Thank You For The Music: An Appreciation Of Marina Records…

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Tonight at Celtic Connections there is a timely celebration of Marina Records, a label responsible for some of my favourite albums over the years. Theirs is an interesting story. An indie-label founded by Stefan Kassel and Frank Lähnemann in 1993 in Hamburg, Marina Records became the home of some of the classiest Scottish pop music around. If ever a label should be celebrated for their auspicious work in promoting Scottish music and supporting musicians it is Marina, and this is the opportunity to do just that.

The Mitchell Theatre gig is part of the label’s 25th birthday festivities – which included the bumper anniversary compilation Goosebumps – and sees the appearance of many Marina artists, including James Kirk, Malcolm Ross, Duglas T. Stewart, The Pearlfishers, Cowboy Mouth, The Secret Goldfish, Jazzateers, The Kingfishers, The Bathers, Sugartown, Colin Steele, The Magic Circles and Starless. That is undoubtedly musical bang for your buck. Continue reading

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

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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