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OceanCode, Scotland On Sunday, 19 November 2017

Published in Scotland On Sunday, 19 November 2017 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss. Read on [in association with Off Axis]

OCEANCODE Artist of the Week in Scotland On Sunday

Scotland On Sunday, 19 November 2017, OceanCode

Formed at the end of last year, OceanCode are a promising young folk/pop/Americana quartet with members from Aberdeen, Dumfries, Inverness and Glasgow.

In their short time together, they’ve supported international touring bands, (as well as artists we’ve featured in this column such as Mt. Doubt and NOAH NOAH), they’ve played King Tut’s Summer Nights Festival and frontwoman Ruth Gillies has toured Scotland as part of youth music project Hit The Road.

A chance meeting with Idlewild’s Rod Jones in Brighton earlier this year led to him inviting the band to record at his Leith recording studio. The result is the band’s excellent debut single Across The Room which is released on Friday. See OceanCode play live at a launch gig at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh on 30 November. Full info visit

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run music industry seminar and social night, Born To Be Wide

Under the Radar is in association with Off Axis, a touring and gig swapping network enabling artists to play successful shows and festivals, in over 75 towns and cities across the UK. Watch out for Off Axis gigs 23 November at Leith Depot in Edinburgh and 22 December at Midnight Breakfast Club in Bathgate – register at

Images: Off Axis stage at Kendal Calling featuring Jamie & Shoony, Indigo Velvet and Ded Rabbit

Off Axis sponsors Scotland On Sunday Indigo Velvet on Off Axis stage at Kendal Calling Jamie & Shoony on Off Axis stage at Kendal Calling Ded Rabbit on Off Axis stage at Kendal Calling

* 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

Scotland on Sunday, Sorren MacLean, 8 March 2015

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 8 March 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine 8 March 2015, Sorren MacLean

Hailing from the Isle of Mull, Sorren MacLean is the newest signing on Highlands label Middle of Nowhere Recordings and his EP ‘Way Back Home’ is released tomorrow Monday 9 March.

A talented and versatile musician, he has performed on over 20 albums; including recordings by King Creosote [with whom he toured with in February] and Mull Historical Society . He’s also co-writer for Idlewild front-man Roddy Woomble’s solo LP ‘The Impossible Song and Other Songs.’

His music features on E4’s Beaver Falls, the BBC 2 nature documentary Hebrides and the children’s TV show Katie Morag [via his song-writing partnership with Donald Shaw of Capercaillie .

Sorren who is now on tour with Idlewild, has truly mastered his craft; and is in high demand as a songwriter and performer. We look forward to the release of his new album, ‘Winter Stay Autumn.
. View the ‘Way Back Home’ video below

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run music industry convention Wide Days which takes place on 10 – 11 April at The Pleasance Theatre and The Electric Circus visit For consideration as our artist of the week or any other news please contact: Derick Mackinnon