SAY Award Longlist Announced…

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…and guess who’s on it…Seamount Court’s favourite quine. She’ll not thank me for that but so very happy that the album has got this far. Representing Aberdeen on the national stage is no easy feat, kudos to Katie.

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Fitlike Records on BBC Radio 4

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The wonderful series from Laura Barton, Notes from a Musical Island visited Aberdeen recently and the episode went out this week. Was really pleased to be part of the series that explores musicians relationships with their locality and environment. The episode will be on the iPlayer for a short while and you can listen here and features three Fitlike artists in CS Buchan, Best Girl Athlete and Kitchen Cynics, along with former Scottish Album of the Year award winner Kathryn Joseph.

NAFCo in the Broch

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My home town Fraserburgh doesn’t often get high calibre touring folk musicians, so this is a wonderful opportunity to catch some as part of the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2018. The Broch will see a fantastic group of musicians over from Nova Scotia, Canada, including Troy MacGillivray (fiddle & piano), Shelly Campbell (fiddle) and John Pellerin (fiddle & stepdance). They will be joined by brother and sister Alicia and Liam Blore playing Canadian Métis and Aboriginal music, and the lively trio, Figelin, who push the boundaries of their German and Kelzmer roots in an explosive combination of wild fiddles, earthy grooves, and vibrant voices. The performance is in the town’s historic Dalrymple Hall on Wednesday 11th July … tickets available here. If you see me there, say fit like!

Notes From a Musical Island Documentary

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Was delighted to be part of a most interesting and excellent documentary series called Notes From a Musical Island by music writer Laura Barton for BBC Radio 4 looking at music from the four corners of our Isles. The episode also features our own Katie Buchan of Best Girl Athlete, Alan Davidson of Kitchen Cynics along with Scottish Album of the Year winner Kathryn Joseph and will focus on Aberdeen. The episode is scheduled to air on 11th July. Will post this up once it goes live.

CS Buchan Release Date and Pre-Orders

CS Album Cover_2000px_webSooooooo, the date is 25th May and you can pre-order vinyl, cd and digital copies here. If I may say, it’s rather good, but I would say that. BUT IT IS! Did I mention it’s good? There are guest vocalists on each track to spare you the pain of listening to the droning pap you usually get from CS Horsesass, AND there is a wonderfully written foreword from Byres Road Jazz Club, which is worth the purchase alone. Buy it or die a sad and lonely life. Probably.

An independent collective of artists based in and around the North East of Scotland