Review: Taupe Rating 70%

Review: Taupe

Taupe describe themselves thusly: “a Newcastle-upon-Tyne based trio specialising in razor-sharp polyrhythmic play, exploratory improvisation and raw, high energy live performance.” In person, they’re a spare, suburban-looking three piece group, led by Jamie Stockbridge on the sax, with Mike Parr Burman and Adam Stapleford on guitar and drums. They played Edinburgh’s Jazz bar to a gradually thickening Thursday-night crowd, ending their set with a packed house.

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Review: Hamish Hawk – Swannanoa Rating 85%

Review: Hamish Hawk – Swannanoa

For his third release, Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Hamish Hawk has capitalised on the great promise of his earlier recordings to produce a finely-crafted and coherent set of songs which represent a step-change in his song-writing development. Essentially, Swannanoa is a collection of three beautiful piano ballads, written during Hamish’s tour of the USA earlier this year. Each song bears the Hamish Hawk trademarks of warmth, wit and wordsmithery; and together they conjure up a sense of the space and wonderment one might experience in the course of a US road-trip.

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Joshua Burnside: Winning the Northern Ireland Music Prize is certainly up there as a highlight

Joshua Burnside not only won the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2017 but is also scheduled to play SXSW next year, after releasing his album, Ephrata, back in May, earlier this year.

Joshua spoke with The Fountain about these achievements, when we can expect him performing in Scotland and the pure joy in being able to play music as a full-time job.

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Review: Seamus Fogarty and Alabaster dePlume Rating 83%

Review: Seamus Fogarty and Alabaster dePlume

An evening of sublime encouragement, Lost Map’s Alabaster dePlume kicked off the evening at the Hug and Pint telling his audience, “You’re doing very well” before he kicked into his formidable, sinister and yet astute set. Seamus Fogarty and band headlined the evening, performing tracks from Domino release, The Curious Hand.

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Review: Protomartyr Rating 81%

Review: Protomartyr

Protomartyr singer Joe Casey cuts a diminished figure as he shuffles onto the CCA stage; one that the Tumblr page ‘Descriptions of Joe Casey’ has long celebrated in the most evocative language. With such high praise of Casey as “an inverse Bono”, “an insurance salesman” and “an agitated salaryman who had one drink too many at happy hour” having already preceded this review, it’s difficult to know what more I can offer.

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