June and Winter: Picks of the week

By Niall Christie

Here’s a rundown of the music released, films screening, shows playing, books read, events happening and stuff going on that we think is worth talking about this week.

Out Lines

Announced earlier this week, this exciting collaboration has set hearts aflutter across the country. Bringing together the ethereal voice of 2015 Scottish Album of the Year winner Kathryn Joseph, producer Marcus Mackay and James Graham, one third of Scottish cult favourites The Twilight Sad.

Taking to social media on Wednesday afternoon, the trio announced plans to release their debut album, Conflats, at the end of October. Written in collaboration with users of the Platform arts space in Easterhouse, Glasgow, and with artwork provided by Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, this supergroup of Scots song holds a great deal of promise.

Out now, the group’s debut single, Buried Guns, is five minutes of impressive alt-folk, with the depressingly straight-laced tones of Graham complemented by Joseph’s always-enticing vocals. NC

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2017

Continuing on with the strong week for Scottish music, this weekend marks the return of my favourite festival of the year. Located on the idyllic Belladrum estate, the Tartan Heart Festival boasts another impressive line-up this time around.

Headliners Franz Ferdinand promise a rousing closing set on Saturday evening, while former headliners Twin Atlantic return to the site, this time closing the festival’s largest tent, the Hothouse, on Friday night. Honourable mentions go to former Scottish Album of the Year nominee Karine Polwart, who will battle it out against Twin Atlantic for the affections of Friday night punters, Swedish folk-favourites First Aid Kit, Thursday’s stand out, and to Fort William group Bloodlines, who will open the Hothouse on Saturday afternoon before frontman Jamie rushes off to tie the knot in the estate’s chapel. NC

Bloodlines return after their fantastic closing set on last year’s Seedling’s stage.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe

No post this week would be complete  without a mention of the Edinburgh Fringe which begins this weekend. Sifting through and picking out a show to see can be daunting for any, so here is a link to the easy search on the festival’s website.

Hosting world class musicians, comedians, poets, politicians, artists and everything in between, this unique coming of together of cultures and people is simply amazing. And with the festivities running until August 28, there is no excuse for not getting yourself to the 70th Edinburgh Festival. NC


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