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26th June 2024

The Twistettes get geared up for the General Election with a new single (more…)

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7th October 2023

Paolo Nutini is the big wonner in the run-in to 2023’s Scotish ALbum opf the Year aAward.

The Paisley=born singer-songwriter was the winner of the public vote which helped whittle 20 longlisted albums down to the fial 10 from which the winner will be announced in Stirling on October 26th.

Among the nine other acts on the shortlist are Andrew Wasylyk, Hamish Hawk and Cloth, although Kapil Seshasayee, The Snuts, Comfort, Free Love, Su-a Lee, and Constant Follower’s collaboration with Scott William Urquhart are among the releases deemed surplus to requirements by the mysterious judging panel.

Coincidentally, Paolo Nutini’s 2006 debut album ‘These Streets’ has been announced as the winner of 2023’s Modern Scottish Classic Award (chosen by this year’s other Longlisted artists).

And the five finalists for The Sound of Young Scotland Award have also been revealed; an award which will allow the winner the means to create their debut album. In alphabetical order, these are: Danny Cliff, Pearling, Pippa Blundell, No Windows and Queen of Harps.

The SAY Award Shortlist for 2023 in alphabetical order is:

Andrew Wasylyk – Hearing the Water before Seeing the Falls
Becky Sikasa – Twelve Wooden Boxes
Bemz – Nova’s Dad
Brìghde Chaimbeul – Carry Them With Us
Brooke Combe – Black Is the New Gold
Cloth – Secret Measure
Hamish Hawk – Angel Numbers
Joesef Permanent – Damage
Paolo Nutini – Last Night In The Bittersweet
Young Fathers – Heavy Heavy

Robert Kilpatrick, Interim CEO and Creative Director of the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) said: ,“Congratulations to the 10 incredible albums that have made The SAY Award Shortlist, as well as to our Sound of Young Scotland Award finalists and this year’s Modern Scottish Classic Award winner – Paolo Nutini’s iconic debut ‘These Streets’. This is a fantastic representation of the strength and diversity of Scottish music; past, present and future.”

The SAY Award winer for 2023 will be announced at a ceremony at the Albert Halls, Stirling, on October 26th – tickers are on sale now via www.sayaward.com.

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30th July 2023

Martin John Henry releases a new track, ‘Northern Strangers’, accompanied by a video by, filmmaker Kris Boyle.

The song is part of a soundtrack curated by Boyle, who has made seven new videos to accompany new musical works by Auld White Label, Babygod, Robert Dallas Gray, Haunted Stars and M. John Henry.

The filmmaker gave each musician a title or phrase as a starting point with no other brief, while making the videos separately, not hearing the music until after most of the films were made – resulting in a collection of paired visual-audio works, each of which is open to “the chance encounters of harmony or contrast”.

The entire project can be viewed here and the tracks, with all proceeds going to SAMH, can be downloaded here.

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27th February 2023

A couple of items of interest on the airwaves this week (more…)

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21st February 2023

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve posted an update to the audio-visual menu available to Scottish indie music fans (more…)

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16th January 2023
Belle and Sebastian

Behind the times as ever, our radio recommendations this week are all, pretty much, repeats. Well, ‘Listen again’ at least…

Last midweek Craig Charles had Stuart and Sarah out of Belle & Sebastian his 6music show, going head-to-head in a musical fight club. Whatever that entails. Find out here.

And BBC Introducing in Scotland last week had Bemz in session. He was winner in 2022 of Scottish Act of the Year, and the 2023 competition is now open as revealed on last Friday’s show.

And yes, it’s all repeats on the telly as well, but this is a good ICYMI from Hogmanay – The Barrowland Roar, a documentary presented by musician Iain Spanish MacKay, which features Del Amitri, The Fratellis, Elephant Sessions, Gun, Stiff Little Fingers, and Dylan John Thomas on stage, as well as Simple Minds, Amy MacDonald, Christy Moore, The Vatersay Boys, Travis and Mogwai talking about their experiences at the legendary venue. You’ve got until the first week of February to watch it…

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