About Small Town Sounds


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 existed 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. Keep an eye out for details of the Small Town Sounds podcast coming soon. In the meantime, she often presents shows at the Dumfries Music Conference as part of Radio DMC, appearing for the third year in a row in 2017.

The Small Town Sounds website on a fairly regular basis and she is assisted by a couple of occasional writers and photographers. Everyone working on the website does so for free – as a result, musicians are not charged for any promotional coverage. 

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.

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.