Dumfries & Galloway Musicians: Their Plans for 2019

As you’ll have seen from the highlights we have been posting, 2018 has been a busy year for the Dumfries and Galloway music scene.

New bands forming, new music being released, local music acts touring nationally and internationally as well as some great band reformations and collaborations – 2018 had it all. It has become an annual tradition that we ask the musicians of Dumfries & Galloway what their plans for the next 12 months are. Have a read below – it’s going to be another busy year! 

13 Crowes

13 Crowes

“We have a lot to be grateful for in 2018, we worked with some incredible people, played some of the best shows to date and got to work on the follow up to Young Poets. Working on the next record at Circa 16 over the past few months, we’ve been locked away putting everything we have into making the best record we have in us, and also setting us up for what’s going to be a stellar 2019.
The new record will be out and we’ll get back out on the road in support of it, doing what we love most. We’ve been working on the next main tour for a while now and we’ll be heading back over to Europe at the end of April for a run of shows, hopefully we can announce all the dates real soon. There’s also plans for more European shows later in the year so we’ll keep you posted. It’s also been a while since we played in Glasgow and were keen to get back up with the full band, we always have a blast in Glasgow so we’ll be putting something together before we head off to Europe again in April. No sooner than when were back from Europe and we’ll be back out for a short run in the UK & a couple of festivals. Really excited about these shows and to get to more places within the UK.
There’s a lot of moving parts going on behind the scenes right now with 13 Crowes & 2019 will see these all come together and create what is going to be a really fun year for us. We’re just super excited to get some new music out there for everyone to hear, a new single release shouldn’t be too far away.”

Against The Grain 

Against The Grain

“The brainchild of lifelong Rory Gallagher fan Doug Carroll, the band continue to pay tribute to the great guitarist. Also featuring Fraser Graham and Andy McMillan, the band are totally stoked to have been invited to play at the Rory Nights Festival in Oslo, Norway in February! This is a major event in the European Blues Rock calendar and the band can’t wait to fly the flag for South-west Scotland. As well as this, the band look forward to playing some great local and national gigs to fans old and new during 2018.”

Alex Maxwell

Alex Maxwell

“I’ll be releasing my last single ‘Inaction’ (a more upbeat indie rock song I recorded recently with Rod from Idlewild, and D&G musicians with Liam Russell, Morgan McConnell and Robbie Huxtable) which will finish off the EP number 1 cycle. I’ll also be getting a full band going forward, which will lead me to releasing EP number 2 in 2019. I’m really hoping to put a few other singles out on top of that by 2020 so should be a big year!”

Chasin’ The Train

Chasin' The Train

“Chasin’ the Train are hoping to continue building on the successes we had in 2018. We’re looking forward to being involved in the Big Burns Supper Hub in Dumfries, and playing at the inaugural Call of the Wild Festival near Lincoln at the end of May. We’ll be taking our brand of the blues to a bunch of new places in 2019, as well as visiting venues we’ve played before – keep an eye on the ‘Events’ part of our Facebook page. We have a bunch of self-penned songs in our set already, plus we’re constantly writing and refining new material with the aim of releasing our debut album in the second half of the year.”

Double Down Disco 

Les Ross Lewis Boddy Double Down Disco

“Our first gig in 2019 is the Big Burns Supper Festival in Dumfries – and in the legendary 800 capacity Spiegeltent, no less – a great way to kickstart the new year. We’re planning to follow that with our debut release – we’ve been busy working on a couple of tracks which we’re hoping to put out in February/March. (After creating an original soundwork for Rosefield Mills at Nithraid 2018, we were able to apply for funding from D&G Unlimited to go to Soma Skool/Shoogle Studios in Glasgow to master the dark art of electronic music production, which was fantastic.) We’re also looking forward to festy season, and returning to Eden and Electric Fields in particular. And we’ll probably organise a couple of OTT Double Down Disco parties again in 2019, as well as looking after the wee bar we’ve just opened with our pal Mark Klose, The Hi-Hat in Dumfries town centre.”

Frozen Shores 

Frozen Shores

“In early 2019 I’ll be releasing my album “Haven”. This album was written and recorded over 6 months in 2018. During early 2018 I took part in an internship at Circa 16 Sound Recording with Dave Miller, through the CatStrand. I was learning so many new engineering and production techniques and had a bunch of songs written so I began to channel this into the creation of this album. I don’t have any up and coming gigs solidified but will take things as they come. I’m planning on working more with Circa 16 Sound Recording along with many other artists throughout the year. As long as I keep writing and putting out content I’ll be pretty chuffed and if anything comes of it that’s just a bonus!”

Kate Kyle

Kate Kyle

“In 2018, I have had some amazing experiences playing at various gigs such as; DMC (Frozen Shores Collective, ROUGH/CUT, Radio DMC with Hagen Patterson, DMC: Does Merry Christmas), The Enigma Sessions, Resonate 2018, Mermaid Bar, Park Fest Stranraer, Nithraid, Youth Beats, Eden Festival, Moniave Folk Festival, Parkgate Music Project, Coach and Horses, Brave New Words, Kings Coffee Shop, Alive Radio and the Wee Fringe at the Globe. I have also been lucky enough to receive the Maidens of Music award and recently I was awarded with the Culture Award at the Year of Young People Awards 2018. I am incredibly grateful for the constant support that I have recieved from everyone this past year and I feel very privileged to live in such a supportive music community. What I am most excited for this upcoming year is to release my first EP! I’ve been working with the insanely talented, Dave Miller at Circa 16 Recording Studio where I have recorded 5 of my own tracks. I’m hoping to have an EP launch early in the year which I am so excited for. I have been working with Dave on my songs for several months and what I imagined the songs to sound like are playing right back at me – I’m very grateful for Dave’s dedication and patience! I am also very appreciative to have had the both amazing Isla Gracie (fiddle) and Dave Bass (electric guitar, bass and dobro) to have played on the tracks. Working with Isla and Dave has been so good and their crazy musical expertise are mind blowing. Again, I am eternally grateful for the constant support. I have been given many amazing opportunities this past year and I’m SO excited to see what 2019 holds.”

Kasama

Kasama

“We’re hoping to build on the success of last year’s well received 3 track EP. We’ve had a fairly quiet end to the year as we’ve been focusing on recording new material. In January, we will be releasing our next single ‘Part of the Furniture’ so look out for that. We’ve learnt a lot about the recording and writing process over the past year and believe the new songs are stronger and catchier than ever. We also have a big gig announcement coming soon supporting a well known band, but can’t say anymore at the moment due to a court injunction.”

Liv McDougall

Liv McDougall

“2018 has been a whirlwind adventure that I am truly thankful for! I have had the pleasure of performing at some amazing events such as Maidens of Music, Year of the Young People and Youth Beatz. I have worked on my music and myself a lot this year and I’m sure 2019 will be just as fun and exciting! In January, I will be a part of the Big Burns Supper which I am very much looking forward to! I will also be a support act for Blue Rose Code at CatStrand in March which is gonna be super fun! I am grateful for everything that has happened to me this year and I can’t wait to see what the new year has in store for me!”

Stoney Broke

Stoney Broke

“Every year I say the last has exceeded expectations, so I’ll try and avoid saying that again! This year has been great; new releases (“Got It”), T-shirt merch, worldwide radio play, tours, festivals, and everything in between, totalling thousands of miles in travel! I’ve been lucky to share the stage with some really big touring acts, and blown away by the crowd response across the UK. Next year is already looking packed, including two tours, more festivals, and support slots, and the release of more new material! Thanks to Small Town Sounds for the interviews, shares, and support! Good luck to everyone for the year ahead!”

The Dogz
The Dogz

“After a brilliant 2018 packed with loads of highlights, playing to many amazing people at sell out-shows, festivals and brilliant venues, we will be carrying our brand of Punkabilly and Rock and Roll into 2019 with also plans for recording too! Us Dogz love our band so much and we can’t wait to see what the New Year brings!!”

The Daisy Room

The Daisy Room

“We were really pleased to release our first physical CD in 2018 and plan to make a full album this year. We’re playing with the Cherry Pinks at the Coach and Horses on Burns night and have a few other gigs in the pipeline (unconfirmed dates as yet). Also, we have been invited to be interviewed on Alive Radio on 17th of January too, between 6 and 7 pm – very exciting! New year also brings the continuous writing and rehearsing twice weekly to build up our already substantial set list of an hour and a half of original material. Other than that we are looking for a manager and a record contract from Island!”
The Fever

The Fever

“Jazz trio The Fever (made up of Mary Barclay, Doug Carroll and Andy McMillan) have had a great year playing both locally and nationwide. For 2019, they look forward to returning to one of the UK’s most prestigious events on the jazz/ blues calendar, the Callander Jazz/ Blues Festival and also returning to local venues which have drawn brilliant crowds. The trio just love their stripped back vibe and love sharing it with fans new and old!”
The Lutras

The Lutras

“All we’re saying is you can expect new music early 2019 and expect to see us all over the country.”
The Mind Sweepers
The Mind Sweepers
“2018 was a big year for The Mind Sweepers. We released our debut album ‘States of Mind‘ and finally, after a lot of soul searching, began to settle on ‘our’ sound. We’ve never been a band for genre-tags, as is evident by our debut, but we’ve definitely found ourselves easing into a groove-heavy psychedelic journey. We’ve been wanting to add keys to the Sweepers sound for a while, but nothing seems to have materialised in that direction, but that might change. One thing that’s definitely happening is the addition of electric guitar in place of the acoustic on certain tracks. We’re currently in the process of revamping our set too. We’re working on new material whenever we get together and rehearse, and these tracks are finding their way into the set as we complete them. In an ideal world we’d love to record another album this year, and, whilst we’ve got the songs, it’s the usual story of not enough money to record, but we’ll see what happens on that score. You never know what’s round the corner.”
The Tommy Guns
The Tommy Guns
“Dumfries Punk aficionados The Tommy Guns can’t wait for 2019 and to keep the classic punk flag flying! A handful of brilliant gigs at the Coach and The Room at the Troqueer Arms in 2018 have been great, and the band look to replicate these for fans of The Pistols, Clash, Damned etc! Bring it on! Oi Oi Oi!”
The Screaming Love Collective
Screaming Love Collective
“At the moment I’m in the process of writing the next album “All the light you see is from the past”…it’s a Post-Punk Dark Disco Groove Sensation. My biggest aim for 2019 is to get The Screaming Love Collective gigging as a full on live act, I’ve been working with Julie Ward (The Cherry Pinks) and Mark Jardine (The Mind Sweepers) and we are getting there, using loops, backing tracks and I play a sample pad with Julie and Mark playing live over this. A work in progress.”
Tiderays 

Tiderays

“Tiderays will be kicking off 2019 with a show at Òran Mòr in Glasgow on January 4th. Then it’s straight into the studio with Circa 16 Sound Recording to start work on new material. With a late winter/early spring release we’ll be supporting the record with shows around Scotland and hopefully further afield. This should then take us into the summer and the festival season and getting the chance to play to new audiences. We got some great press at the back end of 2018, and 2019 is building up to be an important year for us. We can’t wait.”
Turbyne

Turbyne

“After a successful year of tours and festival appearances, Turbyne will be returning to the studio in 2019 to begin work on their second (currently untitled) LP. This new record will be the follow up to their 2015 debut “Origins and Endings” which was released to high acclaim from both fans and press. The new record will be the band’s most diverse and progressive sounding record, taking the sound to bold, ridiculous new places. Turbyne will next be appearing at the Big Burns Supper Sunday sessions on February the 3rd 2019.”

And lastly, we have an update from a re-opened music venue…

The Millennium Centre in Stranraer

Eileen Bryant, Project Co-ordinator for Stranraer Millennium Centre:
“We will be re opening on October 1st 2019 in a completely rebuilt, upgraded and extended state of the art building. The Main Hall will have a capacity of 610 (unseated) and we will have a recording studio and rehearsal space. We are also planning Community Radio. We are planning to bring back the Battle of the Bands in 2019, and we have a Weekend Country and Western Music Festival in October too. The stage show Big Girls Don’t Cry will be coming to us on the 12th of December 2019. Tickets for that will be on sale from mid-January. Getting the Millennium Centre up and running has been a massive project to undertake, but we are so excited to have such a great venue for Stranraer!”

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