African club relaunching

20 February 2015

After an 18 month hiatus, Ndaje: African Connections Club is being relaunched in its new home at Edinburgh’s The Mash House, on Fri 20 Feb, with 2 further dates scheduled on Fri 20 Mar and Fri 17 Apr. Doors are at 11pm with a late bar, and music, till 3am.

Ndaje is a joyous fusion of live music, drums and DJs with a wide range of music including African, Latin, reggae and ska. The club is hosted by Senegalese musician Samba Sene and specialist world music DJ James Combe.

The line-up of live music for the opening night is Samba Sene and Diwan, singer songwriter Benny Tetteh-Larty and Makossa percussionist Sam Achampon.

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Check out Ndaje’s Facebook page here

Dean Owens BBC playlisting

20 February 2015

Singer songwriter Dean Owens’ new single Valentine’s Day in New York was included on the BBC Radio Scotland playlist for the first 2 weeks of February. He was in good company with chart topper Hozier, George Ezra and Canada’s the Barr Brothers. Valentine’s Day in New York was released digitally on 14 Feb 2015

Valentine's Day In New York (front cover)
BBC Radio Scotland playlist 6 Feb 2015 inc Dean Owens' Valentine's Day in New York

Link to the video of Valentine’s Day in New York (Youtube)
Dean’s new album Into the Sea, recorded in Nashville with producer Neilson Hubbard, is released on Drumfire Records on 27 Apr 2015

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Composer of the Year Award for Jim Sutherland

15 December 2014

Congratulations are in order for Jim Sutherland who won the Composer of the Year Award at the 2014 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards (Na Trads) in Inverness on Saturday.  The award was for his work as Composer and Artistic Director for the epic production Children of the Smoke, part of the 2 year Struileag project, which included a live performance, CD, film, interactive diaspora website and book of poetry. It involved approximately 70 musicians, singers, dancers, artists and writers.

Jim Sutherland with Composer of the Year Award 2014
Children of the Smoke is a multimedia spectacular performance, with dance, music and film, about migration, displacement and home. It was one of the key events of the Commonwealth Games and the Homecoming events in 2014.  The music deconstructs nostalgic perspectives on the notion of Gaelic identity through time, exploring relevant and gritty issues of exile and homelessness. The musical styles range through a wealth of influences including trad Scots, African percussion and rap.

With no geographical, social or stylistic boundaries, timeless tales of home, loss, hope, longing and adapting to new environments, connections between the old and new world are captured in the music of Children Of The Smoke in an extraordinary way.

It is fantastic that Na Trads celebrate new music in this way. These awards are a huge shot in the arm to us all. I am delighted to receive the Composer of the Year Award after such a busy year. I’d like to thank everybody who worked with me and gave me so much support and inspiration on Struileag: Children of the Smoke (including Creative Scotland and Event Scotland)
Jim Sutherland

Jim Sutherland celebrates Composer of the Year Award 2014
The full ceremony, with an attendance of over 1000 people, can be seen here on BBC iplayer, with Jim’s award presentation at 22:10

Struileag - Children of the Smoke
Children of the Smoke photo by marc marnie

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Trad Music Award Nominees

23 November 2014

Congratulations to all the Scots Trad Music Award shortlisted nominees, especially 
Adam Holmes (Album of the Year (Heirs and Graces))

and Jim Sutherland (Composer of the Year and Event of the Year (for Children of the Smoke))

More details and info about the public vote here

New EdFringe Date for Adam Holmes

13 August 2014

There’s good news for those disappointed that they couldn’t get tickets for Adam Holmes’ sold out shows at the Gilded Balloon. He will be performing as a special guest at The Hat Pack music club (New Town Theatre, George St) on Tues 19 Aug, 10.15pm
Get tickets here and on the door.

5 Stars for Camille

9 August 2014

5 Star review for Camille O’Sullivan: 10 (show celebrating Camille’s 10 starry years at Edinburgh fringe)
It’s impossible to choose highlights from a concert that was uniformly fabulous
Edinburgh Evening News

Adam Holmes live at BBC Pacific Quay

9 August 2014

Video clip of a radio show – whatever next!
Footage from Adam Holmes and the Embers live spot on BBC Radio Scotland’s Iain Anderson Show special outside broadcast from Pacific Quay, Glasgow (30-7-14). Rest of the lineup included Rab Noakes, James Grant, Allan Taylor and the Siobhan Miller Band. Great night!

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Francisco Wins Prestigious Award in NYC

16 May 2014

Congratulations to Donal O’Kelly, Sorcha Fox, Ocean FM Ireland, musicians Kila and all the Francisco team for winning the prestigious 2014 New York Festivals International Radio Program Award for Best Drama Special.

Francisco, a 3-part music-drama serial, written by Donal O’Kelly and produced by the tiny Ocean FM in Sligo, has already won Europe’s top prize for radio programmes – the Prix Europa in Berlin.

Francisco was up against six other nominated shows, from US, UK, New Zealand and Romania in Best Drama Special category.

Read what the commissioning radio station, the tiny Ocean FM, have to say about the Award here

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Adam Holmes supporting Tom Hickox

16 May 2014

Hotly tipped Scottish singer songwriter Adam Holmes is a late addition to support up and coming London musician Tom Hickox (recently featured on Later With Jools…) on his only Scottish dates
Fri 16 May -The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Sat 17 May – Nice n Sleazy, Glasgow
Hickox’s new album War, Peace and Diplomacy has been attracting rave reviews and admiration for its dark, lyrical songs and intense delivery.
That’s a lot of songwriting talent in one gig – just don’t expect an upbeat, dancey night of cheery toe-tappers!!

Album of the Week
Meanwhile Adam’s SAY award longlisted Heirs and Graces CD is BBC Radio Scotland’s Iain Anderson‘s Album of the Week (from Mon 12 May)

Heirs and Graces Longlisted for Scottish Album of the Year Award

24 April 2014

Delighted to announce that Adam Holmes’ debut CD Heirs and Graces has been included in a longlist of 20 for the Scottish Album of the Year Award. The longlist covers a wide range of music and includes established acts such as Biffy Clyro, Mogwai and Edwyn Collins.

Vic Galloway, SAY Award Host said:
All 20 deserve your attention and investigation, representing the artistic cream of the crop from this extremely talented land
Adam Holmes commented: ‘It is a privilege to be longlisted for this prestigious award, alongside such a wealth of exceptional musicians
More information at

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