20-09-18

TRUE NORTH LAUNCH PARTY

 

with Zoe Graham, Solareye, Man of Moon, and DJ Retrospective

 

Man of Moon are a two-piece alternative project from Edinburgh who came together in the later months of 2012, inspired by the likes of She Keeps Bees, Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley and Polica. Their enigmatic stage shows and sweet, haunting sound, crafted in bedrooms, is destined for great things.

Solareye is best known as the lyricist and principal songwriter with alternative hip-hop group Stanley Odd. Having released his debut solo album, ‘All These People are Me’ in May, Solareye’s music tells stories, paints pictures, raps about rapping and pushes some boundaries along the way.

Glasgow-based Zoe Graham is steadily building a reputation for herself on the Scottish contemporary music scene. There is an impressive maturity and attention to detail in Zoe’s music that sets this accomplished young songwriter apart from her peers.

Aftergig entertainment will be by DJ Retrospectre.

21-09-18

TRACYANNE & DANNY
with Special Guest Charles Watson
The Tivoli Theatre, 7pm

TRACYANNE & DANNY

Tracyanne & Danny is a new collaborative project between singer-songwriters Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura) and Danny Coughlan (Crybaby).

Tracyanne hails from Glasgow, Scotland. London-born Danny is based in Bristol, England.

Tracyanne & Danny is not a diverting curio or a wee stop on the road to someplace else. It is a shared artistic aesthetic, forged over time. They have figured out how to fit round each other and work together, creating a rewarding musical synergy

Special Guest Charles Watson

Charles Watson – the London based songwriter/producer and member of indie duo Slow Club and garage-rock super group The Surfing Magazines. Charles recently released his debut solo record Now That I’m A River on 18th May via Moshi Moshi Records.

To Book Tickets please click here.

THE MAGIC NUMBERS
with Special Guest Ren Harvieu
The Lemon Tree, 10pm

 

THE MAGIC NUMBERS

The Magic Numbers are a UK-based four-piece comprising two pairs of brothers and sisters (Romeo and Michele Stodart, Sean and Angela Gannon) who are known for their unique harmonies, melodic hooks, songwriting craftsmanship and timeless sound.

The band quickly shot to media attention after selling out London’s Kentish Town Forum solely on the strength of their loyal following, before the release of their self-titled 2005 debut album. This record was subsequently nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. The Magic Numbers went on to become one of the nation’s best-loved bands and have toured around the world with the likes of Brian Wilson, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, The Who, Morrissey, U2 and Bright Eyes to name a few.

The Magic Numbers released their latest album Outsiders in May 2018.

Special Guest Ren Harvieu

Ren Harvieu is an English singer/songwriter from Salford, Greater Manchester.

Ren was introduced to music by her mother. While in sixth form college, she performed in Musical Theatre and entered several talent competitions before uploading some of her own recordings to MySpace.

Ren was discovered on MySpace by a local music manager. After being introduced to Music Producer Jimmy Hogarth she began working on demo’s and was signed to Universal music when she was 18.

Ren started recording an album but in May 2011, but before it could be released, she broke her back in what she describes as a ‘freak accident’ After a 14-hour operation, Harvieu spent months recovering at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

On December 5, 2011, the BBC announced that she had been nominated for their BBC Sounds of 2012 poll. After releasing the singles “Through the Night” and “Open Up Your Arms” her first album ”Through the Night” was released on Island Records on 14 May 2012, entering the UK album chart at No 5.

True North Fringe Events

Robyn Davidson, Ross T Graham
Spin Bar and Diner
5.30-6.45pm  Free Event

22-09-18

MOGWAI
with Special Guest Blanck Mass
His Majesty’s Theatre, 7pm

For twenty-two years Mogwai have been making the rest of us metaphorically pass out: in rapturous awe, in brutalised dread and transcendental promise. Since 1995 Glasgow’s post-rock pioneers have been a sonic perfect storm, the musical equivalent of both Francis Bacon’s horror paintings and William Blake’s visions of angels in the trees (or, if you like, the aural equivalent of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience Showing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul, except by exuberant Scottish jesters in sturdy rain- wear, here in the 21st Century).

These are exceptional days for the Lanarkshire quartet, now in their 22nd year of creative singularity. Eighth studio album Rave Tapes was a top ten album in 2014, “in the proper charts,” notes a chuffed Braithwaite (on its release, the biggest-selling vinyl album of 2014); their 20th anniversary ATP season at Camden’s Roundhouse in 2015 featured artists who’d inspired them (Public Enemy, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, GZA, The Jesus & Mary Chain); an email correspondence began in 2015 between Braithwaite and his hero Iggy Pop (16 years after Punk Rock from Come On Die Young featured a sample of Iggy Pop gnarling, mag- nificently, over “trashy old noise” in 1977) while the Atomic tour of 2016/17 was acclaimed worldwide, includ- ing their show in Hiroshima, a dramatic experience which moved the band to tears. “It became kind of 3D and really on top of you,” notes Burns, “I count that tour as one of our best achievements.”

Arriving in 1995 Mogwai were 70s-born punk rock renegades who “hated everything”, who named them- selves after the comedy-horror gonk in Gremlins, whose lifelong politicised worldview inspired the 1998 EP No Education = No Future (Fuck The Curfew), an indignant protest against a Strathclyde Police initiative demonising Lanarkshire teenagers. Skateboarding kids who loved Nirvana, The Cure and Star Wars, their 1999 merchandising t-shirt in the pre-millennial, post-Britpop wilderness declared Blur: Are Shite. They aligned themselves, instead, with the symphonic divinity of Canada’s Godspeed You! Black Emperor, their own terror-rock epic Mogwai Fear Satan (from debut album Young Team, 1997) pioneering late-90s “post rock” instrumental sorcery. Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus, with late-90s foresight, pronounced them “the band of the 2Ist century”. Their autonomous, uncompromising attitude remains steadfast today, releasing music on their own Rock Action label since 2010, now home to a diverse spectrum of equally maverick minds.

MULL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
with Special Guest Emme Woods
The Lemon Tree, 10pm

Colin MacIntyre is an award‐winning musician, producer, author and playwright. He has released eight acclaimed albums to date, most notably under the name Mull Historical Society, having achieved two UK Top 20 albums and four Top 40 singles, since his Gold‐selling debut album, ‘Loss’. His debut novel ‘The Letters of Ivor Punch’ (W&N/Orion) won the 2015 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award. He has been voted Scotland’s Top Creative Talent at the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards, as well as into the Greatest Scottish Artists of All Time public poll, and has toured worldwide, including with The Strokes, Elbow and REM, and has played all the major festivals.

He has performed live on the U.S. College radio circuit, on Radio 4, 6Music, Radio 1, Radio 2, MTV, LATER WITH JOOLS HOLLAND and THE JONATHAN ROSS SHOW, among many    others. 2018 will see the release of Colin’s new Mull Historical Society album ‘Wakelines’ on Xtra Mile Recordings, Produced by the Mercury Award‐winning songwriter and Brit Award‐winning Producer Bernard Butler (Suede, McAlmost & Butler).

Special Guest Emme Woods

Soul, sass and sparks collide to create one of the most exciting female singers of our generation. Blending rock ‘n’ roll and blues influences with a hypnotic brood and incredible musical talent; Emme Woods has curated a truly bespoke 60s sound that bangs the drum for everything that’s great about the Scottish music scene right now. Simply put, Emme Woods is an original.

That said, Scotland does not define this twenty-three year old. Nor does it confine her. Packing up and touring Spain, causing intelligent chaos at gigs at The Great Escape in 2017 and playing self-promoted gigs in the city of Angels LA in recent months, Emme Woods is the true definition of a go-getter. Un-phased and never waiting on an opportunity to find her, she lets the music do the talking and all while her pride and joy dog Bubbles sits side of stage, or by a fur coat by the amps.

Fantastic passion and with a heroic spirit; Emme Woods is feminine + ballsy, grungy + angelic, sultry + brazen and all the while with a strong grasp of the lonely-hearts club. No dream too vast; no other artist has a penchant for songwriting in such an organic light.

VIC GALLOWAY (DJ SET)

The Lemon Tree, After the Mull Historical Society Set

Vic Galloway is an established and respected broadcaster, journalist and author based in Scotland. With 17 years of experience from 1999 to the present day he has presented weekly music programmes for the BBC, including 11 years broadcasting for Radio 1. He continues on BBC Radio Scotland every Monday night playing new and emerging music, offering exposure and LIVE sessions to the country’s best acts first. He also regularly contributes to BBC 6Music; presenting shows, documentaries and specials for the network.

Over his years on air, he has been the first BBC presenter to exclusively play and give coverage to artists such as Franz Ferdinand, Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Chvrches, Django Django, Young Fathers, Frightened Rabbit, King Creosote, Twilight Sad, Mylo, Twin Atlantic, Admiral Fallow and many, many more.

As a DJ, he has played in Student Unions, festivals and clubs across the UK, USA, Scandinavia and Europe.

 

 

True North Fringe Events

 

The Great Bear, Charles Watson, Emme Woods, Ross T Graham
The Leopard Stage @ Marischal Square
12.30-4.30pm  Free Event

 

Meraki, Shem Mason, Katie Mackie, First Light
Rye & Soda
1-5pm  Free Event

 

The Sea Atlas, Marc Culley
Spin Bar and Diner
5-6.15pm  Free Event

23-09-18

LADY STARDUST
Camille O’Sullivan + Friends present the music of David Bowie
His Majesty’s Theatre, 7pm

A major highlight of each of the preceding festivals, has been the curated concert celebrating the work of a legendary artist or band using the cream of UK musical talent to reimagine, reinterpret and celebrate their work. Having explored the music of Neil Young, Kate Bush and Fleetwood Mac in the past, this year the festival tackles one of the most innovative, charismatic and talented of them all as Irish vocalist Camille O’Sullivan brings together a line-up of stars to perform the work of David Bowie.

Born in London of a French mother and Irish father, Camille moved to Cork, Ireland when she was a child. Prior to running away with the ‘circus’ ‘The Famous Spiegeltent’ and La Clique touring the world, she took a circuitous route to becoming a performer. She studied Fine Art Painting for a year and then went to UCD and graduated as an Architect, winning the prestigious Architectural Association of Ireland Award in 2000. She lectured in University and exhibited in the Royal Hibernian Academy as a painter.

Self taught as a singer with a background in acting, it was whilst living in Berlin, she became intrigued by the narrative direct music of Weimar composers Eisler, Hollaender and Weill, described as ‘art song: exploring themes of politics, sexuality, life’s degenerates, democracy seedier side of life, desolate love’, and on her return home was inspired by the late great AgnesBernelle performances back in Dublin’s now defunct Da Club where O’Sullivan had also started to sing. After she had a serious car accident- with a year to recuperate she decided to leave architecture to become a performer.

More recently Camille was invited to perform on the BBC’s seminal music programme, Later WithJools. She was a guest star in the legendary Oliver award winning La Clique, of which she is an original cast member, in London’s West End. She recently toured with Shane McGowan and Sharon Shannon. She appeared in the Barbican alongside Jarvis Cocker, Mary Margaret O’Hara and a tribute to the music of Nick Drake performing with Martha Wainwright, Graham Coxon, Beth Orton, Harper Simon, Vashti Bunyan and Stuart Murdoch. She performed recently at the Barbican tribute to Jacque Brel with Marc Almond, Diamanda Galas and Momus. 

We’re pleased to announce our line-up for the David Bowie celebration, Lady Stardust.  Joining Camille O’ Sullivan will be Game of Thrones and Peaky Blinders star Aiden Gillen, Duke Special, Eliza Carthy, Kathryn Williams, Paul Noonan, Cathal Couglan, Olivier award winner Chris Green.  Book your tickets now for our ultimate celebration of the music of the iconic David Bowie!

GLASVEGAS
With Special Guests The Van T’s
The Lemon Tree, 9.30pm

For the uninitiated Glasvegas are James Allan (vocals), Rab Allan (lead guitar), Paul Donoghue (bass guitar) and Jonna Löfgren (drums).

However one could argue they should need no introduction.  One of the most successful Scottish musical exports in recent times, known globally for their unique sound and powerful lyrical content, they are a band that have never compromised; never conformed; commanding respect from their peers and critics alike and enjoy a fiercely loyal worldwide fan base.  Glasvegas are a band who on their own terms are forging an undeniable legacy in terms of how many up-and-coming Scottish bands and even some established ones (who shall remain nameless) have been influenced by Glasvegas…especially Allan’s emotive Glaswegian vocal delivery.

September 2008 saw the release of their self titled platinum selling debut album “Glasvegas” which reached No.2 in the album charts and eventually selling almost 500,000 copies worldwide.  Less than three months later the band released a six track Christmas themed EP entitled “A Snowflake Fell And It Felt Like A Kiss”.  This Christmas EP was produced and recorded in a remote castle in the Transylvanian mountains of Romania.  Both of the aforementioned releases received widespread critical acclaim with their stunning debut receiving a nomination for the coveted Mercury Music Prize in September 2009; a year after it’s release.

Their sophomore long player follow up stylised as “EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\” was released on the 4th April 2011.  The NME made it their album of the week and awarded the album 9/10.  Reaching the Top 10 in the UK and No.1 in Sweden it was heavily influenced by the bands six month stay in Santa Monica, California.  Two years and several world tours later, including festival performances at T in the Park (Scotland), Glastonbury (England), Splendour in the Grass (Australia), Lollapalooza & SXSW (USA) the band left one major label for another and in September 2013 “Later…When The TV Turns To Static” saw the light of day becoming the bands third official studio album release.  Written and produced by James Allan and recorded in his native Glasgow the album is once again a departure from the previous release and arguably more introspective.

Special Guests The Van T’s

Comprised of twin sisters Hannah and Chloe Van Thompson (guitar, vocals), Joanne Forbes (bass) and Shaun Hood (drums), 2016 was a breakout year for the band. Premiere’s on the likes of Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio Introducing show, Noisey, Consequence of Sound, Clash Magazine, The Line of Best Fit and Dork were followed by support slots with Yuck, Rat Boy and Honeyblood. The band also appeared at festivals T in The Park, where they headlined the BBC Introducing Stage, Electric Fields, Wide Days and Stag and Dagger. 2017 has seen the band continue to make their mark having supported The Jesus & Mary Chain in Amsterdam at the renowned venue Paradiso, played a support slot with Clean Cut Kid at London’s Scala following this up with two packed shows at this years Great Escape.

True North Fringe Events

 

The 101, Marc Culley, Robyn Davidson, Katie Mackie
The Leopard Stage @ Marischal Square
12.30-4.30pm  Free Event

 

Craig John Davidson, The Sea Atlas, CS Buchan, Sang Froid
Rye & Soda
1-5pm  Free Event

 

The Harmonica Movement, VanSleep
Spin Bar and Diner
5-6.15pm  Free Event