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The Van T’s, Scotland On Sunday, 25 October 2015

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 25 October 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss Read on Scotsman.com

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon, Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine, 25 October 2015, The Van T's

Twin sisters Hannah and Chloe Van Thomson, formed The Van T’s in 2013 and recently expanded the line-up to include Joanne Forbes on bass and Shaun Hood on drums.

The surf-rock, grunge quartet have enjoyed a landmark year, playing the T In The Park, Electric Fields and Wickerman Festivals, gaining representation via former We Were Promised Jetpacks manager Sharon Stephens, being championed by taste-makers like BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway as well as supporting acts, not too dissimilar in style, like Honeyblood.

Their debut EP Laguna Babe is released via Bloc+ Music, the record label arm of BLOC+ bar in Glasgow on 13 November, with the launch on 14 November at the Hug and Pint in Glasgow. They perform at Edinburgh’s Opium this Friday [30 October], Halloween at BLOC+ and the Strange Behaviours Festival in Stirling on 20 November. Get your FREE Download at http://blocmusic.org/news/the-van-ts-release-free-download/

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the music industry seminar evenings Born To Be Wide their next event takes place on Thursday 5 November at The Electric Circus in Edinburgh.

** For consideration as our artist of the week or any other news please contact: Derick Mackinnon

Gerry Cinnamon, Scotland On Sunday, 13 September 2015

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 13 September 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine, 13 September 2015, Gerry Cinnamon

Singer songwriter Gerry Cinnamon rose to prominence in 2014 with the song Hope Over Fear, ending the year with a sell-out show at King Tut’s. In May he released the excellent Kampfire Vampire on Glasgow label First Run Records, played a series of pop-up gigs and then appeared to a rapturous audience at T In The Park.

Blending a catchy acoustic guitar style, harmonica, loop pedal and a voice which makes you want to sing-along, Cinnamon recently launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds to record his debut album. Due to run until the end of the month, it is already well on its way to doubling the target, and has spawned some rather interesting cover versions. A nationwide tour of intimate venues begins on 1 October in Greenock, which is followed by Kilmarnock, Aberdeen, Dunfermline and Edinburgh, before closing in Dundee on 11 October. Based on his work so far, Gerry Cinnamon is set for great things.

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Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music industry seminar evening. Their next event takes place on Thursday 1 October and features an interview with Neu! Reekie! founder Kevin Williamson, followed by a discussion about creating and sustaining a scene. Visit www.borntobewide.co.uk For consideration as our artist of the week or any other news please contact: Derick Mackinnon