The Hidden Lane Interviews - Victoria Charlotte Rose

The Hidden Lane Interviews - Victoria Charlotte Rose

My unit in the lane came about after years and years of continually regretting that I no longer painted. I use the term “no longer painted” quite loosely – until recently I hadn’t painted since high school (and even then there were hardly a multitude. I tried to re-engage with Art in 2011 when I started an Artist Teacher Masters course in the hope that it would give me the SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework) points to enable dual qualification with the GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland) and when I found out that it wouldn’t, I gave up after a year (this is relevant, I promise!) During that time I started a painting that I would finally finish in March 2017; a painting which on completion shook – quite drastically – my perception of myself as an “artist.” For the first time I really believed I could paint and, trained or not, I figured a short term lease on a studio was worth a shot – either I would paint, be pleased enough with my work to be proud of it or even sell it; or, it would lie dormant and I would give it up.

Rebellion Festival 2017 - Acts You Should Be Excited About (Or The Ones We Are!)

Rebellion Festival 2017 - Acts You Should Be Excited About (Or The Ones We Are!)

There you have it, the ends of a drunken debate on what bands you really shouldn't be missing at this years Rebellion festival come hell or high water, and if you haven't yet got a ticket to this years best independent D.I.Y run punk event, then you should probably know that not only does it have a host of amazing bands and solo musicians, it also has a huge amount of other entertainments available for you, including Punk Art exhibitions, Poetry, Vintage Clothing, Tattooists, Healing workshops and more. You wont get your monies worth quite like this at a festival again! Tickets and full listings available on the link below, check it out, and we'll see you in the pit!

Emma Durkan’s EP ‘The Girl with the Cloak’ Review - Thomas Neil

Emma Durkan’s EP ‘The Girl with the Cloak’ Review - Thomas Neil

‘The Truth’ starts off with a beautiful example of what a fiddle can do, and reminded me instantly of why I was so jealous of anyone who could play a fiddle or a violin in school. Spliced through the fiddle is a wonderful harp accompaniment. Both instruments complement each other beautifully and go particularly well with Emma’s powerful voice. I found myself thinking about this track for a while after I first listening to it, it wasn’t just the narrative which I suggest you listen to for yourself rather than me describing it, but just how amazing this track was and how it was filled with such incredible brightness.

NHC MUSIC Chats To The Organisers Of Mugstock!

NHC MUSIC Chats To The Organisers Of Mugstock!

MugStock is never going to be huge, but with our present site plan we still have a little room to grow. As a not for profit festival we have the luxury of investing in stuff like lights to make the site prettier, which means that all of the things that add quality to the festival-going experience should naturally get a bit better each year. One ambition is to integrate the majestic Mugdock Castle into the festival site. This beautiful piece of heritage is just a wee bit far away from everything else, so we've been wondering about connecting it with a wee train (or an epic zip slide!). We love Mugdock Park, and will keep using our imaginations in order to show it at it's very best and put on the most lovely, merriment-filled event we can for people of all ages for the foreseeable future.

Killer Whale Album ‘Everyone you know someday’ Review - Thomas Neil

Killer Whale Album ‘Everyone you know someday’ Review - Thomas Neil

‘Blessed’ goes back a bit, a little quieter and a little slower but well in keeping with what I’ve come to expect from ‘Everyone you know someday’, It might just be if you’re listen on earphones but there are some interesting background noises, strange echoes that are almost spooky. But talking about the actual song it was a sweet little closer to a whopper of an album, and I really hope to hear more from Killer Whale.

NHC MUSIC VIDEO CHART TWO – That Can’t Be Who I Think It Is... Can It?

NHC MUSIC VIDEO CHART TWO – That Can’t Be Who I Think It Is... Can It?

So, after the success of our last ‘where have all the protest songs gone’ chart at NHC MUSIC, we decided to make it a regular thing after all, and we already have another one for you, jam packed full of new music videos with vague and tenuous links to the charts title. For this second chart (a wee bit smaller than the last beast, by Christ there was far more protest songs out there than we first expected!) we went full steam ahead on the vagueness of it, and we decided on showing a selection of songs from independent artists that sounds quite like nothing else they have on offer. In fact, you might even be a tad surprised it comes from them at all...