Cal Mac Culture Music Competition
Finalists concert recorded on Thursday 31 st March 2016
Hosted by the stunning Donnie Maroot with the fantastically worst jokes in history !
Running Order :-
James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band
Angus Smith & North 56
Bella Gaffney– Bradford
Bella was on of the six finalists at this year’s Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections and was picked by Cal Mac for tonight’s finalist’s concert.
Folk and acoustic singer Bella Gaffney is from Bradford. She writes folk inspired songs which she performs along with her own original arrangements of traditional songs. She performs at many music venues and folk clubs not only in West Yorkshire, but also in Nottingham where she is currently studying.
Her best known song ‘Centenary Square’ was used by Bradford Council for ‘Positive Bradford Day’, while ‘Too Old’ was featured on BBC Radio Leeds’ ‘Best of Bradford’ program. Both of these come from her first CD ‘Homegrown’.
In the last couple of years she has played at Filey Folk Festival, Dent Music Festival, Holmfirth Festival of Folk, Luddenden Festival, Saltaire Festival, Howarth Music and Arts Festival, Raise Your Banners in Bradford, Norman Rae Gala, and Shipley Music Festival.
She has appeared and sung several times on both BBC Radio Leeds, and Bradford Community Radio, and in the last few months has supported well known Irish folk band Altan at SaltaireLive, Roger Davies at Nottingham Playhouse, and performed as the main act at The Topic Folk Club. For upcoming bookings see her website.
Her new CD of mainly self penned songs, ‘The Day The Clock Didn’t Stop’, is recorded and has just been released (May 2013).
Alex Maxwell – Edinburgh
Alex started playing on a consistent basis across the city at the start of 2015 and has already plugged spots at Wickerman Festival and opened Electric Fields festival.
In 2015, Alex was invited to perform at ‘Folksville’, ‘Sofar Sounds Edinburgh’ and ‘The Listening Rooms’ as well as performing feature sessions with Edinburgh Unplugged and Catalyst Sessions.
He is recording his 4 track debut EP ‘The Want Comes in Waves’.
The EP will be released early 2016
The music ranges from upbeat finger picking folk ditties to full on indie-folk-rock-pop songs with hooky vocal lines for singalongs…
Whitehill Grove – Edinburgh – 2014
Callum Fergusson /Danny Gillies / Seth Allen / Ethan Deane
Young indie rock band from Edinburgh making great tunes since 2014. Named after two streets in their home town. ‘Runaway’ EP out now on Soundcloud and Spotify.Whitehill Grove have perfected their anthem rock songs with really high quality recordings. Solemn lyrics draw listeners in before the induction of memorable grunge rock choruses. ‘Electric Honey Music’.
Kat Healy -Edinburgh / London
A singer songwriter from Edinburgh, described as a combination of well-crafted songs, beautiful voice and delightful stage presence, with a striking ability to take an audience on a heartfelt journey with her music… “equal parts soulful, sweet and soothing…Kat mostly evokes thoughts of a raw Joni Mitchell or Bon Iver (Stu Lewis, The Tidal Wave of Indifference)
Albums:- ‘Be Still Gentle Kind’ (2012),
EP ‘When You Are Gone’ (2014),
Single/video ‘Be Still Gentle and Kind’ (2015),
James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band – Glasgow
James Edwyn /Emma Joyce /Scott Keenan /Ronnie Gilmour /Ross McLaughlin /Neil McDonald
Introducing to the fold, hailing from Glasgow’s deepest and darkest west end streets, James Edwyn and the Borrowed Band. Singer-songwriter and guitarist James Edwyn has styled his latest work in the bracket of Americana, folk-rock, alternative country. Debut album “The Tower”
The Begbies – Livingstone
The Kings of “Skindie” – Ska/Indie
The Begbies are a 7 piece Ska inspired Indie band from West Lothian. After a show in the world famous Barrowlands, last year, the famous venue labelled them “The Kings Of Skindie” for their unique take on Ska music.
2015 seen changes within The Begbies with the band adding a new singer, new drummer, new bassist and a Brass section. The new additions have intensified the bands Ska sound and help add a new dimension to the band.
Angus Smith & North 56 – Oban
Angus Smith of North 56, a new band from Oban, Scotland. Angus is an award winning singer / songwriter and Mod Gold Medalist. The band write in Scottish Gaelic and English and their debut album ‘Tha Mi Seo’…( I Am Here ) which was launched the band in 2015. They produce a lively and unique folk / rock / indie sound.
Tom Vevers – North Berwick/Glasgow
Tom Vevers – a singer songwriter from North Berwick, Scotland, has been gaining considerable recognition within the Scottish music scene. Having been playing for 8 years now, Tom has played at various renowned venues throughout Scotland and has had his music played on various radio stations as well as performing his music live on TV.
In the past few years, Tom has been playing constantly, developing his sound for larger venues as well as recording his first TV performance for Rapal TV on BBC Alba along with bands such as Washinton Irving, Vukovi and Mercury Music prize winners Young Fathers, which was broadcast in August 2013. He has also appeared on the Riverside Show on STV Glasgow in November 2014. Tom supported Rachel Sermanni in August 2014 at Fringe by the Sea in North Berwick at a sold out show, and was also chosen to play to 250 people on the Danny Kyle Stage at Celtic Connections 2015. Tom also performed at Eden Festival in July too. Just recorded a new single!
Dumb Instrument – Glasgow / Ayrshire
Murray /Mikey Grant/ Kieron Campbell /Vanessa Smith /Thomas Marsden /Iain Duncan/ Ross Macrae/ Kiki Chaos
Dumb Instruments began with the lyrics of Tom Murray, the Jazz/Ragtime influenced piano accompaniment of Mikey Grant and the solid bass of Kieron Campbell. The amalgamation is impossible to pigeonhole into one particular genre although “Jakey Rock” would be a decent attempt.Its “all about the lyrics” – with Dumb Instrument and these are enriched with simple yet poignant accompaniment from piano and bass. The songs are tinged with melancholy and have been described as mini comic tragedies. The band have signed a 6 year record deal with Hackpen Records of Andover, Hampshire.
The Festivals who attended and booked the above artists were:-
Hebridean Celtic Festival 13-16 July – Bella Gaffney
Tiree Music Festival 15-17 July – James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band
Best of the West Music Festival 10-11 Sept – James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band
Mull of Kintyre Festival 17-21 Aug – Dumb Instruments
Bluebell Festival 22-24 May – TBC
ButeFest 29-31 July – Kat Healy / Tom Vevers/ The Begbies / Bella Gaffney
Oban Live 13-14 May – James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band
Iona Music Festival 1-2July – Dumb Instruments
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 4-6 Aug –Tom Vevers / The Begbies
My grateful thanks to all the Cal Mac Team – Peter Griffiths / Susan /Anne / Graeme / Laura/ Andrew/Julia / Caroline / David/ KerriAnne and Amanda for putting this fantastic show on, for their warmth and hospitality.
My thanks also to King Tut’s staff and to Colin on sound for making this recording possible!
Catch you at the festivals !!! Liz Clark
On from 6-8pm Sat 2 April and on Tuesday 5 10- midnight and on Catch Up!