Completely Unofficial Brew At The Bog 2013 Guide Preview Thing!

Super duper late as the festival is very soon and tickets are like a very rare thing that’s super rare. You CAN still get some though. Unless you want to camp, then you’re shit out of luck. But it’s fine, the festival is very near Inverness and there are buses back afterwards so don’t worry about that. While not in the complete middle of nowhere like many festivals it’s far enough out that the view is absolutely lovely.

It’s also the only festival I can claim to have been at every year, what with being the second one. Last year was great craic, the music was ace and so was the beer. This year will be great craic, the music is ace (see the rest of this post) and so is the beer. What more could you ask for. Run, seriously, don’t walk to here and get a ticket. What follows is a picture of the stage times then a description of what the acts sound like written by an idiot.

You can also hear what a lot of the bands sound like on my show from this week. Mainly Tuesdays, couple spread about in Monday’s line up too. You can find them here

THE BOTHY

Eilidh Hadden – Only the one track to go by but she describes herself as electro slash dark folk slash pop. Not huge amounts of folk really, but definitely pop. Wee bit too much pop for my tastes if I’m honest but not bad by any means.

Shambles Miller – Acerbic, whitty and extremely well played folk music. Sometimes of the protest kind, sometimes not. Right down my alley though.

Naked Red – Local boys with a slightly changed line up since I last saw them many moons ago (literally moons, it’s months but quite a few). Purveyors of proper rock music that’s a bit 80’s but not HUGELY 80’s. Very good stuff.

Sienna – VERY diverse band I would have looked like a damned fool if I’d only listened to one track. Sometimes funk, sometimes more like a traditional band, sometimes 60’s pop with a bit of country influence chucked in. If you don’t fancy what you hear go get a beer and come back, you might like that.

Bronagh and the Boys – Local comparisons are easy comparisons. Imagine if Josephine Sillars and Alice Bentley had a baby. Bit like that. Quite poppy soulful music with a piano. At least that’s Bronagh Monahan when it’s her, the Boys implying more of a band situation really. Lovely voice on her.

Sharfla – without reading what they wrote I was pretty much going to write the same, with an extra bit. Slight gothy tinge, but only slight, electro synth pop. Wasn’t sure what I thought and….I’m still not really. They sound very good, not sure if it’s entirely my bag though. Will suit many to a tea though.

Ashley and the Cosmonauts – Amazingly I have yet to catch these guys live proper, bits and bobs now and again, and there’s only a couple of scrappy you tube videos to go on beyond that. Ashley has a cracking soulful voice, the Cosmonauts are a funky bunch, and they’re really nice folks to boot.

JP Jones – Well I don’t know what Welsh Desert Pop is meant to be. I’d say he’s mellowly anthemic. By that I mean plenty of keys and the like, but with strong percussion and melodic singing. Mighty fine stuff.

Davey Horne – pure soul, proper old school stuff too. Souring voice, lyrics about love, rock and roll backing.

Sion Russell Jones – I first saw him at a festival last year. This one in fact, and I was mighty impressed. Unique voice, epic one man band style action (at least he was last year I have no idea if he will have company). Nice bloke too. When you listen to him you might think you’ve heard him before, he has the kind of polish that makes you think he’s a much bigger act. And hopefully one day he will be!

Captains – I’ve only got the one track to go buy but the general vibe of the band is one I like. The track title is a meme reference (Lips that touch liquor don’t touch mine), they used a picture of Orson Welles, the track is a free download and the description is “Tweed and sparkles with a 2000 piece space orchestra.” Musically they are grungy lo-fi pop punk, wee bit Stooges maybe?

Seznec Brothers – Pure folky goodness (well, the odd bit of electric organ and effect thrown in) with a twinge of Americana thrown in for good measure

Seven Summits – Indie rock band. Now that barely means anything so I’m going to try and get all wine critic style description here. Large bit of 90’s influence but with a modern sound. Hints of Ben Folds Five here and there, a bit of Everything Everything now and again. Relatively mellow. Won’t get you drunk. That’s what the beer is for.

THE BARN

Poor Things – Lo fi power pop punk with a California influence. Those sound like real music writer words! Basically, a bit in the PAWS vein of things assuming you’re familiar with them. And if you come here I assume you are.

The Winter Tradition – Quite epic sounding Scottish indie rock. In the vein of a few I could name, but stand their own ground well.

This Silent Forest – I think of them as quite mellow but they can get their loud on too. That will be where the power in the power indie moniker comes in then. Mighty fine band, been a fan for quite some time now.

Trapped In Kansas – They heavily remind me of someone but I can’t remember who it is. You know that band that sound like they do? Them. (I was going to say Twin Atlantic but not sure that fits really). Indie pop rock.

Kitty The Lion – I love Anna’s accent, they’re repeat offenders for Brew, fun and quirky lyrics to the tracks, toe tapping indie pop rock.

United Fruit – Lo fi punky goodness. Mainly anyway, at times they get straight out rocky while keeping the lo-fi vocals. So a bit like Paws then.

Olympic Swimmers – Melodic vocals, funky indie pop rock music, little bit like The Sorry Kisses with a Scottish accent I suppose. That probably means nothing to a lot of you!

James Mackenzie – Local singer songwriter who isn’t local no more, which explains why I haven’t seen him about. Triumphant return to the local area, no doubt playing some new stuff that he has on the way.

Chris Devotion and the Expectations – FANTASTIC retro style rock. Been played on the show a bunch and when I was talking to Yvonne ahead of the first line up announcements she asked who I would suggest (she’d already picked people, it was just gabbing. I don’t have influence or that) and they were one of the names. Which worked out nicely.

Cherri Fosphate – Indie rock trading in some strong licks, well-constructed tunes and a lead singer with an unique voice. Favourites of many DJ/Podcast/Press types and lots of not that kind of people too. And rightly so.

FOUND – ALL CAPS. Ironically, a bit of a challenge to find. Worth it though. Indie pop rock with a bit of electro thrown in plus a chunk of fifties esque rock and roll vibe for good measure.

Homework – they used the word purveyors so I can’t. Electronica, a bit of that indie rock vibe to their stuff, home grown too so extra points.

Miaoux Miaoux – Hilarious that they are next to Kitty The Lion on the line up. Electronica but hold the indie rock bit. Pure electronic stuff, well there are instruments in there too. Very fine stuff too.

MAIN STAGE

Earls of Caithness – 87 piece super funky funk band from the frozen far north. That’ll be where the Caithness comes in then. They rehearse as far north as you can and still be on the mainland, in a lighthouse of all places. Groovy stuff, I may be exaggerating the number of band members.

Verse Metrics – They call themselves melodic/mathy alternative and I know what they are getting at with that. Technically very accomplished music (which sounds dry, I just mean they play real good) in a very mellow rhythmic fashion. Sway, don’t bounce.

Adam Holmes and the Embers – when there’s no accordion there’s a strong 60’s/70’s vibe to these guys, tip of the tongue who they bring to mind. When it’s in that but with a strong celtic root to it. Either way some classic folk music. Don’t think I’m too far off the mark making a bit of a State Broadcasters comparison (at times).

The Stagger Rats – They caused me to google “gutter pop” and I’m still none the wiser. Retro rock style, maybe dark rock n roll is the term. Listen for yourself if you are still in the dark there.

Fake Major – The artists formerly known as Endor, so if I remember rightly this is their second Brew at the Bog technically even though they’ve only been a band since February. Not 100% the same, but if you liked Endor you’ll love Fake Major.


I’ll be doing many of these hopefully, here’s a picture of one I recorded early with a bit of Randolph’s Leap

Randolphs’ Leap – Looooooove these guys and I haven’t even seen the full band live yet! Quirky lyrics, fun style, you have heard them and you should also love them. So good I bought the mug.


Seriously, Donald Macdonald and the Islands go all out

Donald Macdonald And The Islands – Fantastic folk rock band from the west coast. They have their mellow numbers, they have their jumpy ones and they throw it all in to both sides of the coin.

Three Blind Wolves – They describe themselves as folk-tinged psychedelic blues-rock and I can’t argue with that really. A little bit country, a large amount of rock and roll.

The Little Kicks – Another favourite of mine, I do rather like this line up, and I believe they were a pick for the year. Describe themselves as indie disco pop and that fits, but I’d chuck a rock in there too. Frequent fliers on the show.

The Whiskys – If I have to tell you who The Whisky (River Band)s are then you aren’t allowed on the site any more. Go buy Taming of Me, listen to it a lot, then you can come back.

Discopolis – Fine purveyors of….is indie electro a thing? If not I’m making it up, I tend to do that anyway. Electro with an indie rock vibe to it. That. Good stuff.

Prides – If you liked Midnight Lion, and you should have, then that with extra bells on. I saw the previous incarnation supporting Fatherson and they were great. From the one Prides track on show for now the sound has been retained but beefed a bit. They’re a bit Ah Ha if they had Scottish Folk Rock babies. Great stuff.


Top of the bill, rightly so, Fatherson

Fatherson – Favourites of mine and many other people, lovely folks to boot. One of the best loud bands you’ll see along with one of the best quiet bands you’ll see. Varied pace and tone, obviously to an extent, nailing it all the way. They are a bit good.

For some reason I have two bands left over, and I know there was one previously announced act that had to pull out. Doesn’t matter, the above is what you call a cracking line up. CRACKING. Beer isn’t even required to enjoy it but dammit it’s good beer so fill your boots and dance about like idiots. Then long for next May to come around from around….October time like I did for the last 6 months.

MV Festival 2013 Preview!

So, festival season begins pretty early in Scotland. As far as I’m aware The Mountain and Valley Festival (to give it the name it’s mother calls it when it’s been bad) is the first. It runs for the 1st until the 3rd of March this year and combines winter sports, comedy and (of course because why would I be writing about it if it didn’t?) music. It’s also cheap at twice the price (the most expensive ticket is £45, full range here) and it’s for charidy. This years worthy causes are CHAS and Disability Snowsport UK so you get to enjoy yourself AND do something good at the same time. Nice one.

So, the three categories then. Let’s get the non-music ones out of the way. They’ll be brief, this could be lengthy though!


If you don’t go to the MV Festival, you’re not going to have a good time. Pizza, french fries, etc.

The festival is set in Aviemore, located in the absolutely stunning Cairngorm mountains so essentially it’s Scotland’s Aspen. Hell, the UK’s Aspen because there ain’t no skiing in England. We’ve had snow-a-plenty there and I think there’ll be more on the way so no worries on that front. Snowboarding, skiing, those crazy wee tiny skis, hiking, if you can do it on a mountain with snow you can do it here. As fits both a winter sports and Scottish attitude the snow sport side of things is a bit of a relaxed affair. For the course of the festival there’ll be some live DJs and spot prizes for….whatever. So if you land on your arse all is not lost, you might get something for it! If you don’t have the right gear you can rent it (might need to get there early though), if you don’t have any skills (like me)there are activities to suit all abilities, and if you have a disability then Disability Snowsport UK are about to lend a hand. And if you don’t want to muck about in the snow you can just hang out in the Cas Bar and PRETEND you did.

Not 100% sure if I’ll be hitting any slopes myself. Might do though.


I have no pictures of comedians

On to the comedians then. The comedy show runs all three nights of the festival at the Hilton Coylumbridge Hotel so no matter what night you go you can catch the show. And if you go on Friday and REALLY like it, you can technically catch it 3 times! Here’s the line up. Disclaimer, I’ve never even tried to describe comedy before so hope you can see through the bollocks. Short version = everyone is really funny:

Terry Alderton – Quite mental really! Does some fantastic voices and sound effects. From the acting school of comedy as well so little skits where he’s basically Smeagol/Gollum or where his feet talk with each other interspersed with geeky references and quick jokes.
Andrew Maxwell – One of the regulars on BBC panel show Monumental. Andrew’s comedy is along the rant on a topic style of things, not one to shy away from what could be controversial topics. In a pretty light hearted way though.
Phil Nicol – manic Canadian singing musician, like Stephen Lynch but says eh? at the end of sentences. He’s actually quite easy for me to write about as I just need to say a song title and HOPEFULLY you’ll know who he is. He’s “The Only Gay Eskimo”. Yeah, that guy.
Craig Campbell – Another Canadian, eh? This one doesn’t sing though. Free form comedy in the style of…well I don’t want to say Billy Connolly as it might give the wrong impression BUT it’s not far off. Loose and easy going, but with a fair bit of bite. Obviously, the Moosefucker bit gives that away.

Also comedians, these guys will be on hosting duties as indicated below in the music bit.
Tony Jameson – Comedy based around life observations from what I could see.
Iszi Lawrence – Smart, geeky and “edgy” which I don’t particularly like writing as EVERYONE is edgy now aren’t they? She’s also the host of the Skeptics Guide To The Universe podcast which I guess makes her the UK answer to George Hrab. None of you know who that is though probably.
And finally, Billy Kirkwood – Scottish, funny, also wrestles. So he’s my favourite. Please don’t hurt me.

Right then, the bit that’s actually relevant to this site nearly 800 words in. Here are the music acts you’ll be able to see. I’ll shove the odd picture in. Comparisons could well be made to people you’ve heard on the radio show for laziness. This will be in a similar style to the usual gig list (which you can find on The List tab there).

FRIDAY
HILTON COYLUMBRIDGE HOTEL (Doors 5:45pm, 18+)
6pm – Slipstream – a rock and indie cover band, so start your weekend off with tunes you can sing along to
7:15 until 10 Comedy Show (see above)
10:30 until 10:45 closed
11 – Blue Lip Feel – indie rock band from England who’s lead singer has a distinct warble in his vocal style. Wee bit Stones in their sound as well maybe? Listen yourselves!
12 – Brown Bear And The Bandits – Saw them at Loopallu, said this . Bloody good like. This is Brown Bear:

CAIRNGORM HOTEL (14+ until 10pm when it’s 18+. Doors open 6:45)
7 – Host Billy Kirkwood kicks things off
7:30 – McLowrus – Couple of boys from Perth who are kind of a Sid Innes in duo form. Original stuff is rather good, not a fan of the Green Day cover you have on your page though boys (the song yes, cover no).
8:30 – Panda Trap – alternative rock band, a little bit on the dark / mellow side of things though jumpy at times too
9:45 – Minds Of Montage – Rap rock, possibly (and I say this with limited knowledge) a bit along the Primus vein of things. Only got one track to go by but fun, strong hooks, good lyrics.
11 – Sauza Kings – Heavyish alt rock band. Good on the ears, good for banging your head.
12 – Billy Kirkwood closes things off

MACKENZIES HIGHLAND INN (14+ until 10pm when it’s 18+. Doors open 6:45)
7 – Host Tony Jameson kicks things off
7:30 – Freespeech – They’ve been a band for ages apparently but don’t look that old to me! Must have formed in nursery. Anyway, some alt rockers with good twiddly guitar bits.
8:30 – Tammy Miller – Just a young in. Only covers on her page there, but ones she adds her own spin to. Nice voice, decent playing, just at the start of things.
9:30 – Kirsty Marquis – An accoustic pop folk artist, I’d say 60/40 pop to folk with a heavy sprinkling of soul singer in her voice.
10:45 – Norrie “Tago” Maciver – no relation. Sings in gaelic so I have no idea what he’s saying BUT plays a very nice guitar and has a lovely voice.
11:30 – Tony Jameson closes things off

2HOOTS (14+ until 10pm when it’s 18+. Doors open 6:45)
7 – Host Iszi Lawrence kicks things off
7:30 – Simon Patchett – Inverness based singer songwriter. Describes himself as more or less acoustic punk, but I hear a fair slice of 60’s protest folk in there.
8:30 – Emily Middlemass – I don’t normally mention people’s ages but she’s only 14 and has a crazy set of pipes on her. Enthusiastic performer too. Doing well for herself so far, definitely one to catch so you can boast you saw her when she was wee.
9:30 – Kellie Buchanan – whaaaaaaaaaat! That’s pretty much what I said in my head. Lovely voice, soulful/bluesy, and damned find blues/folk guitar playing. One of my favourite songs is “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” so when I started her cover of it things could have gone one of two ways. Thankfully she nailed it, and the one original I’ve heard is very funky stuff.
10:30 – Lori McTear – pop folk singer with a lovely voice and a wee bit of a country tinge to her tunes.
11:30 – DJ Set

THE VAULT (18+)
10pm until 3AM – DJ Shiny

SUPER PANTHER (18+)
10:30 until 3AM – DJ Arnivore

CAIRNGORM MOUNTAIN (that’s right, on the hill, depends on the weather)
11am – Ellis Brigham Ski and Board Demos
12 until 3pm – DJ Arnivore

SATURDAY
HILTON COYLUMBRIDGE HOTEL (Doors at Noon, 14+)
12:30 – Minds Of Montage – Rap rock, possibly (and I say this with limited knowledge) a bit along the Primus vein of things. Only got one track to go by but fun, strong hooks, good lyrics.
1 – Down To My Last – Melodic pop rock. Basically if you like This Good Robot on the show’s play list, or bigger equivalent My Chemical Romance, these guys should be right up your street.
2 – Be Like Pablo – One of my picks for 2013 and if you listen to the show you’ll certainly know them. Skater punk style band with synth thrown in for good measure and a light hearted positive vibe. Straight from Forres, California.
3 – Toby Michaels Rolling Damned – rock JUGGERNAUT TMRD. Great stage presence, amazing lead vocal, fantastic guitar licks, one of the best local bands. Also a pick for 2013.
4 – Dave Colwell – Bad Company – as I understand it the main man from Bad Company backed up by the mighty mighty, you guessed it pick for 2013, Roadway. So much rock in one afternoon you’d think the Flintstones were in town
Then there’s a break until 6.10 when the doors open again for 18+
6:15 – Slipstream – a rock and indie cover band, so start your evening off with tunes you can sing along to
7:15 until 10 Comedy Show (see above)
10:30 until 10:45 closed
11 – Katie Sutherland – It looks like the 2013 list was read and taken to heart, as Katie was on there too. Formerly Pearl and the Puppets. Some lovely indie pop folk.
11:55 – Toploader – You know who they are surely? Everyone knows a couple of Toploader tunes, and they just released another one with an accompanying 4 track EP. Turn of the millenium light indie rock. Turn up because you know Dancing In The Moonlight, stick around as they’re rather good so they are.

CAIRNGORM HOTEL (14+ until 10pm when it’s 18+. Doors open 12:30)
12:45 – Host Billy Kirkwood kicks things off
1:15 – Hollie Atkinson
2 – Murdo Mitchell
2:45 – Tammy Miller – Just a young in. Only covers on her page there, but ones she adds her own spin to. Nice voice, decent playing, just at the start of things.
3:45 – Emily Middlemass – I don’t normally mention people’s ages but she’s only 14 and has a crazy set of pipes on her. Enthusiastic performer too. Doing well for herself so far, definitely one to catch so you can boast you saw her when she was wee.
4:45 Billy Kirkwood closes things off until doors re-open at 6:45
7 – Host Iszi Lawrence starts the evening
7:30 – We Found Out – Skater punk style band with a girly singing. And a guy, but that’s what makes them stand out a bit
8:30 – Sam Brett – acoustic pop folk artist from daan sath Lahndun way. Nice voice on him.
9:30 – Megan Blyth – hard to believe anyone reading this site WON’T know who Megan Blyth is. Inverness based singer/songwriter lassie with a lovely voice and a new EP on the way at some point hopefully. One of my picks for 2013
10:30 – Last Summer Effect – the nicest rock band from Inverness. Probably. Give it their all and produce a fine line of anthemic alternative rock. One of my picks for 2013
11:30 – Smiling Ivy – funky funky ska band that, I assume, don’t take themselves too seriously as ska bands never do.
12:30 – Iszi Lawrence closes


The Oxides

MACKENZIES HIGHLAND INN (14+ until 10pm when it’s 18+. Doors open 6:45)
7 – Host Billy Kirkwood kicks things off
7:30 – Anna Sweeney – It’ll just be Anna without the band, I’ve yet to see her WITH the band actually, but that’s some mighty fine acoustic lady folk singing pop type stuff. One of my picks for 2013.
8:30 – The Oxides – Mr Jake’s amazing peddle extravaganza, a liberal dose of Pel, Archie “I’m fucking amazing” no last name on the bass, Duff on the drums who certainly isn’t. Fantastic rock band from Inverness, one of my picks for 2013.
9:30 – Beccy Atherton – female singer songwriter with a strong soulful voice and some nice guitar work.
10:45 – Purple Divide – mighty fine Inverness based rock band who write and sing a good tune, you’ve heard them on the show hopefully.
11:30 – Billy Kirkwood closes

2HOOTS (14+ until 10pm when it’s 18+. Doors open 6:45)
7 – Host Tony Jameson kicks things off
7:30 – Cami Ramsey
8:30 – Sid Innes – he was in the year of college below me way back when, now he sings and plays guitar solo style. Good stuff, you’ve heard him on the show.
9:30 – Joanne Summer – I do believe she’s local, though I only have the one video to go by for that. Lovely pop folk singer songwriter lassie anyway.
10:30 – Jemma Tweedie – you all know Jemma. Singer songwriter from Nairn, lovely girl, lovely voice, only been playing for a YEAR! Had her in session and if you act fast it’ll still be up here. SAMA nominated and one of my picks for 2013.
11:30 – DJ Arnivore


Jemma Tweedie

THE VAULT (18+)
10pm until 3AM – Shaka Events

SUPER PANTHER (18+)
10:30 until 3AM – DJ Shiny

CAIRNGORM MOUNTAIN (that’s right, on the hill, depends on the weather)
11am – Ellis Brigham Ski and Board Demos
12 until 3pm – DJ Shiny

SUNDAY
HILTON COYLUMBRIDGE HOTEL (Doors at Noon, 14+)
12:30 – Uniform – alt rock band from Aberdeen
1:30 – Vanishing People – female fronted indie rock band with a gothy tinge that sometimes has a bit of a medievil folk feel to it as well. Nice sound, quite varied.
2:30 – Smiling Ivy – funky funky ska band that, I assume, don’t take themselves too seriously as ska bands never do.
3:30 – Dangleberries – I do believe the correct term is alt trad, but I call it Ceilidh Rock. Traditional music played LOUD and FAST for dancing basically.
4:45 – Finding Albert – heck of a lot of variety in these guys. They’re rock, but sometimes mellow, there’s electronic stuff in there….great stuff.
Then there’s a break until 6.15 when the doors open again for 18+
6:30 – Slipstream – a rock and indie cover band, so start your evening off with tunes you can sing along to
7:30 until 10:45 Comedy Show (see above)

The official site is here, myself and Emma Mitchell from ABC Radio Alness will be bothering bands all weekend so expect many a session to appear on our shows (plus we are filming stuff with Mailbird Cage Productions apparently so keep an eye out for that). This is more than enough wordage from myself. Here’s the poster, go buy a ticket, I’ll see ya there 🙂