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Sparrow and the Workshop

Glasgow-based dark folk trio Sparrow and The Workshop comprises of Belfast-born, Chicago-raised Jill O’Sullivan (vocals/guitar/violin), Welshman Nick Packer (guitar/bass) and Scotsman Gregor Donaldson (drums/vocals.) Their first full-length album 'Crystals Fall' was released in April 2010 by Distiller Records to critical acclaim. Clash Magazine called it "a brilliant debut album that will be hard to beat in 2010", Mojo said "ignore them if you dare", and Drowned in Sound said of the album "Everything on Crystals Fall is delivered with such an assured...

Alestorm

Alestorm are a power/folk metal band from Perth, Scotland, formed under the name Battleheart in 2004. Their music is characterised by a pirate theme, for which reason they describe their style as "True Scottish Pirate Metal". After releasing two EPs, they were signed by Napalm Records in 2007 and renamed themselves to Alestorm. Their debut album was released on January 25, 2008 Originally starting out as a two piece band Gavin Harper and Christopher Bowes, Battleheart recorded an independent EP in Gavin's home studio in early 2006.

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North Atlantic Oscillation

North Atlantic Oscillation are an electronic rock band based in Scotland. They released their first single 'Some Blue Hive' on One Records in June 2007. In 2009 the band signed to Kscope - a Snapper Music label - and released an EP called 'Callsigns'. Their debut album 'Grappling Hooks' was released in the UK in March 2010. For full details and to listen online go to their MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/naoband or http://www.kscopemusic.com/northatlanticoscillation Facebook Group:

Dougie MacLean

Dougie MacLean is one of Scotland's finest singers and songwriters, with a rich, heavily-accented voice. He is a multi-instrumentalist (harp, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, didgeridoo, guitar) with a large back catalogue. His first release was in 1983 with the album "Craigie Dhu", although he had already recorded other albums, such as "Snaigow" and "Fiddle", which were not released till much later. He began his career playing with the Tannahill Weavers.

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Sons and Daughters

Last.fm is listing two groups under this name. 1. Sons and Daughters are an indie rock band which formed in 2001 in Glasgow, Scotland. The band consists of Adele Bethel (vocals, guitar), Scott Paterson (vocals, guitar), Ailidh Lennon (bass, keyboards, mandolin) and David Gow (drums). The band has released three albums: "The Repulsion Box" (2005),"This Gift" (2008) and "Mirror Mirror" (2011). Their third album, "Mirror Mirror" - was released on Domino on June 13th- via a short trailer directed by long time collaborator Blair Young.

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Fangs

The 3 members of Fangs first met whilst breakdancing ironically in the basement of a club that they heard Ian Curtis had once had a pint in. After complimenting each other on their use of eyeshadow, the two male members both attempted to seduce their future lead singer by performing 'the worm'. Once they had been helped off the floor, they conversed in halting tones (reminiscent of that employed by Deborah Harry of Blondie in hit song 'Atomic').

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Eric Bogle

Scotland's greatest living Australian. Or the other way around, depending on how you look at it. Born in Peebles, Scotland, and emigrating to Australia in 1969, he currently resides near Adelaide, South Australia. Written in 1972, And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda is perhaps his best-known song, being a haunting evocation of the ANZAC experience fighting in the Battle of Gallipoli. It has also been interpreted as a reaction to the Vietnam War.

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Glasvegas

Glasvegas are an alternative/shoegazing band which formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 2003, the band is composed of James Allan (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rab Allan (lead guitar), Paul Donoghue (bass guitar) and Jonna Löfgren (drums). Caroline McKay (drums) left the band in March 2010 and was replaced by Lofgren later that year. Their music is influenced by artists such as Wall of Sound producer Phil Spector and other, more recent, bands which share that same aesthetic such as My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

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Biffy Clyro

Biffy Clyro is a three-piece alternative rock band which formed in Kilmarnock, Scotland in 1995. The band consists of Simon Neil (vocals, guitar), James Johnston (bass, vocals) and his twin brother Ben (drums, vocals). The band spent most of their career in obscurity (although supported by a small and loyal cult following) until the release of 2007's Puzzle and its singles "Saturday Superhouse" and "Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies". Their fifth album "Only Revolutions" has proved successful, making the band one of the biggest players on the British rock scene.

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