About

Eden Festival 2018
The Lost Disco lit up dance floor
Small Town Sounds aims to showcase the very impressive, vibrant and plentiful music scene in Dumfries & Galloway.

This website provides a platform for the musicians based in the region to reach potential fans, promoters, journalists and other musicians who may be looking for support acts or collaboration opportunities. It is also the central place for local music news, reviews and interviews which can be read by music fans both inside and outside of the region.

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.

Melissa Gunn Small Town Sounds

Melissa Gunn of Small Town Sounds – Photo credit: Kirstin McEwan Photography

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. 

The Small Town Sounds website is updated on a fairly regular basis by Melissa and she has been assisted by a few occasional writers and photographers over the years. Everyone working on the website does so for free – as a result, musicians are not charged for any promotional coverage. A massive thank you goes to those who have already contributed to the site either through reviews or photography which so far has included Martin McKeown, Ricky Henderson, Glenn Moonie, Liam Russell, Sam Solley, Nicky Crawford, Martin Burn and Sal Cuddihy.

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.

Small Town Sounds CIC

Small Town Sounds became fully registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC) on 31st July 2017 after operating as a not-for-profit project for several years. It is a Community Interest Company because it always has and always will be for the benefit of the community which includes musicians and music fans alike. All profits are reinvested back into the company.

Melissa was a Finalist in the Community Champion of the Year category of the Dumfries & Galloway Life Magazine Awards in November 2018.