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ABCQuinn

It’s been a great start to 2016 for Glasgow artpop exponents and Jocknroll favourites A Band Called Quinn. On the back of two Art & Business Scotland nominations they’ve released a new single. The fabulous From The Gutter comes from their equally wonderful Biding Time (remix) album.

Tromolo Productions – for which lead singer/songwriter Louise Quinn is the Artistic Director – has been shortlisted in the International Award category for their collaboration with LaChunky Studios and the pair are also up for the Digital Innovation award. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Wednesday 3rd February. Good luck to Louise, Bal, Robert and Steven and the team at LaChunky, who sponsored the multimedia Biding Time (remix)‘s three-week run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014 as part of the Made in Scoland international showcase.

A Band Called Quinn are Louise Quinn (vocals/songs/guitar), Bal Cooke (drums/bleeps), Robert Henderson (trumpet/keyboards) and Steven Westwater (bass).

Contact:
Website: http://www.abandcalledquinn.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abandcalledquinn
Twitter: @ABCQuinn
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/abandcalledquinn

Dropkick 2

Dropkick return – were they ever away? – with a brand new album Balance The Light released on their own Sound Asleep imprint as well as the Rock Indiana label.

The new record of alt.country, powerpop gems comes out on 25 March 2016 and will be available as a download, 180 gram vinyl and CD and will feature the mighty fine artwork of Edinburgh artist/designer Alan Lennon. Balance The Light will also be available via the usual online retailers. It can also be pre-ordered through the band’s shop with every pre-order receiving an immediate download of the album track Slow Down and you’ll also be emailed a link to download a bonus EP featuring 3 non-album tracks. Nice!

To celebrate the release the band are heading off to mainland Europe for their debut appearances in Germany, before returning homeward for shows in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

8th April 2016: Raumfahrtzentrum Saarner Kuppe, Mulheim, Germany
9th April 2016: Music Star, Norderstedt, Germany
21st April 2016: Clark’s, Dundee, Scotland
22nd April 2016: The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, Scotland
(double-bill show with the capital’s The Wynntown Marshals)
23rd April 2016: 13th Note, Glasgow, Scotland

Andy Tucker will support Dropkick at the three Scottish gigs with The Chinaskis joining the party at the 13th Note show.

The current line-up is: Andrew Taylor, Ian Grier, Scott Tobin, Mike Foy and Roy Taylor.

Contact:
Website: http://www.dropkickmusic.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dropkickmusic
Twitter: @dropkickmusic
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mrcockroach
Bandcamp: https://dropkickmusic.bandcamp.com/

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Let's Take the Day Off cover art

Lenzie Moss‘s wonderful new single “Let’s Take The Day Off” is out today. The sound of summer has arrived early in the shape of the latest sunshine single from the later ego of Finlay MacDonald.
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Scottish cult-pop raconteur Aidan Moffat and award-winning film-maker Paul Fegan embark on their tour of Scotland later this month, on a road trip whose footage will provide the cornerstone of a feature documentary. Entitled Where You’re Meant To Be, the project is an exploration and celebration of Scotland’s musical and storytelling traditions. It will see the acclaimed Glasgow-based artists traverse the length and breadth of the country, encountering locals, gathering tales and collaborating along their way.

Where You’re Meant To Be is part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme, and the ensuing film is set to premiere after the close of the Games, in late August.

Their spring tour (details below) will see Moffat debut a new body of work (some original songs; some traditional re-workings) as inspired by our oral tradition – from folk sagas to drinking songs; from bawdy ballads to bruised laments – and as defined by contemporary Scotland. Moffat will perform these stories and songs at free concerts (replete with free drams) in villages, cities and towns, backed by an all-star band comprising The Twilight Sad’s James Graham (vocals), Bdy_Prts’ Jenny Reeve (violin, vocals) and Stevie Jones (double-bass, guitar).

A song from the project, ‘Jock McGraw’, is available to hear below. It features the above musical cast, and sees Moffat update a traditional Scottish ballad of a wounded soldier.

https://soundcloud.com/aidan-john-moffat/jock-mcgraw

The upcoming live shows, which are all sold out, will be loosely based around traditional ceilidh gatherings, with poems recited, tales recounted, songs sung and carousal had. Along with local musicians and storytellers, the tour welcomes the likes of championship bothy balladeers Geordie Murison and Joe Aitken, folk-punk dissident Wounded Knee, and national folk treasure Sheila Stewart, who has been enticed out of retirement to duet with Moffat.

Exploring themes of community, travel, culture and sense of place, Where You’re Meant To Be promises an entertaining, life-affirming, intimate and irreverent tribute to Scotland, its stories, its songs and its people – and it offers a modern, vital take on an oral tradition that has endured for centuries, and which continues to influence our national identity. Moffat and Fegan’s folkloric pop voyage also pays homage to some of the country’s most resonant spaces – from Glasgow Barrowland to Faslane Peace Camp; from Edinburgh catacombs to Loch Ness.

Aidan Moffat is one of Scotland’s most distinctive musical and literary voices. A compelling performer, lyricist and storyteller, the former Arab Strap singer won 2012’s Scottish Album of the Year Award for his collaboration with Bill Wells, Everything’s Getting Older.

Paul Fegan’s debut short documentary, Pouters (2012), won countless awards including Best Documentary (Jury Award) at London Short Film Festival, Best Film (Audience Award) at Hamburg International Short Film Festival and Best Scottish Short Film (Jury Award) at the Glasgow Short Film Festival. He also directed Moffat and Wells’ promo video for The Copper Top.

2014 Tour Dates (NB: all are sold out)

19 April Port of Ness (Lewis) Ness Social Club 9pm
23 April Faslane Peace Camp 7pm
25 April Aberdeen Blue Lamp 8pm
26 April Cullerlie Farm Park 7.30pm
27 April Edinburgh Caves 7.30pm
9 May Drumnadrochit Village Hall 7.30pm
10 May Lerags Kilbride Church Yard 7.30pm
17 May Glasgow Barrowland 7pm

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Doune The Rabbit Hole

August 22-24 2014

The Cardross Estate, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire, FK8 3JY

http://dounetherabbithole.co.uk/

The Peatbog Faeries are set to headline Friday night at Doune the Rabbit Hole festival which is back in Stirlingshire for 2014! Held at the beautiful Cardross Estate near Doune it returns for the 5th year running on August 22-24th.

Doune the Rabbit Hole is a small-scale music and art festival that aims to offer a friendlier alternative to larger events by creating a fantastically unique atmosphere and offering visitors the chance to take part in a variety of activities and workshops that will appeal to the whole family.

This year the festival is excited to welcome the Scottish folk-electro players; Peatbog Faeries; Japanese Psych-Rockers Acid Mother’s Temple and American DIY hero Jeffrey Lewis, as well as the massively popular Balkanarama Klub who will present several hours of arts and crafts workshops followed by the kind of party that only the Balkans can produce!

With RockNess, The Insider and The Big Tent Festivals all being cancelled; Doune The Rabbit Hole offers a chance to relax, have fun and discover some amazing new music whilst basking in the glorious Stirlingshire countryside for a whole weekend.

Many of the artists will be hosting workshops or master-classes at the event with the focus of the festival angled towards getting people involved. From weird and wonderful instruments including Synths, Theremins and The Musical Saw, through to more traditional Fiddle, Keyboard and Drums; there will be a chance for everyone to pick up a new skill. It’s not all music: pottery, knitting, crocheting and a variety of other workshops will be on offer. Not to mention the Spoken Word tent which will host poetry, stand-up and storytelling and the Cinema which will show a range of films from family friendly flicks through to life-changing documentaries and even a late-night horror session.

The festival organisers say there are still more acts to be announced so keep your ears to the ground for the next few weeks!

Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival takes place at Cardross Estate near Port of Menteith not too far from its original home in Doune on the weekend of August 22-24 2014. Tickets are £90 for full weekend adult camping but significant early-bird discounts are available until June 1st! Under 12s go free.

Tickets from dounetherabbithole.co.uk

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Camera Obscura are heading back onto the roads of the UK and USA in May and June ths year.

They’re also releasing an exclusive session EP, recorded in Glasgow, on 4AD in time for Record Store Day.

May

25th – The Empire, Belfast
26th – Vicar Street, Dublin
28th – Leadmill, Sheffield
29th – The Forum, London
30th – The Library, Birmingham
31st – ABC, Glasgow

July

15th – Le Poisson Rouge, New York NY*
16th – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY*
18th – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC*
19th – World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA*
20th – Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA*
22nd – The Opera House, Toronto ON*
23rd – Mr Smalls Theatre, Millvale PA*
24th – The Loving Touch, Ferndale MI*
25th – TBA, Chicago IL*
26th – First Avenue, Minneapolis MN*

*Laura Cantrell opens all North American dates

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A Band Called Quinn - Forget About It

A Band Called Quinn release a new single, Forget About it, on Tremelo Records to celebrate their forthcoming tour of Biding Time (remix), details of which can be found at http://www.bidingtimeremix.com

The tour is as follows:
7th May – CCA (Glasgow) 
Buy tickets here.
8th May – CCA (Glasgow)  Buy tickets here.

9th May – Eden Court (Inverness) Buy tickets here.
12th May – The Beacon (Greenock) Buy tickets here.
14th May – Arcola Tent (London)
 Buy tickets here.
15th May – The Warren (Brighton Fringe)

Buy tickets here.
17th May – Woodend Barn (Banchory) Buy tickets here.
22nd May – Adam Smith (Kirkcaldy)
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24th May – Summerhall (Edinburgh)
Buy tickets here.

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Benthic Lines cover art

Dan Lyth (and the Euphrates) returns after a long absence.

“For the last few years my band and I have been lugging instruments from place to place across four continents, recording an album entirely outdoors.

I’m delighted to announce that this album, entitled ‘Benthic Lines’ will be released by Armellodie Records on the 12th of May.

It’s available to pre-order right now and those who do so will receive a copy of the album before the official release date and will also get an immediate download of the song, ‘Earth Broke Its Vow’ to whet their appetite.

We decided to make a book rather than a regular CD and if you fancy reading more about that head over to danlyth.com. There’s also this lovely album trailer that my friend Fraser put together.”

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Homeward Cover Art

Dropkick return with Homeward, their umpteenth album of wonderful alt. country powerpop.

The songs were recorded in late 2013 and featured a line up of Alastair Taylor, Andrew Taylor, Scott Tobin, Ian grier and Mike Foy, with a guest appearance on pedal steel by Attic Light’s Tim Davidson.

To promote the band are playing a number of gigs around Scotland in April.
Fri 11th – 8.30pm – Twa Tams, Perth – www.twatamsmusic.co.uk
Thu 17th – 8.00pm – Clarks, Dundee – www.clarksonlindsaystreet.com
Fri 18th – 7.00pm- Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – www.sneakypetes.co.uk
Sat 19th – 1pm – The Tea Posy, Dingwall – www.thegreenhousedingwall.co.uk
Sat 19th – 9.30pm – Mad Hatters at Hootananny, Inverness – www.hootanannyinverness.co.uk

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Following the critical success of the recent single “Oh Jackie”, November 26 sees the release of “Red Light Means Go”, the wonderfully eclectic new album by A Band Called Quinn, Scotland’s favourite art-popsters. You can preview the album on the band’s website at www.abandcalledquinn.com and you certainly won’t be disappointed. It’s a doozy!

The band will be supporting The Beat at The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen on November 23 and Edinburgh’s Picture House on November 24, as well an offical launch of the album in Glasgow’s George Square on November 26. The Glasgow gig is also part of the Hear Glasgow Loves Christmas event; one of a series of gigs hosted Hear Glasgow, a youth music organisation showcasing some of the most talented, up and coming bands from the city. Other artists performing include Hector Bizerk, Jo Mango, Father Sculptor, Patricia Panther, The Deadline Shakes & Teen Canteen amongst others.

Jim Gellatly will be your MC for the evening and playing some tunes inbetween the bands. The event runs from 6pm-9pm and there will also be a heated marquee with a bar selling mulled wine and stovies to keep out the festive chill.

Tracks from the new album have already featured in “Fast Romance”, Carter Ferguson’s BAFTA-winning drama, as well as BBC 3’s “Lip Service”.

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Tromolo Productions Presents Biding Time (remix) at the Arches

A stunning new collaboration between musician Louise Quinn, Grid Iron’s Ben Harrison, film maker Uisdean Murray and Total Theatre’s Pippa Bailey will see the boundaries between music, film and theatre blur in the world premiere of Biding Time (remix) at the Arches this Saturday, 6 October 2012.

Biding Time (remix) is the story of musician Thyme and her brushes with success and her discovery of exactly who it is that a women needs to get past and what it is that a woman needs to do to succeed in the music industry.

The story echoes the experiences musician Louise faced in her own career.

Every performance combines a live band, film and actors on stage and will use silent disco technology to make sure that every audience member’s performance is both intimate and a shared experience.

Biding Time is Pippa Bailey’s participatory theatre project which experiments with the process of making a piece of art.  The show was first performed in its original form in 1987 in Sidney. Pippa Bailey felt that 25 years later the issues were still relevant and has issued a call to arms to artists from all over the world to take the piece and to find new and creative ways to perform it.

Biding Time (remix) is A Band Called Quinn‘s answer to that.

For years Louise Quinn and her band, A Band Called Quinn, have been blurring the boundaries between music, film & theatre.  They previously worked with theatre company Vanishing Point on their production of The Beggar’s Opera which toured with some success.  Recently called Scotland’s best kept secret by music pundit Jim Gellatly, the band have seen their music used on films and TV worldwide.

Biding Time (remix) is on at the Arches on Saturday 6 October at 7.30pm – tickets cost £9/7

You can also view the trailer at http://www.bidingtimeremix.com/

The show features original songs & music by A Band Called Quinn. Film made with Uisdean Murray. Illustrations by Bruno Gallagher.

Supported by Creative Scotland in this Year Of Creative Scotland.

You can get more information on Pippa Bailey’s project http://www.bidingtime.org/

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