By David Innes. It’s quite a coup for local Americana promoter Martin Raitt’s Almost Blue Promotions to bring scintillating roots duo Carpenter & May to The Blue Lamp. Attracting such a prestigious act is proof that in just over a year of existence, Almost Blue is punching above its weight and becoming the go-to outlet for PRs and promoters eager to promote their acts in NE Scotland. The Gallowgate gig on Friday 3 October is the final date of the duo’s eagerly-anticipated eight-date Scottish tour. Both experienced and busy musicians, Fred Carpenter and Tim May have impressive CVs, having variously worked with, among others, Emmylou Harris, Barbara Mandrell, George Strait, Patty Loveless and Charlie Daniels. Their debut CD Carpenter & [...]
In this weeks issue
- Aberdeen 3 Inverness CT 2 – Pittodrie Stadium 27.09.14
- Scots Wha Hinna
- Old Susannah No.162 – Isms It Is
- Spear Of Destiny: New Album And Moorings Date
- Carpenter & May – Blue Lamp Friday 3 October
- Crafts Auction For Willows Animal Sanctuary
- Aberdeen 4 Livingston 0 – Pittodrie Stadium 23.09.14
- Dons Seek Gold Support For Children’s Cancer Charity
- Local Greens Celebrate Huge Rise In Membership
- Funding Hope For Conservation Of Iconic Scottish Glen
Big Country will be performing songs from their classic multi-million selling album ‘Steeltown’ on Friday 3rd October at The Lemon Tree. With thanks to Dave Hill.
‘Steeltown’ is the second studio album and was recorded at ABBA’s Polar Studios in Stockholm with Steve Lillywhite producing. It was released on 19 October, 1984. Bruce Watson remembers the time very well, amid the nationwide strife back in the UK, fully in the grip of the Miners Strike:
“We started work on Steeltown back in June 1984 at Abba’s studio. We worked alongside Steve in Studio One as Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber worked on ‘Chess’ next door in Studio Two. Stockholm felt like the most expensive place on earth – it’s as if we were on a different planet to how things were back home – my Dad was a miner, so what we did was knuckle down to hard work for six weeks”.
The Tarland Food and Music Day Festival is set to take place on the weekend of 26th and 27th September, offering a feast for all the senses. The programme is extensive and it is advisable to book tickets in advance for some of the events, as they will have number restrictions. In fact, you would be advised to stay in Tarland for the weekend, so as not to miss anything! The weekend kicks off on the evening of Friday 26th September with a rare opportunity to hear the Wrigley Sisters, supported by Paul Anderson and some members of his extensive musical family. Please spread the word to your friends and family. This will be a special evening, and a busy [...]
The Grampian Transport Museum will once again be holding its Autumn Autojumble on Sunday, 28th September. With thanks to Martyn Smith, Marketing and Events Organiser, Grampian Transport Museum. A wide range of automotive parts and memorabilia will be on offer as traders from across the country converge on the museum’s dedicated road circuit. The 2013 event proved to be as busy as ever, with a variety of parts and even vehicles changing hands! Whether it’s time to clear space in the garage or shed, or an opportunity to find a new winter project the Autojumble is the ideal opportunity. Anyone who is looking to book a stall can still do so, priced at just £12 in advance including 2 complimentary passes to the [...]
London-based drummer Ollie Howell, who brings his acclaimed quintet to Aberdeen next week, has some high profile admirers.With thanks to Rob Adams.
Howell ‘floored’ Quincy Jones, the legendary film soundtrack composer and record producer who worked with Frank Sinatra and oversaw Michael Jackson’s multi-million-selling album Thriller, during a performance staged to feature some of the best students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff in 2009.
This led to Jones, who is affectionately known in the music business as Q, mentoring the Wallingford-born Howell and monitoring his progress as he has moved into a full-time professional career.
Grampian Transport Museum is delighted to announce a few late additions to the vehicle line up of the inaugural AllFord event at Alford this weekend. With thanks to Martyn Smith, Marketing and Events Organiser, Grampian Transport Museum. A 1979 Ford Escort MK2, built to the exact specifications of the late Colin McRae, will be displayed for the first time in a number of years when it appears at AllFord this Sunday. Now owned by the late WRC champion’s wife Alison, the vehicle was commissioned by Gordon Birtwistle of Proflex UK, on behalf of Colin. With DJM Motorsport confirmed to undertake the special project, work began on the donor vehicle in early 2003. The Escort was ready by July 2004 and went on to make [...]