This Friday Night in Edinburgh!


This Friday night will see a gig I was supposed to be putting on at the Dalkeith Arts Centre moved to Edinburgh’s Cabaret Voltaire.

Midas Fall will be making their return to Edinburgh, to play their first gig here for nearly three years. With them will be Tom Morris from Her Name Is Call playing a solo set, and up and coming Edinburgh band Glassbooks.

Midas Fall released their sophomore album Wilderness last month (Read review here) and rather fine it is too.

Glassbooks, who I profiled back in January are in the middle of exams, but are taking a break to play this gig.

Be there!

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



It’s the honesty of some emails that gets you, and makes you want to write about some bands (it worked in this case because the music’s rather good, too). ‘My band Glassbooks are fairly new to the Scottish music scene and would appreciate any exposure you could give us. We only ever seem to play to our friends because no-one else knows we exist, so if you could help bring our music to the public sphere, we’d be very grateful’ wrote guitarist Adam Carrington.

Adam hails from Paisley, but the Edinburgh-based band are from all over – David Escudero King (singer/rhythm guitar) is Spanish-Canadian; Darren Wilkie (drums) is Glaswegian, while bassist Stuart Fraser is from Aberdeen. Citing their influences as Radiohead, Bloc Party, Interpol, Nirvana ‘any guitar band with a sense of purpose and urgency’ there’s something brewing in their sound, most impressively for a band who have been together for barely a year.

They’ve just released their debut EP as a free download. It comprises two songs ‘Disarm The Television’ and ‘Glassbooks;’ for my money, ‘Glassbooks’ is the stronger of the two tracks but see what you think…

Meanwhile, you can get along to see them at dates in Glasgow and Edinburgh over the next month or so; check their bandcamp.