Hey everybody, I’ve decided to make these posts weekly instead of a daily thing SO every Sunday a new one (or two or three or five) will drop on to the site. Same as the daily’s, don’t plan to miss stuff, and I’ll keep them to a certain size so they aren’t overwhelming!
The Whisky River Band: The Whiskys have started recording on their second studio album (yay!) and if you would like to have a look in on that process they will be posting pictures up on Instagram. I don’t have Instagram myself, but their name on there is @thewhiskys apparently. If for some reason you don’t have a copy of their first album The Taming Of Me I’d like to welcome you from under that rock you’ve been living beneath. The good news for you is that they have a new stock of physical CDs so if you want a hold in your hand copy head on over to their store. It’s also available in the digital places.
Young Trees/Alice Bentley : Alas the Young Trees have been felled and will no longer be a band. There’s a fair chance that all the members will move on to new things, and one already has! So I introduce to you….Alice Bentley! If you did catch the Young Trees I believe those songs, or at least the majority, were Alice’s. And I say introducing but she’s performed solo before. In fact there’s a review of one of those solo performances here. She was also on my watch list for 2013 so good times ahead. Get recording some stuff would ya? Cheers.
James Mackenzie: James has plans this year. Those plans being getting in to a studio to record some new material, take his music in a new direction and then tour a bunch. Good plan that. In the mean time he’s having a January sale over on his site where you can pick up a copy of the excellent Curtain Road EP and the Something I’m Not Telling You single onanittybittyCDisn’titcute at a discounted rate. I don’t know how long that will be the case, so run don’t walk.
Rachel Sermanni: Long time readers of music news on the site, along with people who are Rachel fans in general, will probably have seen the video intros for tracks from Under Mountains. I THOUGHT there might be one or two missing and I was right. So to complete the collection here’s Eggshells (some very cool flocking bird shots, well done!) and a suitably eerie one for Song To A Fox. There’s also a very much not new video of Rachel on home turf in Carrbridge singing a tune called Humming Home dang near 2 years ago. Could have been filmed today really, I had to look at the date on it. Vaguely familiar tune too so MIGHT have heard it before…
As the picture there says there is something brand new on the way too. Rachel has recorded Ae Fond Kiss by Robert Burns and is releasing it as a single on the 25th, that being Burns Night. You can pre-order a copy here and all proceeds go to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland. You can find out more about their great work here and if you want to hear the single before you buy (it’s lovely) tune in to my show on Monday (6-8PM, http://www.abcradio.co.uk) as I’ll be giving it a play.
Scooty and the Skyhooks: No clue if I’ve posted this before but seeing as I’ve gone weekly I don’t mind posting the same thing a few times. The Skyhooks are giving away a pair of tickets for their show in The Ironworks on the 16th of February. Head over to their page, find the relevant post, like it and share it. You have until the 28th of January to enter.
Sid Innes: Sid continues to dig through his archive (might be done actually), cleaning up tracks and shoving them up on Soundcloud. His latest offering is Busters Tune and I do believe that picture was taken at the Greenhouse, possibly at the one very brief gig of his I’ve been to.
Bogbain Farm: Not ones to hang around, the folks at Bogbain have already set the line up for THIS YEARS Hogmanay celebrations. Yes, the ones in 352 days. Bogmanay 2013 will feature The Mystic Shoes and Donald Macdonald (and the Islands). Two excellent bands so it’ll no doubt sell out ahead of time again. If you want to be super organised you can buy a ticket here. Speaking of sell outs, Burns Night at the Bog has sold out BUT you can pick up a Ceilidh only ticket (so make your own haggis first) for a fiver here. Proceeds go directly to the Highland Rugby Club. Also (all go at the farm just now) the first acts for the Northern Roots Festival have been announced. Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra and The Henry Girls are on the shows play list already, no doubt many of the other acts from this will end up on there too. Details can be found here though I’ll see about putting together a proper preview piece. Still have to finish the one for Brew at the Bog yet (bit more on that in the next post)
Roads To Damascus: Lead singer Steve Simms has a solo album on it’s way and has released a video for the first single. The album will be called 7 Deadly Simms, the single is called Believe and the video is here. Going by that the solo stuff will be electronic in nature with politically charged lyrics. And it’ll also be rather good actually.