Hello everybody and a very happy new year to you all!
It’s good to be back after my wee Christmas break.
I hope you all had a great time bringing in the new year and that you’ve just about recovered by now from the festivities and partying.
I’m really looking forward to the year ahead and I know it will be a great one for new music from Ayrshire and for music from Scotland in general. Ayrshire is indeed a thriving hotbed of music talent and I’m positive that a lot of musicians and bands are going to make a splash in 2013.
A fair number of Ayrshire bands will be releasing their debut albums this year and hopefully we’ll see a good many of them performing at festivals around the country.
I’ve been listening to a lot of Ayrshire band SucioPerro lately and their newest album, Fused, comes highly recommended by Q Magazine, Kerrang and Rock Sound and is a great way to blast away any cobwebs or new year hangover.
A dynamic and highly talented band; their videos for ‘Rabbits’ and ‘Boxes’ are a must watch.
See more of this group at www.sucioperro.com
•This year will see the launch of a number of live music events taking place at the newly reopened Gaiety Theatre in Ayr.
The live music events will take place in the new performance space The Studio.
With a promising line up of live music events already in the winter to spring programme, I for one am really excited about this.
So far the programme includes:
•Friday 11th January, I’ve got the pleasure of performing with Ayrshire talents Nika, Paul McGranaghan, Trusty and The Foe, Alan Frew and John Cooper.
•Tuesday, January 29 – Elkie Brooks
•Friday, February 8 – Alan Frew, Mark Rafferty, Siobhan Wilson
•Friday, March 8 – Rose Parade, Esperi, Lori McTear
•Friday, April 12 – Rebecca Shearing, Nika, Anna Sweeney, Jemma Kate
•Friday, May 24 – Beerjacket, Julia Doogan, Dol Eoin MacKinnon
A top line-up so if you’ve got a spare night or two, make sure you pop along!
•Quick note on a great duo called Holland and Palmley Duo who have recently settled in Ayrshire.
These are two guys with very different musical influences (one played in a full time symphony orchestra in Italy and the other has a strong Irish folk background).
The guys have great talent and we should all do our best to keep up with them – definitely an act to look out for.
Check out their website at http://hollandandpalmley.wix.com/celtictwist
Until next week folks,
Remember to stay positive and prepare to enjoy a fantastic 2013 that is coming our way.
I truly believe this will be a great 12 months in the life of the Ayrshire music scene.