Welcome along to this weeks A&A blog. In this installment we will have all the results from the Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA’s), news on the next Alive & Amplified gig, Wide Days updates and some of the live highlights coming up in Edinburgh over the weekend.
Firstly the SAMA’s took place on Friday night at Captains Rest in Glasgow. Congratulations to all the bands who were nominated for awards, unfortunately there can only be a few winners and they were… dun dun dun
Best Rock/Alternative – Little Eskimos
Best Acoustic – Alan Mckim (Debut EP out April 16th)
Best Metal – Zombie Militia
Best Newcomer – Xavier
Best Live – Three Blind Wolves (see why Cab Vol 26th March)
Best Electronic – Indian Red Lopez (playing Haddow Fest 2nd & 3rd April)
Again congratulations to all the winners and nominees.
The countdown to the next Alive & Amplified gig at Maggie’s Chamber is well and truly underway. Taking place on 11th March the gig will feature three of Scotland’s finest bands. On headlining duties will be Emelle, a personal favourite of mine. Emelle never fail to impress live, taking their raw busking sound to a stage without any need for any amendments. They will leave you feeling you have just set foot on a pirate ship and are about to go swashbuckling with Captain Jack. Possibly Captain Jack Daniels.
Supporting on the night will be The Sundancer. Fresh from a couple of unorthodox gigs, The Sundancer is set to bring his Bob Dylan and Neil Young influences to Maggies.
Also on the bill are the fantastic The Chans fronted by serial gigger around Edinburgh Rossco Galloway. When i think of The Chans Mike Scott’s Waterboys come to mind.
Get to www.aliveandamplified.co.uk now for tickets. They are £4 in advance and will be £5 on the door. Check out www.soundcloud.com/aliveandamplified-1 for a little taster of what to expect from the bands.
April will see the return of Born To Be Wide’s Wide Days. A whole host of seminars and live music in Scotland capital. Last year saw some fantastic speakers, including Gavin Bain, Keith Harris and Bruce Findlay. This years event is set to be a massive success so book your early bird tickets now from www.widedays.com and get along to Electric Circus on Thursday to find out the initial programme of speakers and bands.
Fancy a bit of live music over the weekend. Hear are some of my highlights of whats happening over the next few days.
Matt Norris & The Moon + Kitty The Lion + Fran O’Hanlon + Caro Bridges & The River – Sneaky Pete’s
The Boxer Rebellion + We Are Augustines – Cab Vol
Blank Canvas + Jump Press A + Curators – Wee Red Bar
Ben Ottewell – Cab Vol
Echo Arcadia + Selective Service + Steve Heron + Rachel Morrison – The Bongo Club
The Remnant Kings + Green Man Running + TBC + Aspen Tide – Maggie’s Chamber
Withered Hand + Zoey van Goey + O’Messy Life – Voodoo Rooms
Haftor Medboe + Renee Stephanie – The Voodoo Rooms
Wombats – HMV Picturehouse
Tune in to The Sunday Sessions this Sunday for live sessions from Emelle & The Chans. 98.8FM or www.leithfm.co.uk
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