July 2022 – After a year stuck in the global vinyl shortage queue, Dean Owens’ internationally acclaimed Sinner’s Shrine (recorded in Tucson AZ, with musicians from Calexico) is now available on vinyl – a gatefold sleeve, and luscious Tucson blue coloured vinyl!
July 2021 – Dean Owens and Joey Burns (Calexico) present their Celtic Connections show at Edinburgh Fringe; The Hopeless Ghosts (ft Grant-Lee Phillips) and Vol 3 of The Desert trilogy EPs out end Aug; live tour dates
New single, which shares its title with Ian Rankin’s new Rebus novel, inspired by a blackbird. Featuring John Convertino (drums) and AMA-UK Instrumentalist of the Year Thomas Collison on keys and everything else!
Giant new artwork – Justice for Sheku Bayoh – at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall joins the rapidly expanding Mural Trail as Scotland’s artists and arts organisations combine their voices to support Black Lives Matter.
Scotland’s Black Lives Matter Mural Trail is expanding rapidly. The addition this week of 5 new artworks at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall takes the total to 24 (across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness) with over a dozen more planned in the coming weeks, in Stirling and Dundee, as well as Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The latest additions are by Kirkcaldy artist Abigail Mills aka Abz (picture below with Sheku Bayoh’s sister) including an impressive 5.5 metre x 6.5 metre print on the Usher Hall’s Glass Wing, and a further 4 images next to Lothian Road. Striking, colourful and thought provoking, Abz’s work reflects her regular job as a tattoo artist, but goes far beyond that, reflecting her Scottish/Jamaican heritage and self identifcation as a “queer artist”.
The Glass Wing artwork – Justice for Sheku Bayoh – is inspired by the death in 2015, in police custody in Kirkcaldy, of Sheku Bayoh (now the subject of a recently announced public enquiry).