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…

Music News 22/08/2012

Hey kids, here’s what’s been going on over the last 24 hours.

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, man, practice. Or a cab. The problem with band practice is it can annoy the neighbours a bit. The feelers of an idea have been put out by Barry Macfarlane that would negate that issue though. in his words “How many bands out there need somewhere to practice? How many bands out there would be interested in using the soon to be opening venue Upstairs at The Eagle for practice sessions during the week in return for gigs at The weekends? Just an idea at the moment, so feedback any comments you have.” If you know Barry give him a shout, if you don’t then post a comment on the news post on our Facebook page and I’ll make sure he see’s it.

If you are in Nairn I have your Friday night sorted for you. There’s a charity gig at the community and arts centre featuring music from Beauly Firth and Glens Pipe Band, Cameron MacIvor, singing trio ‘Suntach’ and Chris Donaldson (who’s organising it). It’s in aid of Maggies Highland and the Highland Breast Care Centre, and you can win prizes too. Check out the event page here and let them know you are coming.

Got a couple of videos for you now. This is the Coffee Shop Blues Revue Band, which as far as I can tell is a loose collaboration of some of The Greenhouse regulars (thankfully not me, I’d maybe be a Bez) performing Messing With The Kid before travelling Further On Up The Road (mic on the camera is a bit overwhelmed I think). Talented bunch of folks you get in there. And me sometimes.

We’re a whole four paragraphs in and she hasn’t been mentioned yet, so here’s some Rachel Sermanni for you. Grub Banjo Song is a gentle wee scrappy song, extremely lovely stuff. If you’ve got more of this kind of thing laying around then unearth it!

Time for another one of those goNorth and Netsounds Unsigned Rockhopper sessions from Bella. She’s not local, but Miss Irenie Rose IS extremely talented. This is her tune Creek Swinging. I met her before and after her set at Brew at the Bog. She’s rather quiet and was a bit nervous before playing. Seems to be a common thread with a lot of female folk acts. Shy, then they get on stage and hit you with a hell of a voice. Gutted I missed her playing and I won’t be making that mistake again.

While we’re on Bella, Houdi proves to be a man of his word with his recollections of Saturday at Bella here. As you’d expect plenty of photos too, he is a photographer after all, both in the post and linked galleries off it. Good stuff, and I missed it…

There’s only 300 tickets left for Loopallu so if you haven’t got one yet hurry up as it’s going to sell out again. More bands, and therefore another preview post, will be announced this week. Tickets are here and if you want to bring a campervan you are shit out of luck.

If you wondered what the Slim Panatellas sound like then wonder no more. This is Little Ray of Sunshine and it’s bloody brilliant. I couldn’t make it on Saturday what with bills taking a big chunk of money this week. Didn’t realise that Will Doig was involved, I know him from acting land!

The Red Kites are gearing up for this next EP. Currently planning Plans, Lizzy Jane, Midnight Lights, Cast Away and Granite City Sunshine. They’d appreciate your feedback on that on their page. My feedback? Well I don’t know the tunes of the top of my head but YESGETRECORDINGIWANNAHAVEMOREREDKITESINMYHANDNOW probably sums it up.

There’s an interview with Toby Michael’s Rolling Damned up at Inverness Gigs. Reading that I think I could end up being a rather big fan of these guys. And there’s a video in there for Save Me that was recorded in Heroes For Sale, Inverness’ very own comic book shop that I haven’t been to in far too long and you should all spend lots of money in.

And that’s where we’ll finish. No news post tomorrow as it’s Showcase time at the Ironworks again. So review of that instead, later on. Thanks for reading, feel free to share about!

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Music News 17/08/2012

Hey kids. Here’s what local bands have been saying for themselves/doing/releasing over the last couple of days.

Local band snapper and “doesn’t blog” blogger Houdi has been rather prolific over the last few days. He’s developed an obsession with The Outsiders feet, before getting round to describing his Bella experience. First Friday aaaaaaaaaaaand Saturday isn’t done yet, when I started writing I mistakenly thought I’d seen a link to it. It’s possible I was just confusing it with the piece on last nights Showcase and Mad Hatters action. Mine, minus the Hatters, is here. All, or at least the last two, posts by Houdi contain links to large numbers of pretty pictures.

While I’m linking things that other people have written, here’s Margaret Chrystalls review of the fifth Summer Showcase. My one is here but chances are you’ve already read it as it’s the most popular post on this site.

Give your eyes a break and your ears some work, The Ballachulish Hellounds have uploaded a “Lofi Jockgrass” (their words) track called Lonesome Without You. It went up 2 weeks ago yes, but first I’ve heard of it.

How about a couple of videos? First up Estrella teamed up with the RockIt! Dance belly dancers for a Do It Til’ We Drop video. Followed by a scrappy live recording of The Cleavers from their gig at the Ironworks on Wednesday. Sounds a bit ropy and thankfully they keep their bellies to themselves. I’ve so far failed to catch them live, must fix that sometime soon. I love how some of the suggested videos on the right are for a US politician…

It’s a long shot that people reading could use it, because geography, but would you like to see Rachel Sermanni playing at the Reading Festival? If so she has 2 tickets to give away. Just email competitions@rachelsermanni.ne​t (you’ll be added to her and Reading’s mailing list so forewarned) and a winner will be drawn on Wednesday the 22nd. You also get a signed copy of her new album, but don’t be a dick and enter just to get that.

Do you want to be an events co-ordinator when you fail to grow up? Bogbain Farm has a paid internship going. Brew at the Bog was extremely well planned and run so you could do worse for a learning experience than that place.

Aaaaaaaaand I’ll finish off with some gigs over the next couple of days. If you are reading this RIGHT AS IT GOES UP then you could do worse than head on over to Karma Lounge in Inverness. They’re balancing the Olympics karma by playing the great British rock that was largely ignored (or RAPED BY JESSIE J) during the closing ceremony. Alternatively head on through to Dingwall, go to The Mallard and check out Dougie Burns, The Oxides and Purple Divide who are hoofing it down from…Wick I think so may be a bit knackered.

If you AREN’T reading this right away and it’s either too late on Friday or early on Saturday, Dingwall is offering up two things and you can technically go to both. First off there’s the National Treasures Music Event at the National Hotel. In a vain attempt to get me interested in football, you can catch The Ragazzi playing, go watch County playing Celtic, then come back for some Last Summer Effect (accoustic style). Jokes on you, no way I’ll be up to make it to Dingwall by 11. Half 2 I can do though, so maybe some LSE and then probably (this is in case I fail to get through at all) some Slim Panatellas at The Greenhouse. You can do both, at least partially, as Rob is going to the match and they can’t play without him.

And if your in Inverness, saunter along to the Mark and Spencers general area and you’ll be able to catch dorec-a-belle playing to raise money for hospital radio (which is nice of them). And you’ll also be able to grab a copy of their CD, which is nice for you (review here).

That’s a whole lot of reading, looking, listening and going to there. PHEW! Remember you can subscribe to the site below, and there’s now a Facebook page where all the latest updates will post by internet magic. Now go tell your friends.