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
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.