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Featured Artist: Brandon McPhee
This album features the talents of accordion maestro and singer Brandon McPhee.

A mix of country songs with traditional Scottish accordion tunes and Scottish songs.
14 Tracks: Bubbles In My Beer * On The Road To Loving Again * Someday, Somewhere, Somehow * Jean's Reel / High Level / President Garfield * We Should Be Together * Dark Island * Jimmy Shand The Legend * Give My Love To Rose * Achy Breaky Heart * You Gave Me A Mountain * Cameron Highlanders / Australian Ladies * Take These Wings * Little Bit Rusty.
"All I Want To Do says everything about me, my life and what I want my future to be. I've styled my whole life on doing what I love, which is music and have been fortunate to meet, work alongside and gave some great advice from professional musicians and singers along the way." Brandon McPhee.

"I first came across Brandon McPhee while appearing with the Galaxy Showband on the Manson Grant and Dynamos Fan Club weekend in Aberdeen a few years. From the first few notes Brandon played that night I quickly realised that I was witness to something really special. Brandon was twelve years old on that occasion and the music that he squeezed, coaxed and sometimes fired out his button keyed accordion was truely breathtaking. In terms of technique and sheer expertise this young lad was in a league all of his own and his feeling and interpretation for the music belied his tender years." Crawford Bell.
Tour Dates
  • 10th August - Brandon McPhee Trio With Special Guest Eddie Rose - King Street Halls, Kirkwall, Orkney
  • 21st September - Montrose Accordion Anniversary Concert - Brandon McPhee Trio With Special Guest Eddie Rose - Park Hotel, Montrose
  • 28 -30 September - Manson Grant and The Dynamos - Fanclub Holiday Weekend, Jurys Inn, Dyce, Aberdeen
  • 8th September -  The Jimmy Shand Story, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
  • 9th September - The Jimmy Shand Story, Concert Hall Perth
  • 5th October - The Jimmy Shand Story, Albert Halls, Stirling
  • 6th October - The Jimmy Shand Story, Corran Halls, Oban
  • 7th October - The Jimmy Shand Story, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
After many requests The Alistair McCulloch Trio have finally recorded a studio album.

Featuring champion fiddler McCulloch of Coila and the Iain Cathcart Scottish Dance Band, alongside past Scottish folk musician of the year, Aaron Jones of Old Blind Dogs and the Kate Rusby Band, on bouzouki, guitar and vocals and former Capercaillie whistle wizard Marc Duff, the trio has gained a formidable reputation for its dynamic concert performances.
"This has been a project we have been discussing for quite some time and we are all delighted that we have finally captured our live sound in the studio. We are really excited to see how the album will be received." Alistair McCulloch.

The Alistair McCulloch Trio annual summer Scottish tour has become a firm fixture on the folk music calendar.
Tour dates
  • 17th July - Seall @ An Crubh, Isleornsay, Skye
  • 24th July - Abbotsford Hotel, Ayr
  • 25th July - Aros, Portree, Skye
  • 26th July - Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore
  • 27th July - Tigh an Eilean, Shieldaig
  • 29th July - Speyfest, Fochabers
  • 30th July - Ceilidh Place, Ullapool
  • 31st July - Melness Community Centre, nr. Tongue
  • 28th Aug - Coquetdale Music Trust, The Old Church, Thropton
  • 29th Aug - Riddles Fiddles, Selkirk
  • 31st Aug - McCosh Hall, Kirkmichael, Ayrshire
  • 1st Sep - Mossblown Community Centre, Ayrshire
  • 2nd Sep - Lendalfoot Community Centre, Ayrshire
  • 6th Sep - Plockton Hall, Plockton
  • 7th Sep - Ardross Hall, Alness
  • 8th Sep - Carnegie Hall, Portmahomack
  • 17th Nov - Fiddle 2018, The Pleasance, Edinburgh
The first exclusively instrumental album from the powerful four-piece band Rura.

All nine tracks written and arranged by Rura.

Enjoying a number of accolades over the past eight years, Rura were named Live Act of the Year at the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards and nominated Folk Band of the Year in 2016.

Rura have established their position as one of Scotland's most exciting contemporary folk-based bands.

Rura: Steven Blake (pipes, whistle, rhodes, piano), Adam Brown (guitar, electric guitar, bass, moog), David Foley (bodhran, flute), Jack Smedley (fiddle).

Euan Burton (additional bass track 4, additional rhodes track 9), James Pert Russe(voice track 1), Sheila Litteljohn (voice track 6).

"For us In Praise of Home celebrates our progression as a band – this was one of the biggest motivators behind us composing all of the music together as a four piece. The primary overarching theme for this album is all of us getting back to our roots as instrumentalists, composing and playing together as a group, whilst at the same time showcasing a progression in our sound. We're pretty happy with the result and we hope listeners are too!” Jack Smedley.

"Throughout the new album's writing process, the group felt there was the opportunity within some of the music to feature spoken word and sampled audio. Sampled interviews with band member David Foley's granny and Jack's grandfather – both sharing stories of their home – can be heard on the album. This recognition of their ancestry and the places Rura to name both the opening track and the full album In Praise of Home."
 view a video of Rura

The Far, Far From Ypres stage show, produced by Ian McCalman and with a huge cast of performers, will tour Scotland in 2018.

The concert is narrated by BBC Radio Scotland presenter Iain Anderson and has attracted some of the leading lights in the folk scene. Those joining the Scotland 2018 tour will include Barbara Dickson, Siobhan Miller, Mairi MacInnes, Dick Gaughan, Ian McCalman, Iain Anderson, Professor Gary West, Stephen Quigg, Ian Bruce, Sangsters and other well-known faces in the Scottish folk scene. Peter Heywood operates the overhead slide projection.

Sunday 5th August - Victoria Halls, Selkirk
Thursday 9th August - His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
Wednesday 29th August - Corran Halls, Oban
Friday 31st August - Aros Centre, Portree, Skye
Saturday 1st September - Village Hall, Ullapool
Sunday 7th October - Whitehall Theatre, Dundee
Sunday 14th October - Albert Halls, Stirling
Sunday 21th October - Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
Sunday 28th October - Theatre Royal, Dumfries
Sunday 11th November - Usher Hall, Edinburgh

This final release from super Scottish legends Runrig who have entertained and enjoyed a remarkable career of 40 plus years.

Their final concerts will be held in Stirling's City Park on 17th and 18th August 2018.
With the upcoming run of farewell Runrig Concerts, the band is set to celebrate and recognise this momentous summer with a significant compilation CD release.

"Announcing The Last Dance has brought with it so many mixed emotions. We’ve been overwhelmed and humbled by the response and the love from our fans. We're delighted to be able to add an additional concert and promise it will be a night to remember. It will be emotional; it will be fun; it will be entertaining; but amongst all, it will be a special evening saying farewell." Calum Macdonald

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