The Holy Ghosts (Edinburgh)
Make Me Feel Good Rhythm and Blues.
The Holy Ghosts formed in January 2012 to spread the good word of the rock n roll gospel. They are a five-piece band from Edinburgh playing Rock n’ Roll/Country with a dash of the Blues.
They draw inspiration from the R’n’B, Country Rock and Americana bands of the 60s and 70s and apply a unique twist of Scottish young manhood.
Performing live remains the groups forte with the use of razor sharp guitars, wailing harmonica, honky tonk piano, spine tingling three part harmonies and charismatic stage presence make them an exciting live performance.
Colin Clyne (Stonehaven)
Contemporary folk spiced with Americana & Country influences.
Award-winning Scottish singer/songwriter (folk, Americana) Clyne recently came home from California after winning Best Acoustic Act twice at the San Diego Music Awards. He has shared the stage with the likes of Justin Currie (Del Amitri) Big Country, Donnie Munro, Skerryvore and performed at a VIP event for Elton John.
His album The Never Ending Pageant, produced by Grammy winner Alan Sanderson (The Stones, Elton John, Ryan Adams), reached number six on iTunes Country album charts. The Sun newspaper described Pageant as ‘…a glorious selection of folk and county rock numbers…’, comparing Clyne to Ryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen. Radio play continues worldwide including on many BBC stations. Legendary BBC Radio 2 DJ Whispering Bob Harris declared Pageant to be a ‘…really great album.’
Daniel Meade (Glasgow)
2015 has seen Meade and The Mules complete two successful headline UK Tours, a sell out nationwide tour opening for Pokey LaFarge and once again being invited to perform live on the BBC as part of the highly successful ‘BBC at The Quay’ sessions in Glasgow.
Meade also undertook a two week solo stint in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium opening for and backing Diana Jones. As a result, he and long-term guitarist/wizard Lloyd Reid were invited back to the EU for a string of their own dates at the end of August, which were a great success and already there are more EU shows being booked for 2016/17.
The band finished off the year on a high, supporting Scottish music royalty The Proclaimers.
The New Madrids (Perth)
Transatlantic country soul.
The New Madrids were formed in 2010 by the four remaining members of Americana stalwarts $outhpaw and the lead singer/founder of rock & blues degenerates The Revivals.
Americana roots and soul are at the heart of The New Madrids’ sound with a powerhouse rhythm section of Maurice McPherson on drums, Callum Keith on bass backing the incomparable Owen Nicholson on any variety of stringed creations. Ian Hutchison and Donny McElligott share lead vocal duties as well as the writing.
Three years later and the debut album – Through the Heart of Town is set for a January 2014 release……..what could possibly go wrong?
Mikey Maclennan from The Carloways (Bridge of Earn)
Modern Rock ‘n’ Roll and good old Country music.
The Carloways are a young, 5-piece band from Bridge of Earn, Scotland. Influenced by the likes of Johnny Cash and The Rolling Stones, they have been touring, writing music and having a good time since their birth back in 2014.
The band have received astonishing reviews from packed out crowds around Scotland including festival slots at the likes of Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and Southern Fried Festival thus underlining their status as one of Scotland’s finest young bands in the genre. Doricana Fest see’s Mikey Maclennan debut his new solo project.
The Malpaso Gang (Aberdeen)
Country and Western.
The North East of Scotland’s premier country and western band. Quirky and fun yet maintaining energy and authenticity to every stage they grace.
Playing ‘footstompin’ originals and blowin’ the dust off pertinent covers from the 40s and 50s, ‘The Gang’ are grounded in the sounds of old. On a mission from God (AKA Hank Williams) to bring their infectious brand of alt. old country to the masses.