September brings even more fantastic Scottish acts to the stage – make sure you book ahead to avoid disappointment…
Siights @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
8th September 2018/£8
Although one half of SIIGHTS are from Ireland, we can forgive them this given their meteoric rise to fame. Mia (from Dublin) and Toni (from Glasgow) layer up an improbable blend of 80s pop and dance that is the perfect fit for a late summer night of dancing. Whilst these two young music makers are still finding their feet, this is a gig that’s guaranteed to be remembered for a long time to come. Grab tickets whilst you can!
The Nickajack Men @ The Mash House, Edinburgh
15th September 2018/£7
Scotland is brimming with young music talent and The Nickajack Men are a perfect example of this. Barely out of their twenties, these young lads have already pressed their first single earlier this year. Changed Ways Different Languages is a great introduction to the bands unique take on country flecked rock. Whilst influences such as Alabama Shakes and The War On Drugs are clearly evident, there are other sound at play here that worth paying attention to.
The LaFontaines @ The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
5th September 2018/£15.40
The LaFontaines are amongst the fasting rising stars coming out of Scotland with their refreshing blend of electronic-pop, hip-hop style vocals and guitar led choruses. Although the band has supported some of the biggest acts in their genres (Twin Atlantic and All Time Low, to name two) they’re still at a level where they’re comfortable in smaller venues such as the excellent Lemon Tree in Aberdeen.
Jed Grimes @ Glenfarg Village Folk Club, Kinross
3rd September 2018/£9
Not to be confused with Simple Minds and Danny Wilson bass player Ged Grimes, Jed Grimes is one of the oldest hands on the Folk Festival scene and a force to be reckoned with. Having played up and down the country in some of the biggest venues (including the Royal Albert Hall) in the 1970s, Jed has since served as a producer, arranger but it wasn’t until the release of The Hush (with Bob Fox on vocals) that he came back into the spotlight once more. Three solo albums later and Jed is a uniquely talented performer that is much in demand.
Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham @ SEALL, Isle of Skye
19th September 2018/£22
Voted Best Duo at the BBC National Folk Awards, as well as Live Act of the Year by the Scottish Traditional Music Wards, Aly and Phil have been playing together for over 30 years and are often described as ‘the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear’. Having recorded multiple albums to critical acclaim, their most recent effort celebrates their long career and has lead to a huge run of shows across Scotland.