High 5, with Lucy Mae

High 5, with Lucy Mae

On Sunday night (May 29) at Leith Depot, Manchester soul and jazz songstress Lucy Mae and her musical partner, French multi-instrumentalist Luc Phan (guitar, loop and saxophone), will be performing material from Lucy’s just-released self-titled EP, alongside some new pieces and jazz classics. According to the Manchester’s ALT Student Guide, ‘her style is filled to the brim with cool soul and jazz, her voice is deep and enticing. I think that if it were possible…

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Interview: Maryam Ghaffari, Got Soul Choir

Interview: Maryam Ghaffari, Got Soul Choir

There’s community choirs and there’s community choirs. Take Edinburgh’s first-ever soul choir, Got Soul Choir, for instance. Colourfully dressed, renowned for their funky dance moves, and fine of voice, you’re more likely to see them singing their hearts out at the Queen’s Hall and the Usher Hall than in your local community centre. Founded in 2012 by singer, Maryam Ghaffari, the choir has become so successful – famous names such as Mica Paris want to…

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High Five, with Natalia Tena of Molotov Jukebox

High Five, with Natalia Tena of Molotov Jukebox

And now for something completely different… the visit of Molotov Jukebox, those world-renowned party purveyors of contemporary world music, fronted by the multi-talented Natalia Tena, who plays Nymphadora Tonks in Harry Potter, Osha in Game Of Thrones, and had a starring role in the T In The Park-set movie You Instead. Following on from the success of 2014’s hotly-received debut Carnival Flower, the London-based six-piece released second album Tropical Gypsy on April 15 – and like its predecessor, it displays a…

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High Five, with Blair Dunlop

High Five, with Blair Dunlop

If Blair Dunlop is not on your radar, then it’s high time you recharged its batteries. A BBC Folk Award winner, the talented 24-year-old has been described by Clash magazine as a ‘cult hero whose work is adored by those who come across it’, while Q magazine say his soon-to-be- released third album, Gilded, offers ‘an exciting glimpse of where traditional folk might go’. The son of folk musician Ashley Hutchings (ex-Fairport Convention), Dunlop has released one EP…

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Gig preview: The Bluetones, Liquid Room

Gig preview: The Bluetones, Liquid Room

Back in 2011, Britpop favourites The Bluetones bade farewell to fans with a UK tour that was to be their last. The band all went off in different directions following their final gig, with frontman Mark Morriss doing the solo thing for a while. Last year, the band, who scored three top 10 albums and 13 top 40 singles, including Slight Return, got back together for a 20th anniversary tour. Morriss admits he had no idea if…

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Alex Turner: ‘The Last Shadow Puppets might release two more albums’

Alex Turner: ‘The Last Shadow Puppets might release two more albums’

Speaking ahead of their eagerly-awaited gig at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh this Saturday (March 26), Alex Turner has said The Last Shadow Puppets might release two more albums – but they haven’t decided yet. Previously, Turner said they were intent on releasing a trilogy of albums, but now he’s hinted that they may end up extending it to a fourth release. In an interview with Chris Evans on his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show this morning…

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Nathan Carter announces new album ahead of Edinburgh gig

Nathan Carter announces new album ahead of Edinburgh gig

Ahead of his eagerly-anticipated visit to the Queen’s Hall on April 2, country music sensation Nathan Carter has announced new album Stayin’ Up All Night – his first to be released in the UK. The album, out on April 29 through Decca Records, follows the Liverpool-born singer’s enormous success in Ireland, where he has had three number one albums, two number one singles and two number one live DVDs – making him nothing short of a household name. His…

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High Five, with Billy Bibby (ex-Catfish And The Bottlemen)

High Five, with Billy Bibby (ex-Catfish And The Bottlemen)

Having cut himself loose from the hugely popular Catfish And The Bottlemen, Billy Bibby brings his new band, the Wry Smiles, to Sneaky Pete’s on Friday, 12 February as part of his UK Tour. “These lads I’ve taken on board are the real deal with exciting futures ahead of them,” says Billy of his new four-piece line-up. “I’m really looking forward to going on tour with this great bunch of guys. I’m sure we’ll turn a few heads with our…

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