New Music podcast 315: DMC 2018

Dumfries Music Conference

DMC 2018

Recorded live at The Stove for Radio DMC at Dumfries Music Conference… with guests BloodThread, The Cherry Pinks, Alex Maxwell, Tiderays and Kerr from The LaFontaines plus loads of New Music from Dumfries & Galloway.

The KLF – Last Train To Trancentral
Alex Maxwell – The Want Comes In Waves
BloodThread interview
BloodThread – …For I Am The Butcher
Barstow Bats – The Business
The Nickajack Men – Changed Ways
The Cherry Pinks – Same Skies [session track]
The Cherry Pinks interview Pt.1
The Cherry Pinks – As The Years Go By [session track]
The Cherry Pinks interview Pt.2
Scope – My Bro’s
Oaklnd – INYL
Future Get Down – Here Come The Wreckers
VanIves – Positive
The Gimme Gimme Gimmes – This Is What You Came For
Kasama – Holding Up The Sun
Prussia Snailham & Robbie Taylor – Friends With Coffee
Alex Maxwell interview Pt.1
Alex Maxwell – Born Ready [session track]
Alex Maxwell interview Pt.2
Alex Maxwell – Inaction
Alex Maxwell interview Pt.3
Alex Maxwell – My Old Friend [session track]
Alex Maxwell & Kerr Okan (The LaFontaines) interview
The LaFontaines – Up
Lewis Fergusson – The Bore Tide
Tiderays interview Pt.1
Tiderays – Over & Over [session track]
Tiderays – The Anchor
Tiderays interview Pt.2
Tiderays – Quarrels [session track]
Tiderays interview Pt.3
Tiderays – Papillion
Frozen Shores – Blinded

Scottish Alternative Music Awards – The Results!

Last night (Feb 24) saw the inaugural Scottish Alternative Music Awards take place at the Classic Grand in Glasgow, and I was invited along to present the gongs.

The brainchild of Kilmarnock student Richy Muirhead, who came up with the concept as part of his BA Commercial Music course at the University of the West of Scotland, a healthy crowd turned-up to support their favourites.

After cracking live sets from nominated acts Bronto Skylift, Make Sparks and This Familiar Smile, I joined host Billy Kirkwood for the awards section of the night. After the presentations, The LaFontaines rounded off the evening in style with their brand of rock & hip hop. Rapper Kerr had already provided one of the night’s highlights with his acceptance speech for Best Live act… reading the “thank yous” from a Jay-Z CD!

As I walked on stage to do my bit, I hit ‘record’ on my iPod Touch. Here are the edited highlights of the prize giving (contains language that may offend):

More info on the Awards at

Jim Gellatly and host Billy Kirkwood - photo by Elaine Fisher

The winners in full were:


BEST NEWCOMER – As Darkness Falls

BEST METAL – Promised Only Lies

BEST LIVE ACT – The LaFontaines


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