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Here's the latest edition of MUSIC NEWS Scotland - enjoy:) You can read MUSIC NEWS Scotland, FESTIVALS! and our GIGguide from links at: and why not sign up to get them all delivered straight to your inbox every week here: Email your music news to: [email protected] Advertising - If you would like to find out about great advertising deals in MNS then email: [email protected] to find out more and book space. If you wish to download a copy of as a PDF file then go to the 'share' option and select 'download'.

Transcript of MUSIC NEWS Scotland


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    Hit The Road supports more young musicians - p6

    'Live & Local' in Innerleithen - p3 : 'Africa Live' in Edinburgh - p4 : 'Bring In The Spirit' highlight rural foodbanks - p8

    Born To Be Wide is inviting organisations, venues, companies and individuals with a track record of working in youth initiatives, to partner on its latest season of Off The Record. Off The Record is a series of daytime events for young musicians and those who want to work in the industry.

    Aimed at 14-25 years olds, the one-day sessions feature workshops, presentations and advice on key areas of the music business including releasing tracks, management, gigging and promotion.

    Supported by EmuBands and the Scottish Governments Youth Music Initiative (YMI), administered by Creative Scotland, the seven individual events are set to take place nationwide.

    We are keen to hear from prospective partners anywhere in Scotland and to tailor the content according to the priorities of local audiences, says Born To Be Wide director, Michael Lambert.

    The first Off The Record season took place in 2013-2014 across six Central Belt locations, and 95% of the 373 participants reported that they were likely to use the information learned, while 93% said they were more confident about entering the music business.

    Speakers included BBC and XFM presenters, music journalists, managers, producers and bookers from The Lemon Tree, Electric Circus and NicenSleazy. Moreover, the owners of record labels Optimo, Chemikal Underground, Olive Grove, First Run Record, KFM, A Modern Way and Gerry Loves provided first-hand advice about releasing music.

    Starting out in the music business can be a daunting prospect for any young musician, says Leonie Bell, director of Arts and Engagement, Creative Scotland. From advice on releasing recordings, securing live slots or learning the basics of promotion Off the Record is a great way to pick up handy tips of the trade from those working in the industry.

    Ally Gray, managing director of leading digital music distribution service EmuBands said Those of us working in the music industry have a responsibility to nurture new business and creative talent, and Off The Record plays a vital role in helping us to achieve this, he says.

    Born To Be Wide has already confirmed the first two Off The Record events of the new season, beginning with Dundees Caird Hall on Saturday 3 October, hosted with support from the Dundee Festival Trust. And on Sunday 4 October sees organisers team up with Aberdeen Performing Arts and Station House Media Unit at The Lemon Tree.

    If you are interested in partnering on an Off The Record event, further details and criteria can be found at:

    Event Partners Sought for BTBW 'Off The Record' Music Initiative


    Ally McCrae at OTR Kirkcaldy in 2014 : photo by Jannica Honey

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    This weekend sees the 13th Innerleithen Music Festival being held in the Scottish Borders, and an important fringe event to the main festival is the showcase of up and coming local talent at their 'Live & Local' gigs. An essential part of the IMF experience is attending Live and Local at the Vale Club which throughout the weekend will see 27 acts and over 70 musicians take to the stage, continuing IMF's proud tradition of encouraging the areas emerging musicians - entry to these are free of charge. Tickets for other events are at From August 21-23 IMF combines a superb series of evening concerts - with some of the best-known names on the Scottish music circuit, supported by many breaking acts. Eddi Reader is now sold out but there's many other treats awaiting you including Skippinish on Saturday 22 August. Plus there are workshops, busking, a singaround and a chance to let your hair down at the Rock & Roll Classics & Ballad session - plus of course the famous late night festival club! The 'Live & Local' gigs will be for many their own highlight though and the line-up of acts is (times on IMF website): Friday 21 August - 6.45pm-12.30am Millie / James and Kayla / Georgia Gordon / Stark Palace / Tims Kitchen / Sparky and the Choirboys Saturday 22 August - 1pm-12.45am St Ronans Silver Band / Bookends / Step on the Telly / Alison and Gus / Rob Nicholson / Fiona Laing / Aperture / Lewis Fergusson / Todi / The Beejays / The 62 / Rory Speirs / Fe Le Tune / Unfinished Business

    Sunday 23 August - 1.15pm-8.45pm Joe Richardson / Bill and Stuart / Panic Anchor / Andy Munroe / Umbel / Decadent / Spoonthrift Innerleithen is just 30 miles south from Edinburgh tucked into the lovely Border hills between Peebles and Galashiels, and nestling by the famous River Tweed. For the past 13 years this small town has held what is now a renowned traditional music festival and for 2015 they have another fantastic line up for you. Check them all out at To make the most of the festival a weekend stay in Innerleithen is highly recommended, with a host of interesting places nearby available to compliment the music - and there's accommodation information from campsites to hotels on the IMF website to help plan your musical mini-break in the Scottish Borders.

    Innerleithen highlights their musical talent this weekend at 'Live & Local'

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    Supporting youth talent is a big part of the Innerleithen Music Festival

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    Africa Live! and Zambra! Two Shows Celebrating African and Latin Music at the Fringe Following sold out shows in 2014 and responding to audience comments that their only complaint was that there was no room to dance in the packed New Town Theatre, AFRICA LIVE! is back in 2015, in a brand new venue, with lots of space to sit and listen or get up and shake your thing. Its joined by ZAMBRA! which will bring together some of the best Latin American and Spanish musicians and dancers at the Fringe.

    Africa Live! is a whistle-stop tour of some of the best African music at the Edinburgh Fringe, with a different lineup of special guests each night. Spinetingling vocals, exuberant Afrobeats, mbalax, jiti rhythms and much more, drawn from round the Fringe and round the world. The remaining Africa Live! is headlined by Rise Kagona (Zimbabwe), original member of the legendary Bhundu

    Boys, and his Jit Jive Band, on 21 August. Rise Kagona is a guitar hero to many on two continents! The BBC's Andy Kershaw cites him as having changed his life, and John Peel famously broke down in tears the first time he saw The Bhundu Boys perform live. In Zimbabwe, Rise transferred traditional Jiti rhythms to guitar, and his band toured the world extensively in the 1980s and 1990s. He is now based in Edinburgh and its a pleasure and honour to include

    him in Africa Live! Zambra! follows the same pattern as Africa Live! with a headline act (The Boteco Tri