Over the past year or so we have teamed up with Hootananny in Inverness to stage a couple of acoustic showcases that have featured the likes of Moteh Parrott (Red Kites) Mike Nisbett and Stuart Nelson (He Slept On 57) amongst others. In between these we have continued to stage our successful showcase events with acts from the North of Scotland alongside those from further a field.
What if in some parallel universe these events collided into some live mash-up?
If they did, it might look something like this:
Poster design and photo by Houdi Donnelly
We are delighted to be working again with Hootananny and Mad Hatters in Inverness to bring you a night that we believe features some of the finest emerging new music. Our Sunday night stints at Hootananny have always been acoustic laid back affairs, but we have Spring cleaned the ideas board and are mixing it all up for this special night.
Up in Mad Hatters on Sunday 1st of April we will have acoustic sets from two of Scotland’s finest singer songwriters Esperi and I Build Collapsible Mountains. Downstairs in Hootananny The Little Mill Of Happiness, Alex Wayt and Vladimir will shake the beams.
I Build Collapsible Mountains is the solo project of Luke Joyce former front man of post-rock band The Gothenburg Address who we first discovered back in 201 when we got a copy of his self released debut album “A Month Of Lost Memories”. Since then he released “The Spectator & The Act”, his debut release for Seattle label, Burning Building Recordings.
Sharing the night in Mad Hatters with I Build Collapsible Mountains will be Scottish multi-instrumentalist Chris Lee-Marr, otherwise known as Esperi. Whether you witness him solo on acoustic guitar, playing bells with his feet or joined by friends creating a cacophony of sounds it doesn’t matter, as he is simply mesmerising. His gorgeously surreal video for EP track, My Tear Dissolved The View featured on Q Magazine (online) and chosen as their Track Of The Day. His music has also been featured on BBC Radio 1 Scotland and BBC’s “The Culture Show”.
Downstairs in Hootananny the usual stage for our acoustic outings becomes the a full on live rock show. Dundee band Vladimir play the venue as part of their “Cold Winter Grasp 2012” tour in support of their new EP of the same name. Their debut EP was released last summer and their live shows have created a stir wherever they play.
Americana singer songwriter Alex Wayt from Glasgow also joins the Hootananny line up. An act that once you hear and whether it is your type of music or not, is hard to believe he is not already hugely successful. Influenced by the likes of Del Amitri and Goo Goo Dolls he has recently released his debut album “Crossing Tremainsville”.
The home team is represented on the night by the wonderful Little Mill Of Happiness. Their massive, layered driving sound is accompanied by lead singer Steve Obern’s powerful lyrics paint a dark picture that just simply make you want to listen. As a band their sound hangs over you like an unsettled sky with a glimpse of grace. Hopefully the guys will continue plans for a full length album that their EP “Capsized Sailors” could so easily be a sampler for.
p.s. We were too lazy and frankly not creative enough to design our own poster this time around so a huge “THANK YOU” Mr Al Donnelly for the art! Check out his blog here.