13 April 2011

Greetings from up north

I would just like to apologise to anyone who has emailed me over the past few days and hasn't heard back from me yet, I have been up north visiting my parents and have avoided turning on my laptop for a good few days. Now that I have logged in, I have a shed load of emails to work through. So to make my job that bit easier I thought I'd bring you all of the worthy news to you in one big handy post. So without further ado here we go...

First off we have the launch of Communion in Glasgow on Thursday the 28th of April. Originally founded by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons fame, former Cherbourg bassist Kevin Jones and acclaimed producer Ian Grimble, Communion originally started way back in 2006 in London. The original premise of the evening was to provide a new platform for those within the London-scene, which unearthed both Laura Marling and Example.

In the years that have followed, Communion has expanded, with nights being put on across the UK and internationally as far and wide as New York and Sydney. Taking the blueprint of what has made Communion work so well Communion Records was founded in September 2009 priding themselves with working and cultivating a family of artists featuring Rachel Sermanni, Mumford and Son’s to Johnny Flynn.

On the 28th of April the night makes it first appearance in Glasgow with a headline show from Communion artist Ben Howard, plus support from Washington Irving and Kitty The Lion. Tickets for the gig are on sale now for the very reasonable sum of £7, you can pick one up here.

Further details on Communion can be found here.

I am no sure if I have any readers who come from Fort William, but it would be rude of me not to mention an festival that's taking place up there. It's called Rock The Fort and it takes place from 30 April – 6 May, featuring The Mystic Shoes, Kitty The Lion and Homework. Further details on what's going on can be found here.

A lovely lady called Heather recently got in touch with me as she is putting together a Glasgow music compilation for her third year University project. The album features an array of local talent including Crayons, Tempercalm, Weather Barn, The Hardy Boys, Dilectrics, Sing-Kill-Worth, The Imagineers, Skies Fell, Carnivores, Pacific Theare and more. The official launch night for the album takes place tonight at Stereo in Glasgow, featuring Crayons, Tempecalm, Weather Barn, Sonic Hearts Foundation and Dilectrics. More information on the night can be found here.

Admiral Fallow have announced an array of shows across the UK, kicking off with a show at the Euphonios stage at this years Great Escape Festival in Brighton, alongside Peenko favourite Dems. The tour also sees them making appearances at this Stag & Dagger Festival in Glasgow, Glastonbury, Green Man Festival, before returning to Scotland in August for a show at the Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh as part of the Edge Festival. All of the dates can be found on their Myspace, plus there recently re-released album 'Boots Met My Face' is available to buy here.

The Doune The Rabbit Hole organisers continue to add an array of local talent for this years festival. Joining the likes of Mungos Hifi, The Vaselines, Mike Heron and Trembling Bells are the fantastic BMX Bandits, Randolph's Leap, RM Hubbert and loads of other great acts. You can find out more on their website.

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