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Don't Make A Scene: A Field Guide to Putting on DIY Gigs

9 Jan 2015

Rob St John and Bartholomew Owl present their step-by-step' guide to DIY gig promotion

The clue about DIY gig promotion is all in the name – you do it yourself. But that doesn’t mean that the eager music lover with a yen for events organisation has to lurch blindly into the minefield of guest-list etiquette and creative rider demands…

Music Language - Various venues, Glasgow, 1 & 2 Sep 2012

20 Sep 20124 stars

Glasgow festival of challenging and uniquely entertaining music

The all-dayer festival has had mixed fortunes; in Glasgow at least. Fortunately, sometimes folks get it right. Launched last year by celebrated Glasgow promoters Cry Parrot and Tracer Trails, Music Language has been ambitious in its attempts to gather a…

Music Language Festival 2012 - a weekend of music, art and partying in Glasgow

22 Aug 2012

Alasdair Roberts, Richard Youngs, Happy Particles and Conquering Animal Sound

Music Language sees Scotland’s finest DIY promoters Cry Parrot and Tracer Trails team up once more for a giddy weekend of underground music, art and partying. Keen not to repeat themselves, the organisers have opted for a completely fresh line-up…

FOUND win the first ever List Award

16 Dec 2011

Edinburgh arts collective claim prize, while Cargo Publishing collect Best Newcomer

Edinburgh-based band and arts collective FOUND have won the first annual List Award. The Award, presented on Thursday 15 December at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery as part of The List's Hot 100 Party, recognises achievement in the arts over the…

Music-themed Christmas parties round-up

13 Dec 2011

Festive shindigs on offer from Song, By Toad, Phantom Band, James Yorkston, Fence and more

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas in Scotland's indie village without a bunch of our favourite bands getting together to chip in for mince pies and mulled wine and treat us to / inflict upon us some of their most diligently practiced seasonal covers. Yes…

The List launches new cultural awards

12 Dec 2011

The List Award 2011 shortlist includes David Greig, Karla Black, Aidan Moffat and David Mackenzie

The List introduces its own end-of-year cultural award, plus a Best Newcomer award. The awards complement The List's annual creative talent list The Hot 100, the 2011 edition of which is published on 14 Dec The winners to be announced at a Hot 100…

Bill Wells' National Jazz Trio of Scotland to appear at Tracer Trails' Christmas Party

9 Dec 2011

Another engagement for the ubiquitous collaborator and jazzman

The National Jazz Trio of Scotland has never really been a trio. Nor has Bill Wells’ cheekily-monickered combo ever played jazz in the conventional sense. With a first album of original material – the waggishly christened Standards Volume Two…

Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard - The Third Door, Edinburgh, Wed 26 Oct 2011

15 Nov 20114 stars

Near two-hour set pulls disparate parts into satisfying whole

For this, one of the first gigs at the refreshed and renamed Third Door venue (formerly Medina, and now boasting a beefier new sound system), big personalities and hearts on sleeves are very much the order of the day. Opener Viking Moses is one Brendon…

Archive Trails - Artists making new work from old photos and songs from Scotland's past

21 Sep 2011

Scottish folk ballads reworked via song, video and puppetry

After months of delving through old photos and songs, three performers aim to bring to life Scotland’s long-lost folk ballads through experimental vocals, video and glove puppets. Rachel Devine reports

Music Is The Music Language

25 Aug 2011

Festival of the experimental and esoteric

Music Is The Music Language, a two day festival organised by DIY promoters Cry Parrot and Tracer Trails, is testament to the vibrancy of Scotland’s underground music scene. ‘Underground music is strongest and most exciting where and when the values…

Tracer Trails/ Cry Parrot weekender 2011

27 May 2011

Two heavy hitters in Scotland’s DIY music scene stage September festival

Champions of all that is diverse, curious, metropolitan, undersung and fun – two heavy hitters in Scotland’s DIY music scene are joining forces to put on a brand new two-day festival. Glasgow-based independendent music promoters Cry Parrot and Tracer…

Long+Wrong/Tracer Trails with Eli Keszler

6 Apr 2011

Day-long experimental music event features Scotland's best noise artists

This day-long exploration of experimental music is headlined by American free percussionist Eli Keszler (pictured), complete with invented instruments and complex, intricate layering of rhythm and drones. Featuring ten of Scotland's best noise artists…

How the capital sound of Edinburgh's music scene is rising

31 Mar 2010

For a long time it’s felt as though Edinburgh’s music scene has had to play second fiddle to its cooler, bigger West Coast brother, picking up on Glasgow’s trends and regularly borrowing its records, its clothes and a little of its cachet. But while the…