Sound of Jura’s season of live music continues on 16 August with Glaswegian indie pop outfit Blood Relatives and musician’s musician, Ewan MacPherson and his trio. Blood Relatives were a big hit at this years prestigious Go North showcase festival in Inverness, their intelligent and danceable music combines great songwriting sensibility, in the best traditions of great Scottish pop, with an authentic ‘indie’ sonic vocabulary. Ewan MacPherson’s journey towards the heart of Scottish music was catalysed by his move to Edinburgh more than a decade ago, having studied at the famous LIPA performing arts school in Liverpool. He has become a highly regarded member of the Scottish acoustic music scene, with projects like the Scandi-Scottish fusion band FRIBO to his name, as well as numerous recordings and collaborations as a sideman to the greats of our contemporary music scene, like Breabach and The Battlefield Band. He is joined by double bass player Alex Hunter who also plays with the very happening Southern Tenant Folk Union, and violinist Lauren MacColl, who is one of the best players you’ll ever get a chance to hear.
Giles Perring, whose island music project promotes the Sound of Jura shows, said, “This is a cracking night we have in prospect here. We’ve picked out a young, fresh sounding band who are beginning to create a real stir on the musical map, and paired them with a group who ooze class and experience. It’ll be a journey through some of the best sounds happening in Scotland at the moment.” This gig also signals a change to the normal pattern of programming by shifting to a Friday night. So mark it your diaries, and make sure you don’t miss this treat on Jura. Tickets are £10 on the door or online. £9 in advance if bought in person at the Jura Hotel. For more info visit www. soundofjura.com.