Yusuf Azak – Cassette Store Day

Gerry Loves Records release a new Yusuf Azak EP for this year’s Cassette Store Day.

The cassette features solo piano versions of some songs from his off-kilter folk-pop album ‘Peace in the Underworld’. The cassette also features a brand new bonus song with some added strings complementing Yusaf’s unique vocals.

The idea for the release has it’s origins in the Highlands and Islands Tour that Gerry Loves did in April this year.  During the tour they spent a lot of time hanging around in venues, waiting. Lots of these venues had a piano and Yusuf started palying all of his songs on piano while hanging around.  So amongst the slightly drunken renditions of Bowie, Elton John and the Stones, he would play beautiful piano and voice versions of songs from his new album. Gerry Loves Records recorded some of these, and they get their public release in time for Cassette Store Day.

Yusaf Azak at Mad Hatters, Inverness. Gerry Loves H & I Tour

On Saturday 27th September 2014, for Cassette Store Day, Gerry Loves Records will release a very limited run of 50 cassette versions of the EP (with download code), including the bonus brand new song, ‘Don’t Wake The Moment’. This will be available from as many of the participating shops as possible.

On Monday 6th October the 3-song EP will be available digitally from Gerry Loves Records.


Highland Capital set for ‘Songs In The City’ for STV Appeal

The heart of the Highlands will come alive with the sound of some of the Highlands’ top bands and entertainment in October in a major charity event to raise money for Scotland’s children living in poverty.

The STV Appeal is hosting ‘Songs In The City’, a day of music and dance in Falcon Square, in Inverness city centre, with performances from the likes of Lionel, The Leonard Jones Potential, Silver Coast, The Highland Brass Band, Dorec-a-Belle, and Torridon.

The event takes place on Saturday October 4, from 11am – 5pm.

Lionel © Jamie Macdoonald (Netsounds)

Fresh from the launch for their respective EPs will be Iain McLaughlin & The Outsiders, and double-denim rockers Bite Nite as well as renowned Western Isles singer-somgwriter Willie Campbell, who will be performing before taking to the Ironworks with a full band show later in the month.

Dance and musical performances will be on offer through the day from Eden Court Performing Arts, TFX, KC Dance Crews, Performers UK, Nicky Mackay Step N Stylerz and Trapeze Entertainment.

Children’s ‘character’s will also be popping along to take part in the fun, courtesy of Mascot Madness, who will offer face-painting, making a donation to the Appeal.

The day will be finished off in style with a performance from the Inverness British Legion Pipe Band in full Highland dress.

Netsounds are delighted to be involved in the event and acting as personal secretaries to STV’s Highland reporter Nicola McAlley who is organising the day.

Nicola says “This is the second year we have organised Songs In The City and we are thrilled that Eastgate Centre is allowing us to host it in Falcon Square once more. Last year our volunteers raised over £2, 000 in street collections on the day, with money going to youth groups across our region. We hope people of all ages will come along to enjoy the brilliant musical entertainment and have fun while helping such a worthy cause.”

STV's Nicola McAlley preparing her to-do list

Making a rare public comment, our very own Murray Cameron said: “Netsounds is delighted to once again be involved in the STV Appeal. It will be a fantastic day with a great line up of local musicians and artists and we are proud to help out Nicola in any way we can for such an important cause.”

Elizabeth Partyka of STV Appeal, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in this year’s ‘Songs In The City’. It is fantastic to see this event back for a second year and we hope everyone has a great day. Occasions such as this truly help make a difference and every pound raised will be used to help vulnerable children and young people all over Scotland affected by poverty.”

Services on the day are being provided free of charge by local companies CMPS, Limelights Events Services, North of Scotland Marquees, Mascot Madness, Badgetastic and Eastgate Centre.