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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

The Scotsman, Under the Radar, February 2013

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Published Thursday 7th February 2013

Washington Irving, The Scotsman Track of the Month, February 2013

WASHINGTON IRVING were our highlight at last year’s Haddowfest in Edinburgh, having ditched the fiddles on their first album for a more guitar-driven sound. This week the band release the single Holy Company on their own Instinctive Raccoon label to coincide with their UK tour supporting Frightened Rabbit. We think it gives a perfect taste of their new musical direction guaranteed to appeal to both a young audience and those old enough to have been fans of Big Country many moons ago. Be prepared to see Washington Irving headlining festivals very soon. Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/washirvband and see the video below:

With acts such as Kitty The Lion and Quickbeam on its roster, Scottish label Comets & Cartwheels recently announced a partnership which will allow it to provide great beer in addition to quality music. Thanks to teaming up with Brew Dog, the fledgling record company recently managed to get many of the nation’s music scenesters to abandon Celtic Connections for a tasting session which included several strong ales and the latest signing, Fake Major. In addition to free beer, Brew Dog will provide the label with PR and business support, as well as gigging opportunities at its expanding pub empire. Visit www.cometsandcartwheels.com for full details

We first encountered The Spook School, a 4-piece indie-pop band from Edinburgh via their involvement with Verden Studios DemoFund project (providing young bands with professional recording experience). Having released their first single on the ultra-cool Cloudberry Records they’ve just announced a new record deal with Fortuna Pop! – see http://thespookschool.com

The latest crop of artists to benefit from the same initiative will be performing a free (over-14s) showcase at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on 27 February. They include: Megan D, Holly Wilson, Nic Tate and the Sharks, Mothertone, The Southpaws and Karmataus. Visit www.facebook.com/verdenstudios

Motherwell band The Banter Thiefs release their new single Swings and Roundabouts on 11 February. Lifelong supporters of Motherwell Football Club, they persuaded the club’s manager Stuart McCall to star in a teaser video for the single, http://youtu.be/Lu8Peu48Y80 which in turn has led to Norwegian side Aalesunds FK paying for the band to fly over and play at their Season opening party in March. The Banter Thiefs support The View on 16 February at UWS student Union in Paisley. Visit www.facebook.com/thebanterthiefs

Fort William’s Russian Ninjas released their debut single Brush Your Tongue at the start of the month and will be playing live across Scotland throughout February beginning in Ayr tomorrow (Friday). Visit www.facebook.com/RussianNinjas

The Glasgow Music and Film Festival is a strand of the Glasgow Film Festival, celebrating the relationship between music and cinema. Highlights include a screening of Whatever Gets You Through the Night (15 Feb), followed by live performances from artists featured in the film including Rachel Sermanni, Bigg Taj and Wounded Knee. Award winning folk trio Lau provide live accompaniment to the film Nevada followed by a 45-minute performance (also 15 Feb) Visit www.glasgowfilm.org/festival

Tenement TV is a company that films and broadcasts bands performing live sessions from their HQ – a tenement flat in Glasgow. The latest development is Tenement Trail, in which they have organised their own multi-venue festival on 9 March. The line-up boasts some excellent bands including Bwani Junction, Chasing Owls, Fat Goth, Hector Bizerk, Discopolis, The OK Social Club, Teen Canteen and plenty more. Visit www.tenementtv.com

Scotland’s largest creative industries festival goNORTH is now accepting applications via the free-to-use Bandwagon platform. The event takes place on 5 and 6 June across various venues in Inverness and offers a platform for both music and film. To apply visit www.gonorthfestival.co.uk

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music industry events. They celebrate the organisation’s ninth birthday on 9 February with a DJ appearance at Glasgow club Pretty Ugly, where they will play all-Scottish music, see www.prettyuglyclub.co.uk