Violet Times: The Best New Music From February…

Two months in and 2015 has already provided some great new music for your pleasure, and with a real mixture of styles and sounds. The early part of any year is often quiet but in this roundup alone there is power pop, rock, electronica, folk, funk, acoustic guitar and at least one classic in the making.

And that classic comes in the shape of Dunfermline band OSKAR and their single ‘Wildlings’. Building from the opening drums, which are reminiscent of Joy Division, and with David Stevens warm and rich vocal stylings, ‘Wildlings’ proved to be one of the best things I have heard in some time, passing the rare ‘three in a row’ test that so few songs do these days, and I’ve been playing it at least once a day since. Round about the same time I had my first listen of the new Idlewild album Everything Ever Written, which is fine, but I found myself thinking that there is nothing on it to hold a candle to ‘Wildlings’. This is how you do it:

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Well Connected: A Preview Of Celtic Connections 2015…

If it’s January it must be Celtic Connections, Glasgow’s roots music festival (15th Jan – 1st Feb) which has become the perfect way to kick out the new year blues, and which features some of the best music from around the world.

In the past it has been said, by me, actually, that the gigs are overpriced, but the price of most gigs these days seems to have caught up, and often surpass, those at Celtic Connections, and if you are canny with your choices, and include some of the showcases available, you can get a lot of music for your money.

Here are just a few suggestions as to what’s on, but you should check out the Celtic Connections website for a full listing. These are a personal selection, but there is something to suit most tastes. Continue reading

Scots Whay Hae!’s Alternative Hogmanay Night In, 2014…

Once again Mr Scott raises a bottle to see out the old year and ring in the new and that means it’s time for Scots Whay Hae!’s New Year’s Eve treat. It’s an alternative to the Hogmanay telly, so if there’s little you fancy on the box, this might be more up your street.

There’s music, comedy, documentary and drama all involving some of our favourite folk, including Phil Kay, Tom Weir, Peter Capaldi, Robbie Coltrane, John Byrne, Craig Armstrong, Liz Fraser and finishing with some live Roddy Frame. Heroes one and all. That’s quite a lot to get through, so without further ado….

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The Tracks Of My Year: The Best Songs Of 2014…

God Bless us, Every One. In case you have a moment in the day between new socks, brussel sprouts and Peter Capaldi where you don’t know what to do with yourself, here’s Scots Whay Hae!’s favourite songs of the last 12 months to offer an alternative soundtrack to Christmas time.

There’s little point messing about, so I’ll keep it simple. Below are 10 greats tracks for your pleasure. There are links to the original posts if you want to learn more, but right here, right now, it’s just the hits. Gather round your Christmas tree and let’s rock…

Night Noise Team – The Enemy, Time

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