The running order for Saturday:
AUDREY & MICK DEMPSEY
GORDON BOYLE/ RICK HUNTER/ FRANK SOMERS
FRANK LD WATSON
CHARLIE (THE DIRTY SUITS)
RODDY HART & THE LONESOME FIRE
RODDY HART & THE LONESOME FIRE
A band from Glasgow, Scotland, RHLF released its eponymous album in late 2013 on boutique Scottish label Middle of Nowhere Records. Helmed by acclaimed producer Danton Supple (Patti Smith, Morrissey), the record was hailed as distinctive, dark and atmospheric and led to a nomination on the fiercely contested long list for the Scottish Album of the Year award in 2014. Notably, the record also caught the attention of prime time US TV host Craig Ferguson who invited the band to perform on The Late Late Show for CBS that same year. The appearance proved so popular that the band was asked back to play a rare 5-night residency on the show, to a combined audience of over 12 million viewers. A Scottish Variety Award for International Breakthrough Artist of The Year followed, as did a nomination for Best Music Act at the Spirit of Scotland Awards. Performances at the opening party for the Commonwealth Games and a celebrated show with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at Paisley Abbey only served to bolster their reputation as a formidable live band, cemented by the huge popularity of their self-curated and much loved “Roaming Roots Revue” for Celtic Connections (which in its four years of special transatlantic collaborations has seen them play with everyone from Kris Kristofferson to the Low Anthem, Matthew E. White to Beth Orton and beyond). After their return from South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, 2015 saw the band hunkered down in their studio in Glasgow writing a new record together. Admired Scottish producer Paul Savage (Mogwai, Emma Pollock, Admiral Fallow) was then brought on board to co-produce and realise their vision for the album.
“endlessly lovable stuff” (NME)
Withered Hand is the musical output of Edinburgh based Dan Willson, a
feature of the city’s DIY music scene for many years. Dan came late to
singing and songwriting at age 30, in a period of reflection between
the death of a close friend and the birth of his first child. The resultant
material, much of which went on to become the album Good News, was
praised for its depth and startling honesty, and won him unexpected
accolades from the likes of Rolling Stone. In 2014 Withered Hand’s
second album “New Gods’ was released to widespread critical acclaim and
was followed this year by a recent collaborative solo EP called “Among
Horses” as Dan works towards a third album.
“New Gods is a record whose amiably DIY musical quality is perfectly
matched with a lyrical tone which is at once tuned to a laser-like
precision and helped no end by a voice which sounds agonised but still
hopeful at every turn” ***** The Scotsman
Modern Studies are a chamber pop band from Perthshire-via-Glasgow-via-Yorkshire. Their quietly experimental landscape songs are played on analogue synths, cello, double bass, drums, guitars, a wine-glass orchestra and, at the creaking centre of things, a Victorian pedal harmonium. The band came together in early 2015, when Glasgow songwriter Emily Scott recruited old pals and collaborators Pete Harvey (King Creosote,The Leg), Joe Smillie (Call to Mind, boss of Glasgow’s The Glad Cafe) and Rob St. John. Working throughout the year at Pumpkinfield – Pete’s rural Perthshire studio – the band shaped a set of Emily’s skeleton songs, drawing largely from the salt and spray of the sea. This communal arts-und-crafts-werk resulted in their debut LP ‘Swell to Great’
(named after an organ stop), which was released on Song, by Toad Records of Edinburgh, Scotland in September 2016. Swell to Great received widespread critical acclaim, and was placed at #19 in MOJO Magazine’s Best Albums of 2016′ list. Modern Studies are working on their second record – due in early 2018 – and playing a number of festivals throughout summer 2017. They are staging SOUNDING, a series of shows at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2017, playing a new set with the Pumpkinseeds chamber orchestra.
Since the release of her album Here’s My Heart Come Take It in April 2016, singer and harpist Rachel Newton has been awarded both the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Musician of the Year and the Scots Trad Music Awards Instrumentalist of the Year. The album has gained praise from the likes of the Observer who described it as _’a beauty’, fRoots where it was a 5 Star Album Choice and it has also received airplay from BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 2. In June, Rachel is bringing the music from Here’s My Heart Come Take It to life with her band of fantastic musicians. In her trio is fiddler Lauren MacColl (Rant, Salt House) and drummer Mattie Foulds, who also recorded and co-produced the album. Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in Scottish Gaelic and English as well as writing and arranging her own music. A skilled collaborator and one of the folk scene’s busiest and most in demand musicians, Rachel is also a founding member of The Shee and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Group 2017 The Furrow Collective.
“Andrew Howie belongs in that small band of clever singer-songwriters who write sharp, beautiful songs” Scottish Sunday Express
“…nothing short of brilliantly absorbing…” Is This Music?
Andrew Howie (ex-Calamateur) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer & prison/school/community group tutor who has been writing, recording and releasing his own music for over 17 years. He combines confessional & empathetic lyricism with acoustic instruments, noisy electronics & ambient textures to create introspective, hook-laden songs about uncertainty, doubt & love.
“A mix of beautiful acoustic tracks and inventive electronica, filled with insightful lyrics of loneliness and self-doubt.” 4/5 Scottish Daily Express
Young, up and coming guitar band from North Glasgow! Ones to watch!!
Great 2 piece noise merchants from North Glasgow. Sounding like Hank Williams playing at Nick Cave’s Birthday Party!
THE DIRTY SUITS
Milton’s very own!