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interesting music promotions and Woodend Arts Association present:


Friday 11th May 2007

Woodend Barn Arts Centre, Burn O'Bennie, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5QA. (01330) 825431

Doors 8.00pm / Entry 10

What's on at Woodend Barn Banchory


Tickets in person at One Up Records, Belmont Street, Aberdeen

Online at What's on at Woodend Barn Banchory


Aberfeldy is an indie pop band formed in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2002. The band is named after the Scottish town of the same name, Aberfeldy. They are (apparently) Scotland's 6th best-loved band and still going from strength to strength - recently playing to 35 Danish people in Denmark.

Their critically acclaimed debut album Young Forever was produced by Jim Sutherland in August 2004, and amongst a batch of great press the album was given 9/10 in the NME, alongside a Single of the Week accolade for first proper single Heliopolis by Night. Their multi-layered, pop-driven tunes have been likened to Squeeze and Prefab Sprout, with recent support slots to R.E.M., Blondie, Scissor Sisters, The Beautiful South, James Blunt and Paolo Nutini proving their pop credentials.

Heres what The Scotsman said about them and their latest album - "Following the folksy charms of their debut album, Young Forever, which was recorded with all band members huddled shivering round one microphone, wearing fingerless gloves and eating stale bread and mouldy cheese (sort of), Edinburgh quintet Aberfeldy return with a bigger budget and a bigger sound, excellently served by the skills of Blue Nile producer Callum Malcolm. Do Whatever Turns You On is a wonderful pop album replete with cheesy keyboards, sunshine harmonies and self-doubt - but mainly with glorious tunes such as the KC & the Sunshine Band-meets-Phoenix sounds of the bittersweet Uptight and the sublime synth-pop melancholia of Never Give Up (imagine Ben Folds playing a Casio keyboard rather than battering a baby grand). In his musical career, frontman Riley Briggs has done prog, garage and folk - now he has found his niche, rivalling Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch as Scotland's most inspired pop songwriter."




Finniston are based in Glasgow, Scotland - consisting of brother and sister Steven and Jolene, Andrew Gifford (who is probably a relation in some way) and Jamie Attridge (who is definitely not related to our knowledge). They play lovely pop with loads of harmonies and different instrumentation, which has been said to have hints of Belle and Sebastian, Idlewild and Aberfeldy.

Its the cavalcade, tumble down keyboards, squeezebox wooze and subtly sharp guitaring stitched to those typically Scottish wall to wall sweet n sour vocal sheets that hook you. This is material that grabs you like an over-insistent shiva...seducing, firing you up and drawing you into the whirl or the eddy of their pool. Finniston are too good for me, but you'll cope, love cherish and all that, so do that.(unpeeled.co.uk)

finniston - glasgow four piece


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To be honest it was probably the lowest turnout I've seen for them in Aberdeen. Maybe a combination of Monday night, post Triptych and them playing in Banchory. They seemed to start off slowly but the audience was pretty enthusiastic and that seemed to get them going a bit. They finished with Delila (Tom Jones).

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excellent night.

I really like the woodend barn, a great space, reminded me of discos when I was a teenager in a country hall in Shetland, they also ran out of lager!

Sandy Wright was excellent, maybe my fav of the night, good humor in his songs and he and Aberfeldy really looked to be enjoying themselves. Which is always good.

"We got nuggets as big a horse / We got nuggets as big a horse"

anyone know which film this song as from? Sandy mentioned it at the beginning of the song?

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excellent night.

"We got nuggets as big a horse / We got nuggets as big a horse"

anyone know which film this song as from? Sandy mentioned it at the beginning of the song?

It was the one with Aberfeldy. They were selling it on DVD but I can't remember the name. Three cheers for Tom Weir.

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