Preview 2009 - Local talent

  • The List
  • 8 January 2009
The Phantom Band

The Phantom Band

We round up the local lads and lasses most likely to in 2009

MUSIC: The Phantom Band

We’ve been tipping this Glasgow sextet, who make what’s most succinctly described as ‘experimental krautrock’, for greatness for a wee while now. Their debut album Checkmate Savage lands in late January, fresh off the Chemikal Underground production line, and we reckon it’s going to be one of our soundtracks of the year.

FILM: Morag McKinnon

This multi BAFTA-winning director has been slowly smouldering away at the edges of Scottish Cinema for some years now. However, in 2009, she’s finally releasing Rounding Up Donkeys, the second part of the ADVANCE PARTY trilogy that produced 2006’s fantastic Red Road. Rounding Up Donkeys will feature the same actors playing the same characters, but in all-new situations scripted by McKinnon at the same time as Andrea Arnold came up with Red Road.


It’s been four years since the Falkirk scribe published The Incredible Adam Spark. Find out what he’s been doing since, with a third novel, Death of a Ladies’ Man, published by Headline in July, plus several forays into theatre: The Library at the Arches, The Ching Room at the Traverse and Oran Mor (both April) and his ‘one-woman show’ Times When I Bite touring Scotland from May.

VISUAL ART: Karla Black

2009 could well be the year the increasingly successful Glasgow-based sculptor and installation artist hits the major league. Her show at Mary Mary (Jan) is an early highlight of the art world calendar, then she’s off on tour to Germany, Switzerland, Mallorca and Oxford, ending up at Inverleith House in Edinburgh with another show (Nov/Dec).