A folk-blues five-piece hailing from Edinburgh, King Eider craft a modern sound rooted in stripped back musicianship and classic folk influences.
King Eider have gained a reputation for their energetic live performances, regularly filling venues in their hometown Edinburgh, as well as playing at established venues further afield such as King Tut’s in Glasgow or Koko in London. Live sessions have been performed on Tom Morton’s BBC Radio Scotland show, BBC Radio Scotland, London’s Resonance FM and twice on Gaby Roslin’s BBC Radio London show. Their Sofar Sounds video caught the attention of BBC Radio 6 producers who booked the band for the Edinburgh Festival 2014.
In July 2013, Gaby Roslin spotted the band warming up in a London park, while walking her children home from school. She was so impressed that she immediately invited them on to her radio show. Invited back in June 2014, she arranged live on air for the group to play at Koko at the Isle of Wight Reunion gig she was hosting on 1st September 2014. Impressed by their soundcheck that night, John Giddings booked them for Isle of Wight 2015, for the Garden Stage.
Charlatans front-man Tim Burgess is also a fan. He liked King Eider so much, he has invited them three years running to play at his Tim Peaks Stage at Festival Number 6 and Kendal Calling. Their 2013 Festival Number 6 show caught the attention of key festival organiser Meurig Jones, who said King Eider was: “One of my favourite bands that’s ever played at Festival Number 6″.
“It’s no surprise King Eider appeal to radio programmers. They have a highly accessible sound, mixing contemporary and traditional sounds. Essentially a mix of folk and blues, with a bit of bite, it’s enthralling. The album The Deeper The Water captures the mood perfectly — and it’s an album that moves effortlessly from track to track.” Jim Gellatly, Scottish Sun
With two successful EPs (and an anthemic single on Gerry Loves Records) under their belt, Edinburgh’s Book Group are currently in the studio making their debut album. Following on from the “alt-rock suckerpunch” of first EP Homeward Sounds, their second EP Tantrums (“bigger, darker, better”), and hit single Victory Lap (Song of 2014 – as voted by listeners of Edinburgh Man), the four- piece are working with Garry Boyle (Broken Records, Kat Healy) to record their debut album. Always known as an exciting live band, Book Group relish the ‘rock’ tag as much as they enjoy throwing pop sensibilities and harmonies into thundering drums and soaring, feed-backing guitars. Built around the frontman Graeme Anderson’s quirky, story-driven lyrics, synths and Christmas- cracker toys, Book Group deliver with musicianship honed from years on the road in previous bands...with their gigs regularly ending in stage invasions, walls of noise and band members lost in the crowd.
Both EPs received national radio play (and sold out their initial vinyl runs), and standalone single Victory Lap has opened many doors for the band to reach new audiences (it’s been licensed to adverts, used as the pre-match warm up at a sold-out Murrayfield Stadium, and even sound-tracked a wedding ceremony!). (watch the Victory Lap video here).
With the album almost finished and new material piling up, the band are hitting the road for most of 2015 – to unleash new material (and burn through all the favourites) before beginning an extensive album campaign.
“...an Edinburgh four-piece whose Grandaddy/ Teenage Fanclub/Sebadoh hybrid is a thrill.” The Herald
“This Edinburgh’s group’s debut attracted sincere praise, and they delivered a stirring set at Fence’s Gnomegame.” The Skinny
“...a touch of Pavement, a soupcon of Urusei Yatsura... but they’re also pretty intense. One Direction they’re not.” Is This Music
We are The Deportees, from Aberdeen, Scotland. With an emphasis on harmony-laden multi-way vocals, our music is a bit folk, a bit rock, a bit country, a bit pop. Our intention is to create rock music, with the spirit and timelessness of Celtic folk at its heart. The overall sound is unique; simultaneously fresh and forward-looking, but with one foot rooted in the folk tradition.
Cara Mitchell is a 19 year old singer-songwriter from Aberdeen. Cara has created something of a buzz in her home city and much further afield having already secured shows with the likes of Emeli Sande, Gemma Hayes, Fatherson, Juan Zelada, Simone Felice, Rachel Sermanni, Anderson McGinty Webster Ward & Fisher, The Coronas, Pearl & The Puppets, Jonah Matranga, Dave McPherson (InMe), Jake Morley, Stephen Fretwell and countless others.