Small Town Sounds at Radio DMC – An introduction to the line-up!


Photo Credit: Colin Tennant

Small Town Sounds will be taking over the online airwaves for two 2-hour shows this Friday and Saturday (21st and 22nd October) to bring you interviews and live performances from some of the region’s finest musical talent. The shows will be live from The Stove Cafe from the heart of the Dumfries High Street as part of Radio DMC at the Dumfries Music Conference. I released the full line up last week, and I thought it might be useful to give you all some background about each of them…

13 crowes

Photo Credit: Martin Mckeown

Kicking the show off at 2pm on the Friday will be Cammy Black and Ross Dickson of 13 Crowes who will be doing an acoustic performance of some of their tracks.
13 Crowes are pretty new to the D&G music scene, with their first gig only taking place a few months ago. Since then they have gained an impressive following and recently played a headline gig at The Venue in Dumfries. They released their EP, The Dividing Line, just over a month ago and you can buy it now via iTunes. They have signed to the German record label, Homebound Records and are set to tour Germany in the very near future.
Cammy appeared on Radio DMC with me last year and I am very much looking forward to both him and Ross joining me on this year’s show. The full band will also be headlining the DMC Live gig which will officially close the 2 day conference the following evening.

Alex MaxwellFrom 2.30pm I’ll be joined by Alex Maxwell.
Alex hails from Dumfries and splits his time between his hometown and Edinburgh. I remember at the Dumfries Music Conference last year he submitted one of his tracks for consideration by their panel of industry experts as part of the A&R session and received some really positive and encouraging feedback from them. He recently played at the Edinburgh Oxjam and has previously opened Electric Fields as well as playing at Wickerman Festival. Alex plans to release his debut EP this autumn.


At 3pm, two out of the three members of Gracefell will be performing live. I was very excited when Gracefell. formed (in my day job, I worked with their drummer) and quickly fell in love with their track Alexandra which features on their debut EP, Ghost in the Ballroom. The band very kindly agreed to let that track be used as the soundtrack for the brand new video about The Stove, and it sounds awesome!
They come from Castle Douglas and have been gigging regularly since they formed last year. I’ve not managed to see them live as yet but have heard nothing but amazing feedback about their performances, so I’m well excited to have them in to play as part of Radio DMC with me on Friday. 

The Abstracts

Some of The Abstracts will be helping me end the Friday edition of Radio DMC.
I’ve always been a strong supporter of The Abstracts – they work hard and are all genuinely nice guys. Fronted by the total rascal that is Eddie Oakes, they have been gigging regularly since they formed in the Summer of 2015 and have gained a big following – this is not surprising in the slightest, as they are very good indeed. They’re big believers in providing opportunities for new local bands and solo artists to share the stage with them, and at Small Town Sounds we’ve got a lot of time for that kind of behaviour!
They’re currently recording their EP which I’m very excited to hear so I’ll be asking them about that on Friday and I’m looking forward to hearing an acoustic performance from them too.

I’ll be back on air again on Saturday between 2pm and 4pm, after the Deep Fried Soul boys between 12 and 1pm, and Jim Gellatly between 1pm and 2pm.


Starting the show with me will be Novantae. They describe themselves as contemporary celtic folk rock and they released their debut album, ‘For Us’, last October. I last saw them play live at the Stranraer RNLI Park Fest in August this year where they helped perk up a tired crowd and set them up for the evening ahead! And that is their speciality – getting the crowd going. They’ll be a great start to Radio DMC on Saturday, and I can’t wait to hear them play live in The Stove.

Stoney BrokeAfter Novantae, I’ll be welcoming Stoney Broke on air with me at 2.30pm.
Stoney Broke is Jake Scott – a Dumfries-based musician who has mainly played in bands over the years before recently taking the step to focus on becoming an established solo artist. He’s fairly new to the scene as this solo entity but has already played an impressive number of gigs locally as well as in Cumbria, Glasgow and Edinburgh. He released his debut EP, ‘If It Ain’t Broke…’, earlier this year and will be rushing off to do a gig at the Coach and Horses after his Radio DMC appearance! What a guy.

Lutras2bannerAt 3pm, I’ll be joined by Dumfries band, The Lutras.
What can I say about them? Well, I listened to their demo a couple of weeks ago (thanks to Mica, sister of Thomas from The Lutras!) and it sounded fantastic. A while back I wrote a wee news post on the this website about their gig plans and it’s been one of the most popular posts on the website to date due to their massive following. I’ve never met them, nor have I seen them play live but they’re one of those bands that get a nod of respect from everyone I’ve spoken to in the local music scene whenever they come up in conversation. I’m so excited to see what all the fuss is about when they play live in The Stove.

newtonsFinally, finishing off Radio DMC on Saturday will be Newton’s First Law.
Back in my days of community radio they very kindly sent me their EP and I loved their punky sound, especially with the female vocals. I saw them play at The Venue Dumfries back in May when they supported The Stefan, COLT 45 and The Hostiles and they were so good! I’m excited to hear what their acoustic performance will sound like and to get a good yap with them on air.

Radio DMC takes place as part of the Dumfries Music Conference – a 2 day event which brings workshops, industry experts and live performances to the heart of Dumfries. It is open to all and every event is free with the exception of DMC Live which is headlined by 13 Crowes with support from Indigo Velvet, Brat and The Bonemen and Zoe Bestel.
Radio DMC will be broadcast online via Spreaker – I’ll post the link here and on the Small Town Sounds Facebook Page when it is up and running.


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