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BIOG'S 90'S +
Mairi-Claire MacNEIL:  Hebrides born Falkirk based singer who reached the final of The Falkirk Herald "Voice Of 2008" competition that year.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/mairi-claire

Calvin McCARRON:  Solo singer who reached the final of The Falkirk Herald Voice Of 2010 Competition.
Shannon McLEOD:  Grangemouth singer, born in 1997, who reached the final of the Falkirk Herald "Voice of 2011" competition, and then repeated the feat the following year.

Harry McDONALD:  Solo singer who reached the final of The Falkirk Herald Voice Of 2010 Competition.
Kirsty McGUCKIN:  Solo singer who won The Falkirk Herald Voice Of 2010 Competition whilst only 14 and at Denny High School.

Kyle McLACHLAN:  Grangemouth singer, born in 1997, who reached the final of the Falkirk Herald "Voice of 2012" competition.
Alana McLERNON:  Former singer with Falling Behind Fred, McLernon went solo in late 2007, reaching the final of the local Council run "Battle Of The Bands". Marc Stirling (bass, of I Am Stud) & Scott Young (drums, of Ice Cold & Alex) helped McLaren out live in 2008. In spring she was working with a backing band of Young (drums), Alex Anderson (bass, also of Strawberry Fields) & Emma George (guitar, ex-Cadenza). After travelling to Belarus with the charity Buskit, McLernon moved to Bristol in summer 2008 to study music. Personal reasons meant that she had to leave college, and upon returning to the area entered and came third in the Falkirk Herald "Voice of 2009" competition. In April McLernon played at a Unsigned Festival at Falkirk Town Hall, Big In Falkirk in May, then at the Grangemouth Homecoming Festival in summer. In May McLernon guested on recordings by The Last Saloon.  2010 saw McLernon make a return to the Grangemouth Festival.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/alanamclernonmusic
Aimee McPHEAT:  Singer who reached the final of the Falkirk Herald "Voice of 2011" competition.
The MEDIA WHORES:  Four piece act put together in 2008 by Craig Anderson (vocals/guitar, ex-Red Panda), Dougie Mackie (bass/vocals, ex-Cool Jerks, also with Bladdered), Jim MacKellar (guitar / vocals, ex-Fire Exit) & Joe Jackonelli (drums/vocals, ex-Fire Exit). 2009 saw the band play a regular run of dates, including a support with 999. Live dates continued into 2010.  2011 saw the band release their debut album, "Starfishing", whilst continuing to play live, including a date with Spear Of Destiny.
RELEASES:  "Starfishing" (CD album, 2011).
Aiden MOFFAT & The BEST OFs:  Band formed by ex-Arab Strap frontman, Aidan Moffat, upon the demise of that act. The act made their debut with author Ian Rankin in the Barnes & Noble bookstore in New York in spring 2007, and their UK debut supporting Slint in August. Meanwhile, a collaboration with artist Dave Shrigley appeared on a German compilation album in the summer. The band released their debut album, "I Can Hear Your Heart" on Chemikal Underground in January 2008, with Moffat playing a couple of support slots to Mogwai in May. That month also saw an album of Moffat rarities from 1995 released, entitled "The Angry Buddhists". Another side project was a series of vinyl singles with Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai, which began in summer 2008, under the name of Aloha Hawaii. The Best-Of's played a few dates towards the end of 2008, including a support in Glasgow to Shellac, and a festival in Holland. Moffat released his debut solo album, "How To Get To Heaven From Scotland" in February 2009, along with a free single, "Big Blonde". After a couple of dates in the UK, the band completed a short tour of Japan in May. That summer, Moffat was struck down with Swine Flu, and had to cancel some dates. A new single was released in September 2009, an orchestral version of Lullaby For Unborn Child backed with a children’s story written and read by Moffat called The Lavender Blue Dress2010 began with a live date with Bill Wells at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, and in March Moffat appeared on the BBC Radio Three literature & poetry show, "The Verb". A couple of live dates followed in spring (one of which was supporting The Bluebells), after which Moffat began work on a collaborative album with Bill Wells. October saw the release of a ten track mini-album, designed to fit onto two sides of a 7 inch single, entitled "Ten Short Songs For Modern Lovers", which was followed by three dates in the Highlands in November. 2011 saw the collaborative album with Bill Wells, "Everythings Getting Older", released to great critical acclaim, followed by a cover version of Bananarama's "Cruel Summer". 2012 saw a strange 7 inch release by Moffat & Wells, featuring a medley of "The Power Of Love" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Jennifer Rush & Huey Lewis.
RELEASES:
"I Can Hear Your Heart" (CD album, Chemikal Underground Records, 2008)
"The Angry Buddhists" (CD album, AMC Records, 2008)
"How To Get To Heaven From Scotland" (CD album, Chemikal Underground Records, 2009)

"Big Blonde" (single, 2009)
"Lullaby For An Unborn Child" (Internet/7 inch single, 2009) 
"Ten Short Songs For Modern Lovers" (vinyl mini-album, Chemikal Underground Records, 2010) 
With Bill Wells: "Everything's Getting Older" (CD/internet album)
With Bill Wells: "Cruel Summer" (single, 2011) 
With Bill Wells: "The Power & The Glory Of Love" (7 inch single, 2012).
WEBSITE:  http://www.aidanmoffat.co.uk/index.php/site/nav
MONO SIX:  3-piece formed by Iain King (vocals/guitar, ex-Strawberry Fields), Brian Sharp (bass/ vocals, ex-Valentines) & Steven Jack (drums/vocals, ex-Idiotcut). Their debut EP was "Bring Us Together" (2013).
RELEASES:  "Bring Us Together" (Internet EP, 2013).
Sarah MONTEITH:  Former frontwoman of The Waitawhiles, played some solo live dates in 2011, including the Grangemouth Music Festival. Monteith continued to play into 2012, including performances at the Grangemouth & Falkirk Bandstand Festivals.
MORPHEUS RISING:  York based act formed in 2008 by Falkirk lad Graeme Tennick (vocals, ex-ZBD). The rest of the band was Pete Harwood (guitar), Daymo Sweeting (guitar), Andy Smith (bass) & Paul Gibbons (drums). That year they released a single, "An Ordinary Man", with proceeds going to Help For Heroes, a charity which helps woulnded service personel.
RELEASES:  "An Ordinary Man" (Internet single, 2008).
WEBSITE:  http://www.morpheusrising.co.uk

MOYA:  Moya are a Grangemouth band who started off as a jam session in March 2004 in a tiny room built onto the back of a garage, involving Les Allan (drums, ex-Jeffries Fridge), Peter Gilbert (guitar/vocals), Dwayne Mallice (vocals/guitar) & Colin "Twiggy" O'Neill (bass), attempting to play versions of tunes by the likes of Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and The Stereophonics. The name only appeared after a few months of playing together, with a number of forgetable names suggested and ignored. Allen came up with "Moya", apparently meaning "Great Nation". With Allan & O'Neill learning new instruments, and Gilbert making the switch from rhythm guitar to lead, the songs took a few months to come together. In October 2004 Moya headed for the recording studio for the first time. The result being the first four track CD demo, "Losing My Way". Next step after recording the disc was to get the music heard, and to get out and play live. After starting live work at Grubowski's, Larbert in December 2004, the band released their debut CD, "Losing My Way", in 2005. That summer saw the band refrain from live work whilst Twiggy recovered from a collapsed lung, however by the end of the year, and into 2006, Moya returned to the stage. Summer saw them complete their second EP, "Breaking Point", and then receive some airplay on Central FM. At the end of 2006 Mallice & Twiggy left the band, as Allen & Gilbert recruited new vocalist, Mark Tierney, and Alloa bass player Stevie McCulloch (ex-Jeffries Fridge). Tierney then proved unreliable and was sacked, allowing Peter to take over vocals. The band then recruited Macedonian born Darko Aroski (guitar), and plan to record a new CD later in the year. 2008 began with a couple of dates, and ended with the act releasing their third single, "Down But Not Out". Early in 2009 McCulloch left due to work commitments, however the band played at Big In Falkirk in May, and the Homecoming Festival in Grangemouth that summer.October saw them debut with new bass player, Adam Dunbar (ex-Slaughterhook?). The band returned to play the festival in 2010, before Aroski left. Gilbert later formed Blind Daze.
RELEASES:
"Losing My Way" (CD single, 2005)
"Breaking Point" (CD single, 2006)
"Down But Not Out" (CD single, 2008).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/moyarock
Colin James MURPHY:  Former  member of Music Of Kid Audio who went  solo in the late 2000's. He played at Grangemouth Homecoming  Festival in Summer 2009 and May 2010, before  releasing a video single, "Love Life & Light". Early in 2011 Murphy  recruited musicians to form Sleeper Train.
RELEASES:  "Love, Life & Light" (video single, 2010).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/colinjamesmurphy
 
Emma MURRAY:  Falkirk-born (1995) singer who reached the final of the Falkirk Herald "Voice of 2012".
NEBULOSITY: A 4-piece prog rock/metal band from Falkirk consisting of (LtoR in photo) Alan Costello (Guitar/Vocals), Alex Urbanczyk (Bass), Adam Dunbar (Guitar/Vocals) & Adam Hammond (Drums/Backing Vocals). The band formed in April 2012 when Adam Dunbar and Dean Varga (original bassist) returned to Falkirk after studying Creative Sound Production at Abertay University.  After extensive writing and light gigging they began recording their first album titled "c", which took around 18-months to complete!  Following the launch of 'c' in December 2015 the band toured acros the Central Belt to great acclaim!
NO NEED FOR IDOLS:  Five    piece St Mungo's High School band formed in 2009 by Oliver Kitchen (vocals),    David Stewart (guitar/vocals), Conor Matheson (guitar/vocals), Callum Waddell    (bass) & Adam Kerry (drums). In February 2010 the band reached the final    of the Council run Rock Project Battle of the Bands. Stewart was then replaced    by Ben MacDonald (guitar) in 2011. The band then recorded and released their    debut single, "What's Become Of Me". Kitchen went on to form The    Kooshtie.
RELEASES: "What's Become Of Me" (Internet / CD cingle, 2011).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/noneedforidols
 
The OK SOCIAL CLUB:  Four piece band formed in 2010 by Chris Finn (guitar) & Raff (vocals/guitar), along with local musicians Mark Feeney (drums, ex-Five Park Drive) & Gordie Burns (bass). The band continued to play live into 2011. In August, they played at the Dennycassim Festival.
WEBSITE:  http://www.facebook.com/theoksocialclubofficial
The 117:  Falkirk band with David Hunt (vocals/guiatr), Stuart (guitar), Derek (bass) & Derek (drums). They played between 2010 and 2011, including a date at the Grangemouth Music Festival. The band continued to play into 2012, including performances at the Grangemouth & Falkirk Bandstand Festivals.

Rebecca ORR:  Solo singer who reached the final of The Falkirk Herald Voice Of 2010 Competition.
The PEARLFISHERS:  Glasgow band formed 1989 by ex-Hearts & Minds vocalist/guitarist/ keyboard player (a Falkirk lad) Davy Scott. He recruited Australian Jim Gash (drums) from his former act, and added Brian McAlpine (keyboards) & Mil Stricevic (bass, ex-Big Sur). With the help of the Princes Trust Scott was able to set up his own label, My Dark Star, and release three EP's in the early 1990's. These singles were playlisted all over Scotland, and led to sessions on Radio Clyde & BBC Radio 1, all of which helped the band build up a strong following north of the border.

The first half of 1992 was spent playing an astonishing range of gigs, including the "Drum Beat" benefit at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall, a hugely successful spot on the main stage of the first Scottish Fleadh, support slots at Edinburgh's Usher Hall and the Aberdeen Capitol with Capercaillie, a headline at the SECC during Mayfest, and an open-air gig at Leith Links in Edinburgh with Deacon Blue.
May 1992 saw the start of sessions for the group's debut album at their own studio and at Glasgow's CaVa, featuring guest contributions from Capercaillie's Karen Matheson and Donald Shaw, and Deacon Blue's Graeme Kelling and Jim Prime. The sessions, which continued throughout the year, were only interrupted by    the filming of ITV's 'The Gig' at the Tunnel Club in Glasgow (broadcast twice nationally), and an acoustic tour in December 1992.  Almost a year after the session started the final mixing at Palladium Studios in Edinburgh was completed. The Pearlfishers approached Scottish record label Iona who immediately agreed to license the release of the album and the preceding single. "Saint Francis Songs" emerged as the first choice single, followed by the album, "Za Za's Garden" in August 1993. A second single from the album was released in April 1994, entitled "Living In A Foreign Country".  
From there the band started working with Scotland-loving German label Marina, who signed The Pearlfishers and were responsible for the next album, "The Strange Underworld Of The Tall Poppies" in 1997. The album was licensed for mainland Europe by Sony, who memorably flew a posse of French and German journalists over to Glasgow to see them gig at CaVa Studio. The line-up for this album was Scott, McAlpine & Wilf Taylor (drums), with help from Charlie McKerron (violin). By then Scott was working at East Kilbride Arts Centre, and co-produced (with Bill Wells)    an album for Andy Shanks & Jim Russell.

Jim Gash re-joined the band for the next album, "The Young Picnickers" in 1999, along with Deepak Bahl (bass), Amy Geddes (violin), Derek Star (drums) & Gabriel Telerman (guitar). Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub guested on backing vocals. In 1999 Scott, Gash & McAlpine also helped Robin Laing on his "Imaginary Lines" album, whilst Scott produced an album for Tannas.  2000 saw Scott producing The Gentle Waves, as well as a Brian Wilson tribute album for Marina.  The next album, two years later had guest spots from Johnny Cameron, Lindsay Cooper, Alison Lucas, Mick Slaven, Colin Steele & Wendy Wetherby. 2001 also saw the release of "Tiny Waves Mighty Sea", an album by Future Pilot A.K.A. produced by and featuring Scott.  2002 saw The Pearlfishers play at Big In Falkirk in Callendar Park, along with Bob Geldof & Snow Patrol. That year also saw Scott work with Amy Allison, The Bill Wells Trio, Ricky Ross, Space Kelly & John Miller.  2003 saw the band release the ambitious "Sky Meadows" album, taking their music to the outskirts and the byways in October with a short tour ("The Tallpop Sinfonia Tour") of provincial theatres and arts centres throughout central Scotland. The core band was augmented by a string quartet and brass and woodwind trio, enabling the sounds and textures of the album to be faithfully rendered.  2004 saw Scott working with ex-Belle & Sebastian member Isobel Campbell, The BMX Bandits, Amy Rigby Ally Kerr & the legendary Kim Fowley. In 2005 Davy Scott helped to record an album of piping songs for 71 year old David Hamilton, entitled "Tunes From The Glen", as well as working in the studio with Ricky Ross, Amy Allison & Tom Clelland. The band played at the "Way To Blue" Festival in Falkirk in October.  2006 began well, with Scott completing a solo mini-tour of Japan supporting The B.M.X. Bandits (of whom he was also a member by this time), and producing material by Ally Kerr, David Heavenorr & Richard Anderson & YeonGene. By the end of the year he had begun work on the next album, co-produced by Norman Blake (of Teenage Fanclub). 

The next album, "Up With The Larks" was released in September 2007, and featured Scott, Jim Gash, Deepak Bahl, Norman Blake, Stuart Kidd, Derek Star, Margaret, Michael & Shaun Daly and the Tallpop Sinfonia. The album would go on to be the Daily Record's "Scottish Album Of The Year". Scott completed a solo European tour with Norman Blake in October, and then began 2008 with a date at Celtic Connections.
2009 was quiet for the band, however they did release an expanded version of their Christmas album, "A Sunflower At Christmas".  2010 saw a temporary line-up of Scott, Gash, Finlay McDonald & Jim McCulloch (all members of The BMX Bandits) play a tribute gig for Alex Chilton.  2011 saw Scott part-producing the album by Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells, "Everything's Getting Older".  Influenced most obviously by Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney and Jimmy Webb, there are also traces of The Byrds, Burt Bacharach and even the much maligned Gilbert O'Sullivan in The Pearlfishers mix.
RELEASES:
"Sacred" (CD/2 inch EP, My Dark Star, 1991)
"Hurt" (CD/12 inch ED, My Dark Star, 1991)
"Woodenwire" (cassette EP, My Dark Star, 1992)
"Saint Francis Songs" (CD EP, Iona Gold, 1993)
"Za's Za's Garden" (CD/cassette album, Iona Gold, 1993)
"Living In A Foreign Country" (CD EP, Iona Gold, 1994)
"The Strange Underworld Of The Tall Poppies" (CD album, Marina Records, 1997)
"Even On A Sunday Afternoon" (CD EP, Marina Records, 1997)
"Banana Sandwich" (CD EP, Marina Records, 1998)
"The Young Picnickers" (CD album, Marina Records, 1999)
"Across The Milky Way" (CD album, Marina Records, 2001)
"Sky Meadows" (CD/vinyl album, Marina Records, 2003)
"A Sunflower At Christmas" (CD album, Marina Records, 2004)
"Up With The Larks" (CD album, Marina Records, 2007)
"The Umbrellas Of Shibuya" (7 inch single, Marina Records, 2007)
"A Sunflower At Christmas (Expanded version) " (CD album, Marina Records, 2009)
GUEST APPEARANCES:
Andy Shanks & Jim Russell, "Diamonds In The Night" (CD/cassette album, Culburnie Records, 1997)
Bill Wells Vs Future Pilot AKA, "Bill Wells Vs Future Pilot AKA" (CD album, Domino, 1998, engineer)
Various Artists, "Songs For Marshmallow Lovers" (CD album, Marina, 1998)
Duglas T. Stewart, "Frankenstein" (CD album, Vinyl Japan Records, 1998)
Robin Laing, "Imaginary Lines" (CD album, Greentrax Records, 1999)
Tannas, "Suilean Dubh" (CD album, Lochshore Records, 1999)
Various Artists, "Caroline Now! - the songs of Brian Wilson" (CD album, Marina, 2000)
The Gentle Waves, "E.P." (CD EP, Jeepster Records, 2000, engineer)
John Herrald, "Roll On, John" (CD album, Spit And Polish, 2000, engineer/co-producer)
Future Pilot A.K.A. "Tiny Waves, Mighty Sea" (CD album, Geographic Records, 2001)
The Bill Wells Trio, "Incorrect Practice" (album, Geographic, 2001, engineer/co-producer)
Tom Clelland, "Little Stories" (album, Spit And Polish, 2001)
Various Artists, "You Don't Need Darkness..." (album, Geographic/Trattoria, 2001)
Amy Allison, "No Frills Friend" (album, Diesel Only, 2002)
The Bill Wells Trio, "Also In White" (album, Geographic, 2002, engineer and mix)
Space Kelly, "Space Kelly Fanclub" (album, Syft Japan, 2002)
Ricky Ross, "This Is The Life" (album, Papillon, 2002)
John Miller, "Those Old Country Songs" (album, Shoeshine, 2002) 
Isobel Campbell, "Amorino"(album, Snow Storm Records, 2004)
Ally Kerr, "Calling Out To You" (album, Neon Tetra, 2004)
The BMX Bandits, "Down At The Hop"(album, Spit And Polish, 2004, engineer/musician, 2004)
Kim Fowley, "Fantasy World" (album, Spit And Polish, 2004, engineer)
Maher Shalal Hash Baz, "Blues Du Jour" (album, Geographic Records, 2004, engineer)
Amy Rigby, "Till The Wheels Fall Off" (album, Signature Sounds, 2004)
Amy Allison, Everything And Nothing Too" (album, Spit & Polish Records, 2005)
David Hamilton, "Tunes From The Glen" (album, 2005, featuring Davy Scott on guitar & piano)
Tom Clelland, "Life Goes On" (album, Whistleberry Records, 2005)
Ricky Ross, "Pale Rider" (album, P3, 2005, producer/musician)
YeonGene, "Me & My Burt" (CD album, Beatball Records, 2006, producer)
The B.M.X. Bandits, 
"Bee Stings" (CD album, Poppydisc, 2007, musician)
The B.M.X. Bandits, "Take Me To Heaven" (Internet single, 2007, musician) 

WEBSITES:  http://www.pearlfishers.co.uk & http://www.myspace.com/thepearlfishers
The PSUEDOS:  Denny Trio formed in 2011 by Jake Mackie (vocals/guitar, ex-Harmony Row), Lewis Cunningham (bass/vocals) & Ryan Cruse (drums, ex-Catch 22). In early 2012 the band supported ex-Ocean Colour Scene guitarist, Steve Craddock. By 2013 Cruse had been replaced by Alex Baldwin (drums), and Neil Hayton (guitar) has also joined the band. 
The RAY SUMMERS:  Act formed in 2008 by Andy Ure (vocals, ex-Strands), Andrew Douglas (guitar, also with Ross Fairweather & The Billy Shears), Davey Horne (keyboards/guitar, ex-Ice Cold & Alex, alsoThe North Country Ramblers), Chris Jackson (guitar, ex-Strands), Billy Kay (bass, also with Ross Fairweather & The Billy Shears) & Lee Burgoyne (drums, also with Ross Fairweather & The Billy Shears). The band were named in honour of a band that Kay's father used to be in. After three months of rehearsal they played their debut date at Nice 'n' Sleazys, Glasgow, supporting The Right Ons, after which they were managed by Diane Stephenson. In summer 2008 the band advertised in the Falkirk Herald for a couple of go-go dancers to compliment their live show, before parting company with manager, Stephenson. In her place were recruited King Tut's promoter Craig McGee & former manager of The Law, Paul Grieve. Their impact was felt immediatly, with the band playing the Wickerman Festival and supporting Sergeant at the Garage, Glasgow. 
The band then supported The Automatic & Alphabeat in Glasgow, and began a heavy gigging schedule in the autumn, including a date at Alan McGee's "Death Disco" clubnight in London. The year continued with a date at the Carling Academy, Glasgow, supporting The Alabama 3, and a headline at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut.
At about this time the band also featured on a full page advert in the NME for the website Popmorphic. The year ended triumphantly with a date at Glasgow's George Square on New Year's Eve in front of 16,000 people, an event that was also covered on STV. The other acts on the bill were Idlewild & Paolo Nutini.
2009 started at the same pace, with the band invited back to "Death Disco" every eight weeks, and being named one of the tips for the year in the News Of The World.
 Spring saw them extensively touring the UK in support of their debut single, "Tales From Vicar Street", including a date supporting The Bluetones in Glasgow and a performance on the main stage at Big In Falkirk. Around this time they completed a session for Vic Galloway on BBC Radio One, and supported The Pigeon Detectives in Glasgow. Summer 2009 saw the band release their second single, "The Shepherd", with a launch date at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow. The single reached number 8 in the Scottish charts, and the band also played at T In The Park that summer, without Billy Kay who was in England at the time. His place for the date was taken by Stevie Black (of The Doledrums). The constant gigging continued until the end of the year, by which time the band released their third single, "Zagora Road". The year ended with more live dates, including a support to The Saw Doctors at the Glasgow Barrowlands.

Live work continued into 2010, whilst being nominated for Best Live Act at the Alternative Scottish Music Awards. February saw them supporting Kassidy on their Scottish tour, after which they went into the studio  for a couple of months to record their debut album, only emerging to headline King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow. May saw the band re-emegre with dates in Manchester and London, rounded off with a support to The Charlatans in Glasgow. Whilst the band put the finishing touches to their album over the summer, they found time to play the T In The Park and Rockness festivals. In August they released their new single, "Heshka Rashka" with a support slot in Edinburgh to Doves. Late in the year, Horne started to play solo dates under the name Dr Foghorne & The Golden Pipes, whilst March 2011 saw Kay help out Glasgow act Kassidy on their UK tour supporting Primal Scream.  2011 started quietly for the band as they prepared for the release of their debut album in April, "Russian Tearooms". This was followed by an extensive Scottish and English tour in April and May, kicking off at a date in Behind The Wall, Falkirk. The band played a few final dates at the end of August, including a headline at the Dennycassim Festival, before going into a period of hibernation. By this time, Horne had gone solo and recruited Kay, Burgoyne & Douglas to back him. Jackson, meanwhile, formed his own act, The White Vinyl Collective, along with Kay. 
RELEASES:
"Tales From Vicar Street" (Internet single, 2009)
"The Shepherd" (Internet Single, 2009, Scottish Chart #8)
"Zagora Road" (Internet Single, 2009)
"Heshka Rashka" (Internet single, 2010)
"Russian Tearoom" (CD / Internet album, 2011).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/theraysummers
The RED HOT CILLI PIPERS:  Piping band from 2006 featuring local man Stuart Cassells. In 2007 they won BBC TV talent show "When Will I Be Famous?", and then finished the year with a date at Edinburgh's Hogmany Celebrations. The Pipers continued tgo play into 2008.  In 2015 they played "Flower Of Scotland" at Hampden Park, Glasgow before the International football match between Scotland and Germany.
R4:  Covers band formed in 2008 by Gordon Lyon (vocals, ex-Arthur), Darren Watson (guitar/vocals), Robbie Lesiuk (bass/vocals, also with The Saltshakers) & Iain Buchanan (drums, ex-Tenbobslider). They continued a busy live schedule right through 2010.
WEBSITE:  http://r4theband.co.uk

Sean ROCHE:  Cork born folk artist, who after a spell living in Australia, moved to Falkirk at the age of 60.
ROOM 23:  Band formed in 2011 by Chloe Poole (vocals), Daniel Murray (guitar), Ryan Erskine (guitar), Kirstie Stewart (bass) & Harry Simpson (drums).
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ROUGHMUTE:  Falkirk/Grangemouth 4-piece Punk/Ska/Hardcore band formed 2006 by Treble (vocals), Stuart Morrison (guitar/vocals, ex-12 Pointless Days), Richard Waugh (bass/vocals, ex-12 Pointless Days) and Cree Armor Hoggan (drums). Roughmute (named after a dump between Camelon & Bonnybridge)  released their debut EP (2007) entitled "Feels Like Eating A Jellyfish", before gigging into 2008. May saw Hoggan leave the band, and the search for a replacement begin. The end of the year saw Simondo Bizzaro (guitar, ex-UK Subs) join the band, with live dates continued into 2009. By this time new drummer, Jim Belt, had joined. The band then released a self-titled album, early in 2009., before continuing into 2010.
RELEASES:  "Feels Like Eating A Jellyfish" (CD EP, 2007) & "Roughmute" (CD album, 2009).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/roughmute
RUFF ANGEL:  Glasgow rock band formed 2011 with Falkirk/Grangemouth drummer Dean MacKinnon.
Colet SELWYN:  Singer who won the final of the Falkirk Herald "Voice of 2011" competition.
SHATTERHAND:  Shatterhand were formed in early 1998, by Brian Hastings (drums), Ramsay Hunter (bass, ex-Filigree Son), Dave McIntosh (guitar, ex-Filigree Son) & Stuart McIntosh (vocals, ex-Godsend) in an effort to get all the surplus energy and anger out of their collective system. They set about writing a bunch of songs to see what would happen, but after four rehearsals the chance came to play a couple of shows with Vanilla Pod. More shows followed throughout Scotland with the likes of Diesel Boy & The UK Subs, which were followed by the "Act Your Rage" demo in 1999. Further dates and a second single led to a bit of a reputation for "extreme" live shows and fired-up outpourings, so to capatalise on this the band recorded their debut album "Wreckage". Hunter left at this point and was replaced by Monty, just in time for a tour with Turtlehead & Beauty School Dropout. This was quickly followed by another single and a second album "Planting Seeds". Another English tour followed with The Siknotes.

The band returned to England in 2002 to promote their next mini-album "Bone Palace Ballet" after which Monty left and was replaced by Alloa bass player Mike Crawford. An Irish tour with The Dangerfields followed, along with extensive Scottish dates. Dave McIntosh also spent some time playing with Turtlehead and Barefoot, which may explain the delay before the fourth album "Random Acts Of Defiance", which was released in February 2005 and has been the best received and quickest selling yet. The rest of the year was spent putting together their own digital studio. A welcome return was made by the band in 2008, with some scattered dates, followed by a summer date in 2009 at the Grangemouth Homecoming Festival. At this time, drummer Hastings was also playing with Debrasco. The band continued to gig into 2010, with a compilation album, "Complacency Is Not An Option" released in November, promoted by a short UK tour.
RELEASES:
"Act Your Rage" (cassette single, 1999)
"A Mess Of Emotions" (CD single, Mythical Records, 1999)
"Wreckage" (CD album, Mythical Records, 2000)
"Make A Difference" (CD single, Mythical Records, 2001)
"Planting Seeds" (CD album, Mythical Records, 2001)
"Bone Palace Ballet" (CD mini album, Mythical Records, 2002)
"Random Acts Of Defiance" (CD album, Mythical Records, 2005)
"Complacency Is Not An Option" (CD album, 2010).
WEBSITE:  http://www.shatterhand.co.uk & http://www.myspace.com/shatterhand
The SHERMANS:  Stirling act formed 2005 and featuring Denny vocalist Shaun Aitcheson. Other members were Kenny (bass), Graham (guitar), Nick (guitar) & Dave (drums). After a year of local dates, they broke into the Glasgow scene supporting The Complete Stone Roses at the Barrowlands in October 2006. More nationwide support slots with this act followed in 2007, as well as a date at the Loch Lomond Festival that summer. Autumn saw the band release their debut single, "Calling It Wrong" on Edinburgh label, Platform Records, and it reached number 23 on the Independant charts. The band continued to play into 2008, and undertook a short German tour in April 2009. Summer 2009 saw them playing a date at the Grangemouth Homecoming Festival, and after more dates ended the year with a Hogmany date at Stirling Castle.
RELEASES:  "Calling It Wrong" (CD single, Platform Records, 2007).
WEBSITE:  http://www.vivalashermans.co.uk/
The SIGNALS:  Falkirk based band formed in 1983 by ex-Piledriver members Donald Campbell (bass), Douglas Grant (drums) & Bill Hay (guitar), with the addition of vocalist Neil Sutherland (vocals). They became popular around the region through constant gigging, and were joined in 1985 by Sutherland's sister, Rona, on saxophone. The band released their debut home recorded cassette album, "Familiar Scenes", later this year. This was followed by a second effort, "Days To Come", in 1987. Not long after this, Rona left. Gigs were sporadic, due to one of the members being a "virtual recluse", and by 1997 they were a six piece with backing vocals (according to the Falkirk Herald, but not the band!), who continued to play live until 1998. The band's final date was in December 1999.  The band got back together for a charity date in 2007, and continued playing into 2009, including a date at the Grangemouth Homecoming Festival. These dates were continued into 2011 (including an annual return to the Grangemouth Festival).
RELEASES:  "Familiar Scenes" (Cassette album, 1985) & "Days To Come" (Cassette album, 1987).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/thesignals83
SLEEPER TRAIN:  4-piece formed in January 2011 by Colin James Murphy (vocals/guitar, ex-solo), Barry Frame (guitar/vocals, ex-Wedgie), Jamie Paterson (drums) & Jonny Rough (drums, ex-Five Park Drive). They started playing live straight away, with gigs supporting Dodgy and ex-Oasis member Bonehead, before splitting a few months later. Murphy resumed his solo career, whilst Frame played with Grand Central.
WEBSITE:  http://www.sleepertrainmusic.com

SONS & DAUGHTERS:  Gothic country act formed by former Arab Strap members Adele Bethel (vocals, guitar, piano) & Falkirk born David Gow (drums), along with Ailidh Lennon (bass, mandolin, piano) & Scott Paterson (vocals, guitar, ex-March Of Dimes). After signing to New York label Ba Da Bing, the band released their debut mini-album, "Love The Cup" in November 2003. Close association with Franz Ferdinand led to a deal with Domino Records in May 2004, and the album was re-released during the summer. The band supported Franz Ferdinand on their US tour in July, and became "artist in residence" on XFM for a week. October saw them supporting The Delgados on their UK tour, whilst their debut single, "Johnny Cash" taken from the album reached number 68 in the UK charts. The band then set off on a US & European tour with Clinic until the end of the year. In early 2005 Sons & Daughters began recording their first proper album, produced half by Edwyn Collins, and half in Conny Plank's old studio near Cologne. Upon completion, they headed out on a UK tour supporting Idlewild, before touring themselves to promote the album, "The Repulsion Box". Meanwhile, their second single, "Dance Me In" reached the UK top 40. A second single, "Taste The Last Girl" was released late summer, followed by extensive US tours with The Decemberists & Bright Eyes. The successful year ended with a short headline European tour, a short Australian tour, and a hometown gig in Glasgow. 2006 began with an Optimo re-mix of "Dance Me In" being released on 12" vinyl, which was followed up by a support slot on Morrissey's UK tour.

The rest of the year was quiet, however 2007 began with a date in April in New York. The band did however contribute a track to a literature / music album. The songs was based on a poem by AL Kennedy and was recorded Andy Miller who produced "Love The Cup". The next few months were spent recording their third album in London with ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, with the occasional date supporting Iggy & The Stoogies, and in September, at the Connect Festival in Inverary. The band then released a limited edition 7 inch single in October, before touring the Uk in December. They released their new album, "This Gift" in January 2008, and then toured the UK (including five dates with editors) & Europe in February. This was followed by a US tour in March / April, then a tour of Italy & Spain in May. The band had another crack at the charts with the single, "This Gift", in April. Summer saw the band playing some festivals, including Glastonbury & T In The Park, as well as supporting The Raconteurs in Edinburgh. September was the turn of Northern America for a short tour, with temporary bass player Graeme Smilie, who sat in with the band whilst Lennon took maternity leave. 2009 began with a date at a French festival, and then was quiet until supporting The Pixies in Glasgow in October. The year ended with a Hogmany date at Mono in Glasgow.
In 2010 the band played at The Wickerman Festival in July, and then managed just one more date before the end of the year. 2011 saw the band re-emerge properly, with the release of their new album, "Mirror Mirror". A single, "Rose Red" was released later in the year to co-incide with a UK tour. The band started 2012 with a short Australian tour.
RELEASES:
"Love The Cup" (CD mini-album, Ba Da Bing Records, 2003)
"Love The Cup" (CD mini-album, Domino Records, 2004)
"Johnny Cash" (CD/7 inch single, Domino Records, 2004, UK charts #68) 
"Dance Me In" (CD/7 inch single, Domino Records, 2005, UK charts #40)
"The Repulsion Box" (CD album, Domino Records, 2005, UK charts #70)
"Taste The Last Girl" (CD/7 inch vinyl single, Domino Records, 2005, Uk charts #75)
"Dance Me In (Optimo Mix)" (12 inch single, Domino Records, 2006)
"Gilt Complex" (7 inch single, Domino Records, 2007)
"Darling" (CD/7 inch single, Domino Records, 2008, UK charts #86)
"This Gift" (CD/vinyl/internet album, Domino Records, 2008, UK charts #66)
"This Gift" (7 inch vinyl/internet single, Domino Records, 2008)
"Mirror Mirror" (CD/internet album, 2011) 
"Rose Red" (single, 2011).
WEBSITE:  http://www.sonsanddaughtersloveyou.com

The SOUL PARADE:  3-piece formed in 2009 by Terry McDermott (vocals/bass), Greg Aitken (guitar) & Ali Calder (drums) and influenced by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Syd Barrett & Robert Johnson. In early 2010 Aitken was also playing with The Doledrums, however he soon left The Soul Parade to join them full time.
SOUNDCRADLE:  4-piece formed 2003 by Heskey members, Stuart Blackwood (vocals/guitar) and Don Watson (drums), in order to play original material. A re-vamped version of the band re-emerged in 2005 playing covers, and continued into 2007. This line-up was Blackwood (vocals/guitar), Andrew McLean (keyboards/vocals), Matt McKellar (bass/vocals) & Glen Gardiner (drums/vocals, also with Looks Can Be Deceiving), however Gardiner was soon replaced by a returning Watson. The band are now a popular functions band with festival forays (Glasgow West End 2006, Kilsyth International Carnival, Edinburgh Festival 2007, as well as being the Central FM band at their "Wedding of the Year" competition. The band continued to play into 2008, releasing their debut album, "...And Finally", at the end. Summer 2009 saw them playing a date at the Grangemouth Homecoming Festival, and they continued to play into 2010.
RELEASES:  "...And Finally" (CD album, 2008).
WEBSITES:
http://www.centralmusicagency.co.uk/soundcradle.html
http://www.myspace.com/soundcradle
http://www.soundcradle.co.uk
The SPECIAL GUESTS:  Five piece covers band formed in 2011 by Andy Pratt (guitar/vocals, also with The International Pop Assassins), Ross Cunningham (guitar/vocals, also with The International Pop Assassins), Johnny Forrester (bass, ex-Last Saloon, also with The Stompdown Riders), Caroline Craig (vocals) and Denis Mullane (drums). Forrester left in spring 2012, prompting Cunningham to switch to bass, and Stuart Little (guitar, ex-Rising) to join. The band played at the Grangemouth & Falkirk Bandstand Festivals that year, before Cunningham left, to be replaced by Eddie McKenzie (bass, also with The International Pop Assassins). The band continued to lay into 2014.
Adam STAFFORD:  A modern solo blues howler, Stafford started performing his intense emotion songs in the early 2000's, having been writing since he was 13 years old. He had began performing in 1996, playing bass with Bovine. 2005 saw him performing at songwriter night "Acoustic Kitchen" before recording his debut 11 track album, "In Faceless Towns Forever". The album was recorded by engineer Tommy Blair in a 24 hour session in an abandoned house. Stafford then decided to release the album in 2006 under the name Y'all Is Fantasy Island, a title he had used for a few years, and under which he continued to record. He also played in The Chuck Norris Machine, and in late 2005 rejoined Bovine on bass. After a few years concentrating on Y'all Is Fantasy Island, Stafford returned to solo work in 2009, with the release of an album, "Awnings" in November. The album was recorded in an improvised three hour session. This year also saw Stafford venture into making films and videos (in particular for The Twilight Sad). One of his films, "The Shutdown" won a prize at the San Francisco Movie Festival in 2010. In 2011 Stafford released a new album, "Build A Harbour Immediatly" on his own Wiseblood Industries label. The following year he released a split EP with Sweethearts Of The Prison Rodeo, of whom he was also a member.
RELEASES:
"Awnings" (Internet album, Wiseblood Industries, 2009)
"Build A Harbour Immediatly" (album, Wiseblood Industries, 2011)
"Vessels Shifted" (cassette/internet EP, 2012).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/adamstafford
Euan STEVENSON:  Falkirk born jazz pianist from 2011.
The STOMPDOWN RIDERS:  Band formed in 2011 by Dan Adam (also Davey Horne & The Golden Pipes), Davey Horne (also Davey Horne & The Golden Pipes), Stevie Black (ex-Doledrums)Del Beattie (ex-Doledrums), Johnny Forrester (bass, also The Special Guests) & Paul Preston. In 2012 Adam, Horne & Black also played with The White Vinyl Collective.
 
SUNSET STEREO:  Four piece band formed in 2009 at Braes High by Jamie McDonald (drums), Ross McDonald (bass), Connor Devlin (vocals/guitar) & Andrew Malcolm (guitar). In February 2010 the band reached the final of the Council run Rock Project Battle of the Bands. The band continued to play into 2011.  
The SWEETHEARTS OF THE PRISON RODEO:  Alternative Country collective formed in 2012 by Dave King (ex-Waroffice), Robbie Lesuik (ex-Aldrin On The Moon), Adam Stafford (solo) & Andy Hill (ex-Waroffice). The band released a split EP with Adam Stafford in August.
RELEASE:  "Welcome" (cassette/internet EP, 2012) 
TEAM SOLRIPE:  Act formed in late 2005 who are named after the basketball team that operated in Falkirk in the early 1980's. They were formed by ex-Why Bradley members Ian Livingston (guitar), Scott Livingston (guitar) & Dougie Polwart (though Polwart was called Steven when he played with his previous band!), along with David Burke (violin), and made their debut at Falkirk Town Hall supporting The Animals early in 2006. Scott Livingston wais also a professional footballer (if £10 a week can be called professional) for the mighty East Stirlingshire FC. The band returned in 2011 with a date at the Grangemouth Music Festival. 

THEE ZU:  Three piece act formed by Andy Taylor (vocals/guitar, ex-Kalamazoo), Deek (drums) & Calum Neil (bass/vocals, ex-Kalamazoo) in 2010, who started playing live immediatly.
WEBSITE:  http://www.zoosound.co.uk/
THIS WAY DOWN:  4-piece formed in 2009 by Ryan Neish (drums, ex-Scarlet), Stuart Laing (guitar/vocals, ex-Scarlet), Shaun Johnston (guitar/vocals, ex-Breaching Copyright) & Chris Hughes (bass, ex-12 Pointless Days). In 2010 they released their debut EP, "Operation Evil" in spring 2010. In 2011 Hughes was replaced by Raymond McArthur (bass/vocals, ex-Keg).
RELEASES:  "Operation Evil" (internet EP, 2010).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/thiswaydownmusic
The TONKERERS:  Seven piece country/folk act formed in 2010 as The Urban Tonkerers by Callum Campbell (vocals/accordian/guitar), George Williams (vocals/guitar), Walter Simms (guitar), Alex Burt (bass)) & Roderick Campbell (drums/washboard), along with Charles Tibbles (bass, ex-Blue Dubh). The band dropped the Urban part of the name, and continued in 2011 with a weekly residency at 20 Rocks in Falkirk, and an appearance at the Grangemouth Music Festival. The band continued to play into 2012, including performances at the Grangemouth & Falkirk Bandstand Festivals.

TOY FIRES:  Three piece band formed early in 2010 by ex-Croma members David Smith (vocals/guitar), Mikey McLean (bass) & Michael Wilson (drums). They began gigging almost straight away, supporting acts such as Tommy Reilly and Twin Atlantic.
TRILOGY:  Three piece girl group who reached the final of The Falkirk Herald Voice Of 2010 Competition.
TRUTH BE TOLD:  Metal band formed as Sy-Ko, who changed their name to Truth Be Told in March 2009. In 2010 their line-up featured Mykey, Phil, Ross, Andy & Joe.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/metaltruthbetold

2 WAY TRAFFIC:  Four piece act formed in 2007 by Darren Cochrane (vocals/guitar), Andrew Jackson (guitar), David Rogers (bass/vocals) & Christopher Scott (drums). The band began 2008 with a date at the closing night of Grubowski's. Summer 2009 saw the act playing at the Grangemouth Homecoming Festival, which they returned to in 2010.
ULTRAVIOLET:  4-piece formed 2013 by 13-year old former Double Trouble members Joe Evans (vocals/ guitar) & Jamie Greenaway (vocals/guitar), by recruiting Paddy Gillooly (bass) & Stuart McIntyre (drums).
The UNDERGROUND JAM:  Jam tribute act who were joined in early 2010 by John Mackie (vocals/guitar, also with The International Pop Assassins). Mackie's son played in the band, Harmony Row.

UNIT 7:  Four piece band formed in 2010 by David McCabe (vocals, ex-Catch 22), Craig Turnbull (guitar, ex-Valentines), Jared Derry (bass) & Ben White (drums, ex-Erazor). The band re-emerged in 2013 with Turnbull, McCabe & Derry joined by Ryan Cassidy (guitar, ex-Erazor) & Colin McNeill (bass).
The URBAN TONKERERS:  7-piece country/folk act formed in 2006 by Stuart Miller (ex-Linties), Callum Campbell (vocals/guitar, ex-Final Throw), George Williams (guitar), Walter Simms (guitar), Alex Burt (bass), Ian Duncan & Stephen Holland. Holland & Duncan were later replaced by Steven Litts (guitar/vocals, ex-Shut Up Hooker), Lyle Kennedy (vocals) & Roderick Campbell (drums, ex-Final Throw). The band took their name from an incident in Falkirk High Street in 1624, when the town drummer, George Brocklay was accused of "drinking and tonkering ye drum at unreasonable hours on ye sabbath morne". The band played a weekly residency at 20 Rocks in Falkirk throughout 2011, changing their name to The Tonkerers half way through the year.
The VALENTINES:  Formed February 2007 by Brian Sharp (vocals/guitar), Andrew Dixon (vocals/guitar, also Lost & Found), Scott McGregor (bass/vocals, alsoStrawberry Fields) & Ross Kerry (drums/vocals). Within a month they had played their first date at Grubowskis in Larbert. McGregor suffered from a perforated ear drum and was soon replaced by Craig Turnbull (bass/guitar/vocals, also Lost & Found & Sentinal). They were soon also joined by another ex-Lost & Found/Sentinal member, Craig Alston (guitar). In early 2008 they reached the final of the Council run Battle Of The Bands, which they won after a gig at the Glasgow Barrowlands. Kerry & McGregor also formed Domestic Supermen in 2008. Alston then left the band, forming King Crazy, with whom Turnbull also played. The band split up in Spring 2009, with Dixon forming an acoustic outfit with Andrew Sayers (vocals/guitar) and Kerry joining Casino. 2010 saw the band get back together, with a line-up of Dixon, Kerry, Turnbull & Brian Sharp (vocals/bass). This line-up recorded three songs in Cumbernauld in April, before Turnbull formed Unit 7, with Sharp later turning up in Mono Six.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/thevalentines07

The VITAMEN SEES:  Act formed in leicester by local musician Stuart Gray (vocals, also with Viva Stereo).
VIVA STEREO:  Glasgow based band formed in 2002 by Falkirk exiles Stuart Grey (vocals/keyboards) and Doug Hendry (guitar), along with Glaswegian Rob McKinley (guitar), all ex-members of Starsail. The line-up was completed by Tim Troup (bass) & Jamie (drums). The band recorded and released their debut CD, "Try Harder" on their own Much Better imprint almost immediately after forming, and began gigging around Glasgow. A follow up EP, "The Last Scene" was released at the end of summer, and like it's predecessor, sold out quickly. A third EP the following year saw the band attract comparisons to the Happy Mondays. "Resistance" was once again released on their own label with contributions from Katie Duffy, Jim McAteer and Fay Balfour (of Glasgow act Old Solar). By this time drummer Jamie had quit the band, however Gavin Brown (aka On The Fly) helped out at gigs and recording. Viva Stereo paid Brown back with Rob & Tim joining him for some live dates in 2003. Around this time, the band decided to continue without a drummer, programming rhythm tracks for live work and recording. The rest of the year was spent putting together their debut album at Brendan O'Hare's studio and Diving Bell in Larbert. The band embarked on a short tour in Spring 2004 to promote their fourth EP, "The Surface Has Been Scratched". Airplay on Radio One, Radio Scotland & Beat 106 helped the EP to sell out quickly. At the end of summer the band released their long awaited debut album, "Optimism Is Not A Curse", which featured contributions from Paul Tierney (vocals, of Odeon Beat Club), Katie Duffy (violin), Malcolm Middleton (guitar, of Arab Strap), Gavin Brown (drums), King Creosote & Pictish Trail (of the Fence Collective), Peter Liddle (of the The Poppadoms) Fraser McGowan ( of Smalltown Boredom), Joe Kane (of The Owsley Sunshine), Stacey Seivewright (of The Reindeer Section & Arab Strap), Fay Dunbar (of Old Solar) & Ross Galloway (of Ursula Minor). The band continued touring in support of the album, with dates supporting The Fall & Puressence, before ending the year playing three songs live on Radio Scotland's "Air" programme.

2005 started in much the same way, with a live session for Radio One. The band were then asked to join the legendary Fife music collective Fence Records. Also in 2005 Gray recorded vocals for a track by Glaswegian dance act Silicone Soul, which was released as a single on Soma Records. Viva Stereo released their second album, "Patterns Of Behaviour", in October of that year, a joint release by Much Better and Fence Records. The album reflected the challenges that their personal lives had taken over the previous year, with the members being spread between Glasgow, Falkirk, Edinburgh and Manchester, and experiences the break up of long term relationships and childbirth. Vocal contributions were added from Johnny Lynch (from The Pictish Trail), Tara Mascara (from Language Of Flowers) & Diana De Cabarrus (from Candythief).
Meanwhile, Colchester duo The Womb re-vamped their first ever release 'Mankind' with added vocals from Chloe Reeves. 'Mankind' was Viva Stereo's collaboration with Onthefly and part of the 'Try Harder' EP. The band appeared again at the "Way To Blue" festival in October 2005.  Spring 2006 saw the band undertaking their most extensive UK tour to date, along with a date at Big In Falkirk. The rest of the year was quiet, except for a couple of dates supporting Puressence, and a support for Arab Strap on their farewell gig at the ABC, Glasgow. In December 2006 the band released a compilation album entitled "Rarities & Improvements 2002-2006", featuring unreleased tracks from the previous four years. The compilation also included some unreleased remixes by Down the Tiny Steps, Satellite Dub and DoubleJo(h)ngrey, as well as an ultra rare acoustic version of 'Tourniquet' featuring King Creosote on vocals. Viva Stereo's first release of 2007 was on De-Fence Records, an offshoot of Fence Records run by Onthefly. The split 10" single was with Con Brio and featured two Viva Stereo tracks.
 Towards the end of the year, they re-released their second album "Patterns Of Behaviour" on i-tunes, and reached number 79 in the indie download chart. Some dates in November co-incided with a new internet EP, "Miles Apart", which is due to be followed with a new album in the new year. This album, "Roar Lion Roar" was finally released in August 2008, and featured contributions from Malcolm Middleton, King Creosote, Chris Deveney (My Latest Novel) & Candythief. The album made it into the i-tunes Top 100 Alternative charts in the USA.  In 2009 the band all returned to live in Scotland, and began the year with some scattered dates, however it was not long before they were scattered all over again in Glencoe, Edinburgh & Leicester. 2010 saw them begin work on a new album, whilst Grey started another band entitled The Vitimin Sees.  2011 saw the band release their most coherant album yet, "Endure The Dark To See The Stars", whilst also playing at the Fence Records homegame event.  A new single, "New Life" was released early in 2012, with a handful of dates to accompany. 
RELEASES:
"Try Harder" (CD EP, Much Better Records, 2002)
"The Last Scene" (CD EP, Much Better Records, 2002)
"Resistance" (CD EP, Much Better Records, 2003)
"The Surface Has Been Scratched" (CD EP, Much Better Records, 2004)
"Optimism Is Not A Curse" (CD album, Much Better Records, 2004)
"Patterns Of Behaviour" (CD album, Much Better/Fence Records, 2005)
"Rarities & Improvements 2002-2006" (CD album, Much Better Records, 2006)
"10x10:03" (10 inch vinyl single, De Fence Records, 2007)

"Miles Apart" (Internet single, 2007)
"Roar Lion Roar" (CD album, Much Better Records, 2008)
"Endure The Dark To See The Stars" (CD album, De Fence Records, 2011)
"New Life" (Digital single, 2012) 
Guest performances:
Silicone Soul, "The Poisoner's Diary" (single, Soma Records, 2005, featuring Stuart Gray on vocals, and a remix by Viva Stereo)
Silicone Soul, "Staring Into Space" (album, Soma Records, 2005, featuring Stuart Gray on vocals)
WEBSITE:  http://www.vivastereo.co.uk & http://www.myspace.com/vivastereo
The WAITAWHILES:  Formed Summer 2010 by Sarah Monteith (drums/vocals, exLamen's Terms), along with Leon Kobiela (vocals/guitar/bass), Danny Paterson (keyboards) & Ben Kelly (guitar/bass/vocals). Describing their sound as "tribal pop", the band were named after a vine in the Australian jungle. The band recorded their debut EP in October at Banana Row Studios in Edinburgh. 2011 saw Monteith play solo dates.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/thewaitawhiles
WAKE VIA SATELLITE:  Act formed in late 2010 by Kenny Cassells (vocals/guitar, ex-Communicator) & Craig Scott (drums, ex-Communicator), along with Duncan McLean (bass, ex-Viva Melodica) & Mark Traynor (vocals, ex-Sepia). Scott later fromed Blind Daze.
INTERNET:  www.wakeviasatellite.com
Fraser WALKER:  Singer who reached the final of the Falkirk Herald "Voice of 2011" competition.

Karyn WARD:  Solo singer who reached the final of The Falkirk Herald Voice Of 2010 Competition.

Briony Jane WHEELER:  Singer who reached the final of the Falkirk Herald "Voice of 2011" competition.

WEIRD: Formed in February 1995 by Stuart McCairney (guitar), Greg McSorley (bass), Derek Menmuir (drums) & Paul Smith (vocals/guitar), Weird spent five years gigging and recorded two demo's containing crowd pleasing favourites like "The Rain" and "Vancouver". Weird played mainly around the Falkirk area, particularly when the Martell was a big influence on the scene. Around 1996 Central FM took a shine to the band, and they played "Summerhigh" live on air. The band supported The Supernaturals at an all day festival at the Martell in December. In 2000 the band split after recording their third set of songs as an album, to be called "Cold Home Street", on a four track, with McCairney trying pastures new. The other three brought in another guitarist and started a new band called The Seventeenth. Weird reformed in early 2004 and using a home studio recorded a new album "One More Solo", as well as re-recorded their first album "Whapper Stormer". In 2005 they began to gig further afield, which has continued into 2006. 2007 began with the release of the bands fifth album, "Riot Act". Later in the year the band recorded tracks for an acoustic album, which was released under the name of "Quiet Act" in 2008. Live work was then continued into 2010. The band started it's own non-profit label, Home Made Records (HMR), to release their recordings, and Paul Smith also records and releases solo albums.
RELEASES:
"Whapper Stormer" (CD album, Home Made Records, 1995)
"Firkin Outburst" (CD album, Home Made Records, 1997)
"Cold Home Street" (CD album, Home Made Records, 2000)
"Cold Calling" (CD e.p., Home Made Records, 2004)
"One More Solo" (CD album, Home Made Records, 2004)
"Riot Act" (CD album, Home Made Records, 2007)
"Quiet Act" (CD album, Home Made Records, 2008).
INTERNET:  http://www.bebo.com/weirdmusiconline & http://www.myspace.com/weirdmusiconline
Bill WELLS:  Falkirk born jazz bass player, Wells began his career playing in Rent-A-Dep, a jazz / rock combo from the early 1980's. During the next decade he became more involved in the local jazz scene, backing artists such as Bobby Wellins and Bruce Adams. In 1989 he formed the Bill Wells Octet, which went on to feature most of Scotland's main jazz musicians, such as Phil & Tom Bancroft, as well as London based players such as Steve Noble and Oren Marsha. In 1993 Wells guested with The George Burt Band on the One Records compilation.  1995 saw him set up the label Loathsome Reels, and release his first CD "The Bill Wells Octet Live '93 - '94". The following year he worked with trumpeter Harry Beckett at the Glasgow International Jazz Festival, winning the Scotrail Award for best Scottish based performer. It was during this time that he met Stephen Pastel, who went on to introduce his music to a wider audience. This in turn led to him working with bands such as the Pastels and others on the independent Glasgow

scene. 1997 saw him co-produce an album for Andy Shanks & Jim Russell with Davie Scott, and then the following year he guested on the Future Pilot A.K.A. album, "The Bills Wels Octet vs Future Pilot A.K.A.", which was released to wide acclaim, on the Domino label. A track from this record was remixed by French DJ Kid Loco and featured on the HBO TV series 'Six Feet Under'. At this time Wells was a member of the 'House Band' for the BBC Choice series "The Beat Room", backing artists such as Eugene Kelly (of The Vaselines) and Chip Taylor (writer of 'Wild Thing", and uncle of Angelina Jolie!). 
Wells then collaborated under the name of The Phantom Engineer in 2000, before recording an album, "Incorrect Practice", as The Bill Wells Trio. In 2001 he worked (with the Pastels) on the soundtrack of (and appeared in) David Mackenzie's film "The Last Great Wilderness". The following year he supported Belle & Sebastian on the first leg of their European Tour (with Isobel Campbell), played in Germany with Backworld, recorded an Album with Jad Fair, did a remix with Norman Blake, was commissioned to write an arrangement for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, and released two records; "Also In White" by the Bill Wells Trio & "Ghost Of Yesterday" by Bill Wells & Isobel Campbell. Both these records were also released in Japan on the P-Vine label. In 2003 Wells went to Berlin to make an album, "Pick Up Sticks" using computer andsampler only. This recording also featured Stefan Schnieder, Annie Whitehead and Barbara Morgenstern.

2004 saw him touring and recording in Japan with Maher Shalal Hash Baz. He has also either played or recorded with a diverse range of artists including Arab Strap, Lol Coxhill, Belle & Sebastian, David Tibet, The Telstar Ponies, V- Twin, Teenage Fanclub, Kama Aina, Kid Loco, Barry Guy and Evan Parker among many others. During 2006 Wells received a Scottish Arts Council 'Tune Up' commission for a tour of Scotland with a group of Japanese musicians. He also released a couple of albums, "Osaka Bridge", and an album of Billie Holiday cover versions with Isobel Campbell (previously of Belle & Sebastian) entitled "Ghosts Of Yesterday" In 2007 Wells formed, the semi-ironically titled, The National Jazz Trio of Scotland. January 2010 saw Wells appearing at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, with Aidan Moffat, with whom he began recording a collaborative album later in the year.  2011 saw the collaborative album with Aidan Moffat, "Everythings Getting Older", released to great critical acclaim, followed in 2012 by a limited edition 7 inch single called "The Power & The Glory Of Love". 
RELEASES:
As The Bill Wells Octet:
"The Bill Wells Octet Live '93 - '94" (CD album, Loathsome Reels, 1995)
"The Bill Wells Octet vs Future Pilot A.K.A." (CD/vinyl album, Domino Records, 1999)
As The Bill Wells Trio:
"Incorrect Practice (CD/vinyl album, Geographic Records, 2000)
As The Bill Wells Octet:
"The Bill Wells Octet meets Lol Coxhill " (vinyl album, Textile Records, 2001)
"Also In White" (CD/vinyl album, Geographic Records, 2002)
As Bill Wells & Isobel Campbell:
"Ghosts Of Yesterday" (CD album, Creeping Bent Records, 2002)
As The Bill Wells Big Band:
"Society Of Musicians" (CD album, Loathsome Reels, 2003)
As The Bill Wells Octet:
"The Bill Wells Octet" (CD album, Loathsome Reels, 2003)
"The Bill Wells Octet Live 96" (CD album, Loathsome Reels, 2003)
As Jad Fair & Bill Wells:
"Whale" (CD album, Friends & Relatives, 2003)
As Bill Wells:
"Pick Up Sticks" (CD/vinyl album, Leaf Records, 2004)
"Osaka Bridge" (Cd album, Karaoke Kalk Records, 2006)
Aidat Moffat & Bill Wells:
"Everything's Getting Older" (CD/internet album, 2011) 
"The Power & The Glory Of Love" (7 inch single, 2012)
GUEST PERFORMANCES:
The Pastels, "Mobile Safari" (CD/cassette/vinyl album, Domino Records, 1995)
Duglas T. Stewart, "Frankenstein" (CD album, Vinyl Japan Records, 1996)
Andy Shanks & Jim Russell, "Diamonds In The Night" (CD cassette album, Culburnie Records, 1997)
The Pastels, "Illumination" (CD/vinyl album, Domino Records, 1997)
The Pastels, "The Hits Hurt" (CD/vinyl album, Domino Records, 1997)
The Pastels, "Unfair Kind Of Fame" (CD/vinyl album, Domino Records, 1997)
V-Twin, "Dark Tourism" (Domino Records, 1998)
The Pastels, "Illuminati" (CD/vinyl, Domino Records, 1998)
Future Pilot A.K.A. "Future Pilot A.K.A. v A Galaxy Of Sound" (dble CD/vinyl album, Sulphur Records, 1999)
V-Twin, "Free The Twin" (Domino Records, 2000)
The Gentle Waves, "Falling From Grace" (CD/vinyl album, Jeepster Records, 2000)
Future Pilot A.K.A., "Tiny Waves, Mighty Sea" (CD/vinyl album, Geographic Records, 2001)
The Telstar Ponies, "Farewell, Farewell" (CD album, Geographic Records, 2001)
Future Pilot A.K.A., "Beat Of A Drum" (single, Geographic Records, 2001)
The Telstar Ponies, "Hares On The Mountain" (10 inch vinyl single, Static Caravan Records, 2002)
V-Twin, "Call A Meeting" (Domino Records, 2002)
V-Twin, "The Blues Is A Minefield" (Domino Records, 2002)
The Pastels, "The Last Great Wilderness" (CD/vinyl album, Geographic Records, 2003)
The Nectarine No.9, "Society is a Carniverous Flower" (CD, Beggars Banquet Records, 2003)
Backworld, "Seeds Of Love" (CD album, World Serpent Records, 2003)
Isobel Campbell, "Amorino" (CD/vinyl album, Snowstorm Records, 2003)
Maher Shalal Hash Baz, "Open Field" (CD album, Geographic Records, 2003)
Isobel Campbell, "Time Is Just The Same" (Snowstorm Records, 2004)
YeonGene, "Me & My Burt" (CD album, Beatball Records, 2006).
Briony Jane WHEELER:  Singer who reached the final of the Falkirk Herald "Voice of 2011" competition.

WHEN SEASONS CHANGE:  Bo'ness 5-piece from 2012, featuring Stacy Stewart (vocals/guitar/keyboards), Larissa Bertram (vocals), Iain Spowart (bass), Kyle Brownridge (guitar) & Robert Meichan (drums).
WHITE ROSE:  Traditional folk duo from 2009 featuring Douglas Smith & Kevin Wilson. They continued to play into 2010. In 2011 the duo played at the Grangemouth Music Festival.
WEBSITE:  http://www.whiterose.me.uk
The WHITE VINYL COLLECTIVE:  Band formed in 2011 among a loose collective of musicians including Alan Hotchkiss (drums/bass/guitar/keyboards, ex-Final Throw), Stevie Black (guitar/keyboards/bass/vocals, ex-Doledrums), Craig Burke (vocals, ex-Doledrums), Chris Jackson (guitar/keyboards/vocals, ex- Ray Summers), Janiece Yvonne Boyd (vocals), Leo Mayweather (vocals), Stevie McRorie (vocals, ex-Stevie & The Moon), Dee Miller (vocals), Dan Adam (harmonica/vocals, also with The Stompdown Riders), Larry Primrose (drums/bass/keyboards/guitar), Robert Henderson (trumpet), Billy Kay (ex-Ray Summers, also with Kassidy), Davy Horne (solo), David Bateman (vocals, solo) & George Murray (trombone). In 2012 they released a single, "Smile" and their debut album "Primrose Heights" appeared towards the end of the year.
RELEASES:  "Smile" (single, 2012) & "Primrose Heights" (internet album, 2012
David WILSON:  Bonnybridge-born (1980) singer reached the final of the Falkirk Herald "Voice of 2012".
Lewis WILSON:  2009 solo act Wilson (vocals/guitar, ex-Goodson) recorded his debut album "Lift Me Up" at Riverside Studios, Glasgow, with three members of The B.M.X. Bandits, Jamie Cameron, Stuart Kidd & James McEwan. 2010 saw Wilson release a single, "Fortune Teller", once again helped by Kidd.
RELEASES:  "LIft Me Up" (album, 2009) & "Fortune Teller" (internet single, 2010).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/lewilson2

The WIRED:  Five piece band from 2012, featuring Liam Witt (vocals), Adam Gardner (guitar/vocals), Adam Cybulski (guitar/vocals), Ryan Irwin (bass) & Ciaran Boyle (drums).
Kirsty WOOD:  Former guitarist/vocalist with Falling Behind Fred who went solo in 2008. She played a date at the Grangemouth Homecoming Festival in summer 2009. By the end of the year she had formed The Darwins, however she returned to solo date at the Grangemouth Festival in 2010.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/kirstywoodmusic
WORKINGMAN'S DEED:  Grangemouth based Grateful Dead covers act who played at "The Lark In The Park" in their hometown in 2001. They reformed in December 2006, and advertised for a new bass player in August 2007. February 2008 saw the band make their return to live work, with a date at the Oxgang Hotel, Grangemouth. The line-up of the band at this time was Jim Bloomfield (vocals / harmonica, ex-National Service) Shannon (vocals), Laurence MacDonald (guitar), Gavin Hutchison (guitar), Arnie Gray (drums, ex-National Service), Jason Moore (bass, ex-Les Conners), Iain Munro (piano / keyboards) & Pete Watson (sound engineer, ex-Earth Dwellers). In 2010 Gray was replaced by Graeme Allan (drums).
WEBSITE:  http://www.workingmans-deed.110mb.com
Y'ALL FANTASY ISLAND:  Stage name of solo performer Adam Stafford (vocals/guitar, ex-Bovine), who impressed local audiences with impassioned and powerful performances in the mid-2000's. In 2005 he regularly performed as a solo act at songwriter night "Acoustic Kitchen", and recorded with Robbie Lesuik. Stafford was also a member of The Chuck Norris Machine. Late that year he rejoined Bovine as bass player.
By the end of the year Stafford had recruited a full band for live work in the shape of Jonathan MaColl (clarinet/drums/vocals) & Tommy Blair (guitar/vocals, also in The Chuck Norris Machine). Summer 2006 saw the release of their debut album, "In Faceless Towns Forever", initally recorded as a Stafford solo release, on Panic In Year Zero Records. In Autumn this album was picked up for national release by Cargo Records, whilst experienced musician (and member of The Saltshakers) Robbie Lesuik joined on keyboards and bass. This line-up played some dates in 2007, whilst winning the award for best local release of 2006 from this website. In 2007 Lesuik also operated solo under the name Aldrin On Moon. May 2007 saw the band embark on a short Scottish tour with author Alan Bissett, mixing literature and music under the heading of The Super Puny Humans Tour. July saw the band play along side The Fun Lovin' Criminals & The Proclaimers at the Wickerman Festival in the Borders. Soon afterwards Lesuik & McColl left the band, being replaced by Steven Tosh (drums, also with Waroffice) and Jamie Macleod (bass). The band continued to play live into 2008, and released the first of two albums, "Rescue Weekend", in may. The bansd then apeared on Vic Galloway's Radio 1 show in August. The second album, "No Ceremony" was released in October. In 2009 Stafford completed a short film in collaboration with local author Alan Bissett, entitled "The Shutdown", which featured at the Edinburgh Film Festival. After releasing a solo single in November, the band returned with an internet single before the end of the year.  2010 was quiet, with some live dates played towards the end of the year.
RELEASES:
"Skeletal Demos" (CD EP, 2005)
"In Faceless Towns Forever" (CD album, Panic In Year Zero Records, 2006)
"Rescue Weekend" (CD/internet album, Wise Blood Industries, 2008)
"No Ceremony" (CD/internet album, Wise Blood Industries, 2008)
"Infanticidal Genuflector" (internet album, Wiseblood Industries, 2008)
"#1/#2" (internet single, Wiseblood Industries, 2009).
WEBPAGE:  http://www.myspace.com/yifimusic
YOUNG ONCE:  Veteran act put together in 2010 for a charity gig at Carronshore Social Club, and featuring Peter Duncan (guitar, ex-Bonnet Law), Paul Serafini (bass, ex-Roadrunners), Sandy Drysdale (drums, ex-Roadrunners) & Brian Watters (guita, ex-Professionals).
 
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