Described as “a worthy addition to the cultural library of NE Scotland“, it’s rare you find a contemporary Doric release so genuine and uplifting and which makes you proud to be from our wee corner of the world, but Northern Sky from Pete Coutts does just that. Fitlike Records is delighted that Northern Sky has found a home on the label and will be released on 4th October. Pre orders are available over at Pete’s Bandcamp page now and you can check out a full album review here.
Really pleased to be putting together a wee Scottish tour for the Marian McLaughlin Trio in November. We met Marian, who hails from Washington in the U.S. at a basement show in Baltimore last year and are totally excited to bring her experimental chamber folk sound to our shores. Check out the beautiful album Spirit House here. Dates to follow very soon…
Really pleased to be invited to contribute to the Gold Mold Records Scottish Indie sampler which is coming out for Cassette Store Day on October 8th!
Death Let Her, aka Alexander Ironside resides in Aberdeenshire and emits a minimal and raw sounds that represents the best and most beautiful things about humanity as well as the cruellest and absolute worst. On the rare occasions he performs live, the intensity of the performance often leaves folk asking what exactly they just witnessed. Someone described the sound to me as ‘Black & Blues’…emotionally bruising but also somehow uplifting and hope-inducing.
The album has been a labour of love and is the best album I have heard this year so far. Be warned, it is a love it or hate it thing. Available on all digital platforms and CD from the label Bandcamp page.
Was delighted to be asked to contribute to a brilliant concept project put together by artist Gabi Reith that takes in different creative perspectives and imaginings of 10 buildings on Aberdeen’s main thoroughfare Union Street. This is the resultant accompanying music, which I’m rather pleased with. It can be streamed and downloaded for free over at the Bandcamp page.
hereMusicians were invited to create pieces of music around the words, poems or stories of children. ‘Songs by Bairns’ is the result. Artwork illustration by 7 year old Oskar Longmuir and is of his grandparents’ house. All proceeds from the compilation will go to The ARCHIE Foundation.
Stream, download and/or purchase a physical copy here.
- Jenny Sturgeon – I Love Dogs
I do too but I don’t want to marry one. The mind of 5 year old Emma is indeed mysterious but this is a touching reminder of the bond between pets and children.
- Depeche Choad – Dead Mole Party
What do you do if you find a dead mole in your garden and you are 8 year old Euan? Have a dead mole party, that’s what. Like an Easter egg hunt but with deceased animals.
- Matricarians – Egg Upon My Knee
Is it common to fear that a bear may be waiting to pounce should you spill any of your tea? Yes, according to 5 year old Maria. The music for this couldn’t be more apt and has now made me afraid to go into the garden with eggs on my knees…which I do often have.
- Stephen Podlesny (feat. Heidi) – The Boy From Hoomaloona
Heidi may be 6 but that won’t stop her from setting Home Alone style booby traps to catch whoever has been stealing sweeties from her selection box!
- Colin Clyne – Rock a Rock a Diddle
A simple song about love and attachment between a parent and child. Beautiful.
- Death Let Her – Death ti a the Pincils (Reverberate)
‘I hinna got ony punts and socks’ would prevent me from completing most tasks but most certainly from dealing with a tiger in my bedroom. 7 year old Isaac is a smart young man, if a little brutal. In response to being asked why his pencils were all snapped, he responds by stating that he hates writing and snaps them to kill them!
- CS Buchan (feat. Bruno) – Smelly Peanuts
I sense a great deal of thought went into this one and two year old Bruno has certainly pulled it out of the bag. Congratulations young man, I commend you and your insightful musings.
- Best Girl Athlete (feat. Iris) – Bellow
I forsee a future on the stage for seven year old Iris. I feel the joy and excitement of getting outside to play in your voice Iris, it’s tangible and real.