Oct 312012
 

Joining Graeme for Brunch this Thursday:

Iain Morrison

For his new album To the Horizon, Sir Iain travelled to the studio home of producer & friend Michael Chorney (Hadestown Orchestra, Anais Mitchell, Dollar General, Justin Vernon, Ani Difranco) in the hills of Vermont USA where a bunch of new tracks were created. Iain and Michael were joined by musicians Geza Carr (drums) & Robinson Morse (double bass). The remainder of the songs were completed in Scotland with various musicians including long time collaborator and friend Pete Harvey (The Leg, Meursault) on cello.

Quick Facts:

  • Iain is from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland & is currently based in Glasgow.
  • He recently appeared on the BBC’s Transatlantic Sessions singing 3 of his own songs alongside the likes of Bela Fleck, Danny Thompson & Jerry Douglas.
  • He grew up listening to records his uncle passed on including: Neil Young, The Byrds & The Waterboys.
  • He sang the part of ‘Orpheus’ for Anais Mitchell’s Glasgow ‘Hadestown’ show.
  • He plays a number of instruments including guitar & various types of pipes.
  • At a young age he grew to love the classical music of the highland pipes (piobaireachd) which was taught to him by his father using a technique called canntaireachd!
  • In 2010 he was commissioned to write songs based on these ancient melodies by the Celtic Connections festival. The resulting show, ‘Ceol Mor/Little Music’, received a 5 star review from the Scotsman newspaper. These songs are yet to be recorded.
Samantha Horwill

Samantha Horwill

Samantha Horwill

Samantha Horwill is a South African born singer-songwriter whose gutsy, catchy modern folk is characterised by its strong melodies and candidly emotive lyrics. The power of Samantha’s compelling live performances is captured on her debut album Caught in the light, set to be released in late 2012.

Samantha was discovered at a South African festival belting out her self-penned tunes on a hay bale. She soon found success as the front lady of a rock outfit, accomplishing sets at national festivals and earning extensive media coverage. Despite the opportunity for a major label record deal, Samantha decided the time was right to take the leap to carve her own path as a solo artist.

Relocating to the United Kingdom provided the start for this new career, quickly resulting in the release of her debut solo EP Figure of 3. Staging persuasive live performances armed only with her guitar, or backed by her band, Samantha’s songs allowed her to tour extensively in the UK and in her native South Africa, sharing the stage with Ocean Colour Scene, Imogen Heap, VV Brown, Amy Studt, Polly Paulusma and Foy Vance.


Then, on Friday…

3RA

Brothers Phrase and Ly, along with long-term friend Davis form the R&B group 3RA. They are releasing their new single Starstruck on the new Let Go mixtape on 10 November. The single will appear alongside previous tracks Let Go (Originally produced by Labrinth and Re-produced by 3RA Music) and Speed Of Light.

3RA have had the close support from established names in the industry including Bubble & Scratch (Disturbing London), Jon Baker (GeeJam) and Bradley McIntosh (S Club 7), giving them a strong presence in the industry to kick start their journey to success.

After having the opportunity to wow audiences at prestigious venues like Proud Camden, 3RA’s loyal fan base is vastly growing throughout the UK and Worldwide. Their recognizable image favors the guys for comparison to fellow hip-hop group Rizzle Kicks, which relates to the huge roles that each member of the group takes. Davis’ crisp production technique compliments Ly’s flowing MC style and is finished off with Phrase laying down his mellow energizing hooks.

Sarah McQuaid

In conjunction with the recent release of her new album The Plum Tree and The Rose, England-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Sarah McQuaid is currently midway through an eight-week USA tour that will be followed immediately by a 23-show UK tour in November.

Released earlier this year on the Chicago-based Waterbug Records label, The Plum Tree and The Rose has drawn critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. The UK’s fRoots (formerly Folk Roots) called it “impeccable”, Ireland’s Hot Press said it “should feature on many end-of-year best-ofs”, and Germany’s Folker wrote “Diese Frau hat Stil” (This lady’s got style). In the US, Seattle’s Victory Review hailed it as “truly profound and deeply emotive …. This is one for the keeping”, while Midwest Record described it as “low key but glorious and incendiary”.

The album was No. 3 on the Folk-DJ chart for March 2012, and by April was No. 5 on the Euro Americana Chart; in June, it reached No. 6 on the Roots Music Report Folk Top 50.

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Oct 242012
 

Anna and Stuart CraigEast Lothian FM listeners got a rare treat last Wednesday courtesy of the school holidays. Mid Week Friendly presenter Stuart Craig couldn’t say no when his 5 year old daughter Anna insisted on taking over his show.

Not only did she introduce her favourite tunes but she also carried off a near perfect telephone interview. Anna took to the technology faster than any ELFM presenter so far and interviewed her friend Dayna talking all about their holiday adventures.

Dad said:

A new presenter in the making?…..Or a wee girl who’ll use any excuse to stay up late?

Anna had a great time and wants to come back every school holiday to help out!

Anna Craig ELFM Presenter

Judging from our listener feedback, Dad’s got some competition. We’ll soon be asking who’s helping who?!? Well done Anna, and welcome to East Lothian FM!

Oct 232012
 

L&B Police LogoLothian and Borders Police are appealing for information to identify a man who was found dead on a beach in East Lothian earlier today.

The body of a man, believed to be middle-aged, was found at around 10am in a remote spot between Gullane Point and Aberlady Bay, Gullane.

Officers believe he died on the beach and his body may have lain there for a few hours, however is death is being treated as non-suspicious.

The man did not have any identification on him and police are now appealing to anyone whose friend or family member has failed to return home to get in touch.

Similarly, anyone who recognises the description of the man should come forward immediately.

He is described as being approximately 5ft 5ins tall and of slim build, with fair hair and black wide rimmed glasses. When he was found he was wearing black shoes and black trousers and had two grey fleece jackets on under a blue waterproof jacket. A rucksack, believed to belong to the man, was found a short distance away from his body on the beach and had items stored in waterproof bags, leading officers to believe he may be a seasoned walker.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131.

Oct 132012
 

The Scottish legal system is about to undergo the most significant changes in over 100 years. There have been a number of reviews looking at different aspects of the service and the recommendations have now been compiled into a consultation document.

It is particularly important for people in East Lothian to be aware of this consultation because one of the proposed changes is the closure of Haddington Sheriff Court. The business of the court would be moved to Edinburgh.

Full details about the consultation process, including the report itself and how to respond, can be found on the Scottish Courts website:

  • http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/consultations/index.asp
Oct 132012
 

L&B Police LogoLothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses after two caravans were set alight in East Lothian.

The incident happened around 1am Thursday at the Aberlady Caravan Site.

Two separate units were found alight and Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service attended to tackle the blaze.

Both caravans were completely destroyed as a result of the fires, while several others in the surrounding area sustained minor flame damage.

Detectives are treating this incident as suspicious and would urge anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

A police spokesman said:

Fortunately neither of the caravans were occupied at the time or this could have been a far more serious incident.

Nevertheless, these fires resulted in several thousand pounds worth of damage and we are carrying out local enquiries to identify those responsible.

Anyone who was in or around the caravan site in the early hours of yesterday morning and remembers seeing anything suspicious is asked to contact police immediately.

If you have any information, please contact Lothian and Borders Police using the following contact details:

Oct 102012
 

Thursday

Pete Kennedy – Irish singer/songwriter Pete Kennedy’s music is rapidly capturing audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Originally from Birr in County Offaly, and Carrig in County Tipperary, Pete was discovered last year by Lee Williams of CMR Nashville, Europe’s Country music radio station. The station invited Pete to go to Nashville to take part in the International Showcase, held the night before the CMA Awards. The appearance led to coverage on Inside Music Row, a TV show streamed around the world.

Melissa Suffield

Melissa Suffield

Melissa Suffield – Former Eastenders actress and BBC3 presenter Melissa Suffield (AKA teen tearaway Lucy Beale) is in the studio to encourage 16-17 year olds (and their parents!) to enrol in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme ahead of the Autumn half term.

Now in its second year, the already popular government initiative currently offers up to 30,000 two-week placements a year for teens to learn important life skills that will enable them to become ‘work ready’. The youngsters will also create their own social action project focusing on something they really care about locally – before going on to deliver it alongside their teammates before the end of the year.

Friday

Calum Stewart is at the forefront of Scottish flute playing, displaying exemplary technique and emotion in his playing, and is now based in the thriving flute scene of Brittany. He was a founder member of the Gaelic band Manran, and his explorations of world music have seen him collaborate with the likes of Nitan Sawhney and Heikki Bourgault.

Des Tong of Sad Cafe

Des Tong

Des Tong – Sad Cafe – One of the primary live bands of the 70s and 80s return for their first tour in many years. Led by long time members Ian Wilson, Dave Irving, Ashley Mulford and Des Tong and augmented by Steve Whalley on guitar and vocals, Sue Quin on vocals/keys and Simon Waggott on keyboards/vocals, this is the band that brought you the great hits, Everyday Hurts, My Oh My, Strange Little Girl, Black Rose and I’m in Love Again along with the big U.S. hits La-Di-Da and Run Home Girl.

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