MEMES is a duo from Glasgow comprised of ME and ME, because we are selfish genes. Since forming in 2019 - with a difficult-to-Google name – several gigs in Glasgow and London, a few single releases, favourable comments on the music (unfavourable comments on the ‘dancing’) and a BBC live session for Steve Lamacq have led us here. In 2020, MEMES were one of Wide Days' showcase acts, included in the INES Talent Pool for 2021/22 and the band's debut EP was released on Fierce Panda Records; garnering airplay and words from Pitchfork, BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, KEXP, Amazing Radio, BBC Radio Scotland and The Skinny.
Blue Tiger is the moniker of Edinburgh-based, Peruvian-born Mario Cruzado. He released his debut EP, 'Artifice' on DYI indie label OK Pal Records in November last year. The sound brings melancholia and dissonance as well as careful vocal harmonies offset by sparse percussion and gritty, textured guitar.
Edinburgh songwriter Lewis McLaughlin is attracting attention around the country with his honest, atmospheric song-writing and intelligent musical arrangements. Collaborating with the cream of Scotland’s up-coming musical talent, he has honed his creative output and the result is something quite special. With an EP and a number of singles already behind him, Lewis is currently working on his debut album, which will be released at the end of 2021.
Seven writers from Ferguslie Park have been working with our Creative Director, Lisa Nicoll, to create fictional monologues inspired by the town and their experiences of living there. The monologues have been performed by professional actors, filmed, and are available to view as part of our Virtual Programme.
Nathan Somevi is Ghanaian born British musician. He grew up playing in church and decided to take what he learned and make his own music. One of his favourite guitar players is Charlie Hunter, who plays a hybrid guitar which is part bass, part guitar and has an encapsulating sound and has been the most recent inspiration for Nathan’s projects.
He was recently Resonate’s artist of the week for his EP "Can't Be Done" and has also been nominated for a Scottish Alternative Music Award. Nathan has mostly worked as a session musician, but the pandemic encouraged him to start making his own music which he is finding very fulfilling.
Glasgow based 9-piece, lead by songwriter Jonathan Lilley, featuring members of Sister John, Thrum, God Help the Girl, The Parsonage, Sporting Hero and the Berie Big Band.
Their debut album ‘The Last Of The Gracious Losers‘ combines the Celtic soul sensibilities of early 70’s Van Morrison with the interplay and prowess of Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Eight tracks dripping in classic songwriting and musicianship. The vinyl edition features a gatefold sleeve, designed by none of other than graphics legend Sean Philips (Marvel, DC, 2000AD etc).
Recorded over three years and produced by Jonathan and long-time friend Johnny Smillie, it features singles ‘Where the River Meets the Sea’ and ‘Moonlight Parade’, alongside stand-out tracks ‘Hey, I’m Riding Low’ and ‘I Can Never Read the Signs’.
Featuring Christmas tunes from Sarah May, Hadda Be, Leo Bargery of Mt. Doubt, Andre Salvador & the Von Kings, Jonathan Lilley of The Gracious Losers and Annie Booth.
Built up around the songwriting and vision of band-leader Leo Bargery, Mt. Doubt has been a shifting mass of musical output since the band’s genesis, which saw the release of their debut album ‘My Past is a Quiet Beast’ in 2015. Ever-active, Bargery quickly went on to release sophomore record ‘In Awe of Nothing’ in 2016 (on Scottish Fiction Records) before releasing three EPs, ‘The Loneliness of the TV Watchers’, ‘Moon Landings’ and ‘This Must Mean Something Awful’, throughout 2017 and 2018. Taking cues from Bargery’s musical and literary influences, Mt. Doubt deal in the darker side of things, often dipping a limb in the atmospheric while remaining lyrically-driven and unflinchingly personal.
So meet Hadda Be: Amber, Ben, Matthew and Oliver. New name. New band member. Added awesomeness. New music will be out January 2021 with the release of the 1st single form their debut album, due April 2021. The band first piled into the rehearsal room in October 2017, drawn together by a desire to write, record and perform music that stands up alongside that of the artists who inspire the group (Echo and the Bunnymen, Siouxsie, Teenage Fanclub, The Fall, Joy Division, The Pretenders, Kirsty MacColl, Parquet Courts, Courtney Barnett, Haley Bonar and Alvvays, to name a few.
Annie Booth is an Edinburgh-based singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. With a keen ear for melody and movingly bittersweet compositions, she is a unique and fiercely emotive voice in the Scottish music scene, her songs woven with a subtle but exciting patchwork of styles and sounds.
Randolph’s Leap started out as a pseudonym for the solo output of Adam Ross, and now includes up to 8 people in the full live band. Their new album, Spirit Level, is due for release in February 2021 on Fika Recordings and follows various indie-folk albums and singles released with Scottish labels Olive Grove Records and Lost Map. In 2018 a touring theatre show called The Isle of Love was devised around the band's music.
Pocket Knife are electrifying synth-pop duo, based in Glasgow.
With a whole host of super catchy pop tunes that ooze joy and rattle with a fizzing energy, their live shows (often featuring dancing sub-aquatic life) have become the thing of local legend in Glasgow. Citing influences as diverse as The Shangri-Las to Shonen Knife, the duo describe their music as “synth-pop to dance limply to”. Their new Archipelago Volume 3 EP, is the follow up to their debut single, 'Fish Song' which caused quite a stir on it's release in late 2018, seeing the band going on to play a number of festivals in the summer of 2019.
Campfires in Winter is a Glasgow-based, alternative, indie-rock four-piece from Croy with a reputation for delivering powerful, emotional and atmospheric live performances. With intricate passages of post-rock guitar elevated by wonderful vocal harmonies, a tightly driven rhythm section and all sewn together by alluring dream-like piano pieces, the band has become known for their ability to create a sound that is both experimental and accessible.
Carla J. Easton makes pop music. Dreamy, lush and inescapable. Songs you’ll hear one day and still be humming a week later. Songs to dance to. Songs to drive to. Songs that make you wanna sing along. First with Myspace-kids Futuristic Retro Champions, then with Scottish Album of the Year longlisted TeenCanteen, then under the alias ETTE, before her first solo album Impossible Stuff, her tunes have seen her championed by Marc Riley, play festivals across the UK, and earn a growing number of dedicated fans.
Sulka is the lo-fi melodic scuzz-rock songwriting and recording project of Glasgow-based Lukas Clasen. His debut single for Lost Map, ‘Fear It’, was released on October 21, 2020 on digital services and as part of Lost Map’s subscription service the PostMap Club, which includes an exclusive acoustic recording of the song. ‘Fear It’ is the opening track from Sulka’s brand-new album Take Care which will be released in January 2021.
Matt Hickman is the lead singer/songwriter of four piece indie-rock outfit Brownbear. The group released their debut single 'Dead or Alive' in May 2014 which subsequently gained them national radio exposure and high profile gigs which included supporting The Libertines at their comeback show at the iconic Barrowland’s Balllroom in Glasgow. Brownbear then went on to join The Libertines again at their BST Summertime show at Hyde Park before playing at a number of festivals including T in The Park & Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. An acoustic version of 'Dead or Alive' recorded in the BBC Treehouse became the most viewed clip online for T in the Park 2014 ahead of the likes of Arctic Monkeys & Biffy Clyro.
Throughout his career Pictish Trail has resolutely furrowed his own path, steadily creating a unique catalogue of recordings and performances, while eschewing the blueprint of the predictable singer-songwriter in favour of something untidily intriguing. 2020 sees the release of PT's new album, Thumb World.
Bold, weird, wild, wired, sonically luxurious yet never losing touch with its DIY-‘til-I-die roots, Thumb World is a voyage to the outer rings of Pictish Trail’s mind at its darkest, funniest and most inventive – a plugged-in, fuzzed-out, f*cked-up contemplation on, as he puts it, “life repeating and gradually degrading, the inevitable cyclical nature of things, and the sense of there ultimately being no escape.”
Savage Mansion is a vehicle for the songs of Perth-raised singer and guitarist Craig Angus, elsewhere featuring a revolving cast of musicians including Andrew Macpherson and Jamie Dubber (Catholic Action), Lewis Orr (Martha Ffion, Space Rocket Garage Band) and Taylor Stewart (Romeo Taylor). The group recorded their second LP Weird Country in London with producer Chris McCrory – an anthemic and confident collection of songs featuring their best and most expansive music to date.
Firestations are Mike Cranny, Laura Copsey, Martin Thompson, Giles Littleford and Tom Hargreaves. They write lyrical alt-pop songs filtered through joyous surges of collective noise-making and bursts of electronic sound from synths and guitars. Lost Map released their album The Year Dot in 2018, and the band are following it up with a series of EP releases over the course of the next 6 months. The first EP in this new series, Automatic Tendencies, will be released on November 6th 2020, and features the single ‘Small Island’.
Happy Spendy are a DIY pop band from Glasgow. Since forming in 2017 the synth-pop purveyors of feelgood sad songs self-released their debut EP You Look Lovely in 2017 and follow-up Take Care of Yourself in 2018.
Fairweather Friends are a Glasgow-based songwriting duo exploring and expanding upon the folk sensibilities of the early 70s counterculture. Through their carefully crafted lyrics and subtle yet assured song arrangements the group reflects upon the many facets of life through the lens of young adults trying to find their place in an ever-developing world. Intricately interwoven acoustic guitar parts and characteristic vocal harmonies blend with their open and organic recording style to achieve a certain timelessness without ever looking backwards
Influenced by the strange nuances of life, rooted in grief, Scottish weather, the constant and the inconstant.
Adam Ross is a Scottish songwriter. Under the name Randolph's Leap he has released an extensive and beloved back catalogue of folk-tinged melodic indie-pop via Scottish labels Lost Map and Olive Grove Records. In 2018, his songs were the inspiration and backdrop to a touring theatre show called ‘The Isle of Love’ which depicted the ups and downs of life on a fictional Hebridean island.
A charismatic figure at the forefront of Scottish indie-pop, Hamish Hawk is an Edinburgh-based songwriter and frontman of the New Outfit. Deft lyricism, irresistible melodies, and an emotional range that sets him apart from his contemporaries, Hawk shapeshifts effortlessly from pop songster to lilting crooner; from masterful storyteller to wild-eyed lunatic and back again, often within the confines of a single song.
Madam Tsunami are Adam and Coralie Usmani, a folk pop duo originally from New Zealand and now settled in Aberdeen, Scotland. They released 'Long Way from Home', their second full length album in March of 2017 to mark their move to Scotland from Auckland. Touching on themes of nostalgia, growing older and a yearning for home, this fine collection of songs is flavoured with the musical language of Scotland and delivered with a decidedly Kiwi accent! Madam Tsunami were highly recommended at the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections (2016), and have released one other full length album, Man in the Middle (2014)
There's life and there’s death... and in between it all there's the party. Enter Emme Woods. Soul, sass and sparks collide to create one of the most exciting female singers of our generation. Blending rock 'n' roll and blues influences with a hypnotic brood and incredible musical talent; Emme Woods has curated a truly bespoke 60s sound that bangs the drum for everything that's great about the Scottish music scene right now.
Inspired by a range of genres, Nico draws on the musical styles he loves most, bringing his own original twist to established favourites. The Blues, which have always fascinated him, go hand in hand with rock, pop and folk. His original compositions and innovative arrangements will surprise listeners with interwoven, overlying melodies, made possible by the combination of fingerpicking and flat picking techniques.
Scarlett Randle hails from the North East of Scotland but now calls Glasgow home. In the past few years she has risen through the musical ranks playing gigs around Scotland, winning the Tenement Trail new artist competition in 2018, playing on the BBC Introducing showcase at King Tut’s in December, along with TRNSMT festival, Tiree Music Festival, Off The Record at the Caird Hall in Dundee and most recently being named Artist of the Week in the Scotsman in association with AIM (Association of Independent Music).
Hailed as one of Scotland’s most fascinating young singer-songwriters, award winning Glasgow based nu-folk musician, Zoë Bestel is known for her ethereal vocals, poignant melodies and stirring lyrics. As well as numerous BBC radio and TV performances, Bestel has captivated audiences across Denmark, Germany, Finland, Norway, and the Czech Republic, with festival highlights including Orkney Folk Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, and Celtic Connections.
Sapphire Notion are a soulful blues and rock inspired duo from Scotland. Jade & Chris have been writing and performing together since early 2016. Initially with just an acoustic guitar, they now craft music with depth and layers using live looped acoustic and electric guitars and piano. In their first years they have played throughout Scotland and the UK including appearing at various festivals (Edinburgh Fringe, Oxjam Takeover, Mugstock, Lindisfarne and Glasgow and Edinburgh Street Food Festivals).
Are We There Yet? is the long awaited 5th solo album by Paisley born singer songwriter Jill Jackson, a record that bears the hallmarks of a 25yr musical journey that has taken her from Paisley to Top of The Pops to playing in every State of America (50 States in 50 Days.....yes really!)
In the time since 2012’s 5-star reviewed ‘The Ones That Got Away’, Jill temporarily relocated to Nashville where she became immersed in Music City’s culture of storytelling songwriting. Jill’s work has also attracted the attention of the television and film industry, with her songs “Just Not Myself” and “Genie In A Bottle” cover featuring on several UK & International TV shows.
Stuck in the House session 4 features Scottish/American artist Calum Ingram who grabbed his cello at age nine and never looked back. He has developed a unique approach to the cello intertwining his strings with influences from the likes of Peter Gabriel, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, Jack White, and John Martyn.
Calum has toured America, Europe, and the UK. In 2017, Calum was featured in the Sky Arts TV Series Tony Visconti’s Unsigned Heroes which saw him performing a duet with Stewart Copeland (The Police, Klark Kent) as part of Tony Visconti’s 50 Years in Music celebratory concert. Calum’s debut album was nominated for Best Album and for the Kevin Thorpe Award at the 2014 British Blues Awards.
Over the past few years, Man Of The Minch - the musical alias of Glasgow based singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Pedro Cameron - has become one of the most exciting names at the forefront of Scottish folk music. Blending traditional Celtic sounds with personal, profound storytelling, Man of the Minch has already picked up his fair share of fans and followers. Winner of Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the 2019 Scots Trad Awards, he is breathing new life into traditional music whilst staying true to what makes that music so timeless.
Described as “a gentle torrent of talent”, Ra’s smooth vocals and lyrical prowess have established her as a performer and songwriter of consistent delight. She released her debut EP ‘Strange Love’ in January 2019, and her eclectic mix of youtube videos have garnered an active online following. The Dumfries-born musician also starred as one of the world-renowned Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain on their recent tours of China and France, and performed with them live on Radio 3.
For fans of Orla Gartland, Nina Nesbitt and Jade Bird. Whilst studying at university, Alannah Moar has spent the past 4 years cultivating her own unique style of folk-pop. Dramatic, emotive, playful and inward-facing, Alannah's songwriting reads like a diary, depicting all those complicated thoughts, feelings and experiences had by every young, dumb and confused 20-something.
Finding her musical footing in the local folk scene of Aberdeenshire, Alannah's melodies are naturally "inventive and engrossing" (LOAF Magazine), coupling her love of pop-inspired earworms with the more traditional styles of Scottish folk music.
A remarkably honest storyteller with a rich baritone voice both powerful and tender, Scotland's Finn Anderson weaves a musical world all of his own. A singer-songwriter, composer and writer, Finn moves between music and theatre crafting songs and stories that speak directly from the heart.
2019 saw Finn release his debut album ‘Until The Light’, compose music for critically-acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe and Off-West-End hit musical Islander, embark on a US tour with Sofar Sounds, and perform at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections as part of LGBT+ folk music collective Bogha-Frois. Alongside his autobiographical songwriting, Finn has collaborated with world-renowned artists and companies including National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre, Sky Arts, acclaimed Scottish video artist Rachel Maclean, and Brazilian folk musician Siba.
Our third Stuck in the House session is with Lisa Kowalski. Lisa’s gift for songwriting is widely recognised, with achievements including (2018) Song Academy Songwriter finalist, Salute Musicmaker Finalist, Radio Clyde Jim Diamond Award finalist, Busk in London finalist and Glastonbury Pilton Party runner-up 2019.
Lisa released debut EP Free Spirits in 2017, in tribute to her hometown of Paisley, and it featured heavily in the town’s UK City of Culture bid. In 2018, she performed widely, with highlights including a showcase at Dougie MacLean’s Perthshire Amber festival and at New York Tartan Week. Lisa released a lovelorn single in 2018 and in January 2020 a follow-up alt-rock releasee “No More Time’
Our next Stuck in the House session is local Paisley singer/songwriter Michael Cassidy whose brand of acoustic folk is characterised by his fragile, tender voice and intimate lyrics - all delivered in his distinctive Scottish brogue. Michael sites a great variety of influences including folk heavyweights Joni Mitchell, John Martyn and more recent luminaries such as Laura Marling and Rufus Wainwright.
In support of the release of his debut album ‘ My Electric Heart’ in 2015 - Michael toured extensively including support slots with Ben Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff and Amy MacDonald. Michael was also awarded the Gerry Rafferty songwriting prize in 2012 for his track ‘The Men Who Stood Beside Me In The War’. Michael released a brand new EP ‘I Never Made It’ and embarked on a Highlands and Islands tour in support of Colin MacLeod, playing to sold out audiences in Orkney, Stornoway, North Uist & many more
Stuck in the House session 1 featuring local band The Deep Shining Sea. Formed in Paisley in 2018, The Deep Shining Sea are; Steven Hillcoat, Jamie McLachlan and Gareth Fairlie
Smash Hits Online Take-Over featuring The Vegan Leather, Drift, V.C.O and The Gateway Clash.
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