Top mu­si­cal tal­ent kicks off Fri­day night

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - MUSIC SCENE - By Eoin Smith

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.

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