Music News 26/12/2012

No rest for the wicked! Well that’s not entirely true, I took yesterday off. Anywho a plethora of videos for you and a couple of demos before some of them become completely irrelevant.

It’s Boxing Day so you can still get away with a bit of Christmas music. Fash Stewart had his camera out over the weekend at the Tea Posy so first up here’s a few videos from his Christmas Bash on Thursday. Here’s The Fedarals with My Bucket’s Got a Hole In It. Next up, Chris Roberts with Santa’s Workshop. Not for kids really, and yes puns are too far man! Follow that up with Dan Leckie with White Christmas/I’m a Monkey. And finally, possibly, another traditional one. This is Josephine Sillars with a lovely rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas that brought one audience member to tears!

I say possibly because I’m not sure if this one is from the Christmas Bash or the Saturday Set. So this is the Slim Panatellas with guests Hamish Roberts and Fash Stewart (HOW DID HE FILM IT THEN?!) with Worried Man Blues. Going by the fact that Donald is there and not Santa that’s from Saturday. From later that Saturday, here’s a chunk of the Donald Macdonald (and the Islands) set which was awesome and is reviewed here.

Managed to continue my trend of not getting caught on film there too.

New demo time, this one from Sid Innes. Little lo-fi recording of new tune When Yer Bloo which is an uplifting wee number.

And lastly a band I don’t write much about as they don’t post much, Great White Elephant with a new acoustic demo called Smile which is fantastic and shows that we need more of them please.

That’ll do ya, back to day job tomorrow so if you still have time off have a lie in for me would ya? Sigh…

Battle of the Bands Heat 4 preview

Yup you read that right, a Battle of the Bands! The Eagle, to celebrate the impending opening of up stairs as a newly refurbished gig having place are hosting a Battle of the Bands throughout September, with a final in October to decide who is the supreme ruler of music in the entire Universe and also who gets 3 days of recording at StrathSound. Mainly the second bit as everyone knows the best music is Zathrok on Blergon 7. No offence locals. Anyway, here is who you’ll be hearing on the 26th of September in The Eagle. with times and everything. 30 minute sets, 10 minute turn around.

From 9, Deadbeat Poets. Not the slightest inkling of a clue at all. No idea. Bub-kiss. Will find out on the night!

From 9.40, Ailsa Jean Lyall Mathews. Dominating the poster with the longest name of the night. A girl with a piano, possibly with Greg Barry backing up on guitar, possibly not. Pretty simple piano stuff, along the line of chords on a guitar. Her voice is the highlight of the act though, very powerful stuff. My lazy comparison is Birdy for her. Relatively new, not had loads of gigs, but sounds great. Luckily, as I’ll probably ALSO be hearing her the night after in The Greenhouse!

From 10.20, Great White Elephant. All the way up from Fort Bill. They’re a rock band but I’ve only really heard acoustic demos. I believe they’re pretty new too, the BotB has been great for highlighting some up and comers. Anyway they sound good acoustically so looking forward to hearing the plugged version. I’d say they’re mellow but that could well not be the case.

And from 11, Thousand Stars. New-ish but I’ve seen them a couple of times now. Rock band, US influences, bit of a mid to late 90’s sound about them, girl on vocals which is a bit of a stand out from most rock bands in these here parts. First time I heard them, and it still stands now, I said they would fit quite well on a college age drama soundtrack. That should give you an idea of the sound, but so should the tracks on that profile I linked there.

2 new to me, 2 I’ve heard before. That’ll do me nicely. And you nicely too. It’s all a nice thing, bit of craic and that. That said though….

Scoring is decided by the latest in clap-o-meter technology. The louder the response you get, the more likely you are to win. Winners from each of the heats will go on to the final and win the prize wot I mentioned at the beginning. It’s free for nothing and there’s a bar and music, nothing stopping you. See you there then, aye?

Music News 15/09/2012

Hey kids, here’s what’s been happening with local acts since…Monday. This isn’t becoming a weekly post or anything, there would have been one on Tuesday but there wasn’t enough to justify a post. Been a busy boy lately but hopefully things will…ah bollocks, Loopallu. Well hopefully things will calm down EVENTUALLY as I’m really really skint. On with the news.

If you are looking for something to do and you are a fan of music of the dance persuasion then you should probably head along to the Ironworks for Rudimental. Wouldn’t mention that normally, but Inverness Gigs had a wee interview with Count Clockwork who are supporting. Interview is here. There’s also a wee promo video that was produced by the Music Works project ahead of the gig, it’s a bit mental and very well done. You may have to be pretty quick as this news post took AGES and it’s going up later than I thought.

Another gig that’s coming up soon is Fatherson, looking at my ticket right now. The guys have been up the road quite a lot this year, possibly because they were part of goNorth, and in this case I think it was by request cause we like them up here quite a lot. Well I do anyway. Mentioning goNorth probably gave you an idea of what this paragraph is actually about. That’s right another them/Netsounds Unsigned Rockhopper session from Bella. You know the artist already and this one is called Lights. You’ll be off to buy an Ironworks ticket now then aye?

Hoots/Mad Hatters have a number of support slots open over the next couple of months. Head on over to their page and drop Steve an email at the address supplied if you fit any of the bills. Not sure how many will still be available but give it a shot anyway. Email, don’t comment, to apply.

It’s outside my catchment area really but lots of acts from around here have played down there so I’ll include it, plus I wouldn’t mind going myself and if I do it’ll be reported here. Long intro sentence to just say Wickerman. Might be a bit on the large side festival wise for me actually, unless I can get a pass of some kind, but I’ve heard the vibe is a lot like Bella. Certainly looks like good craic going by this wee vid.

Rachel Sermanni was in that wee vid and her album appeared through my door this morning. Review coming soon. If you haven’t bought a copy yet and are a bit skint like I am the kind people at Thank Folk For That have 5 copies to give away. Details are here and you have until noon on Monday to enter. She also did a session with Dutch site Zubb. Breaking from the Waltz sessions this one is of The Fog, teeny bit wibbly in the first half, pretty blinding in the second. Speaking of Waltz it has been selected as Jim Gellatly’s Big One (track of the week) this week. Well deserved too.

James Mackenzie will be hitting the studio soon to record a full length album along with a bunch of other musicians. Really looking forward to hearing that. And as soon as he’s done he’ll be heading out on tour. No rest for the wicked. Keep an eye on The List for when he’ll be playing in Inverness and get yourself along to a gig as he’s rather good so he is.

Local band snapper Houdi has gotten in to the moving pictures business. Here’s Easy Tigers playing I’m not sure, sorry guys. Not familiar enough with their stuff to give you a song title and I don’t think it’s on the Songs From The Sun Room album. Anyway, video here. He was also there early and caught some Todd Cook on film, well digital video. Todd’s great as you can see and a lovely bloke to boot. Hes Australian, you can tell because he has his didgeridoo out. Unfortunately I’m not sure the name of the song as Todd didn’t have any albums available because the tax man wanted a crazy amount of money to let them out of customs. He also also filmed the end of The Merrylees set, here they are covering Riders in the Sky. Very cool, and check the lick of their guitars! Love em.

The Cleavers, along with Fraser from The Murderburgers/Fuck! (It’s pronounced shit!) have recorded a mini covers EP with S.L.U.G by the Ramones and Coffee Mug by the Descendents. It’s right here, it’s called Coffee Slug and pay whatever you want for it. The money goes to Prostate Scotland so chuck them a few quid. Great stuff.

Another interview from Inverness Gigs, this time with Matt Sillars the host of the Coffee Shop Open Mic Sessions in the Greenhouse. I LOVE their open mic nights, dragged myself along on Thursday despite tiredness and the weather. Some of the best music I’ve heard this year has been in there and it really is an appreciative audience so grab your instrument of choice and come along sometime. I may also be doing reviews, but don’t let that put you off. The format is explained in there and we’d all be very happy to hear you. If you turn up early you can also get a singing lesson from Emma Mitchell, who REALLY knows here stuff.

The Ballachulish Hellhounds have a mini album out. It’s called Red Eye’s Motorcycle Blues and you can hear/get it here. I shall be doing a wee review of it too once I’ve managed to clone myself so I have time.

The Slim Panatellas have uploaded a new track, We Are The Slim Panatellas which shows that they don’t take themselves too seriously. Haven’t managed to catch them yet and won’t for a while as their fairwell gig is in The Greenhouse while I’m at Loopallu. Farewell? Yes, they’re off galavanting abroad. Very much in theme with the kind of act they are, they’re jumping in the travelling camper van studio, making their way through France, Switzerland and Italy on an epic journey to Womax in Greece. Details here in Mags Chrystall’s piece for the Highland News.

Estrella have a new blog post out. Besides their recent award win and some other stuff it has two live gig videos from the Furyon gig in Aberdeen. Click here for some proper 80’s hair metal. The video was shot by Kevin Meldrum, thanks for that man.

Almost finally, Great White Elephant have released an acoustic demo on their Soundcloud from a jamming session the other week. It’s called Burning Blue and it’s very chilled and nice and that.

And finally, congrats to Lady MFR herself Marion Scott and Des Irvine on their engagement. No this isn’t becoming a gossip rag of some kind, but she’s lovely and I’ve heard he is too so thought I’d give them a shout out.

WHEW, this is frikkin huge. Couldn’t be quiet while I was busy eh? LOTS of stuff to come, like the Facebook page to keep up to date. I haven’t had my dinner yet and I’m missing Doctor Who so I’m off. Thanks for reading!