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Bogha-frois: Queer Voices in Folk

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Bogha-frois: Queer Voices in Folk (Scottish Gaelic for Rainbow) is a community of queer folk musicians based in Scotland and beyond. The community provides a platform for LGBTQIA+ musicians in the trad and folk arts to create performances and collaboration which reflect the queer experience. Showcased to rave reviews at Celtic Connections 2019 and 2020, the project featured on BBC Radio 6 Music as part of their Loud and Proud season. Performers include Man of the Minch, Radio Scotland Songwriter Award winner Mike McKenzie, composer and piper Malin Lewis, Marit Falt, and more.

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Meursault

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Playing for the first time since ‘you-know-what’, Neil Pennycook and band take to the stage to perform material spanning Meursault’s entire back catalogue, as well as a few sly nods to future releases. Featuring a line up of familiar faces, this incarnation of the Meursault live band are champing at the bit to get on stage and deliver to the audience the unique musical blend that Neil and his cohorts are known for.

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Sacred Paws

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Sacred Paws don’t take things too seriously. You can hear it all the way through a conversation with its two members, guitarist Rachel Aggs and drummer Eilidh Rodgers, punctuated by rolls of giggles and thoughtful pauses, and you can hear it in the light touch they bring to their music. The Glasgow-based band bring that fun and light touch to Summerhall, performing songs from SAY Award-winning album Strike a Match and acclaimed follow-up Run Around The Sun, which showcase their unique blend of shimmering guitar riffs, snappy beats and swooning melodies.

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Stanley Odd

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Stanley Odd make music for people that get tongue-tied talking to girls; clumsy people that dance awkwardly in their bedrooms; people that are generally uncomfortable in social situations; those for whom fashion-sense is an oxymoron; avid readers of science fiction and comic books; anyone who prefers literary figures to viewing figures; disciples and architects of counter-culture. Stay Odd.

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Kapil Seshasayee

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Kapil Seshasayee is a polymath and a true original talent, both as a songwriter and as a soundsmith, a one-man combination of Scott Walker, Blood Orange, Arca and Richard Dawson. Combining electronica flourishes evoking FKA Twigs with Indian Classical guitar ornamentations, stunning vocals and a penchant for unorthodox instrumentation such as the aquaphone. Building on his acclaimed debut album A Sacred Bore – featured in Pitchfork, VICE, BBC Introducing, The Guardian, The Quietus, and Rolling Stone India – Kapil makes a psychedelic crossover of R&B and avant Indian classical on his upcoming album, Laal.

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Hamish Hawk

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Hamish Hawk is an Edinburgh-based songwriter. Performing solo and as frontman of the New Outfit, Hawk’s ability to surprise, enchant and bewilder has secured his status as one of the more endearing figures on the Scottish contemporary music scene.

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Carla J Easton

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Carla J Easton is a brilliant songwriter, singer and filmmaker from Glasgow. Having released four critically acclaimed albums under her own name, Easton has been championed by BBC Radio 6 Music, performed at festivals internationally and toured with Camera Obscura, The Vaselines and Aidan Moffat. In 2018, she released the SAY Award shortlisted Impossible Stuff, produced by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Leonard Cohen) achieving Record of the Day, Guardian Track of the Week and BBC Scotland Single of the Week. Her third album WEIRDO, released in 2020, has been described as ‘all volume needles buried in the red, glitter bursting from every chorus’.

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EHFM’s 3rd Birthday Featuring… Other Lands

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Edinburgh’s community radio station EHFM celebrates three years on the airwaves with a special live show from local legend Other Lands. Having released on Firecracker Recordings and Athens of the North – as well as Rush Hour and Dekmantel under previous monicker Fudge Fingas – his catalogue ranges from meditative to euphoric, drawing as much from Ivor Cutler as it does from Detroit Techno. This rare outing will see Other Lands showing off his talents as a multi-instrumentalist, weaving past and present materials with help from some good pals.

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James Yorkston

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James Yorkston is a singer-songwriter and author from the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland. Since signing to Domino Records in 2001, James has released a steady flow of highly acclaimed albums and toured his music worldwide. James’ 2021 album The Wide, Wide River was called ‘another fascinating, curious contribution to the Scottish musician’s constantly eddying catalogue’ by The Guardian, ‘a beautiful experience’ by Clash and ‘another career highlight’ by The Scotsman.

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James Yorkston

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James Yorkston is a singer-songwriter and author from the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland. Since signing to Domino Records in 2001, James has released a steady flow of highly acclaimed albums and toured his music worldwide. James’ 2021 album The Wide, Wide River was called ‘another fascinating, curious contribution to the Scottish musician’s constantly eddying catalogue’ by The Guardian, ‘a beautiful experience’ by Clash and ‘another career highlight’ by The Scotsman.

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Siobhan Wilson

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Singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, library music producer, Siobhan Wilson was born in Elgin, Scotland, UK. Siobhan has 14 years of live touring and studio production experience. Her 2017 album, There Are No Saints was shortlisted for Scottish Album of the Year and drew attention from the likes of Rolling Stone and BBC Radio 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne, who listed it as her album of the day. Wilson’s a regular live performer at BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 6 Music stations and was shortlisted for Best Musician in The Sunday Herald Culture Awards in the same year.

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Withered Hand

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Withered Hand is the songwriting moniker of Edinburgh-based Dan Willson. Since 2009, Dan has released two widely acclaimed albums – New Gods (2014) and Good News (2009) – and has toured extensively, both solo and with various incarnations of the band. Currently working towards a long-awaited third LP, Dan has also been working with the Mercury-nominated songwriter Kathryn Williams during lockdown on a collaborative project to be released in early 2022 and is looking forward to a joyous return to the live music scene, performing material new and old with his band.

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Andrew Wasylyk

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Scottish composer and producer Andrew Wasylyk has conceived and contributed to over 25 albumsincluding producing two lauded albums with electronic-experimental duo, Art Of The Memory Palace, seven albums with indie-pop group The Hazey Janes and, more recently, a collaboration EP with former Makar and playwright, Liz Lochhead. Wasylyk’s The Paralian (2019) was shortlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year Award. His latest album, Fugitive Light and Themes of Consolation was released in 2020 on Edinburgh’s Athens Of The North Records to wide-spread critical acclaim.