FEBRUARY
2015



   

NEWS...

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THE GIG GUIDE e-SHOP
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You can search for:

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Traditional Song and Tunes session
First Sunday of the month, 3-6pm Upstairs at Ryrie's, No.1 Haymarket All welcome to sing, play or listen. 
Find us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/289402087759974/?fref=ts

 

 

Introducing David Knowles: Debut EP ‘The Alchemist' on general release 19th January 2015

Distinctive vocalist and songwriter David Knowles opens 2015 with the launch of debut EP ‘The Alchemist' , available through iTunes , CDBaby , Amazon and Spotify from 19 th January

The four-track release provides a tantalising taster of debut album ‘Footsteps' , due for release on 9 th March.

Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Knowles has already developed a growing international social media following.

Lyrically, he draws inspiration from classic writers including William Blake, Oscar Wilde, Jack Kerouac and Hunter Thompson. Years spent travelling the world (including Latin America, Asia and Europe) have provided a rich vein of inspiration for his songwriting and familiarity with a range of exotic instruments including the Didjeridoo, African Djembe drum and far eastern Dulcimer.

With a depth and range that bely his relatively tender years, Knowles' voice has drawn favourable comparisons to such iconic performers as Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Grammy award-winning country singer Ray Lamontagne.

His songwriting has been variously compared to leading contemporary singer songwriters including Damien Rice, Jose Gonzalez and Fink as well as Californian alternative rock veterans Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

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“The road is long, it winds around this song, we'll be chasing forever all night long” .

First track ‘The Alchemist' has already attracted an enthusiastic online following, supported by an evocative and atmospheric video .  Combining tender acoustic guitar with Knowles' bruised and breathy vocal, the production is completed by mournful strings and subtle digital percussion.

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“I wonder where are you now? Do you think of me when you're alone?”

‘On the Road' provides an opportunity to showcase a full band dynamic. Booming percussion and the drone of Didgeridoo are propelled by the relentless thrum of guitar as Knowles' deep baritone gently implores: “See what I see. Feel what I feel.”

The EP is completed by exclusive solo performances of forthcoming album tracks ‘Satisfy my Soul' and ‘The Air You Breathe'.

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“As the sun falls to the sea, let the grey world wait for me. All night long, I howl at the moon.”

‘Satisfy my Soul' is a slice of raw blues that couples down-tuned guitar flourishes with Knowles' trademark howl: “ I don't need no money, I don't need no home. All I need is your precious love to satisfy my soul.”

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“I want your dreams to wake up next to mine so open up your tired eyes.”

The EP closes with Knowles' live radio performance of ‘The Air You Breathe' , a fragile hymn to longing. Seguing effortlessly from gentle finger-picking to a delicately strummed chorus, Knowles whispers the mantra: “All I want, all I need is to breathe the air you breathe.”

During the spring, Knowles will be embarking on a short live tour incorporating a series of exclusive “Live in your Living Room” shows for fans and taking in Lanark, Liverpool and London as well as Wexford in Ireland and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Fans signing up to the David Knowles mailing list can win the opportunity to host their own “David Knowles Live in your Living Room” show later this year. Knowles is also due to perform at the Bedford in Balham , south-west London on 30 th March.

2015 promises to be a big year for David Knowles.  With the release of ‘The Alchemist' , he gets off to an assured and impressive start with the promise of much more to come.

 

 

 

Artist: Playing With Punkarella
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playingwithpunkarella
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PWPunkarella

Album: Hell and the Heart
Genre: Metal/Progressive Rock
Country: Scotland
Release Date: 08/02/2015

Free stream and download of single track "Dead in the Water”: http://music.bloocoorecords.com/track/dead-in-the-water (bandcamp)
Free stream and download of single track “Scarlett”: http://music.bloocoorecords.com/track/scarlett (bandcamp)

Feel free to download an advance copy of the entire album from this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fe33hqiy942s8mh/AAB-tr8TJQsR6pqIv2kLMk_ga?dl=0 (CD quality WAV)

BIO:
Playing With Punkarella have been active for almost 10 years as an outlet for songwriter Lee Blades' musical abilities. Earlier names for the project included "Kill Me Kate". Eventually, after teaming up with vocalist Kim Thomson a full length album, Hell and the Heart, has been produced in their home studio. The band have described this album as:

"a retrospective look at love, lust, loss over the last 10 years"

Powerful metal riffs dominate the debut album from this melodic metal duo. The shiny production by Lee and entrancing voice of Kim creates a fascinating contrast on these behemoth recordings.

 

 


New Open Mic at The Mad Platter
We're rearranging the open mic so from the 5th of February it'll be every second Thursday with a showcase spot available too so the dates will be 5th February, 19th of February, 5th March, 19th of March, 2nd of April and so on.
It's at a brand new licenced cafe/restaurant called The Mad Platter which is at 360, Great Western Road.We're looking for all kinds of performers; poets, playwrights, musicians, rappers.. a wide ensemble as the venue is run by an artist so the whole ethos is to provide a space where people can express their creative side in a warm, diverse and welcoming setting.

 

Dio Apostles
Hard Rock / Metal

WWW.DIIOAPOSTLES.CO.UK
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dio-Apostles/363707213639648
Dio Apostles pay tribute to
the "king of rock and  roll" Ronnie James Dio,
covering the songs of Dio, Black Sabbath,  Heaven & Hell and Rainbow.
Appearing at STUDIO 24,
24-26 Calton Road, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH8 8DP
February 7th, 2015, 7pm
Dio Apostles plus Forever Young Live
£4.00 on the door

https://www.facebook.com/studio24edinburgh

Telephone Number: 0131 558 3758



Beth Hart is to embark on a 7-date UK tour in May 2015.
The shows in Bristol, Liverpool, Glasgow, London's Barbican, Leeds, Cambridge and Nottingham, follow the Grammy nominated singer-songwriter's performance at London's BluesFest at the Royal Albert Hall in October. 

Tickets are on sale today Friday, December 12.

Beth Hart UK Tour dates:

Friday May 01 2015 - BRISTOL Colston Hall
Sunday May 03 2015 - LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Hall
Wednesday May 06 2015 - GLASGOW O2 ABC
Friday May 08 2015 - LONDON Barbican
Saturday May 09 2015 - LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
Monday May 11 2015 - CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
Wednesday May 13 2015 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City

BOOK ONLINE: www.alt-tickets.co.uk/beth-hart-tickets
24 HR BOX OFFICE: 0844 871 8819

ALT-TICKETS PRESALE - WEDNESDAY 10th DECEMBER
GENERAL ONSALE – FRIDAY 12th DECEMBER

 

Wee Dub Festival 6-8th March 2015
Greetings to you. Scotland's only festival dedicated to the myriad strands of dub, reggae and dancehall - Wee Dub Festival - returns to Edinburgh on the first weekend of March 2015, for their Fifth Edition. Once again the festival will see a series of live and club “sessions” taking place across Edinburgh finest underground venues, presenting a varied programme of top class artists and attracting an audience from across the UK and even Europe .

The festival takes place over the weekend of 6 - 8 March 2015, and over the course of 4 ticketed sessions will present a varied and high quality bill of music ranging from top vocal talent (MC Soom T, Charlie P, Taiwan MC), producers (Mungo's Hi-Fi, OBF, Lala & The Booya) and bona fide soundsystem legends (Channel One, Earl Gateshead).

The attached press release gives some background the event and also contains the full programme of events.

You can download the WDF15 Press Pack HERE - containing hi-res images of artists and previous events.

Full information, programme and artist bios can also be found on our website: http://www.weedubfestival.co.uk .

 

 

Edinburgh's RED DOG MUSIC Wins Top Retailer Award

Grassmarket-based musical instrument store bags MIA “Best Medium Retailer” gong in annual awards ceremony

Edinburgh-based independent music store Red Dog Music has been awarded the title of Best Medium Retailer by the Music Industries Association, the UK Trade Association of the musical instrument industry.

The award is decided by a UK-wide public vote on “the best presented and staffed shops, with the best customer service”, and is open to all music stores in the UK, of which there are over 1,900 listed on yell.com.

The company recently expanded with the opening of a London branch in August 2013.

Alex Marten, Red Dog Music Managing Director, comments “this award is a huge honour for us and a testament to the hard work, positive attitude, and determination of all the staff”.

About Red Dog Music

Red Dog Music was founded in 2008 in Edinburgh's Grassmarket and has quickly grown to become one of the UK's most respected musical equipment retailers, selling a huge range of electric guitars, keyboards, studio recording equipment, computer music, PA equipment, percussion and loads more from the Edinburgh flagship store, a showroom in London, and a website at www.reddogmusic.co.uk .

http://www.reddogmusic.co.uk/

Related Links

http://www.miamusicawards.com/2014-winners

http://www.mia.org.uk/assets/docs/general/2014_mia_award_winners.pdf

Contact Details

Alex Marten, Red Dog Music Limited, 1 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HY

Phone: 0131 229 8211 / 07879 444172 | Email: alex@reddogmusic.co.uk

PARADISE JAMS!
Open Sessions at Paradise Palms, 41 Lothian Street, Edinburgh. All instruments, musicians & buskers welcome.
Every Sunday from 6pm-12am. Video recording of sessions, so a chance to get your music up on our YouTube channel. 01312254186, ask for Dan or Cam for more info or check out our Facebook page:  Paradise Jams

 

Announcing Music Retreats, a new residential music getaway based in the Trossachs/Loch Lomond area.  Have a weekend away in a naturally lit building next to a river and enjoy space and tranquility whilst developing your vocal, guitar, songwriting and/or music business skills with professional music instruction.  The courses are designed to suit aspiring musicians and experienced players alike.

For more info, please visit the website at www.musicretreats.com

Guitar Repairs
Based Inside Kenny's Music Glasgow (old Soundcontrol building) Iain's Guitar Repairs Over 10 years experience working on hundreds of guitars. www.iainsguitarrepairs.com www.facebook/iainsguitarrepairs
Good Prices - fast turn around time - Quality workmanship 61 Jamaica St Glasgow G1 4NN

 

How To Become A Concert Promoter
If you ever wanted to find a way to make a comfortable living working full or part time in the entertainment industry, then this will be the most importantletter you will ever read. Here's why.......click here

 


 

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TAYLOR SWIFT KICKS OFF '1989' AT BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS BST HYDE PARK

SATURDAY 27 JUNE 2015

PRE SALE TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM 9.30AM WED 5 NOV

Global superstar and seven-time Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift is the first headliner announced for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2015 . Taylor will take to the Great Oak Stage in London 's iconic Hyde Park on Saturday 27 June. Tickets go on general sale 9am on Monday 10 November.

Hot on the heels of the release of her fifth studio album '1989' featuring the No.1 single 'Shake It Off', Taylor Swift is the essential pop star headlining the essential event of 2015. Her critically acclaimed sell out 2014 RED tour saw her play five sold out shows at London 's The O2.

With a stellar line up of exciting artists to be announced soon as part of the event, Taylor 's show on Saturday 27 June is set to be an unmissable day out!

For a chance to get your tickets from 9.30am on Wednesday 5 November before the general on sale, and to keep up to date with more news of 2015's event, sign up to our newsletter at  BST-HYDEPARK.COM

 

 

 

NEW!!!   THE GIG GUIDE e-SHOP
Have a look at our new Amazon e-Shop! 
You can search for:

mp3 downloads
albums and singles
musical instruments & accessories
DVDs
computer & video games
books
software
sport & leisure
electronics

Everything is securely controlled by Amazon - the most trusted online store.  You can also see product descriptions, reviews, recommended products, up-to-date product information etc, just by clicking on the photo of the product. 
To visit, just click on e-Shop at the top of any page.  Or CLICK HERE!

 

Introducing David Knowles: Debut EP ‘The Alchemist' on general release

19th January 2015

Distinctive vocalist and songwriter David Knowles opens 2015 with the launch of debut EP ‘The Alchemist' , available through iTunes , CDBaby , Amazon and Spotify from today (19 th January).

The four-track release provides a tantalising taster of debut album ‘Footsteps' , due for release on 9 th March.

Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Knowles has already developed a growing international social media following.

Lyrically, he draws inspiration from classic writers including William Blake, Oscar Wilde, Jack Kerouac and Hunter Thompson. Years spent travelling the world (including Latin America, Asia and Europe) have provided a rich vein of inspiration for his songwriting and familiarity with a range of exotic instruments including the Didjeridoo, African Djembe drum and far eastern Dulcimer.

With a depth and range that bely his relatively tender years, Knowles' voice has drawn favourable comparisons to such iconic performers as Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Grammy award-winning country singer Ray Lamontagne.

His songwriting has been variously compared to leading contemporary singer songwriters including Damien Rice, Jose Gonzalez and Fink as well as Californian alternative rock veterans Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

 

 

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Have you experienced problems with your XBox 360?
This XBOX 360 Repair Guide & Videos will help you to fix your XBOX 360 in Less than 1 Hour, or give you a Complete Refund. The guide shows you how to easily fix the 3 Red Light Error or even repair broken XBOX 360s purchased from eBay for a discount.............find out more here

 

Dynamic T-Shirts are a custom T-Shirt design and printers.
Band, wedding band and musician T-Shirts
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CLASSY, COOL JAZZ FOR FUNCTIONS, RESTAURANTS, HOTELS & BARS
We can play at: hotels, wine bars, pubs, weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries, engagements, leaving parties, special dinners, the opening of a new business
etc.

Perhaps you would like live jazz played by us:
before or during a meal, or to welcome people as they arrive, or in between events etc. 

We perform well-known jazz tunes by: Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, George Gershwin, A.C. Jobim, Henry Mancini, Harburg & Arlen, Jerome Kern, Rodgers & Hart, Jimmy Van Heusen, etc.

We are based near Edinburgh, Scotland, but are happy to travel. We have all our own equipment (sax, keyboard, PA etc).

Please email or phone us for a quote:

admin@millarandspencer.co.uk

tel: 01968 679 299

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MASTER ABSOLUTE PITCH AND RELATIVE PITCH
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NEW!!!   THE GIG GUIDE e-SHOP
Have a look at our new Amazon e-Shop! 
You can search for:

mp3 downloads
albums and singles
musical instruments & accessories
DVDs
computer & video games
books
software
sport & leisure
electronics

Everything is securely controlled by Amazon - the most trusted online store.  You can also see product descriptions, reviews, recommended products, up-to-date product information etc, just by clicking on the photo of the product. 
To visit, just click on e-Shop at the top of any page.  Or CLICK HERE!