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The Spook School, Scotland On Sunday, 18 October 2015

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 18 October 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss Read on Scotsman.com

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon, Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine, 18 October 2015, The Spook School

Hailing from Edinburgh, DIY-punk-pop quartet The Spook School’s second album, Try To Be Hopeful, was released via Fortuna POP! last week.

The LP is bursting full of triumphant, fun and upbeat songs about gender and identity, with songwriter Nye Todd’s lyrics exploring a personal journey as a transgender front-person, which became the subject of a Rolling Stone documentary earlier this year when the band toured North America.

Their music is the theme tune for BBC 3 comedy series Badults and members Anna Cory, Niall McCamley and Adam Todd moonlight as stand-up comedians.

Catch them live at Edinburgh’s Banshee Labyrinth 26 [now Sold Out] and 27 October for the official album launch, followed by London 29 October, Glasgow’s the Hug and Pint 30 October [Sold Out] and an extensive tour throughout the UK in November.

Watch VIDEO for excellent single Binary directed by Nathan Griffin of label mates Martha at https://youtu.be/pNkxOOIDcCQ or press play below:

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the music industry seminar evenings Born To Be Wide their next event takes place on Thursday 5 November at The Electric Circus in Edinburgh.

** For consideration as our artist of the week or any other news please contact: Derick Mackinnon

Rhona Macfarlane, Scotland On Sunday, 11 October 2015

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 11 October 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss Read on Scotsman.com

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon, Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine, 11 October 2015, Rhona Macfarlane

Multi-instrumentalist Rhona Macfarlane has been garnering a lot of attention in recent months, both as a violinist with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and for her solo work. The latter has already seen her invited to perform at Celtic Connections and on Janice Forsyth’s BBC Radio Scotland show as well as playing dates as part of the Hit The Road nationwide tour for emerging artists [age 14-19 years old].

Last month she released the Remembrance EP, with the title track demonstrating an aptitude for penning a pop ballad, while simultaneously appealing to the trad community with a combination of acoustic guitar and fiddle.

On 31 October the Montrose-based artiste is set to play Dougie MacLean’s Perthshire Amber Festival , while a month later she will appear near her home town at the Balmakewan Beer Festival in Laurencekirk. With another EP in the pipeline, Rhona Macfarlane is definitely an act to look out for. Listen at http://rhonamacfarlane.bandcamp.com

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the music industry seminar evenings Born To Be Wide their next event takes place on Thursday 5 November at The Electric Circus in Edinburgh.

** For consideration as our artist of the week or any other news please contact: Derick Mackinnon