Neu! Reekie! present Emelle Album Launch & Special Guests
The long anticipated EMELLE album launch presented by Neu! Reekie!
EMELLE release their mammoth eponymously titled debut album. Formed in 2009 by three brothers (Craig, Rhys and Owen), the band have taken various incarnations with the bothers at the core. The band have played the festival circuit including Wickerman and Doune the Rabbit Hole; headlined shows at London's Proud Galleries, Manchester's Roundhouse and for Edinburgh Hogmanay / Scot:Lands; and toured internationally with shows in Chicago, Paris, Meran and Dunedin. Having been an integral part of Neu! Reekie! from fruition, Emelle have shared the stages with the likes of Primal Scream, Norman Blake/Teenage Fanclub, Frightened Rabbit, Kathryn Joseph, Aidan Moffat and heaps more. See: https://www.facebook.com/Emellebros/
THE SCOTSMAN 'Craig Lithgow on guitar and vocals and brother Rhys on Cajun drum and vocal harmonies, both so in tune with each other their sound melted over the stage like warm chocolate. Touting their own brand of domestic blues, Emelle write songs about life, love, the quest for liberty and more a sound worth checking out not just on New Years Day, but year-round.'
With support from some of the country's finest:
WH's (aka Edinburgh based folk-rock troubadour Dan Willson) recent album NEW GODS has taken the singer to glorious heights and earned him international cult acclaim.
- Endlessly loveable stuff (NME)
- Beautifully constructed lyrical frameworks on this banjo-tinged brand of Caledonian gospel **** (MOJO)
- The UKs best lyricist (King Creosote, in The Independent)
- Killer melodies wobbly folk grooves tunes full of warm, woozy sing-song charm Artist to Watch (Rolling Stone)
Hollie is a poet and spoken word artist who straddles the boundaries between the literary, poetic and pop scenes. A UK Slam Champion and Winner of the Arts Foundation Fellowship in Spoken Word, Hollies online videos have repeatedly gone viral (with 4 million views and counting). She has garnered titles like chick of the week (MTV), internet sensation (Best Daily), and poet Benjamin Zephaniah stated I cant take my ears off her'- other fans that include Pink, Kate Tempest (with whom Hollie regularly collaborates/performs) and Jonathan Ross. Hollie has toured internationally, performed in venues as diverse as Glastonbury Festival, the Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Bar, Londons Southbank Centre and Cambridge University. Her poems have appeared on Radio 4, XFM, MTV, Channel 4, BBC 1, BBC 2, The Guardian and beyond.
See here: https://www.facebook.com/holliepoetry/
TYCI: FOR ANYONE WHO DOESNT KNOW ABOUT YOU YET, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND?
HB: 'I would say that my sound is constantly evolving, more so than ever before. Often influenced by whatever instrument I find at the car boot. Its very difficult for me to pin it down. Some things remain constant though. I sing about my environment and surroundings and things that I find fascinating and mundane. Love, I sing a lot about love.' See: http://www.tyci.org.uk/wordpress/qa-hailey-beavis/
Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Neu! Reekie!, Michael Pedersen is a Robert Louis Stevenson Award winner; a John Mathers Trust Rising Star of Literature Award winner; a Canongate Future 40; a Callum McDonald Memorial award finalist and many more things. Hes read poetry all over the globe (New York to Tokyo, Malawi to Mull) and is published by revered publisher Polygon books - with fans ranging from Irvine Welsh and Liz Lochhead to Stephen Fry. See here: http://www.birlinn.co.uk/Play-With-Me.html
Kevin Williamson is Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Neu! Reekie! A previous winner of the Robert Louis Stevenson Award, with one full collection under his belt, his poetry has been published and performed all across Europe, USA, NZ and Tokyo. He has performed on the same bill as bands such as Primal Scream and Young Fathers as well as being a long time collaborator with Irvine Welsh. A nationally-known Robert Burns performer his one man Burns show ran at Edinburgh Fringe in 2012 to critical acclaim. He was founder of the notorious Rebel Inc publishing house and co-founder of Bella Caledonia. See here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Williamson_(writer)
With poets Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson at the helm, Neu! Reekie! boast a ferocious sell-out record across Scotland and beyond. Now entering their sixth year programming events Neu! Reekie! have powered out cutting edged arts event all over Scotland with international outputs and a burgeoning publishing house and record label to boot. Neu! Reekie! won Creative Edinburgh's City Award 2015 and are supported by Creative Scotland.
Neu! Reekie! dismantle the structures and snobberies dividing high and low art - art is for everyone.
A wonderful world of progressive cultural verve.
Quite simply a triumph
Pilrig Church Hall (View)
Edinburgh EH6 5AH