Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) has announced a new juiced-up programme for the citys Lemon Tree with a sparkling showcase of local talent from pop-rockers and acoustic maestros to psychedelic funk and the simply revered.
All detailed in venues newly-published brochure, one of the highlights of the upcoming season is APAs own Freshly Squeezed programme giving a platform to new talent shaping up to be the legends of tomorrow.
One of these is local teenager Mitzy Wilson, a former Meldrum Academy pupil who began her singing career in North-east sheltered housing complexes, bars and clubs and takes to The Lemon Tree stage on Friday, May 16.
And three days later, at the edge of contemporary alt-folk is Blue Rose Code, aka Edinburgh-born singer-songwriter Ross Wilson, with his distinctive Caledonian Soul sound.
Following on the songwriter theme, Welsh-born Cate Le Bon, who has relocated across the Pacific to Los Angeles for the recording of her new album, will be heading to The Lemon Tree for Sunday, September 14. Now playing live across the world, she has been a frequent collaborator and sang the duet I Lust You with Gruff Rhys on Neon Neon's debut album Stainless Style. 4 Lonely Roads, a forthcoming track on Manic Street Preachers' Rewind the Film, album features Le Bon on lead vocals.
Bands heading to the city centre venue include the London-based seven-piece Revere (Wednesday, May 14), named after a comic strip from the 2000AD series; the Glasgow outfit Casual Sex (Friday, June 6) in the Orange Juice/Franz Ferdinand tradition with their spiky, tart pop music; Dragonforce (Thursday, September 18) with a show to thrill all budding guitar virtuosos and Big Country (Friday, October 3) performing songs from their multi-million selling album Steeltown, regarded by many as a classic after going straight to the No1 slot in the album charts.
On the folking fantastic front, Adrian Edmondson, comedian and Bad Shepherds frontman brings his folk quartet back for a return visit with their unique take on punk songs played on traditional folk instruments (Thursday, August 7); Celtic Connections Open Stage Award winners (2005) and rising stars Breabach give their North-east following a taste of their fourth album Ùrlar (Monday, May 26) and the critically-acclaimed Skerryvore from the Isle of Tiree, bring a flavour of their upcoming album due for release later this year (Friday, October 17).
Lemon Tree sharp and on the cutting edge of humour is the feisty, flirty and effortlessly funny Shappi Khorsandi in a gig reschedule from earlier in the year (Friday, July 11); free-thinking philosopher Tom Stade, who recently performed to sell-out audiences at the Melbourne and Edinburgh Comedy Festivals (Friday, September 5) and the droll, dark and 24-hour-show luminary Mark Watson demonstrates the skill which won him five major comedy awards with his new show Flaws (Wednesday, October 22).
APA recently launched a new project to encourage writing talent in Aberdeen and the North-east and in 500 Words on Aberdeen (Saturday, May 10), contributions from some of Scotlands leading writers will be juxtaposed with work by those taking part in APAs playwrights workshop programme to bring to life cutting edge new short plays all about the city.
Lin October 1998, Matthew Shephard was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie in Wyoming and the play The Laramie Project (Thursday to Saturday, June 26 to 28) examines what it means to hate and the impact of this shocking crime, based on more than 200 interviews with residents of the town.
With equal dramatic impact, Call Mr Robeson (Thursday, September 4), looks at the life of African-American actor and singer Paul Robeson and how his activism led to his downfall, from his famed songs, fiery oratory and his defiant testimony to the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
"The new lineup at The Lemon Tree continues the journey of discovery at the venue, showcasing fresh new talent at every turn, said APAs director of programming and creative projects Ben Torrie.
From tomorrow's legends in our Freshly Squeezed strand, to the best local theatrical voices from our playwrighting programme, the venue is simply THE place to witness Aberdeen's cultural cutting edge."
Tickets for all the new shows and more are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majestys Theatre.