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The Scotsman, Under the Radar, May 2014

Published In The Scotsman Newspaper: Monday 5th May 2014 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss

RM Hubbard, The Scotsman, Under The Radar, May 2014

Regular readers of this column, will be familiar with Edinburgh record label Song, By Toad which not only releases some great music but also gave us the Beer vs Records campaign last year

Several of its artists have been past track of the month providers in their own right, so when we heard that a posse of them had decided to collaborate on a one-off project, our interest was immediately sparked. Titled Farewell, Bastard Mountain, the album was recorded in 2012 when the musicians spent a week working together in the living room of Song, By Toad’s Matthew Young. It features Meursault’s Neil Pennycook and Pete Harvey, Sparrow & The Workshop’s Jill O’Sullivan, Broken Records’ Rory Sutherland, Rob St John and Reuben Taylor. With its sparse arrangement, haunting melody and the complementary vocals of Pennycook and O’Sullivan, the track Meadow Ghosts is one of the best songs we have heard this year and we look forward to hearing the whole album. Released on vinyl and download on 12 May, it will be followed by a launch at Edinburgh Queen’s Hall on 29 May. In the meantime, you can hear Meadow Ghosts at https://soundcloud.com/songbytoad/meadow-ghosts

The goNORTH Festival has announced over 60 live music acts who will perform at the creative industry convention, which takes place in Inverness on 4-5 June. Showcasing bands include; Roman Nose, Hector Bizerk, Garden of Elks, Angus Munro, Schnarff Schnarff, Lionel and Model Aeroplanes (whose debut single is released on 27 May on First Run Records) and there are also several international acts also on the bill. Both daytime panels and evening gigs are free to attend, but require registration via the website www.gonorthfestival.co.uk/register

Hector Bizerk have also made it on to the longlist for the Scottish Album of the Year Award (SAY Award) which features a varied cross-section of Scottish artists. Throughout May, members of the public are able to listen all of the 20 albums selected and you can vote for your favourite from 26-28 May. The album receiving the most public votes secures one of ten shortlist places, with the other nine being decided by the 12-strong SAY judging panel, ahead of an awards ceremony on 19 June. Among the other artists featured are Rick Redbeard, Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire and Young Fathers alongside big stars like Biffy Clyro. To listen visit www.sayaward.com

Last year’s SAY Award winner, RM Hubbert, is one of six acts chosen to play the Scottish showcase at industry convention The Great Escape, which take place in Brighton from 8-10 May. He will join the bill which also includes Prides, Honeyblood, Baby Strange, Leon T Pearl, and Neon Waltz at the Dome Studio Bar. Visit http://greatescapefestival.com/gig-planner

Nine-piece Edinburgh act The Black Diamond Express are also set to showcase at an industry event, albeit on the other side of the Atlantic. They play Toronto’s huge NXNE Festival, which takes place from 13-22 June. The appearance will be followed by a Canadian tour and the release of the band’s second album, The Year Of The Snake.

A newly refurbished 1877 cattle byre on the Inchyra Estate near Perth is set to open as a multi-purpose entertainment venue. Inchyra Arts Club will host music, comedy and theatre with a capacity of 600 for live gigs. On 7 June, Glasgow band Kassidy will be the first act to perform at the unusual venue. For full info on the programme visit www.inchyraartsclub.co.uk

Kilmarnock’s Dirty Weekender returns for the third year from 23-25 May promising over 50 acts across 5 venues throughout Kilmarnock, including a stage catering for all ages. Local stars, Fatherson – who recently sold out the first pressing of their debut album in less than a week – will headline the Saturday. Other acts worth checking out include Tijuana Bibles, Herculean and The Little Kicks. Visit www.facebook.com/KillieWeekender

Celebrating 19 years, the West End Festival takes place across various locations throughout Glasgow’s West End from 31 May to 29 June. Among the music highlights are We Were Promised Jetpacks, The View, an Electric Honey Records Showcase, and the now renowned Oran Mor All-Dayer event. Visit www.westendfestival.co.uk

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run Scottish music industry social night Born To Be Wide which takes place on the first Thursday of the month at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus. They will host a panel at this year’s goNorth, as well as a Q&A with filmmaker and former Skids frontman, Richard Jobson. See www.borntobewide.co.uk

Dumfries Music Conference 2013

Dumfries Music Conference 2013
Scotland’s leading music business event organisation, Born To Be Wide, will host an informative discussion at this year’s second annual Dumfries Music Conference at The Stove in Dumfries on Thursday 31st October.
The session will cover crucial aspects for securing press, getting gigs and music management and is aimed at providing musicians and those considering a career in music with insight into what’s involved and tips on how to succeed.

Confirmed speakers include former Snow Patrol manager Keren McKean and one of Scotland’s most popular blogs, The Pop Cop with Jason Cranwell and Sarah McMullan. They will be joined by Chay Woodman who books The Solus Tent at The Wickerman Festival as well as being a freelance music journalist. Chris Cusack, who is the booker at Glasgow’s bar BLOC+ and Born To Be Wide’s Derick Mackinnon who also co-writes a monthly music column in The Scotsman Newspaper.

The informal discussion will be preceded by a presentation from Gary Atkinson, owner of locally based and world-renowned Blues and Jazz label, Document Records, who recently partnered with Jack White from The White Stripes.

The evening will be rounded off with the opportunity for audience members to network with invited panellists, who will play some of their favourite records (as long as they are not by Morrissey or Joy Division).

Participating speakers include:
Keren McKean (former Snow Patrol Manager),
Jason Cranwell and Sarah McMullan (The Pop Cop)
Chay Woodman (The Wickerman Festival / Music Journalist),
Derick Mackinnon (Born To Be Wide / The Scotsman),
Chris Cusack (Booker, Bar Bloc, Glasgow)
Tickets are FREE but very limited so it’s highly recommended you book in advance to avoid disappointment!

Born To Be Wide at Dumfries Music Conference:
Date: Thursday 31st October 2013
Venue: The Stove, 100 High Street, Dumfries, DG1 2BJ (Map: http://goo.gl/maps/AZREu)
18.30 – Doors
19.00-19.45 – Document Records presentation
20.00-21.00 – Born To Be Wide seminar
21.00-22.30 – Networking and DJ sets from speakers
Born To Be Wide

Launched in February 2004 to provide a meeting place for those involved or interested in the Scottish music scene. A diverse range of musicians, journalists, promoters, label owners and fries of music, are invited to play their all-time favourite records unless they are by Morrissey or Joy Division.
Since April 2008 the night has hosted seminars covering subjects such as How To Get A Gig, Unveiling The Mind Of A Music Journalist, A&R, Music PR, How To Get On The Radio, Music Management, Booking Agents, a Norwegian night and a German special which included a seminar, a live show by Berlin band Jeans Team and a DJ set by the Consul General.

Born To Be Wide also hosts the Wide Days conference and showcase event which takes place in Edinburgh in April and organises panels for goNORTH.
Contact: Derick Mackinnon | 07784 320 546 | derick@widedays.com or visit: www.borntobewide.co.uk
Now in its second year, Dumfries Music Conference is organised by an artist-led collective based at The Stove venue in Dumfries, supported by The Stove Network and The Holywood Trust.

The four day programme is completely FREE and includes
Film, Seminars, Workshops, Live Music and a Record Fair
Taking place from Wednesday 30th October – Saturday 2nd November in Dumfries.

The full programme is below with links to events and tickets
Contact: Michael Nicholson | dumfriesmusicconference@gmail.com |

or visit: www.dumfriesmusic.co.uk

To kick off DMC2013 a FREE screening of
LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’
Wednesday 30th October,
7pm-10pm @ Robert Burns Centre
Join Facebook event to confirm your place
Free but Ticketed Document Records talk and Born To Be Wide seminar
Thursday 31st October
Time: 6.30pm-11pm @ The Stove
Book your FREE place:
MusicPLUS present song writing workshops with Robert Shields and Findlay Napier
Friday 1st November
Time: 11am-5pm @ The Stove
Message Dumfries Music Conference with your Name, Postcode, Number and which session you want to attend to confirm, Facebook event below
DMC 2013 LIVE MUSIC: with Honeyblood | Hector Bizerk and Barstow Bats
Friday 1st November
Time: 7pm-11pm @ The Stove
Book your FREE place(s):
RECORD FAIR the brain’s behind Sub Club’s record fair, Rebecca Vasmant brings DMC 2013 to a close boasting high quality vendors, DJs and vinyl listening stations
Saturday 2nd November
Time: 12noon-5pm @ The Stove
Join Facebook event to confirm you will be attending