Scottish ska band, from Fife. Awesome live shows, see them if you get the chance. http://www.myspace.com/rootsystemska
Karine Polwart (born 1971) is a Scottish singer-songwriter. She writes and performs music with a strong folk and roots feel, and her songs cover a wide area, from alcoholism to genocide. Despite winning the Horizon Award for Best Newcomer at the BBC Folk Awards 2005, Karine Polwart is no newcomer to the folk world, having previously been a member of Malinky and Battlefield Band. Her solo career is new, and it is for this that she has been particularly recognised.
Originally from Scotland, Shelagh McDonald moved to London in the late 1960s, where she was part of the folk-music scene. In 1970 she released her first album, Shelagh McDonald Album, which sold rather poorly. 1971's Stargazer sold better, and was critically acclaimed. However, some time after its release, McDonald disappeared and wasn't heard from again until quite recently. Shelagh McDonald's music is close to that of some of her contemporaries, for example, Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, and Duncan Browne.
The Rezillos are a Punk/New wave band, who formed in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1976, and are still playing gigs around the world in a reformed line-up. The band is best known for their 1978 British Top 20 hit "Top of the Pops" The band originally consisted of Eugene Reynolds (born Alan Forbes) vocals; Fay Fife (born Sheila Hynde) vocals; Jo Callis guitar; the enigmatically-named William Mysterious (born Alastair Donaldson), saxophone; Angel Patterson (born Alan Patterson), drums; Hi-Fi Harris guitar; and Dr D.
There is more than one band with the name Dixie Fried.The one below represents Dixie Fried from West Lothian ,Scotland,United Kingdom. “Dixie Fried touches a nerve not unlike a rusty stylus dropped upon a Son House 45” – Barry Gordon (The Scotsman) “…brings the Mississippi blues to Union Jack in a way that would make RL Burnside and Carl Perkins proud.” – Wolfarelli “…leaving Craig Lamie sounding downbeat, but not downtrodden” - The Blues Bunny
The work of Johnny Lynch, aka ‘The Pictish Trail’ is more stirringly subversive stuff from the Fence Collective. Lynch writes warm, welcoming tales with tiny keyboard patterns, acoustic neo-folk rumblings and all manner of undeniable oddball noises.' ‘Akin to Lou Barlow sobbing his tiny heart out while submerged in Loch Ness, this is the sound of Scotland quietly floating far, far out to some deep enchanting waters. And never dreaming of floating back.
Two groups currently record under the moniker AroarA: There is the "industrial-goth-hobo" husband-wife power duo of Broken Social Scene guitarist and Apostle Of Hustle frontman Andrew Whiteman and Ariel Engle, formed in 2011. The two plan on releasing an EP interpreting experimental poet Alice Notley's "In The Pines" with their own experimental somber-folk with programmed dance beats, presumably to be released this year. The band is also said to be working on their proper full-length album. Whiteman plays a fretless North African goatskin banjo and Engle plays a four-string cigar box guitar.
Born in the early 1940s and brought up in Edinburgh, Scotland, Robin became a mainstay of the whimsical psychedelic folk combo The Incredible String Band in the late 60s and early 70s. He moved to California and formed the Merry Band in the 70s, following more Celtic roots directions in his music. By this time, he had already contributed to over a dozen albums, toured widely and written fiddle and penny whistle tutors. By the 80s, Robin was concentrating on harp music. The Incredible String Band still seems to be an on-going project, even if not full time.
We Were Promised Jetpacks are a four-piece rock band, formed in Edinburgh, United Kingdom in 2003 by high school friends Adam Thompson (Guitar/Vocals), Michael Palmer (Guitar), Sean Smith (Bass) and Darren Lackie (Drums). They are currently signed to Fat Cat Records, with their first album due in 2009. http://www.wewerepromisedjetpacks.co.uk/