Showcase will feature record label’s finest

Steve Dowling
Steve Dowling

Machars-based music label Distilled Records is gearing up to host a free showcase featuring the current talent on its books.

The label, based at Bladnoch’s Unit 7 Studio, will offer up three acts next Friday evening.

Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones

Headlining the night will be a trio of teenagers from Dumfries called Sticks And Stones who describe their sound as ‘delicate but dirty folk music’.

Sticks And Stones will release their debut album the following night (4th October) at a sold-out show in Dumfries. The trio have played main stage slots at this years Eden Festival and Youth Beatz and joined in with the Kirkcudbright Song Festival.

Sticks And Stones also picked up national radio air play on the BBC with a track taken from their debut album ‘Into The Wild’, recorded at Bladnoch’s Unit 7 Studio by David Oldham and Huey Dowling.

Also on the showcase bill are Manchester’s Mano McLaughlin and local songsmith Steve Dowling, both of whom have just returned from a short tour of the Baltics together.

Distilled Records approached Mano in early 2013 and asked for 10 songs, stripped back, simple, the songs laid bare along with his heart and soul. A few exchanges of emails later and Distilled Records received 30 demos with a note that read ‘pick 10’.

Peach Got Bones was recorded in just four days at Mano’s house and brings to mind the English pop sensibility of Ray Davies and the intensity of Elliot Smith.

He was the Featured Artist of the week on Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour BBC 6 Music radio show last year.

And Steve Dowling will bring his well-known, individual style, most often heard lately alongside The Obliviates.

Only a limited number of places will be available, to make sure you guarantee yourself a place email