Alive and Amplified Presents… and Born To Be Wide + Sunday Sessions 23/01/11


Hello from all at Alive & Amplified Tower’s firstly a big thank you to everyone who has been reading the blog in the last few weeks. Last week was had the highest number of hits yet and January is already proving the most popular month. When you do read please feel free to leave comments about what you would like to see in the blog and if you have anything that you want mentioned please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at

Firstly this week it give me great pleasure to announce the line up for the first of many night A&A will be putting on at Maggie’s Chamber in Edinburgh. Playing on 18th Feb we are delighted to have Aaron Wright & The Aprils, Rolled Up 20’s and The Black Tongues playing.

Aaron Wright has gone from a solo acoustic performer a few years back to recruiting his Aprils and taking the Scottish music scene by storm. performances last year at Wide Days, Glastonbury, T In The Park and Benicassim in Spain along with the release of EP “Behold A Pale Horse” confirmed 2010 as his best year so far. He is not ready to start relaxing for 2011 though with his debut album in the can ready to go and many scheduled festival apperences in the summer expected this could be the year of the Aprils.

Rolled Up 20’s have really started to make some waves in the last 6 months, from the first ever Alive & Amplified night at Sneaky Pete’s, they have had line up changes and have started recording new material which will be debuted at this gig.

The Black Tongues are a relatively new band forming from the ashes of Sugar Daddy. Get along to see one of their first ever gigs.

These 3 bands will be playing at Maggies Chamber on Feb 18th Doors are at 7:30pm and tickets will be available soon at

Scotland’s leading music scene social night, Born To Be Wide, is set to host a music photographer seminar at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on Thursday 3 February. The event will focus on those who are normally behind the lens and look at what the job involves and why it is important for musicians.

Taking part will be a diverse range of photographers including veteran Kevin Cummins, whose long career spanned quarter of a century at NME and several books on the numerous bands he photographed in his native Manchester.

The panel also includes Brian Sweeney, whose 17-year career has seen him undertake a wide-range of music work including live, record company shoots and album sleeves. He will be joined by Christina Kernohan whose clients include The Guardian, Mix Mag and Dazed & Confused, while new kid on the block Alan Dunlop combines shooting bands with a photography blog.

“I have been keen to host a music photographer Born To Be Wide for over two years and I am delighted that we have such a diverse panel,” says co-organiser Olaf Furniss. “On countless occasions I have seen bands lose valuable exposure because they did not have suitable pictures and this panel will explain what is required. It will also give aspiring music photographers an insight into making money from their work, as well as tips for shooting gigs and musicians.”

Following the panel, the club will stay open so members of the audience can meet each other and the speakers. All music played will be chosen from the Oxfam Record Shop by the seminar guests and will be available to buy. The money will go to the charity.

Tickets for the seminar can be purchased at or simply click Eventzi below. Buying in advance is strongly recommended as tickets for the seminar are very limited.

Playlist For The Sunday Sessions 23/01/11

Martin Solveig ft Dragonette – Hello

The Black Crowes – Jealous Again

Cold War Kids – Louder Than Ever

Session 1 – The Oates Field

The Oates Field – To The Sea (Live)

eagleOwl – Morpheus

The Oates Field – Girlfriend (Live)

The Oates Field – Black Stocking Girl

Fridge Magnets – Miss Right

Mogwai – San Pedro

The Breeders – Doe

Carrie Mac – Like A Star

Screaming Females – Wild

Adele – Rolling In The Deep

Amy Macdonald – Mr Rock n Roll

Amy Duncan – Rare & Free

Session 2 – Jump Press A

Jump Press A – Masquerade (Live)

Caroline Gilmour – Deny

Jump Press A – You Are (Live)

Aaron Shandley – I Think I Love You

Jump Press A –  Only The Brave Deserve The Fair

Neoviolet – Between The Floorboards

Tune into this weeks Sunday Sessions on Leith FM at 98.8 or where we will be joined by Born To Be Wide Organiser Olaf Furniss and also I am very excited that we will have The ABC Club in for an interview. This Leeds band will be playing Maggie’s Chamber on Sunday and have been tipped for big things in 2011 here are some quotes about them

“One of the most exciting of 2010’s debuts.” Rough Trade

‘artful indie full of creaky disco beats and big blooming choruses.’ NME

“the abc club exist in the space between The Smiths and The Strokes, the understated vocal of Zandra Klievens offset by the taught energy of circling guitars and snapping rhythms” Abeano Music


While writing this blog this week I listened to

Funeral Party – The Golden Age Of Nowhere

Belle & Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap

About aliveandamplified

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