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Scotland On Sunday, 2015 Round Up

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 27 December 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss Read on Scotsman.com

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon, Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine, 2015 Round Up

ONE of the first acts we featured after arriving in this slot in February was Kathryn Joseph , which involved getting the camera-shy artiste to agree to her first ever photo shoot. Little did we know that four months later she would scoop the Scottish Album of the Year Award.

During the summer there was much discussion about the lack of female acts on festival bills, so in the hope that promoters are reading, we’ll take this opportunity to name a few we featured: the joyous Best Girl Athlete, the innovative Be Charlotte and energetic duo Sacred Paws. Among the male acts we singled out, C Duncan picked up a Mercury Music Prize nomination, and pop talent Greg Pearson was featured as single of the week on Radio Scotland’s Janice Forsyth show. Other highlights included beatboxers Bigg Taj VS Spee Six Nine plus JR Green and the effortlessly cool Catholic Action . 2015 also proved to be the year in which Fatherson, KLOË, Model Aeroplanes and WHITE – all previously tipped by us – rose above the radar after signing major record deals. We look forward to bringing you more exciting Scottish acts in 2016.

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

Greg Pearson, Scotland on Sunday, 12 July 2015

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 12 July 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine 12 July 2015, Greg Pearson

Edinburgh’s Greg Pearson has spent the past couple of years fine-tuning his pop songwriting skills while simultaneously working his live show. In April, his demo of the forthcoming digital single, These Walls [out on 24 July], was one of the few songs to get a universal thumbs up from the A&R listening panel at Wide Days – no mean feat given it included an X Factor scout and the owner of ultra-credible indie label Fat Cat Records

In an interesting move, Pearson has applied an approach more commonly favoured by dance acts, recording two different versions of the same song. The more upbeat rendition was produced by Garry Boyle in the same studio complex used by the likes of REM, Frightened Rabbit and The Proclaimers. For those who prefer their pop with strings and piano, we recommend the version recorded by David Whitmey. Both would fit very comfortably on daytime radio playlists, and if there is any justice, that is where they will end up.

Listen at http://bit.ly/1H305WG

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