New band Fuzzystar with Edinburgh based Andy at the star shaped helm. A debut album is launching soon and there is big things brewing for these guys. Its REM with sensitive introspective leanings and there is a mellowness and hope in his voice - go with him.
De Rosa (Friday 4th Nov 8:15pm)
"Weem" the title of De Rosa's recent album is a little settlement in Aberfeldy. The album was recorded in one of the famed historic Scottish Planters cottages in Weem and we thought the significance was of great importance to Aberfeldy and the festival. An imperative listen to hear a new Aberfeldy sound.
Iain Morrison (Friday 4th Nov 9pm)
With a Scottish Album of the Year nominated album Iain Morrison has a sound that sweeps in - layered with voices and almost trip hop beats this is atmospheric, moody and emotive musical wanderings. It's hypnotic and beguiling we may lose you in Highland Perthshire somewhere.
Clem Snide a.k.a Eef Barzelay (Friday 4th Nov 10pm)
Much admired by some of music's biggest names, (Bon Iver, Death Cab for Cutie and Ben Folds) but don't let that fool you. Awkward geeky cool with arguably the most underratted lyrically seminal album of the 00's with "Your Favourite Music" All the way from Nashville Tennessee - we are in the hands of a phenomenon (we will keep him here forever handcuffed to a radiator for his own good). We love him eternally.
Emma Pollock (Friday 4th Nov 11pm)
Famed songwriter from her days in the Delgados - Emma burst back on the scene with her long long awaited new album "In Search of Harperfield". Well worth the wait it holds the interest with tales of Glasgow youths - family, place and time - but its her voice that holds and remains carrying the attention and connection. Another Scottish album of the year nominee. We nominate her for Glasgow sound wizard.
Kid Canaveral (Saturday 5th Nov 7pm)
Indie pop menaces. Cheeky in delivery and lyrically they have an ever present sound that can't be ignored. On Lost Map records they now reside after previous flirtations with Fence and the King Creosote fold. Don't invite them round they'll steal your fig rolls in a cool musically way.
Sorren Maclean (Saturday 5th Nov 7:45pm)
He keeps interesting company this fella. Permanent band member of King Creosote, Roddy Woomble and the Mull Historical Society. But mentioning that not as an end in itself but it shows his pedigree and that people regard him highly. In 'Winter Stay Autumn' though he's finding his own way and there's even shades of Jose Gonzalez in his understated delivery. He's a musical thinker this one so watch yourself.
Martha Ffion (Saturday 5th Nov 8:30pm)
Retro chic cool. She sounds like a child of Motown and Janis Joplin but with a demure sweetness and heart. With dates at Latitude and End of the Road Festival she is attracting some interesting suitors. Catch her at Aberfeldy before she has to tour the world twice or more. She's also form Ireland I believe so must be aces.
Star Wheel Press (Saturday 5th Nov 9:15pm)
Aberfeldy residents Star Wheel Press have been helping build Aberfeldy Festival from the start. Their first record was lauded by Ian Rankin, Lauren Laverne, Ricky Ross, Bob Harris and they have a sound that is hard to place at times. Baritone lead, subtle acoustic chords and floating female harmonies. Promises of new songs from the imminent second record have been murmured.
Iain Archer (Saturday 5th Nov 10pm)
An Ivor Novella award this year and the co-writer on Snow Patrol's first record. Member of super groups the Reindeer Section and Tired Pony he is in high demand as a songwriter. But his solo work is so worthy of a deeper listen - his own songs have hooks galore but with an indie shadow and aspect to them. We will Hold back all the Rivers to let him through but may leave James in the Bay.
Arc Iris (Saturday 5th Nov 11pm)
This is genre busting experimental music that must must must be heard live (must). It soars out and pulses and will have you marveling at their musical ability. Jocie left the Low Anthem to find her voice and begin her interstellar journey. They had to come to earth for awhile to sign with Bella Union but now away again they have shown all the freedoms of creativity. Such an amazing band from Outer Space.