About

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Small Town Sounds aims to showcase the impressive, vibrant and plentiful music scene in Dumfries & Galloway.

This website provides a platform for musicians based in the region to reach potential fans, promoters, journalists and other musicians. It is the central place for local music news, reviews and interviews, and our articles are read worldwide.

Before the website was launched, Small Town Sounds started life as a CD made up of local musicians which was sold for three local charities, raising over £1600. The CD is still on sale in Barnstorm Records and Oxfam, both in Dumfries.

The Small Town Sounds website officially launched in August 2015. It is run by Melissa Gunn from Dumfries who has helped to promote the local music scene over the past 18 years. Between 2012 and 2016 she presented a radio show dedicated to promoting Dumfries & Galloway musicians and music events, alongside Scottish up-and-coming music. Melissa was a Finalist in the Community Champion of the Year category of the Dumfries & Galloway Life Magazine Awards in November 2018. 

Small Town Sounds has worked with some fantastic writers and photographers over the years. Everyone working on the website does so for free – and so far we haven’t charged musicians for any promotional coverage. In the 12 months of 2018, the Small Town Sounds website attracted an amazing 31k visits. 

A massive thank you to those who have already contributed to the site by providing reviews or photography. So far this has included: Martin McKeown, Ricky Henderson, Glenn Moonie, Liam Russell, Sam Solley, Nicky Crawford, Martin Burn, Sal Cuddihy, Ruari Barber-Fleming and Steven Pearson. We are extremely grateful that so many people want to work alongside Small Town Sounds.

If you would like to get involved with Small Town Sounds either as a musician or a contributor to the site, please get in touch. Feel free to get in touch if you would like to collaborate with Small Town Sounds too.

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The Small Town Sounds team and main contributors (l-r Melissa Gunn, Liam Russell, Martin Mckeown, Ricky Henderson)

Small Town Sounds CIC

Small Town Sounds was officially registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC) in 2017. It is a CIC because it is for the benefit of the community, local musicians and local music fans. All profits are reinvested back into the company.