In a sort of revamping of posting on this blog, I’ve decided to list 5 things every week that may or may not interest you, the readers. This will feature new releases, gigs, news, and anything I am, and in turn, you should be, excited about that are happening in music. With the restrictions on live music upheld for another week, (we can go to Parkhead with 60,000 people to watch Celtic v Hibs, but I can’t go to Sneaky Pete’s with 100 people to see Indoor Foxes next week. Anyway, this is not a political blog. This week we still have a gig you should be getting tickets to, a couple of vinyl releases that will help out amazing charities, how you can get involved in radio, and a new release from one of our Ones To Watch in 2022. Enjoy and support music as and when you can. Don’t forget to follow A&A on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook
Frank Turner – A Wave Across A Bay
Frank Turner has spoken often about his friendship with Scott Hutchison, the frontman of Frightened Rabbit who we tragically lost to suicide in May 2018. Yesterday, Frank released a brand new song ‘A Wave Across A Bay‘. I was not ready for these lyrics. Heartbreaking, poignant, beautiful & and amazing tribute to Scott.
“There must have been a moment just before you hit the water when you were filled with a sense of peace and understanding”.
It’s such a personal tribute to Scott but anyone who loved Scott’s music can relate. Not only the lyrics are a tribute but the whole production of the song is a nod to Frightened Rabbit and I love it! On releasing this track, which will feature on his next album ‘FTHC’ which is out in February, Frank said “I still miss my friend Scott every day. His passing left such a huge hole in so many lives. I wrote this song in his honour and memory, it was hard to write and record, but I think it does the man some small justice”
Frank is releasing a very special 7” vinyl of ‘A Wave Across A Bay’ and on the b-side the single features Frank’s cover of Frightened Rabbit favourite ‘Modern Leper’ which he recorded with Scott in 2017. £5 from every sale will go to the wonderful Tiny Changes charity, set up in Scott’s memory. BUY IT HERE
Thank You Frank, Thank You Scott – Ever Falling, Never Landing
This Feeling – Big In 2022 – Triple Vinyl Release
London promoter, This Feeling, have highlighted some of the acts they are most looking forward to in 2022. They are releasing a triple vinyl jam-packed with the best of the up-and-coming talent the UK has to offer. Previous bands tipped by This Feeling include Catfish and the Bottlemen, Gerry Cinnamon, Blossoms, The Struts, Easy Life, Inhaler, Yonaka, The Lathums, The Mysterines, Red Rum Club, The K’s, Crawlers, Dylan John Thomas and The Skinner Brothers. This year’s offering features some of our ones to watch such as Lissy Taylor, Robin Ashcroft, Vansleep, Megan Wyn & Glass Raspberry.
The record is available for pre-order now and all profits will go to Teenage Cancer Trust – BUY IT HERE
Scenes In The City – The Gig
As I said at the top, we are currently unable to go to gigs, but that hasn’t stopped the wonderful people behind EH-FM 10 part series Scenes In The City planning one. This also looks like it’ll be on the first night we will be allowed to gigs in Scotland. Quite the comeback I think. If you don’t know already Scenes In The City is a 10 part series on Edinburgh-based community radio station EH-FM looking at grassroots music in and around Edinburgh through the various genres. Each week Faye Ryden, Omo Kouk & Rowan Crerar take a genre of music and play the best music from around the capital. You can catch up on past episodes HERE.
To ensure the series ends with a bang, they have enlisted 3 of Edinburgh’s most exciting acts to play them out: young rapper Edz, DIY musician Swiss Portrait and the anti-Flat Earth jazz outfit, Grace and The Flat Boys play at Sneaky Pete’s on 24th January. Money raised will go to Spit-It-Out – a local Edinburgh-based collective of female artists! After that’s done there is an after-party in Paradise Palms
Ever thought about getting into radio? Well, opportunities have come up at Glasgow-based community station Sunny Govan. The charity is looking for volunteers who want to develop their radio skills, such as presenting, editing, volunteer support, admin, and loads more. If you have an interest in radio or broadcasting starting here may be the best thing you ever do. I started at Leith FM, a similar radio project in Edinburgh in 2007, and not only did I learn how to broadcast I had a whole load of fun doing it. If you are interested email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Valtos remix the legendary Peatbog Faeries
Only one year in and already loved across the Trad and Electronic music scenes, Valtos are seeing in the New Year with a new remix, this time working on ‘Marx Terrace’ by the legendary Peatbog Faeries. Last year Skye Natives Daniel Docherty and Martyn MacDonald released remixes from some of the biggest and best Trad acts, including Project Smok, Niteworks, Mec Lir and Lapwyng, building a dedicated fanbase that resulted in an incredible and much talked about sold-out headline show at SWG3 in December and support from BBC Introducing.
On talking about the remix, Daniel and Martyn say, “Having grown up on Skye; naturally, we are huge Peatbog Faeries fans! They’ve always been on our radar as a band trying to push the boundaries and a band we’ve always highly respected. Thus from the beginning of our project, we knew we wanted to add our own twist to some of their work and the Marx Terrace remix was born.”
Inspired by legendary Skye bands Niteworks and the Peatbog Faeries, Valtos set out to combine modern Electronic music with the traditional sounds of their home into a truly genre-melding sound. Others have tried to blend the genres before, but very few have started with electronic and added traditional elements in the way that Valtos have, and the sound is truly unique.