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Mickey 9s, Scotland On Sunday, 9 October 2016

Published in Scotland On Sunday, 9 October 2016 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss. Read on Scotsman.com [in association with Musician’ Union]

MICKEY 9s Artist of the Week in Scotland On Sunday
Scotland On Sunday, 9 October 2016, Mickey 9s

Last weekend some four hundred people, including the Happy Monday’s mascot Bez, piled into a former snooker hall in Glasgow and went wild. The occasion was a special pre-launch for the Mickey 9s new album, Galactic Radio.

With a blend of meaty basslines, jaggy guitars, up-tempo rhythms and idiosyncratic vocals, the enthusiastic audience is no surprise – the four-piece won the Scottish Alternative Music Award for Best Live Act in 2014 and have played numerous festivals.

An exact release date has still to be set for Galactic Radio, but the band have given us a sneak preview of what is likely to be the first single, Planet, one of the poppier numbers on a collection of tunes which packs a powerful disco-infused punch:
https://soundcloud.com/mickey-9s/planet-galactic-radio-2016-taster

Mickey 9s play Inverness on 4 November, Edinburgh on 23 November and London on 26 November. Visit www.facebook.com/mickey9s for more information.

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide the music scene seminar and social night www.borntobewide.co.uk Their next event takes place in Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on 3 November and begins with an interview with Celtic Connections founder, Donald Shaw.

Under the Radar is in association with Musicians’ Union
Musicians Union sponsor new music every week in Scotland On Sunday

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* 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

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

To win tickets for this year’s Lindisfarne Festival go to http://bit.ly/LindisfarneFest-Win

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