Aberdeen Performing Arts presents True North – Aberdeen’s festival of music and song – celebrating the North-east's singer songwriter tradition and providing a platform for the very best music and song, from ballads to contemporary classics, taking place from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 September at The Lemon Tree, Music Hall and in various locations across Aberdeen’s city centre.
Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat
Having worked together back in 2003 on Arab Strap’s album ‘Monday At The Hug & Pint’, Bill and Aidan’s resolution to make an album together was certainly sincere if a little indeterminate when it came to delivery dates. Fitting then, that an album entitled ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ was pieced together at such a glacial pace: straddling the demise of Arab Strap and two solo projects from Aidan. That it was worth the wait however, is beyond question. ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ was an album of rare beauty and intelligence: an album that confronts and dissects the onset of middle-age with so much truth and style, it can legitimately claim the status of “Instant Classic”.
In June 2012 ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ picked up the inaugural Scottish Album Of The Year award. Bill & Aidan’s follow-up ‘The Most Important Place In The World’ shifts the focus from the encroachment of age to the notion of the metropolis as femme fatale: a voluptuous siren promising opportunity and possibility. The tension between domesticity and devilry, temperance and temptation runs through a record which promises to be one of 2015’s most significant releases.
“By the end, you’re left stunned in admiration. Hell, there’s even a redemptive arc. Amazing.” The Independent
Prodigiously talented and criminally underrated; Kathryn is one of Scotland's best-kept secrets. Her voice possesses the other-worldly quality comparable to Ms Newsom and Björk; but she is by no means of an ilk. Better compared with Anthony Hegarty; she is an artist in every way; unique and soulful, and at the core a beautiful unnerving truth.
Kathryn Joseph’s debut album "bones you have thrown me and blood I’ve spilled" paints a delicate moving, at time visceral but always intricately beautiful description of her life until now. Lyrically compelling and sonically stunning, her album evokes a stark, cinematic journey. Written in a period during which life took Kathryn between northern bothies, east coast beaches, the forth bridges and ultimately the east end of Glasgow where she recorded the album. It was captured predominantly live in just a week by Scottish music industry veteran Marcus Mackay at the diving bell lounge (Frightened Rabbit, Snow Patrol, Trembling Bells, Alasdair Roberts, Sparrow and the Workshop).
Kathryn's on record, and sometime-live collaboration with Marcus offers an unmissable, heart heavy and gut wrenching but understated performance. Those lucky enough to catch her at one of her rare performances are sure to be captivated, moved and perhaps a little disturbed.