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The Scotsman, Under the Radar, November 2014

Published In The Scotsman Newspaper: Monday 3 November 2014 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon report on music events across Scotland in November 2014

Miracle Glass Company, is a collaboration between troubadours William Douglas and Austen George, along with drummer Andy Duncan. All three are well-kent figures in the Edinburgh music scene and early live forays have gone down well with local audiences. Boasting a slightly psychedelic nod to the sixties, the individual band members all take turns at vocal duties, delivering some impressive harmonies. The band recorded ‘Turnaround’ – our Track of the Month – earlier this year and play Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms on 30 November. In January they go into the studio with veteran producer Owen Morris, whose credits include Oasis and The Verve. We look forward to the result. Visit www.miracleglasscompany.com

Congratulations to Young Fathers our Track of the Month provider way back in February 2009, who last Wednesday added the prestigious Mercury Music Prize to their Scottish Album of the Year Award. One person likely to have celebrated almost as hard as the band, is Nick Stewart, owner of Edinburgh venue Sneaky Pete’s. His bet on the Edinburgh trio winning scooped him £850. Visit www.young-fathers.com

Lost Map Records recently celebrated its first birthday and to mark the occasion has launched a special section on the label’s website. Given the name Clumps, it promises to offer a variety of digital goodies including podcasts, films, photo diaries and other “random stuff.” The section currently hosts a free sampler featuring tracks by Lost Map artists, as well as a short, music-based film on the Howlin’ Fling Festival on the Isle of Eigg, which is organised by the label’s founder Johnny Lynch [aka Pictish Trail]. Visit http://lostmap.com/clumps

Meanwhile, Lynch’s erstwhile collaborator, King Creosote, also has news on the film front. From Scotland With Love, the excellent documentary for which he composed the soundtrack, has been nominated for a Scottish Bafta. See Visit www.fromscotlandwithlovethefilm.com

Much-loved Edinburgh venue, La Belle Angele, reopened recently, 12 years after the building which housed it was destroyed by a fire. Rebuilt on the same spot on the Cowgate, it will host its first live gig in December and plans to resume its place on the touring circuit in the New Year. Visit www.facebook.com/LaBelleAngele

The Dark Jokes (our track of the month providers in August), self-release their debut album Ekco Transmissions on the 24 November. The four-piece raised funds for the recording through a crowd-sourcing campaign and will be rewarding all those who pledged, with a secret gig in Leith on 22 November.
The remaining tickets are available to the first people who email info@thedarkjokes.com with Free Launch Tickets in the subject line. Visit www.thedarkjokes.com for more details.

Now in its 16th year, and a key fixture on the Scottish music calendar,
The Tartan Clef Awards organised by music charity, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland, takes place on 29 November at The Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow. Full info visit www.nordoffrobbinsscotland.org.uk

Finally, fledgling label First Run Records continues in its quest to develop emerging talent across Scotland. Its latest releases include So Long Gone by Vukovi and Open Your Eyes by United Fruit. More info visit www.firstrunrecords.com

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run music event night, Born To Be Wide which next takes place on Thursday [6 November] at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus. Mark Ellen, founder of Q Magazine and former Smash Hits Editor, will be interviewed live and sign copies of his book Rock Stars Stole My Life. The evening also features a discussion panel about music journalism. For full info and tickets visit www.borntobewide.co.uk/events

The Scotsman, Under The Radar, September 2013

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Published Tuesday 3rd September 2013

LAW, The Scotsman Track of the Month, September 2013

ONE of the best gigs we have attended in months was an intense performance by solo artist Lauren Hold, aka LAW, at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s.

Boasting a distinctive vocal style set to beats composed with Young Fathers and producer Tim London (who scored a hit with Hippychick for the band Soho in 1990), her music is a fresh and exciting addition to Scotland’s music scene. The song Hustle gives a good taste of what is to come.

More info visit www.lawholt.com

One of the biggest talking points in the Scottish music scene is the news that the legendary Fence Collective is to split. Founder Kenny Anderson (aka King Creosote) plans to relaunch in January, while his former partner Johnny “Pictish Trail” Lynch plans to release many of the acts formerly on the label via his new venture, Lost Map Records http://lostmap.com A free sampler featuring tracks by eagleowl, Kid Canaveral, Monoganon, Rozi Plain, Seamus Fogarty, Randolph’s Leap and The Pictish Trail is available to anyone who signs up to the mailing list.

Hip-hop supremos Hector Bizerk are to mark the release of their new album with two launch parties, in Stereo, Glasgow on 21 September and at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh the following night. Billed as “Hectember Weekender”, the band are offering a limited number of seats on their Hector Bus from Glasgow for Edinburgh. The band had the plugs pulled on their last gig in the capital (at the BBC’s Fringe tent), when security appeared to take exception to enthusiastic fans going in for some “taps aff” action. www.hectorbizerk.com

Hector Bizerk will also be appearing at Jocktoberfest, hosted by the Black Isle Brewery near Inverness this coming weekend. This year’s bill is shaping up to be the best yet – it includes Casual Sex, Be Like Pablo, Woodenbox, Dylan Tierney and the fantastic Cairn String Quartet. www.jocktoberfest.com

On the other side of the firth, Moray Culture Day takes place in the Findhorn Bay area on 21 September. The free event will feature more than 80 artists with music, theatre, exhibitions, seminars and film all represented. The organisers of the goNORTH Festival have programmed a series of industry panel sessions, a screening programme and live music showcases in the evening. Artists performing include Fatherson, Be Like Pablo, The Oxides and Dave Martin & Graeme Rogers (DJ set) at Mosset Tavern from 9pm. Other pubs in the area will host Highland singer songwriters Jemma Tweedie, Dylan Tierney, Blair McLeod and Irenie Rose. www.findhornbayarts.com/night.html

Also taking place in the Highlands over the same weekend, is Ullapool’s Loopallu Festival www.loopallu.co.uk This year’s line-up features emerging Scottish acts Fake Major, Blood Relatives and former track of the month provider Prides, as well as headliners Newton Faulkner and The Enemy. Also appearing is Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire whose eponymous album was released on the Middle Of Nowhere Recordings (www.monr.co.uk) co-owned by Loopallu promoter, Robert Hicks.

Over in Stornoway, goNORTH organisers present a free Music In Broadcast seminar at the Jäger Rooms on Wednesday. Speakers include Duncan McCrone from MCPS, representatives from MG Alba and goNORTH Director Amanda Millen. www.gonorthfestival.co.uk/news

Quirky Edinburgh indie-pop outfit The Spook School are to release their debut album with Fortuna Pop! The group have also scheduled a UK tour with dates in Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London in September and October. www.thespookschool.com

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run regular music business event Born to Be Wide, which takes place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus from 7:30pm on 3 October with a seminar entitled Promoting Gigs. Speakers include Regular Music’s John Stout, who is also a booking agent, and Synergy Concerts’ Grainne Braithwaite. Additional participants TBA. www.borntobewide.co.uk for more details