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Eleanor Nicolson, Scotland On Sunday, 5 June 2016

Published in Scotland On Sunday, 5 June 2016 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss. Read on [in association with Lindisfarne Festival]

Scotland On Sunday, 5 June 2016, Eleanor Nicolson

The Isle of Lewis has produced some great musical talents, many of whom have songwriting abilities which belie their age. Eleanor Nicolson is the latest of these and at 17 is already an accomplished artist with some striking tunes to her name.

Working out of Stornoway’s Wee Studio, she is part of a group promoting gigs at the town’s An Lanntair venue.

In 2014 Nicolson played both Belladrum and the Heb Celt Festivals and followed up with an appearance at this year’s Celtic Connections. She already has three EPs, combining a great voice with a light country touch and a pop sensibility. Her most recent, entitled White Noise, was released a couple of months ago and features It’s Complicated, one of our favourite tracks of the year. Nicolson plays a free showcase at XpoNorth in Inverness on Thursday at the Scotch & Rye venue.

Listen to one of Scotland’s most promising young acts at:

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music industry social events and seminars

To win tickets for this year’s Lindisfarne Festival go to

Under the Radar in Scotland On Sunday is in association with LINDISFARNE FESTIVAL

Lindisfarne Festival sponsors new music in Scotland On Sunday, 29 May 2016

* For consideration as our Artist of the Week please click HERE scroll to the bottom and review checklist of what we NEED in order to feature bands in Scotland On Sunday. Then email: Derick Mackinnon with all the info

Music Plus artists perform at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2015

National youth music projects Music Plus+ and Hit The Road have teamed up with Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival taking place from 6-8 August in Beauly. The partnership offers young artists 14-19 years old the opportunity to perform at the sold out festival. Acts showcasing include; Beautiful Expectations, Jemma Tweedie, Something, Someone, TSTMNT, Chainsaw Tea Party, Dorris Kissee Kissee, Imogen Hay, Michiel Turner, Shanine Gallagher, EMME and Hollie Atkinson. Some previous participants are also booked to appear on different stages, including KLOË, Man of Moon, Sly At Last, Alice Bentley, Lionel and many more.

Music Plus+ Video featuring some of the artists performing at Belladrum Festival

Music Plus and Hit The Road artists perform at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2015

Speaking about the partnership, Gill Maxwell, Executive Director of the Scottish Music Centre who produces both Music Plus+ and Hit The Road with funding from the Youth Music Initiative, The Robertson Trust and Young Start, said, “Working with our colleagues at Belladrum, our partnership is providing a fantastic new opportunity for talented young musicians to gain valuable experience of performing in a festival setting, and all the challenges that brings! We’re delighted to see the next generation of music makers burst onto the scene, having taken advantage of the support and knowledge on offer through participation in Music Plus and Hit The Road”
Sam Barker from Belladrum Festival commented, “We have a long tradition of supporting grassroots musicians at Belladrum so we are delighted to offer the next crop of young artists the opportunity to perform at the festival. We are particularly happy to offer this in partnership with youth music projects like Hit The Road and Music Plus, who’s alumni return to Bella each year in their own right, and hope to build upon this relationship in future.”

Further info on Music Plus visit and for Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival visit

For interview requests, MP3s and any other info relating to Music Plus artists performing at Belladrum Festival email: Derick Mackinnon or phone 07784 320 546