Phil and Aly set for al fresco out­ing

Nat says: ‘Swoon and you’ll miss a show to re­mem­ber’ “Toured all over the world” Rockin‘ week­end of awe­some N-east sounds

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

SCOT­LAND’S top fid­dle and ac­cor­dion duo con­tinue their love af­fair with the North­east’s most beau­ti­ful set­tings when they re­turn to play an open-air con­cert at Crathes Cas­tle on Satur­day. Phil Cun­ning­ham and Aly Bain’s al fresco event – to which peo­ple are in­vited to bring a pic­nic – is part of their 25th an­niver­sary tour. The pop­u­lar ac­cor­dion and fid­dle duo con­tinue to fly the flag for Scot­land and are recog­nised the world over as global su­per­stars. Their gigs are al­ways hi­lar­i­ous tongue-in-cheek af­fairs as they re­gale the crowd with tales of the mis­for­tunes of fel­low mu­si­cians on the road. Through his broad­cast­ing, play­ing and com­pos­ing, Phil has taken the ac­cor­dion to new heights, just as Aly Bain had done for the fid­dle in his na­tive Shet­land be­fore be­com­ing a house­hold name on the pop­u­lar TV se­ries, Transat­lantic Ses­sions. Phil started out as a mem­ber of the ground­break­ing 1970s Scot­tish folk band Silly Wizard, team­ing up with his fid­dler brother Johnny, Andy M Ste­wart and Dougie Ma­cLean. Much sought-af­ter as a record pro­ducer, he con­tin­ues to jug­gle many com­mit­ments which in­clude ra­dio work and his lat­est TV se­ries The World Ac­cor­dion to Phil when he went around the globe to find out more about the in­stru­ment. De­spite heavy work­loads, they both make time to tour and record to­gether, in a part­ner­ship which dates back to 1986.

Hard rock­ers Dweller.

LIKE many young mu­sic stars be­fore him, Nathan Sykes has found that with star­dom comes crazy fans. LO­CAL hard rock­ers Dweller this week re­leased their epony­mous de­but EP on Un­der­groove Records, also home to es­tab­lished acts The Ghost of a Thou­sand and Take A Worm For A Walk Week. This heart­felt EP is a prime ex­am­ple of the wealth of tal­ent in Aberdeen’s mu­sic scene to­day. Recorded around a year ago, the band have been itch­ing to re­lease it to the pub­lic, and so far it has been ex­tremely well re­ceived. On tracks like Lurker and De­ceiver, Dweller truly un­leash a de­struc­tive force, yet slow things down for the ten­der Killer. By the band’s own ad­mis­sion, they fall some­where in be­tween the heav­ier and more main­stream sides of rock, much like Leeds’ Chick­en­hawk. They also re­cently been fea­tured in Rock­Sound mag­a­zine. THE Moor­ings Bar on Trin­ity Quay hosts a cou­ple of fan­tas­tic gigs this week­end. On Fri­day, Gut­terGodz hit the stage

FRIEND: N-Dubz singer Tulisa.

SUC­CESS: The Satur­days.

TOUR­ING: The Wanted are com­ing to Aberdeen. The Wanted singer gets heaps of adu­la­tion from fe­male fans of all ages, he said. How­ever there is one age group in par­tic­u­lar he gets a lot of at­ten­tion from – mums. “The mums of our younger fans re­ally look af­ter us and give us lots of gifts,” said 18-year-old Nathan, who is orig­i­nally from Glouces­ter. “They have their own club and we have a lot of ban­ter with them. “As a joke they re­cently threat­ened to kid­nap me and be­cause I know they can take a laugh I’ve pre­tended to be scared.” The singer is not sure if there are mem­bers of the mums’ club in Aberdeen – but he’s sure he'll find out by the end of the band’s gig at the P&J Arena at the AECC next Fe­bru­ary – one of only two Scot­tish stops on The Wanted’s first UK arena tour. Nathan said: “Our fans of­ten ‘faint’ be­cause in the past we have al­lowed peo­ple that have fainted in our shows to meet us back­stage or even in our dress­ing room. “Hope­fully not as many will pass out in Aberdeen and miss the show as it’s go­ing to be fan­tas­tic. “We’re try­ing to make it unique vis­ually and hope­fully it'll be a spec­ta­cle that the au­di­ence speak about for years to come. “Ei­ther way the fur­ther north we go the more men­tal the au­di­ence be­comes, so I can’t wait.” Nathan’s been in the band – who went to num­ber one with their sin­gle Glad You Came last week – for more than two years now. Se­lected from thou­sands of boys au­di­tion­ing, Nathan was only 15 when he was hand­picked for The Wanted by Jayne Collins, the mu­sic guru who also set up The Satur­days. Nathan said: “The teacher at my mu­sic school told me about the au­di­tion. “A group of 15 of us from school went to the au­di­tion but we kept get­ting smaller un­til it was just me. “My tac­tic was to keep quiet and just let my singing do the talk­ing while I watched the big­ger egos fail to go through. “I hate prima don­nas so I was glad to see that they weren’t what the au­di­tion­ers were in­ter­ested in. “I think that’s why we get on so well as a band – be­cause it’s a group of guys who want to be suc­cess­ful rather than fa­mous.” As the youngest, Nathan is well looked af­ter by band mem­bers Max Ge­orge, Jay McGui­ness, Siva Kaneswaran and Tom Parker. The band has toured all over the world, had five top 20 sin­gles in the UK, and a UK num­ber four with their self-ti­tled de­but al­bum.


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