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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 Scotsman.com [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: https://soundcloud.com/eleanornicolson/its-complicated

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music industry social events and seminars www.borntobewide.co.uk

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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

Mairearad Green, Scotland On Sunday, 17 January 2016

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 17 January 2016 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss Read on Scotsman.com

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon, Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine, Mairearad Green

Mairearad Green is making waves on the folk scene, both as a musician and as a composer, and has toured with acts such as Eddi Reader and Karine Polwart.

In 2014 she spent several months researching poetry about Scotland’s islands, which in turn inspired her debut album Summer Isles (released on 26 February). On the collection of songs the multi-instrumentalist plays pipes, accordion and piano, as well as performing most of the vocals. The LP also features contributions from a variety of accomplished musicians including King Creosote, who sings on the track Star Of Hope.

We were particularly taken with Blessing On Tanera, carried by Green’s beautiful singing and piano and evoking the island that inspired it. Green plays Celtic Connections on Friday, 24 and 28 January, and Edinburgh’s Coda Music shop on 27 February, officially launching her album. Listen at https://soundcloud.com/abadgeoffriendship/mairearad-green-blessing-in-tanera

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the music industry seminar and social evenings Born To Be Wide visit www.borntobewide.co.uk

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