Aug 292012



Andy Leek, you may remember him as a member of iconic 80’s band Dexy’s Midnight Runners from the ripe age of 16. Andy’s new album “Say Something” has been produced by legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the album showcases timeless tracks combined with meaningful melodies and lyrics.

Dala – Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony best described as angelic. These two best friends met in their high school music class in 2002; they have since released five albums and toured extensively across North America. Darlings of the Canadian music scene, Dala are now poised to bring their fresh brand of acoustic pop music to the world.

11:11 (pronounced: eleven eleven) are a Sydney based electro duo. They are on a full scale assault on your serotonin levels and plan to blow them through the roof, with the most catchy, hard hitting, bass pumping, synth sliding grooves known this side of the planet…and then some.

The duo consists of members Matt McHugh and Sam Fino. They both have a long standing relationship in and out of the studio. Matt is the lead vocalist, co-writer and audio producer of the duo. Sam takes care of backing vocals, rapping, Guitars, co-writing duties and arrangements.


Gladesmore Community School student’s have a chance of chart success by giving their song “Everybody Dreams” a transatlantic radio mix! This track is an inspiration for all communities and especially those affected by the riots last year all around the UK.

The song has the support and backing of hundreds of celebrities and music and television personalities including Ricky Gervais, Alan Carr, Ed Sheeran, Leona Lewis, Jess J, Tinie Tempah, Marvin and Aston from JLS, and Boris Johnson to name a few.

Everybody Dreams

Everybody Dreams – Students & Friends on Stage

Join Graeme

…..Every Thursday and Friday from 10am. Only on ELFM!


Birthday Honoured

 Posted by
Aug 272012

East Lothian FM were delighted to accept a donation towards station funds from Alex Gordon Snr today.

Alex Gordon Snr

Alex (left) recently enjoyed a birthday with family and friends and took the opportunity to raise a few pounds. He was delighted with the response and decided to split the money between ELFM and the Sick Kids. Andy Morris, station Chairman was more than happy to receive the donation of £200 at the studio this morning.

From us all at East Lothian FM: Thanks Alex. We hope you had a great day!

Aug 222012

Most folk nowadays knows someone who has been directly or indirectly affected by a suicide.

To those involved it is tragic and often misunderstood.

Unfortunately, Scotland heads the league table in Britain when it comes to suicide rates and it has done so for the last 30 or 40 years.

East Lothian FM have been invited to work in conjunction with Choose Life – East Lothian, Changes from Musselburgh and NHS Lothian, by presenting a series of live discussions on air in conjunction with Suicide Prevention Week, which will be running nationally from Monday 10th, to Friday 14th. September.

Each discussion will take place and broadcast daily shortly after 10.00 a.m. each morning.

This is part of a Scottish-wide national awareness campaign designed to draw the attention of the public to this most dreadful of occurrences.

The discussions will involve a cross section of people from all walks of life who regularly come into contact with patients and families of patients – including specialists, councillors and patient mentors and will include such topics as how to identify the early signs, what to do and who to turn to for help.

Extensive training courses are freely available in East Lothian for people who think they might benefit if they find themselves in the close environment of a potential victim and we will explore just what and where advice on these courses can be found.

However, and more importantly, we will be talking openly and frankly about a subject that even in these days of liberalism and social reform, is still regarded by many as Taboo.

Whether or not listeners have been affected by this most disturbing of deep and personal problems, these frank discussions will serve to make people much more aware of the front line and back-up services that are to be had here in East Lothian.


Aug 222012


Maria Doyle-Kennedy

Maria Doyle-Kennedy

Kovak are undoubtedly “Britain’s answer to the Scissor Sisters” and release their new single “Living The Dream” on September 17th. Hot on the heels of the band’s previous track “Killer Boots” which resulted in Kovak becoming only the second unsigned band to be play listed on Radio 2!

Maria Doyle Kennedy is described as Ireland’s best kept secret, though she may be more familiar as Mrs Bates from ITV’s Downton Abbey, Katherine of Aragon from The Tudors or Muriel Bately from the ITV mini-series Titanic. Just three award-winning television series in which she first appeared.

Success as an actress is gratifying but Maria is definitely a singer first! Her second release “Sing”, the title track from her Album, is an evocative duet that Maria sings with Damien Rice. The single “Sing” is released on 20th August and the album “Sing” is released on 27th August.


The Soviets

The Soviets

The Soviets have evolved into a fully formed musical outfit. Having performed at festivals such as Playfest and Chase Park, the band was also booked to play the main stage at Ignition Festival. Their energetic live performances, underpinned by beautifully crafted songs and immaculate musicianship have led to the establishment of a growing following and an increase in demand by promoters throughout the UK and beyond.

With successful gigs supporting Ocean Colour Scene, The Charlatans and The Sunshine Underground already under their belts, the band went international in June 2012, playing a triumphant set alongside Incubus at Circolo Degli Illuminati in Rome.

Off stage, the band have now finished recording their debut album – “You are not the end of the world” – working with internationally renowned Dance outfit Trafik via Loft Productions. This was financed through Pledge Music campaign by the ever increasing number of fans of the band. The finished article has had its final mixing and mastering and will be released later in 2012 on Reckless General Records.

Due to a combination of concerns relating to the US market where the band has recently signed a publishing deal, the increasing number of European gigs and the growing realisation that the band has changed beyond recognition from the original model, the last performance under the name “The Soviets” has now taken place.

The band performed under the the new name at the Corbridge Festival as “This Ground Moves” – a new name which suits the music, image, ideas and ambitions of the group.

Aug 182012

Black Circles Logo

Our very own Tracey Binnie will be interviewing Black Circles on Late Night Rock this Wednesday (22nd).

BLACK CIRCLES are an alternative power-trio from Kent, England, whose new single ‘Escape’, has helped to gain them nearly 7,500 Twitter followers and 4,000 Facebook fans and created a buzz on several top online music blogs.

Their previous single ‘Final Straw’ (Classic Rock Magazine’s ‘Track of the Day’) a confident and muscular follow up to debut release ‘Little Girl’ (iTunes, Aug 2010) received glowing reviews online, airplay on Tom Robinson’s Introducing Show on BBC Radio 6 and Total Rock Radio as well as features in national magazines – Rhythm, Bass Guitar, Black Velvet, Somojo, Japan Weekly and Hello Kitty Fashion.

Both ambitious and demanding of themselves as songwriters and musicians, Black Circles combine the valve fuzz of Queens of The Stone Age with the blistering pop melodies of early Foo Fighters. Yet it is the creative synergy between guitarist/singer Dan’s impassioned vocals, Mayumi’s hypnotic bass lines and Tris’s masterful drumming that make the Black Circles’ sound so unique.

A live favourite on the UK gig scene, Black Circles undertook a RocSoc university tour and played a series of summer festivals up and down the country to promote Final Straw (iTunes, May 2011). The band wowed crowds and won new fans with performances at Farm Festival, Indie Week Ireland, Big Bike Festival and the legendary Great Escape in Brighton. Top production company ‘Crossroad Films’ (Biffy Clyro, Athlete, and Muse) were so impressed by their energetic live show that they produced the video for the single.

With the video for new single ‘Escape’ getting nearly 8,500 views on YouTube since its release, there’s no doubt Black Circles have their sights set on big things in 2012.

Join Tracey Binnie for Late Night Rock every Wednesday from 10pm


Aug 152012


Josh Taerk is a Canadian singer-songwriter and a young phenomenon who, despite having just released his first album, has already gained fans amongst rock royalty. Bruce Springsteen’s drummer Max Weinberg called Taerk “The most exciting new talent I have come across in years”.

Having attracted the attentions of legendary producer Terry Brown (Rush, Blue Rodeo, Cutting Crew) Taerk set out to collaborate on what would become his remarkable début full-length album, “Never Look Back”, released in the UK in December 2011. The first single, ‘Start Again’ gained a great deal of airplay on radio stations nationwide and attracted press in major publications including Music Week, Rock N Reel, Fireworks, Classic Rock, and Guitar Magazine.

Josh will be joining The Soldiers on their August UK Tour. Fresh from headlining the London Palladium, with 3 massive hit chart albums and a number one single, The Soldiers have cemented a reputation for an electrifying live show – this line-up is sure to be the hottest concert ticket in town.

Prowse & Darth VaderDave Prowse joins Graeme to promote his new book “Straight from the Forces Mouth”

Everyone has heard of Darth Vader, the infamous Star Wars villain we all love to fear, created by George Lucas and brought to life by Dave Prowse MBE, but people may not be so familiar with the story of the multi-talented man behind the mask.

It required someone exceptional to turn a helmeted costume into the principal character in the highest grossing film series in cinema history – that someone was Dave Prowse. The towering, physical presence of the 6ft 7″ bodybuilder was ideally suited to personify the intimidating Darth Vader. Straight from the Force’s Mouth takes us behind the scenes of Star Wars and documents how this extraordinary man took on the role of the menacing central character to creating one of the most iconic villains in cinema history.

In this book of memoirs, Dave shares his journey from disadvantaged child and poor student to champion weightlifter and international film star. The Dave Prowse story is one of determination and hard work and in this honest account he explains how he overcame the many setbacks in his life to achieve success and global recognition. This book is a must have for Star Wars fans of all ages and will appeal to anyone who enjoys a truly inspirational and motivating real life story.


Dr Linda Papadopoulos is one of the most well-known and respected psychologists working in the UK today. Her 14 year career as a research scientist and practising psychologist has led to her work being published in some of the most highly-regarded academic journals and given rise to a high profile media-career. Her observations regarding the psychology behind news and current events are syndicated by the press and discussed by television and radio networks.

Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos will talk about the importance of allowing children to enjoy simple pleasures this summer. Mum to Jessica, aged 10, Linda is able to share her own tips on enjoying every day pleasures in an affordable way.