Loopallu 2012 Saturday review

Pretty scenery

Onwards to Saturday and a full days worth of action this time. Happily not rough, got some kind of sleep and the sun was out with the odd cloud now and again. Pretty perfect really. Bacon roll, couple off coffee’s and it’s off to the arena. (Straight to the music this time but you can read about Friday and some over view stuff here)

Two Dinosaurs

A third Dinosaur

I have to say I was slightly disappointed when I walked in to the tent and instead of actual Miniature Dinosaurs it was another band. I thought Loopallu had put something REALLY original on for us. Luckily the disappointment didn’t last very long as they’re a bloody good band. Guitar, drums and synth/keyboard action. A bit new wave, a bit retro, perfect for shaking off any remaining cobwebs that may have been knocking about. I find the lead singers voice to be a bit like your man from the B52s OR if you happen to know their stuff they could pair well with Roads to Damascus. And as you’d expect with a band with a name like theirs, good craic. Can’t mention how they started off as “shhh, it’s a secret” but it resulted in some nice patter. Even though it was festival early at half noon I had heard buzz about the camp site and a decent sized crowd showed up. They could well be glad of that one day as given the right chances these guys could be Full Sized Dinosaurs. I know I’ll be in the audience again next chance I get. Also, photographer approved.

The same can be said for the next band too, Naked Strangers, though for slightly different reasons. They didn’t quite hook me and I haven’t really got a reason why. Musically they were pretty rocking, some epic solos and well constructed tunes. They can be a bit proggy and have an interesting mix of sounds about them. The drummer was super enthusiastic to get the crowd going, though the rest were a bit more mellow. Possibly down to playing the fringe the night before as Transgender Ska (them in drag, it’s an anagram, big points for that in my book and I’m sorry I missed it). Sometimes music is a mood thing and I figure it’s just that my mind wasn’t in the right place when they were on. Little bit of roughness and need of lunch on my part maybe. It was a damned fine set though and they’re a solid band that you should check out if you have the chance. And that I hope to check out again when I’m better fed and rested.

The band is actually to either side of this

Next up for me were Public Service Broadcasting. Curiosity, that was the main vibe before they came on. I spoke with a few people and got them along too after saying what their craic was. I didn’t expect to want to stay for the whole set after checking them out online. The music was great and all, but not entirely my wheel house and I wasn’t sure if it would be something I’d want to watch for 45 minutes. Boy was I wrong. Saturday highlight right here, they’re bloody amazing. Two guys, one on a drum set and the other (who may have been Stephen Merchant) pushing the buttons and playing guitar and banjo. If you haven’t heard them, and there is a fair chance you haven’t, the act is a mix of the aforementioned instruments and electronic music stuff with snippets of public service films. In a live show there’s also a cleverly edited film playing at the back which the music basically acts as a sound track too. Excellent drummer, excellent guitar and banjo and very cleverly constructed tracks had me hooked the whole way through. Not sure if or when we’ll see them up here again, they’re from Laaaaaaaaahndun, but if we do I’ll be first in line. AND they also managed to have good banter. No mics but edited sound bites to say thank you and that they were glad to be playing at Loopallu (that must have taken some editing). As I write this bits and bobs of the show pop in to my head and I’m a sold fan for sure. As were a lot of the crowd as they all seemed to love it.

Kudos to the booker for that one.

The next act are a bit harder to write about for me. Not because The Staves were bad, the exact opposite. I just might find myself stuck in a lovely loop. To be shallow, they look lovely. The banter was that slightly awkward folk singer banter that’s a bit shy and is adorable. You can tell they’re classy as they were drinking red wine rather than the ever present tins of Tennents. At one point….left hand Stave up there compared the tent to a Cathedral acoustically, and (here comes a lazy cheesy line) it’s fitting as a choir of angels were on stage. Gorgeous singing voices singing in great harmonies, some lovely (SEE?!) twiddly guitar and Uke action. My kinda thing basically. AND, middle Stave, if you guys come back up here and play The Greenhouse at some point I’ll get you a unicat horn. They have an LP coming out soonish btw and guess what? I think it’ll probably be lovely.

Davy (not pictured, Hosebeast)

Enough of that, and I’m not going to be calling these boys lovely. The other hardest working band in Ullapool, entertaining the beer tent between slots were Davy and The Hosebeast (that’s just Davy’s page btw). That’s punk, ska and new wave covers on acoustic guitar and drums. I love a bit of that and so do the crowd so it was some nice ear noise in between acts. And they got a mini encore at the end of the night. Probably would have tried to keep them going for longer (turns out I’m glad they didn’t but I’ll get to that in 3 acts time) and the crowd were having a good jump around to their stuff. Nice work guys.

Rachel and two of the girls, not pictured Jennifer on keys

Back to the main stage though for someone I’ve mentioned once or twice on this page, Rachel Sermanni. Along with the girls, though alas one was missing. Louise on the fiddle. I managed to grab the chance later to ask Siobhan where she was and….she had another gig in Glasgow that night. Which is fair enough. Was a bit of a shame as, being really familiar with the songs, I noticed the missing fiddle. Was still a great, and lovely to get that out of the way, set though. In addition to tracks off the Under Mountains album there was also a festival only song called “The Burger Van Song”. It’s a pretty jumpy wee number and was good craic, more of these please Rachel! I also realised that Under Mountains is part of the lyrics of The Fog, think I would have spotted that before now as it’s my favourite track, which explains the album title. The violin build towards the end is a highlight so that missing fiddle could have been an issue but it was admirably covered by Rachel on the guitar. While Davy and the Hosebeast may have been the hardest working band in town they might have to fight for the title as Rachel flew up from London, played HMV in Inverness, played this 50 minute set then her and the girls played the fringe. That’s a pretty hectic day right there!

Next to grace the main stage was the very talented Jake Bugg. He clearly enjoys his job as there were big grins at times. Jake has a great retro sound, generally mellow but sometimes very rocky and a voice kind of like the lead singer of Cast. For part of the set it was just Jake with an acoustic guitar which he plays extremely well. The banter level was low but having heard him on the radio I expected that, he’s a bit of a quiet lad. He did make a bit of an effort though but the music did most of the talking. Unfortunately as I mentioned yesterday I have dodgy knees and they were KILLING ME at this point so I had to leave a bit early for a sit down and a crepe. What I overheard from outside sounded like some thumping good stuff though and the crowd certainly enjoyed his set.

Some Scouts.

And finally, Scouting For Girls. I didn’t expect to think much of these guys to be honest, thought I’d check out some of the set then leave it. Seemed a bit of an odd choice. They were the third surprise for me of the festival though. There was a wee bit of dodgy singing, and yes they do have a similar melody to a lot of their tunes, but they are a pop rock band so that’s not a surprise. Tell you this though, they know how to work a bloody crowd. The leading man has HUGE amounts of energy, gets people singing and clapping along and they all LOVE what they are doing. Musically they’re pretty simple pop stuff for the most part but at times there were some truly impressive musical moments. They fired in to a number of the hit singles right from the get go and threw in a couple of covers. Did a damned fine job of Live and Let Die and their version of Rhianna’s Love in a Hopeless place was a big improvement on the original, not that that’s too hard to do. Where you’d expect to be flagging a bit after 2 days of festival drinking these guys brought TONS of energy, got everyone including me going and then….had a fake set end. I know cause I looked at the clock. Plus they hadn’t done She’s So Lovely yet. So after the fake out, new single (the new stuff is a bit different to be fair on them) and then the big one. I’d say everyone went mental but there’d been a lot of energy before that so it wasn’t a total stand out. At the end of the set I had sore hands from clapping and a sore throat from singing. I think I may be a solid convert to their side, though I need to give the new album a listen before I can say that. All told it was a great way to end a very fun festival and turned out to be an inspired choice.

Wait did I say end? There’s still a fringe to go yet. I had myself a pretty big sit down first though.

Bet his Granny didn’t knit that

First stop for me was the Ferry Boat Inn to catch some of Rachel and the Ladies. I did plan to get more fringe in this time but wanted to find out the missing fiddler craic that I mentioned earlier. HEAVING in there, shallow breathing room only. Stuck around for a beers worth of music, plus a cigarette outside. They were playing ceilidh tunes for the most part and some original RS ones with a bit of a twist. A very talented bunch of musicians and if I hadn’t wanted to get some fringe in I could happily have listened all night.

The Quatro Amigos! Friends of the photographers from last year, friends of mine as well now. Good example of the kind of nutters you can run in to!

But instead I took a wander up the hill to the Argyll Hotel for some of The Rogues. People had been comparing them to the Pogues to me but the leader singer has teeth and I could work out what he was saying. Covers of traditionalish Irish tunes, or neo traditional like Whisky in the Jar, loads of energy and good craic. I actually intended to fire off to the next pub but ended up just going to the cash machine and heading back (the above guys were in there too which was a factor). They finished with Shipping off to Boston by The Dropkick Murphy’s but unfortunately couldn’t be talked in to keeping going. Plus they don’t know Kiss Me, I’m Shit Faced. You promised to learn it and I’ll hold you to that.

And THAT was finally a great end to a great festival. This being my second Loopallu I knew it was going to be a good one and it didn’t disappoint at all. Some great new music discoveries, lots of friendly punters without any annoying ones and a lovely setting. The weather even more or less co-operated, though late September in Scotland is going to be a bit on the chilly side. It certainly won’t be my last Loopallu. If you missed out this year then remember one very important thing. It sells out. I think the selling out is happening earlier each year as well. So don’t drag your feet when you see tickets are on sale, grab one as soon as you can. If you don’t you’re missing out on a LOT of good banter and tunes. See you there next year, aye?

Loopallu 2012 Friday review

Not my tent

Another Loopallu has come and gone and with it the festival season comes to a close. Well as far as I know anyway. I won’t be going to anymore this year. It’s a cracking big wee festival, couple of thousand people in a campsite with one stage, a beer tent and a few other bits and bobs with some gorgeous scenery and the lovely town of Ullapool surrounding it. Biggest advantage over other festivals? Because it’s in a campsite there are actual proper toilets instead of portaloos. So if the thought of festival toilets is what puts you off the others you won’t have any worries with this one. And it’s family friendly, loads of kids. Talked with one couple who had an adorable 18 month old girl who was attending her 4th festival. Loves them apparently.

A wee fairy and a baby with ear protectors. Adorabubble.

As I like to do let’s get the thanks out of the way first. Thank you very much to the organisers for throwing another great, friendly festival. There were a couple of line up choices that were surprisingly (to me) excellent and the whole thing was very well run. Thanks to the staff in the beer tent who were very friendly and quick with supplying the booze. Thanks to the vendors for keeping us fed, even if some of the prices were a bit festivally, and of course to the bands. Who I’ll talk about now seeing as that’s what I do.

Official photgrapher polar bear

After one more very special thanks to my mum. 1)For the lift which meant I could bring heaps of stuff, well a duvet, without worrying about carrying it all and 2)for being the official A Slice of Fried Gold photographer for the fest. I COULD have gotten her pit access BUT we only have a wee digital camera. Got well in to it at times and the pictures are no bad at all. As you will see throughout (and have done already)

So things start off a wee bit differently at Loopallu with the Ullapool Pipe Band marching in to kick off proceedings. I believe the band is all kids from the local academy who had some very serious faces for people who got an afternoon off school. All smiles at the end on their way out though so probably just because they were concentrating. It’s a nice touch and people from further afield certainly enjoyed it. Plenty of cheers for them too.

Then the line up started with Brown Bear and the Bandits, a three piece folk band from Largs. Personally I think the leading man looks a wee bit more like a lion than a bear with a mighty mane of hair but that’s just me. They have a lady drummer which makes a change and damned fine she is too. For a drummer, not for a lady drummer. Girls can do anything boys can after all. They’re all very talented with some pumping good folk rock music. Plenty of technical twiddly bits on both guitar and bass. And the singer has an unique voice and style, a bit woo! and shouty! They’ve been on the goNorth circuit and quite rightly too. Went for a wee bit of banter, I will be mentioning the banter, but wasn’t fully in to it. Starting a festival is DAMNED hard though. It was a cracking start to proceedings and I loved every minute.

Next on the stage were Blindfolds. I didn’t expect the image that was presented before me, a mob of 50’s greasers hitting the stage. I get what they are going for, it goes along with the sound, but…I fully expect that they were hanging outside a shop after the set hassling the shop keeper. They look a bit silly really rather than cool and the “aright well, how’s it goin but?” accents really don’t fit. IF you’re going to stick with the low budget 50’s rebel movie look I’d go ahead and work on some accents to go along with it. Go the whole hog, maybe ham it up a bit and you’ll be kitch. ANYWAY I thought they SOUNDED great, some dark sounding rock music. The sound is straight from that period in the late 70’s/early 80’s when there was a moody 50’s sounding revival. The kind of stuff that Tarantino soundtracks tend to include. It was a little strange hearing it while the sun was up but that’s not their doing. Great listening for driving around a city at 2 in the morning when trouble might be brewing. Didn’t impress our photographer though. The next two bands that I’m going to talk about certainly DID.

In the beer tent between main stage acts there is a band each day to keep people entertained and the energy going. On Friday the hardest working band in Ullapool was Rythmnreel. They are a neo trad band, covers and originals, with LOTS of energy. I didn’t have the same issues getting in this year as I did LAST time (and a cash bar killed off any left over beer token frustration) but it was certainly packed in there. Lot’s of people were dancing and whooping it up at various points throughout the day. Great atmosphere and I hope they managed to shift many a CD.

Anders…McG…Ward? Two of them anyway.

FOUR of them. Just. Not sure which ones.

And the other one. Amazing voice on this guy.

Next in the main tent were Anderson, Mcginty, Webster, Ward and Fisher. A band who’s name I delight in saying any time I can as I’m proud of being able to rattle it off from memory. I was talking to someone from their neck of the woods and discovered the reason for their name. They’re a bit of a super group, everyone is in at least one other band I think, and they don’t really have a front man so they just used their surnames as a band name. Nice, no egos. And no lack of talent. They’re essentially a folk rock band with a bit of an Americana influence to them and they all swap around the instruments. And the singing. I thought for the first few numbers that everyone bar the drummer was a multiple instrumentalist, then he whipped out a trumpet. So they ALL are, and they are all very talented on whatever they happen to pick up. Changing the singer gives a variety to the sound right away, but various styles from folk rock to low down dirty Bayou jazzy tinged stuff were all presented to us. They clearly enjoy what they’re doing, respect each other a lot and have the range to be both mellow and jaunty. It was a fantastic set, my favourite of the Friday and one of the highlights of the weekend. The crowd, rather size-able one too, loved it and they came up a lot during talks with randoms. Here’s hoping for some great success for these guys as AMWWF certainly deserve it. Plus I’ve learned the long assed name now.

I didn’t see everything on either day btw, guys got to eat and that. While I heard that Manran were excellent they aren’t my bag so they were Friday’s casualty. There were a couple of Saturday but I won’t mention who I skipped.

So next for me were Kassidy. Ever present if you’ve been to multiple festivals this year and a regular act for Loopallu. To begin with it was just four guys on guitar with a foot drum and some harmonised signing. Plenty of energy to it, I thought it sounded pretty damned good. They were joined by a bassist and drummer after the first few numbers. They’re a good looking bunch of guys but I’m pretty sure they really really know it. Particularly the lead singer, who also does this yelping thing FAR too often. That’s pretty much all the complaining I have to do though and being up your own ass is hardly new for bands that are rather popular. They did look like they were having a good time, got a bit of banter going with the crowd, and I enjoy they’re stuff. Pretty much as I’ve described already, sometimes with a country twinge to it. The hour long set was maybe a bit TOO long for me though BUT that could just have been down to pain. It’s a bigger factor on the Saturday but I’ve got bad knees. Standing up for the best part of 6 hours at this point really starts to take it’s toll on me. I do try and factor that in on my judgement of acts though. In fact an indicator that I’m having a really good time is that I don’t notice the pain. I did, so drop the really. Still, fine band, enjoyable music, crowd loved it, won’t complain when they are probably there again next year.

Needed a slightly longer sit down than the turn over afforded so I was slightly late for Friday headliners The Fratellis. I was met with a plenty solid wall of ROCK on entering the tent though. A bit twangy, loads of bass guitar and solid drumming with a bit of a big band motif to it. A minor country vibe to them occasionally as well. You’ve probably heard the Fratellis before, I don’t need to explain what they sound like to you. Didn’t really realise that they had keyboard in the act, can’t say I really noticed it and being a bit far back I didn’t spot the guy for the first 20 minutes. Listened hard and…nothing. Would probably notice if it was missing though. Certainly missed something that was missing, any banter at all. In between tracks it was “thank you, this is track name” and that’s IT. Some great rock music though but at a certain point I found myself waiting for Chelsea Dagger. NO intro for that bar a BIG MASSIVE drum solo and then straight in. The crowd went completely mental, loads of doo da doo ing from us. None from the band and they didn’t milk it any or draw it out a bit. I can understand a desire to get that reaction from loads of tracks, and the crowd were loving them, but it seemed a wee bit dismissive to the song that made them headliners really. They finished the set on a truly impressive full on rocking solo from everyone, creating a big wall of mad glorious noise and I enjoyed the hell out of the set but it would have been nice if they’d talked to the audience. At all. Bit awkward. Good end to the day though.

Did I say end? No it wasn’t, Loopallu has a fringe.

Can’t get you in the paper so this’ll have to do

I had planned on trying to hit all the bars to check them out but that’s not really feasible at all. Fired up to the Caley Bar first to catch Inverness locals Iain McLaughlin and the Outsiders. To start with it was a bit annoying. Not the music, getting served. Understandably it’s really busy in the pubs right when things are kicking off. For some reason one of the servers was literally serving two feet of bar and refused to leave that area leaving the rest to two others. She did get over that eventually and left the magic pillars barrier, but had quite the attitude at the start of the night. I know it’s tough working in a busy bar but that’s no need for a bad attitude. Anyway I eventually got a beer and went for a sit on a window ledge to listen to some music. When I got in it was Iain on his todd doing some loop stuff. Very cool, hadn’t heard him doing it before. He was shortly joined by the Outsiders and they played a set of their dark, melodic, quite hauntingly beautiful music. He’s got quite an unique voice and the boys all play their instruments very well. It was plugged, no idea why the flier billed an acoustic set. Anyway I accidentally ended up staying for the whole thing, tired legs + a seat + good music, which slightly messed up the “let’s check out all the fringe” idea.

I did make one more act though, Elephant Sessions in the Ferry Boat Inn. It’s an itty bitty pub reminiscent of The Market Bar in Inverness. The name rang a bell and I couldn’t remember why until I saw Greg Barry crammed in the corner behind his drum kit. They are an excellent wee ceilidh band. In addition to more traditional fair they did a couple of hip hop and rap tunes. The pub was pretty rammed and everyone was lapping it all up and heeuching away. They were convinced to keep playing past where they were supposed to and it was a damned fine end to the day. If you get the chance, not sure when you will as everyone is off in college, get along to a gig as they’re great craic.

Then I went back to shiver myself to sleep in my tent. Bit of a chilly night, not too terrible. Very lucky with the weather for this one though. Wee bit of rain today, just a shower or two really, and that was it. Very clear nights though, hence the shivers.

Saturday can be found here

Loopallu 2012 final preview!

The head, the tail, the whole damned thing.

Didn’t see that chippy offer until I was adding the pic. ACE!

Yes Loopallu have announced the fringe line up and with that in the bag the whole weekend is revealed. At least I think it is. Last big post I’ll be doing on it anyway. If you don’t have a ticket you can’t get one through official channels now but can probably scoop one up elsewhere. No touts, they’re knobs. Anyway here is Loopallu in chronological order. First preview here, second one here. If a band isn’t described I already did it in one of those.


I’ll be at home chucking things in to bags and that. But if you are in Ullapool head on over to The Arch Inn for Loopallu is GO! with Davy & The Hosebeast. That’s some acoustic punk, new wave and ska cover action with Davy Cowan and his band. Should be a cracking night. If I had any money I’d come down early!


I don’t though, so I’m coming down on the Friday (when I suddenly will have money, pay day yay!). Hopefully Mother Macgyver, who isn’t a Macgyver at all, won’t leave coming down too late as I very much want to see the second band on. SO the line up on Friday is:

The Ullapool Pipe Band – What it says on the tin no doubt.
Brown Bear and the Bandits
Blindfolds – knew there was at least one addition to the main line up. Some fantastic blues rock, I want to say Delta blues style but that might not be a thing. Hopefully it does mean something as I’ll be reviewing a blues compilation soon!
Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher
The Fratellis

Should be a good day. And a good night. Unlike other festivals Loopallu doesn’t stop at the end of the festival day as that’s when the fringe starts. 6 of Ullapool’s finest pubs will be putting on some music. Free with an arm band and if I recall correctly you may have to pay without one, or wait until arm bands have gotten in….not sure. Anyway this is what you can hear:

The Arch Inn – The Lorelei, who appear to be a more or less acoustic folk rock band with traditional influences on their sound. The video I watched might have had an electric mandolin in it?! Check it out yourself
The Argyll Hotel – Transgender Ska, no idea unfortunately.
The Seaforth – Ally Macrae DJ, him off Radio 1 playing some music.
Caley Bar – Iain McLaughlin and the Outsiders (acoustic), the brackets mean it may just be Iain but could well be all or some of the Outsiders along. Be good either way
The Ceilidh Place – Kassidy and friends, think you can work that out yourself
Ferry Boat Inn – The Elephant Sessions, their drummer is a great guitarist. Neo-traditional, which is apparently the proper term for what I call ceilidh rock music. Bring your dancing legs.

I might be pub crawling….


Here’s the tricky bit, not being too rough on the second day of a festival after sleeping in a tent. Good luck everyone, here’s the hangover cure line up:

Naked Strangers
Miniature Dinosaurs (these two may be the other way around)
Lilygreen & McGuire
Public Service Broadcasting
The Staves
The Dangleberries
Rachel Sermanni
Jake Bugg
Scouting For Girls

Phew. And if you have any energy left after all that, it’s time to hit the pubs:

The Arch Inn – Rhythmnreel, this’ll make my mum happy as she loves them. Neo-trad as well no doubt. Rock band with a lady on the pipes, jump about like a mental to this lot.
The Argyll Hotel – The Rogues, traditional celtic music but with lots of energy. Get your ceilidh on!
The Seaforth – Vic Galloway DJ, him off Radio Scotland
Caley Bar – Grousebeater Sound System, another take on neo-trad. Electronic music, with fiddles and guitars and the like playing traditional stuff. Start your brain in a Cotton Eyed Joe kind of place and move from there.
The Ceilidh Place – The Lorelei, who appear to be a more or less acoustic folk rock band with traditional influences on their sound. The video I watched might have had an electric mandolin in it?! Check it out yourself
Ferry Boat Inn – Rachel and the Ladies, that’ll be Miss Sermanni and her fiddlers probably. Violinists. Dirty minded lot you are.


Death. Well maybe not, home time for me though. Then a shower. Doctor Who at some point hopefully, typing a hell of a lot probably for all y’all. If you aren’t ready to pry yourself away from lovely Ullapool, or if it’s where you have that…building….thingy, where your beds and TV are then there’s one last bit to go:

The Arch Inn – Loopallu Warp Party with John the DJ

That’s a whole heap of bang for your buck right there and a hell of a weekend of fun. Say hi if you see me and have the slightest clue what I look like. Or just keep asking randoms if they’re that blog guy. I’ll be wearing a checked shirt and a band t-shirt probably so that shouldn’t narrow it down much…. See you in less than a week!

Music News 31/08/2012

Hey kids, here’s what’s been happening with local acts over the last couple of days.

By the time I finish this that date will probably be a lie. Ach well.

Glasgow based but Tain bred, PAWS new album Cokefloat is now up for pre-order. You can get it here on it’s own, with a t-shirt or with a t-shirt and a print. Middle one will suit me just dandy. And it’s in 3 formats! In an ideal world I’d have a good record player and a kick ass set of headphones, but I don’t.

From the 3rd of September for 28 days a new radio station will mysteriously appear then suddenly vanish. MonsterFM is hosted/produced/everythinged I assume by people from the Radioskills course at MFR. More or less anyway. BOUND to be plenty of local tunes spun on there. Once again I assume. If not I’m willing to be a cut rate Marion for a bit. No? Didn’t think so, they want the station to be good! 106.1 on your FM dial, and then it goes away again. But will probably be back next year.

Loopallu? Officially sold out now. So no tickets available from the site. But if you troll about on Gumtree and it’s ilk I’m sure you will be able to find something. On behalf of every other punter in the world, please don’t pay over the normal price (except for postage cover) for any tickets though. Someone not being able to go anymore is a good reason to flog a ticket. Someone being a touty bastard and looking to make a few quid ISN’T. Don’t encourage them.

If you had a book going, it’s 280 words until I say Rachel Sermanni. An unique video this time, great concept. goCarshare had a chat and a tune (copywrite me as when/if I start doing video interviews it’s going to be called that) with Rachel, where she plays Waltz (its the first single after all) and natters about some of the background of the album being made and stuff. Very interesting video, nice wee stories, go have a watch

Spoke Too Soon are vanishing in to studio land for 5 days, they are hoping to get 5 tunes so I assume an EP is on the horizon. Caught them at the showcase, they RAWK, can’t wait.

And I’ll finish off with a band selling you (and me as I don’t have any of it) stuff. Donald Macdonald and the Islands online store is now live. A couple of T’s and an EP on offer at reasonable prices. I like that black one and haven’t got the EP, so I’ll have to fix that quite sharply. Anyone want to start paying me to do this?! No? Overtime at work it is then, September is a busy month.

Have a look for yourselves by clicking on The List up there ^ Up to the quite recent gig listings for what’s on that I’m aware of. I can’t claim it’s complete (at time of writing it isn’t, but there’ll be some significant updates soon. Don’t have what’s on for a few venues) but it’ll be pretty close and it should look fine and dandy on a phone. When it’s updated a great way to hear about it is, of course, to subscribe to the blog either below or by liking the Facebook page. Thanks for reading. And the date is a lie, but only just.

Music News 29/08/2012

Hey kids, here’s what’s been happening for the last day or so.

Phew, busy boy tonight. All down to Loopallu announcing a whole bunch of acts. I won’t repeat them here but it’s the article before this. Won’t bother linking it either (if you are reading this in THE FUTUR click the Loopallu tag at the bottom). And why no link to the Loopallu site so you can get tickets? There aren’t any. At least I don’t THINK there are any besides child tickets. Now I assume that what will probably happen is they’ll close off the kid ones and make some amount of adult ones available, as kids shouldn’t really go on their own and if you were bringing your’s you’ve bought them tickets already. That’s just speculation though, along with it being sold out. Typing with my arse. I’ll move on…

To non arse. The new Netsounds Unsigned podcast is out. They have a natter with Toby Michaels Rolling Damned over a spot of tea, and a bunch of great session tracks. I’ll freely admit I’m taking that from the notes as if I listened to the whole thing right now the date on this post would be wrong and I’d never get it done. Plan to though!

Two extra people have been added to the STV Appeal Gig (click that for tickets) on the 6th of September. The lovely Ailsa Jean Lyall Mathews and the also lovely Barry Mackay (and also also loverly Ryan Golder too I expect) join those already listed, well done guys! Note to self, update listings (you’ll see those on Friday).

Jocktoberfest (that still has tickets I believe, GO GET ONE) have an Acoustic Bar Stage in addition to the….whatever the main one is called. On that you’ll be able to hear Megan Blyth, Ashley and Ben (I believe that’s half of these guys but shout at me if I’m wrong), Sara and Colin Hasbeen (half of these guys? again, shout at me. That’ll be nice if it is as I’m friends with Colin but I’ve never seen him perform.), Adrian Telfer / All Hat No Cat and Steve Eaglesham. Which is very nice and means you won’t be bored if you have to wait for a drink. Yes I know I did a Jocktoberfest piece yesterday but I didn’t know about this (need to get off my butt and email people so they send me stuff, stupid lazy (actually the opposite, too damned busy) Macgyver).

By the way, and this will apply to the listings too, I ONLY link if you have a music page. I’ll never link someone’s personal Facebook account unless requested so if you are a solo person and you’ve no got a page, that’s why there’s no link. If you want me to add one to ANYWHERE then drop me a line at friedgoldmusic@gmail.com

This is a bit of a “everything that Netsounds have been up to” post today. The guys filmed some people on the roof of Hoots back when goNorth was going on. Here’s Selective Service with Accident Prone. Fitting after a break down, probably not the best song to sing on a roof though. Just asking for trouble. In the much more protective confines of the Rockhopper caravan thingy here’s Matt Norris and the Moon with Shadow From The Sun. Brilliant stuff as always.

That’s your lot. I think this will be up just past midnight anyway so THE DATE IS A LIE. No news for sure tomorrow as I will be at the last of the Summer Showcases in the Ironworks. The Facebook page hit 69 likes today, giggle giggle snort. If you haven’t already then give it a like, I’m aiming for the hundo. Thanks for reading 🙂