Next Thursday at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut also sees the first headlining gig from *the* go-to classical accompaniment in the shape of the Cairn String Quartet.
To celebrate SAY the Cairn String Quartet made their own unique twist of a track from each of the shortlisted albums and here they are:
Fresh from their special guest spot on the goNORTH festival’s Mystery Tour – (SPOILER: it ended at Inverness Airport!) – the foursome’s first headlining show will feature special guests stars Kid Canaveral, Prides and Fat Goth. Tickets are a mere £6 and selling fast. Support comes from the atmospherically minimalist Quickbeam.
The Quartet will also be releasing an EP of covers (21 June), featuring reinterpretations of tracks by Chvrches, Kid Canaveral, Camera Obscura and King Creosote. Previously they’ve covered Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Emeli Sande amongst many others. Check out their playlist!
Although, as the name suggests, a quartet by necessity, the group operates a squad system of a dozen that Rafa Benitez would be proud of. Current holders of the first team jerseys are Annemarie McGahon (viola), Katie Rush (violin), Cat Robertson (violin) and Fiona McLachlan (cello), although Emma came off the bench and replaced Katie for the goNORTH gig. The expanded group comes into play with their own spin-off band The Electric String Orchestra.
While the SAY Award went to RM Hubbert, I would’ve picked Mid Air as my winner from the shortlist above. But my two favourite Scottish albums of the last 12 months – I couldn’t separate them – would’ve been BMX Bandits’ BMX Bandits in Space and Linden’s Bleached Highlights but they didn’t even make the long list so what do I know?