A new addition to our roster, the next Olive Grove showcase and loads of other news…
// July 19, 2014

Meet the latest addition to our roster, Skinny Dipper

We are very excited to be able to introduce you to the newest member of the Olive Grove family, Glasgow-based nine piece, Skinny Dipper.

Dubbed as ‘almost a girl band’, Skinny Dipper consists of members of a number of bands including Quickbeam and Randolph’s Leap. They have already been causing a bit of a stir in the Scottish music scene since they performed their first live show towards the end of last year. Since then they have played a handful of gigs, including appearances at festivals Brew at the Bog in Inverness and Stag & Dagger in Glasgow.

We are going to be releasing the bands debut EP, ’Masks‘ in September (exact date TBC) on limited edition 12″ vinyl and digital download.

The Pleasance Sessions 2014

Following on from the success of our showcase at Celtic Connections in January, we’re pretty damn stoked that we’re getting to do it all again in October as part of this years Pleasance Sessions 2014

On Saturday 11th October we are going to be taking over The Pleasance Theatre the evening and we will be bringing The Moth and the MirrorCall to MindWoodenbox and our newest signings Skinny Dipper along for the ride. There’s also going to be an Independent Label Market and the beer festival Och!Toberfest running throughout the day. Plus as if that wasn’t enough there will also be an After Party downstairs in the Cabaret Bar. Tickets for the event are on sale now for just £10.

 

 

Look To The East!

A week on Sunday (27th), Randolph’s Leap are going to be taking over The Bowler’s Bar in Bridgeton, Glasgow for their first ever “I Can’t Dance To This Music” event.

This all-dayer will feature sets from our very own State Broadcasters and Skinny Dipper, plus there will be stripped-back sets from MeursaultThe BMX Bandits and Kid Canaveral. Plus they also have Vic Galloway on DJ and compère duties.

There are only 80 tickets available for this show, so if you plan on coming along we would advise to book in advance.

 

Festivalarama!

If you have been out and about of any Scottish festivals this summer, then the likelihood is that you’ll have stumbled a few Grovers on the way. Last weekend we were up in Balado to catch the Call To Mind boys play the BBC Introducing Stage at T in the Park. If you missed their set or fancy reliving it all over, then you there are a few clips up on the BBC’s website which you should check out.

The festivals don’t stop there, as next weekend Call To Mind and Woodenbox will both be hitting up the The Wickerman Festival. Following that you can catch Randolph’s Leap and Call To Mind a the Belladrum Festival and Woodenbox at the Electric Fields Festival at the end of August.

Other bits and bobs…

Jo Mango - We should hopefully be releasing a remix version of Jo’s album, Murmuration, in September or October time. Entitled ‘Transformuration’, the album features the remixes from the likes of Machines in HeavenFraction Man (our very own Gordon Skene from The Moth & The Mirror) and Adem.

Woodenbox - The boys have been locked in the studio for the past few months working away on their new album. The plan is to have it out before the end of the year, as and when we have something more concrete from you we will let you know.

The Son(s) - Our mysterious friend is just putting the finishing touches to his sophomore album. If all goes according to plan the album will be with you in October.

State Broadcasters - Graeme and Pete have been busy demoing songs for their new album which they plan to record before the summer is out. Hopefully we should have a new album early in the new year.

Call To Gigs
// February 25, 2014

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Call To Mind Video Premiere – March 17th.
// February 23, 2014

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Quick Fire Questions with Jo Mango
// January 25, 2014

Well folks tomorrow is showcase day. Today we have the last of our quick fire question rounds. Answering is the last of our roster – Jo Mango. A beautiful lady inside and out.

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OG: If you could be in any other band on the Olive Grove roster who would it be?
JM: This is one of those “choose between your children” questions you know that? Eeeesh. Ok… I think I would choose Randolph’s Leap. In this imaginary scenario I play the trumpet and get to rock out in the brass section and make a REALLY LOUD NOISE! It was brilliant watching all the people dancing to their set at our Queens Hall show. I’d like to have crazy dancers at my show. Such a happy sight.

OG: In 5 words describe your band
JM: Hushed, intricate, fragile musical stories

OG: What does 2014 hold for you?
JM: The writing of a new album. I’m going to try and cheer myself up with this one. And the recording of a Christmas EP hopefully, along with some remixes to keep everyone going in the meantime. Oh… And a holiday!

OG: What are you looking forward to most about Celtic Connections?
JM: The Olive Grove family photo!! Of course.

OG: Why should people come to the show?
JM: There’s an unprecedented amount of musical variety on offer. It’s a little slice of history really. Maybe one day they’ll make a film about the Jo Mango band still slogging away playing basement shows in obscurity in their 80s while all the other OG bands have gone on to be hugely rich and famous (Lloyd is an oligarch, Halina owns a football club). And you can say you were there. You saw it in its entirety.

Plus, Halina and Lloyd have built up a pretty hefty amount of good karma over the years with their ceaseless hard work for musical good causes, so I imagine there’s a lot to go round (if anyone has been snapping at young children lately and needs to make some back!)

Quick Fire Questions with Jamie Ross (Call To Mind)
// January 24, 2014

The countdown is almost done! Only 2 days till our Celtic Connections showcase. Today we have the most famous haircut on the label – Jamie Ross answering our quick fire round. He is from our new signing Call To Mind!

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OG: If you could be in any other band on the Olive Grove roster who would it be?  
JR: We would rope a in member from each band, almost in a Captain Planet sytlee, and form an Olive Grove supergroup! “When these powers combine…”

OG: In 5 words describe your band
JR: Glacial pop from the Highlands

OG: What does 2014 hold for you?
JR: We’re releasing our first album, which we’re really happy to be doing with Olive Grove. It’ll be out in March. We’ll be playing some other festivals later this year as well, so it’ll be nice to get out there.

OG: What are you looking forward to most about Celtic Connections?
JR: There is a ton of great stuff on at Celtic Connections this year. Bill Callahan will be amazing and Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) is playing with The New Medicants. Also, the Paddy Callaghan Trio and they’re supporting Michael McGoldrick at The Piping Centre on the 1st Feb. Paddy is an accordionist  and the reigning Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year and the incredible flautist, Danny Boyle plays in the trio too.

OG: Why should people come to the show?
JR: It’ll be a lot of fun! We’re lucky to share billing with who we consider to be some of the best bands in Scotland, and we’ll be playing some new songs from our debut album!