Saturday: Contemporary music programme - SOLD OUT
Explore the artists performing Saturday 4 September.
- Session 6 to 9pm: IVY BLACK / Midnight Ambulance / Logan's Close (tickets £20 plus £1 booking fee)
- Session 1 to 4pm: Melissa Cairns / Shuna Lovelle / Willie Dug and the Cosmic Gents / CowCow Boogie Band (tickets £10 plus £0.50 booking fee)
Logan's Close hail from Dunbar and are now based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Combining eclectic influences from the 60’s with forward thinking ideas and approaches to song-writing, they create a uniquely original sound with a penchant for harmonies and ferocious hooks. They are infamously energetic live performers, projecting charisma and musical ability in equal measure. They have appeared on national TV, had multiple singles selected as BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘single of the week’, completed a sold-out European tour in 2019, and in 2020 released their single ‘Lost in You’ to critical acclaim.
After reconnecting at the start of 2020, Fraser Fulton and Amelia Stokes began to use music as a creative and cathartic outlet to cope with the strain of isolation during lockdown, writing and recording songs together via video call from their respective homes in rural, seaside Scotland and Paris. From there, Midnight Ambulance was born.
Their debut single Black Gloves, released earlier this year, quickly gained attention of national media. The duo's unconventional rhythms, bold guitar and raw vocals really mark them out as a band to keep an eye on.
IVY BLACK is an Edinburgh based, four-piece modern melodic rock band. The band’s members - Laura (vocals), Blair (guitar), Connor (bass) and Josh (drums) – have been writing and performing music together since 2017 and released their first two singles in 2020 and 2021 entitled “Cameras” and “No Holds Barred” (respectively). Whilst the band may be most comparable with the indie rock genre, IVY BLACK’s members combine their vastly different musical backgrounds and influences, with their shared love for new wave and melodic rock, to create the fusions that breed the band’s signature style. February 2021 saw the release of the band’s most recent single – “No Holds Barred”. The song depicts a frightened, isolated young person, taking a stand in an emotionally taxing and frightening situation. It’s a story of triumph and strength. IVY BLACK’s members are grateful to enjoy encouragement from their supporters and take every opportunity to thank them for being a crucial part of the band’s journey. This is a band, composed of close friends, whose goal is to create and share music in their own unique style, with listeners the world over.
The Cow Cow Boogie Band
Cow Cow Boogie are a 5 piece Edinburgh based band. Playing hard swinging 1940s/50s Rockabilly, Western Swing, Blues & Country music, they have been a firm favourite at the Dunbar Music Festival in previous years.
Willie Dug and the Cosmic Gents
Willie Dug and the Cosmic Gents is the latest incarnation of William Douglas, a mainstay of the Edinburgh music scene for around 15 years, known for his beautiful country-tinged songwriting. The Gents' latest 6-track EP was released earlier this year.
Shuna Lovelle is a soul inspired artist that mixes her deep vocals with pop, dub-step and break-beat grooves to mould her sound. Having a father who owned a studio she landed backing vocals from the age of seven for break-beat duo Scuba Z. Other early influences came from Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin. Later influences stemming from Amy Winehouse, Alabama Shakes and dance acts Rudimental and Chase & Status. Her latest tracks have all been championed by Nick Roberts through the BBC Introducing. Her newest track “Rise Up” is out now. Collaborations with DJ Alex Tronic saw their track gain BBC Scotland coverage and national press in The Scotland On Sunday.
Melissa Cairns is an Edinburgh based singer-songwriter, with strong roots from her hometown of Dunbar. She grew up in a musical household playing guitar and developing her striking voice, tinged with the traces of her Scottish influences alongside the considerable Celtic, country, and contemporary companions that graced her record collection.
By the age of 14 she was a regular feature in the many local festivals and gatherings, often performing with her father in the ever-popular duo, Cairnsie, and over time she has refined her stagecraft, striking a confident presence and poise in her performances. She has advanced her musical expertise with a degree course in Popular Music at University of Highlands & Islands at Perth, where she has also cultivated her song-writing and has worked with many of her talented peers in pursuit of a future career in the music industry. Coinciding with her 21st year, Melissa is working on her 1st album release, full of little gems of gorgeousness, and reflections of the realities of a modern life lived by one so young. Melissa is looking forward to sharing her songs and her live performances across Scotland in 2021 and onwards.
(Image credit: Rob McDougall)