Top musical talent kicks off Friday night
THE Help For Fiji SoundFest, featuring bands and singers from across Aberdeen, takes place tomorrow night in Cafe Drummonds. Appearing on the bill is a whole host of top local talent, including The Wildcards, Steven Winton, Lady Mercedes, The Ginsberg Device, The Sensational Swampsnakes, Dr Trog, Frank Robb, Stephen McPhee and Tanya Morrison. The gig aims to raise money for Volunteer Eco Student Abroad, which runs aid projects in Fiji, Africa and the Amazon, and is to be the first of two this year, organised by University of Aberdeen student Tanya Morrison. She said: “I’ll be travelling to Fiji in June for two weeks of volunteer work, including building rainwater catchment tanks and teaching English through fun games and basic lessons. “I hope we get a massive crowd along to Cafe Drummonds to help support this worthy cause.”
ALSO on Friday, when Midge Ure plays at The Lemon Tree Lounge he will be supported by local singersongwriter Oliver Richards. On playing with the legendary Band Aid producer and former Ultravox frontman, Oliver, pictured right, said: “Thinking of the great things Midge Ure has achieved in his career, it’s really exciting that for one night I’ll not only get the chance to meet him, but also share a stage with him. “I’m currently recording my debut EP – Chasers, Tales and Broken Hearts – which I hope will be released by the end of summer, and I’ll be gigging as much as possible in and out of Aberdeen over the next few months.”
SCOTTISH alternative rock band Paws are then set to storm Cellar 35 on Saturday, supported by Stonehaven’s Pre- Teens and popular Aberdeen outfit Min Diesel. Purveyors of their own genre – mindie rock – Min Diesel, pictured below, are fast becoming highly-acclaimed, and bassist Dave Warden is looking forward to the gig. He said: “All of us in Min Diesel love Paws, and it’s great that we are able to put them on up here in such a small and intimate venue. “Last year was really great for us: we got to play with some amazing bands, released our debut EP which is almost sold out, and gigged all over Scotland. This year we hope to top that, and plan to start recording again in the coming months.”
FIJI SOUNDFEST: Steven Winton.