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The Scotsman, Under the Radar, January 2015

Published In The Scotsman Newspaper: Monday 5 January 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss

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

HAILING from Clydebank, 18-year-old artist KLOË has been creating a stir in music business circles in recent weeks. Her debut single Grip – our track of the month for January – has already notched up a respectable 27,000 plays since being uploaded to Soundcloud at the beginning of December. Listen here

King Tut’s New Year’s Revolution returns from 3-17 January with over 30 emerging bands performing, including Edinburgh newcomers Indigo Velvet, The Moon Kids and Inverness-based youngsters Lionel. The following month, the venue celebrates its 25 anniversary with a fine selection of Scottish talent. Highlights include Fatherson, We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Twilight Sad and Willie Campbell. Visit

Meanwhile, vowing to celebrate “the spirit of independence and culture of live music” Independent Venue Week is set to showcase emerging talent across the UK from 26 January until 1 February. Participating venues in Scotland include The Moorings in Aberdeen, The Electric Circus and Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh as well as Broadcast and Audio in Glasgow. Many acts have still to be announced; however Sneaky Pete’s has confirmed some favourites of this column: Honeyblood, Withered Hand and Tuff Love. Visit

Don’t Make A Scene is an innovative new guide created by musicians Bartholomew Owl (Eagleowl) and Rob St John with advice, resources and tips on successfully creating DIY gigs and events. Contributors include artists, independent promoters, label/venue owners and tour managers with some notable figures such as manager Andy Inglis, Lost Map Records owner Johnny Lynch, Dan Wilson (Withered Hand) and Matthew Young of Song, by Toad.

Big Burns Supper in Dumfries has been expanded to a nine-day event this year and runs from 23-31 January. Incorporating music, comedy and theatre, it includes young contemporary musicians Nina Nesbitt and the mighty hip-hop act Hector Bizerk, Scots Trad Music Awards nominees Skerryvore and heritage acts such as The Vaselines, Hue and Cry and The Undertones

Celtic Connections takes place in venues throughout Glasgow from 15 January to 1 February and is the biggest winter festival of its kind, with an 18-day programme featuring more than 2,000 performers from around the globe. There is plenty of local talent, including an opening night dedicated to Martyn Bennett, a collaborative concert from Withered Hand and Brazilian MC Criolo (21 January), King Creosote’s From Scotland With Love (22 January), Findlay Napier (17 January) and Rachel Sermanni (21 January). Also featuring Glasgow-based composer Craig Armstrong, whose film score credits include Neds plus Hollywood movies Ray and The Great Gatsby (27 January), plus plenty of traditional/world concerts from the Young Traditional Musician of the Year to Treacherous Orchestra and Skerryvore. Full details can be found HERE

Randolph’s Leap release their latest single Weatherman today, accompanied by a video featuring veteran forecaster Michael Fish. The clip has already garnered attention thanks to its inclusion on Q Magazine’s website. To coincide with the release the band have put early bird tickets on sale for their I Can’t Dance To This Music event at Glasgow’s CCA on 21 March, which also features comedy, watch the video

Having established an international reputation over more than a decade, Scotland’s largest creative industries festival goNORTH, is now to be known as XpoNorth and will take place on 10-11 June. Applications for the music showcase are set to open soon.

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music-industry seminar and social events. The next night takes place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on 5 February. Visit

The Scotsman, Under The Radar, January 2013

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Published Thursday 3rd January 2013

Artwork by Adam Smith
Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5, The Scotsman Track of the Month, January 2013

Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5 are an alternative/comedy/dance/rock group from Glasgow who specialise in tongue-in-cheek social commentary. Taken from their second EP – a double-A-side out on Traffic Cone Records on 21st January – our track of the month Gay Icon, couldn’t be more appropriate given the time of year: it was inspired by a night out during Edinburgh’s Hogmanay where the Colonel was embraced by the gay community. A pro-equal-marriage, disco/dance anthem, it has been endorsed by Stephen Fry, human rights activist Peter Tatchell and River City actor Gary Lamont who is set to star in the bands video.
Live, the band deliver on every level – energetic, engaging, funny and slightly ridiculous with a variety of musical styles – from country-tinged spaghetti westerns, rock ‘n’ roll protest songs to party anthems. You can see them perform at London’s Dublin Castle on 18th January and in Glasgow at The Riding Rooms on 23rd January. Listen to Gay Icon here

Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival gets under way on 17th January and runs until 3rd February with the usual smorgasboard of world-class artists, workshops and free events. The talent on offer ranges from homegrown acts like Rachel Sermanni, Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), Lau and Roddy Hart to international acts like Martha Wainwright. Some of the Scottish highlights we’d recommend include Washington Irving and Olympic Swimmers at Oran Mor on 19th January, The Pictish Trail and Rozi Plain at Glasgow Art Club on 24th January, Three Blind Wolves at ABC on 2nd February and Sorren Maclean at The Mitchell Library on 3rd February. Visit for full details

Edinburgh hip-hop collective, Stanley Odd have just enjoyed a very successful year. They performed at most of the summer festivals, wrote the sound track for an animated advert promoting Edinburgh in the lead up to Christmas and Hogmanay, and will begin 2013 with a special collaborative performance at Celtic Connections with the intriguing Electric String Orchestra on 23rd January at the Old Fruit Market. Most recently the band won the Big Apple Award, organised by Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland and they fly out to New York city to perform at the Bowery Ballroom on 7th April as part of the Scotland Week celebrations. Visit

King Tut’s New Years Revolution festival returns from the 3-17 January and features over 50 Scottish bands. Highlights include; Honeyblood, Miaoux Miaoux, Fat Goth, Fatherson (acoustic), Michael Cassidy, Anderson McGinty Webster Ward and Fisher, Little Eye and plenty more, visit for full info

Meanwhile over on the East coast, Edinburgh’s 10:04s have had their song SOS included on the soundtrack for a worldwide feature about Edinburgh on the influential US network CNN. The track was given away for free along with latest single Lights Out which was added to a promotional bundle to coincide with the first airing of the CNN special on 12th December. The programme is still available to view online, visit

Song By Toad Records host another fantastic label night at Henry’s Cellar Bar in Edinburgh on 19th January. The Yawns are headlining, with support from last month’s track of the month artist Garden of Elks and Edinburgh’s Plastic Animals. Tickets and event info are available from

Highland-born rock ‘n’ roll/punk trio and former track of the month act Cuddly Shark release their new album The Road To Ugly on 28th January via Armellodie Records. Check out the video for their hilarious single Body Mass Index here:

and for full details and live outings.

• Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music industry seminars, which take place on the first Thursday of the month at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus. The next event is in February. Visit for full info