Presenting…The Carvelles


A few years back, I championed Edinburgh band Carter Damm on this blog and indeed their track ‘Clowning’ was no.8 in my annual Festive Fifty in 2012.

Now a few years later, two members of the band James McQueen (Vocals, guitar) and his brother Duncam (keys, vocals) along with drummer Callum Duncan are recording as The Carvelles. They’re gigging in Scotland and have just released their debut single ‘Walk Away.’ The b-side ‘Prologue’ is pretty good too. How good? Well, I played both tracks back to back for the entirety of my twenty minute journey to work the other day. Hugely enjoying this, make sure you turn it up LOUD.

Forthcoming at Dalkeith Arts Centre


Just one of the bands coming to Dalkeith over the next few months…

As part of the day job working for Library Services, I am involved in putting on some gigs at Dalkeith Arts Centre, just south of Edinburgh.

In the last three months of 2012 we had King Creosote, Bwani Junction and The Last Battle, and looking ahead to the next five months we have the following:

March 20: Cancel the Astronauts + Carter Damm + Testing the Water

May 15: Sophie Bancroft and Tom Lyne Duo & Kevin Mackenzie

May 17: Midas Fall + Tom Morris (Her Name is Calla) + Glassbooks

May 29: Blueflint (playing two sets)

June 26: eagleowl & Wounded Knee

Tickets are all £7 (£5 concessions). I’ve supported many of these acts on these pages before (I even used to work alongside members of eagleowl and Blueflint and indeed Wounded Knee himself!)

Cancel The Astronauts Bandcamp

Carter Damm bandcamp

Sophie Bancroft soundcloud

Midas Fall soundcloud

Glassbooks bandcamp

Blueflint soundcloud

eagleowl bandcamp

Wounded Knee bandcamp

Christmas Posts 2012 #16


This Thursday (December 20), I am putting on a gig (as part of my day job, no less, working for Library Services) at Dalkeith Arts Centre. Headlining are The Last Battle and supporting are Carter Damm. Oh, and I am DJing.

The Last Battle are shortly to release their sophomore album, but they have, as ever, been writing and recording loads, and they have this very day released a new, free EP for Christmas, which I am delighted to present for you here.

Here’s the weird and wonderful video…

I’ve featured Carter Damm before, should you need reminding about their brilliance again, here is their track ‘Clowning.’

Buy tickets for the event here

Presenting…Carter Damm


Carter Damm are young. Carter Damm are the sound of Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys meeting on the East Coast of Scotland. Carter Damm are gigging and supported Bwani Junction at the newly re-opened Dalkeith Arts Centre last week (actually, I helped that happen. Yussss).

Carter Damm are Jess (Drums and vocals), Charlie (Bass), John (Guitar and Vocals) and brothers Duncan (Keys and Vocals) and James (Guitar and Vocals). They received their first radio play on Fresh Air in Edinburgh last month (actually, that was me too) and they will hopefully get played in a helluva lot of other places. 95% of their material is their own.

Carter Damm have recorded a three track demo, and this track ‘Clowning’ is one of my favourite tracks this year. When venues won’t let people under eighteen play, or have those sodding daft ‘play to pay schemes’ bands like them suffer.

Carter Damm -‘Clowning.’

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Proud to say that I am involved in putting together and, indeed, DJing at two special gigs taking place just outside Edinburgh over this coming month.

An eclectic programme of events will launch the re-opening of Dalkeith Arts Centre.

On Saturday 22 September, Bwani Junction will take to the stage, with support from local band Carter Damm, who I played on my radio show during the fringe.

Bwani Junction, who I have covered a lot on this blog, made history earlier this year by becoming the first band to perform on top of the Forth Rail Bridge. They have recorded a session for the BBC’s Vic Galloway and this summer have performed at numerous festivals, including T in the Park, Wickerman and Belladrum. They were awarded Best Newcomer at the Scottish Alternative Awards in 2012.

Buy Bwani Junction and Carter Damm tickets here

Meanwhile, the legendary King Creosote -who surely needs no introduction here -will play the same venue on Wednesday 26 September with support from The Last Battle. They are currently working on their second album, the follow-up to their debut Heart Of The Land Soul Of The Sea which came out on 17 Seconds in 2010.

Buy King Creosote and The Last Battle tickets here.

…and I will be DJing at both events!

Live on Fresh Air!

Yup, online, live at Fresh AIr

I will be updating as we go along.

1. Blur ‘Under the Westway.’
2. RM Hubbert ‘Car Song.’
3. Nico ‘I’ll Keep It With Mine.’ Cover version of the week
4. The Last Battle ‘ Breathe Bones, Beathe (session track).’
5. Scars ‘Your Attention Please.’ (Gone but not forgotten).
6. Bwani Junction ‘She Ain’t Saying No.’
7. The Last Battle ‘Hope Is Gold (session track).’ Buy the original version from their bandcamp here
8. Carter Damm ‘Clowning (demo).’
9. Stanley Odd ‘Get Out Ma Headspace.’
10. The Last Battle ‘The Butterfly Song (session track).’
11. The Last Battle ‘Ruins (session track).’
12. Cancel The Atronauts ‘I Sold My Soul (And This Is All I Got).’