ship.

The frenetic, fuzz laden single, I Hid Inside , is sure to appeal to fans of The Pixies and The Jesus and Mary Chain and a live appearance at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus is in the diary for 13 September.

Strachen, who has an archive of 250 unreleased songs, then heads over to New York, to play the prestigious CMJ showcase festival. Despite the new slimline-up, Garden Of Elks’ sound remains decidedly beefy! Listen Garden Of Elks

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music business events visit www.borntobewide.co.uk For consideration as our artist of the week or any other news please contact: Derick Mackinnon