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Published In The Scotsman Newspaper: Monday 3rd March 2014 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss
Tuff Love’s EP arrived in the post last week, complete with a hand-written note from Johnny Lynch [aka Pictish Trail], himself no stranger to readers of this column. This old-school approach to promotion befits a release which will excite fans of eighties indie popsters such as the Shop Assistants, as well as subsequent American bands such as The Breeders. Tuff Love is the latest act to come out on Lynch’s new label, Lost Map Records. Sweet Discontent, along with four other tracks is released on 5th May on 10” white vinyl, and will coincide with several live appearances. Expect to see these great newcomers at a summer festival near you. www.lostmap.com
Hidden Door festival, a multi-arts event covering music, theatre, art installations, film and more returns to the capital with a jam-packed nine-day programme from 28th March to 5th April. This year the festival will transform 24 disused vaults on Market Street into a unique variety of pop-up entertainment venues. Some highlights include a Lost Map records showcase featuring our track of the month act Tuff Love plus label mates Kid Canaveral, Pictish Trail and Randolph’s Leap on 31st March. There is also a night programmed by the innovative Tinderbox Orchestra (2nd April) and music subscription service Ten Tracks (3rd April). Meursault, Miaoux Miaoux and LAW feature on 4th April. For full info visit www.hiddendoorblog.org
The Wee Dub Festival also returns to Edinburgh from 7-9th March, with a selection of acts spanning the full spectrum of this reggae sub-genre. Since its launch in 2011 the event has actually turned into the quite big dub festival, with gigs taking place in venues including the Liquid Room, Summerhall, The Caves, Teviot Underground and Studio 24. Local outfits include Mungo’s Hi-fi and Samson Sounds, and there is a kid’s Dub Station at the Hemma Bar on Saturday, as well as a Dub Clinic workshop at Red Dog Music shop in the Grassmarket. Visit www.weedubfestival.co.uk
In the Highlands, The Ironworks have teamed up with goNORTH Festival for Ironworks Easter Showcase featuring local talent. Artists announced so far include Garden of Elks, Dylan Tierney, Lionel, with goNORTH due to add a band from their showcase list which is finalised in early April. Visit www.ironworksvenue.com/whatson.php
The Scottish Alternative Music Awards or SAMAs, created by former UWS music business student Richy Muirhead in 2010, takes place on Friday 7th March at The Garage in Glasgow, celebrating 5 years. Live entertainment comes courtesy of Model Aeroplanes, The LaFontaines, Brown Bear and The Bandits and Bear Arms. Full info including nominated bands in each of the seven categories can be found at www.officialsama.co.uk/vote
The city of Perth hosts the Words and Music festival from 14-15th March, a collaboration between Perth College and Horsecross’ Talent Hub for Scottish Traditional and Gaelic Music. The event is a two day industry event not unlike our own Wide Days, complete with seminars, talks and free live music showcases. Some highlights of the live programme include Model Aeroplanes, Pinact and Fatherson at The Twa Tams on 14th and Siobhan Wilson at Greyfriars Bar and The Jellyman’s Daughter at The Green Room on the 15th. Visit www.wordsandmusic.co.uk for full info.
Expat Scot, Craig Ferguson has long been a champion of Scottish acts on his long-running talk show on US television. However, Glasgow band Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire impressed him so much he invited them to stay for a week-long residency, playing tracks from their album. The story was broken by influential trade magazine, Hollywood Reporter and footage from the first show’s performance can be seen here
• Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run Scottish music industry social night, Born to Be Widethe next event takes place on Thursday 6 March at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus titled How To Make Friends and Influence People. The night will feature a discussion about building contacts and networking within the music business followed by guests playing their favourite music. See www.borntobewide.co.uk for more details
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Published Tuesday 3rd 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