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Hot 100 2012: 69-60

11 Dec 2012

Rachel Sermanni, Limmy and Peter Capaldi among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

Exposure: Daughter

18 Dec 2012

The ambient alt.folk trio are tipped for great things in 2013

One daughter and two sons, this London trio will be all over the January tips-for-the-year lists with their unnervingly, transfixing model of emotionally derelict ambient alt-folk. Having spent the last few months bedding in with a handful of singles…

Mumford & Sons - SECC, Glasgow, Wed 5 Dec 2012

18 Dec 20124 stars

The nu-folk kingpins prove they can hold their own on a big stage

Early this December T in the Park announced The Killers, Rihanna, Azealia Banks and these guys for next year’s festival, heaping a great deal of expectation on the 20th anniversary shindig. When indie-folk outfit Mumford & Sons were confirmed as…

Dan Mangan – Oran Mor, Glasgow, Sun 25 Nov 2012

12 Dec 20124 stars

Raw, vulnerable alt.indie folk with spaced-out banter

‘I don’t think this is the most jet-lagged I’ve ever been onstage – I think this is the most jet-lagged I’ve ever been.’ There’s a hint of ragged, rough-round-the-edges-ness to Canadian indie-folkie Dan Mangan’s gig tonight, due no doubt to his…

Admiral Fallow - Barrowland, Glasgow, Sat 8 Dec 2012

12 Dec 20124 stars

Stirring, upbeat folk-rock set from the Glasgow sextet

Midway through Admiral Fallow's headline set at the Barrowlands, frontman Louis Abbot promises something: ‘We’re going to play you a song we never, ever play’. The song - 'Burn' - is a bewitching and exquisitely delivered number from second album Tree…

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Hot 100 2012: 79-70

11 Dec 2012

Dominic Hill, Ewan Morrison and LuckyMe among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2012: 89-80

11 Dec 2012

Daniel Sloss, Canongate and Julie Fowlis among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

The Unthanks - Diversions Vol. 3: Songs from the Shipyards

23 Nov 20124 stars

The Unthanks have shrunk. Less than half the size of previous incarnations (since 2009 they’ve hovered at around ten members at any one time), the band behind Diversions Vol 3 is leaner, meaner. There are only five of them. The third release in what…

Interview: Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan

16 Nov 2012

The musician returns to Glasgow off the back of recent album Oh Fortune and new EP Radicals

It's quite rare for a band to release standalone single - how did 'Radicals' come about? It was a neat opportunity - we had a couple of extra songs left over from when we made Oh Fortune, particularly one with a very long title, ‘We Want to be…

Documentary filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul discusses the remarkable story fo Sixto Rodriguez

15 Nov 2012

The musician, the subject of Malik's Searching for Sugar Man, plays the Usher Hall this month

Like Robinson Crusoe in reverse, Sixto Rodriguez spent many decades oblivious to the fact that the world wished urgently to get in touch. In the early 70s, the young Latino songwriter (above) released a brace of albums. They sounded a bit like Bob…

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Eat, sleep and breathe: Phil Hague of Admiral Fallow

15 Nov 2012

The drummer with the passionate Glasgow folk-rockers shares his touring habits

What time is breakfast? I’m pretty good at getting up for breakfast; my appetite is fierce and I’d happily wolf down a full roast dinner at 7am. Tea or coffee? I love both tea and coffee very much. I think most people would agree that tea is a more…

Gav Prentice - The Invisible Hand

15 Nov 20124 stars

Familiar and well-observed folk-pop songs from the Over the Wall vocalist

This solo debut from Over The Wall vocalist Gav Prentice may be lacking in the fanfares that define his euphoric electro-brass duo, but this album’s small-town Scottish tales of getting old and family and work are characteristically familiar and…

Exclusive free download: Rachel Sermanni – The Fog (Discopolis remix)

7 Nov 2012

Track from singer songwriter's debut album remixed by indie-electro synthsters Discopolis

Indie-electro synthsters Discopolis have given us an exclusive free download of their new Rachel Sermanni remix. 'The Fog' is a track taken from Sermanni’s latest album Under Mountains, which we called ‘full of life, and landscape, and promise’. Taking…

New folk music: James Yorkston, Hanna Tuulikki and Alex Neilson on their musical influences

31 Oct 2012

Some recommendations from three strong voices in contemporary folk music

Scotland’s contemporary folk music is vital, dynamic and genre-defying. It re-animates mythic realms via acid-washed folk-rock (Trembling Bells); applies Gaelic customs to avant-garde art forms (Hanna Tuulikki, Muscles of Joy); celebrates punk and DIY…

Michael Marra 1952 - 2012 : A gentleman genius - Scotland's national bard

25 Oct 2012

A personal recollection of the Scottish songwriter by musician Eilidh Mackenzie

A few times in our lives we may be lucky enough for our path to cross with that of someone truly exceptional. The crossing can change your outlook, confidence, politics or career path. I feel totally blessed to have crossed paths with the great…

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Celtic Connections 2013 programme launched

24 Oct 2012

The music fest launches anniversary programme featuring The Mavericks, Aimee Mann and more

The cultural behemoth that is Celtic Connections looks set to bring its A-game next year, as it celebrates 20 years on the music scene with a bumper programme from around the globe. Folk, roots, indie and jazz will all be represented as stalwarts of the…

First & Last: Scots trad music figurehead Simon Thoumire

22 Oct 2012

The concertina player and driving force behind Foot Stompin' Records answers or Q&A

First record you ever bought Home is Where the Van is – The Battlefield Band. Last extravagant purchase you made Sonos wireless speaker. First film you saw that really moved you Somewhere in Time (with Christopher Reeves). Last lie you…

Darren Hayman & The Long Parliament - The Violence

18 Oct 20122 stars

A handful of evocative instrumentals prove the only highlights in this 20-track monster

FOLK DARREN HAYMAN & THE LONG PARLIAMENT The Violence (Fortuna Pop) Darren Hayman would be the first to acknowledge that he hasn’t been blessed with a glorious voice. And surely even his most ardent admirers will concede that he’s not immune to…

Jo Mango - Murmuration

18 Oct 20125 stars

An intimately detailed, delicately sung little lyrical tableaux

Cautiously choosing her path in music these last several years, this Glasgow-based alt.folkie has followed the low-key self-releasing route, while completing a doctorate in musicology, when she could have gone major label. Wider exposure predictably…

Exposure: Josephine Foster

10 Oct 2012

How to describe Miss Foster’s warbling psych-folk voice... Swooning. Vibrating? With rollercoaster peaks and dips? Or ‘Morriconean’ as one reviewer put it. Josephine chats to The List before her Glasgow date, touring with a live band including Trembling…

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Finn LeMarinel - Violence

9 Oct 20124 stars

LeMarinel's solo debut is a glorious calling card of acoustic folk musicianship

Within twenty seconds of listening to Violence, the following have crossed my mind: RM Hubbert, The Flaming Lips, Supertramp, Joanna Newsom, Yes and a sense of wonder. Can the rest of Glasgow singer-songwriter Finn LeMarinel’s debut album live up to…

Wounded Knee - Secret Museum of Kind Man

8 Oct 20124 stars

A playful slice of 'spiritual folk-jazz' with a touch of disco

‘More lo-fi spiritual folk-jazz from Leith’s finest exponent of lo-fi spiritual folk-jazz,’ promises Krapp’s fourth tape, Secret Museum of Kind Man – a play on Pat Conte’s Secret Museum of Mankind Ethnic Classic anthologies (Wounded Knee, aka Drew…

Rozi Plain - Joined Sometimes Unjoined

8 Oct 20123 stars

Gentle folk-pop vocals against a backdrop of ambient lo-fi production

Like a number of her Fence Collective label mates, singer/ songwriter Rozi Plain has a penchant for subtle yet obscure arrangements, slightly left of centre of the ethereal melodies that populate her latest offering Joined Sometimes Unjoined. The…

Josephine Foster - Blood Rushing

20 Sep 20124 stars

The psych-folk singer's strongest and most convincing work to date

It feels remiss to call an LP a career-high when an artist such as as Josephine Foster’s genre-defying output spans 19th century German lieder (2006’s Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing), reworkings of Emily Dickinson’s poetry (2010’s Graphic As A Star) and…

Rachel Sermanni - Under Mountains

20 Sep 20124 stars

Formidably assured debut full of life, landscape and promise

Rachel Sermanni has become such a well-loved figure on the live map in recent years that this debut LP feels overdue, despite the fact that the Carrbridge singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is barely in her 20s. Possessed of a striking…