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Billy Liar_Ericka DuffyBilly Liar plays acoustic guitar with a punk fury. His latest EP, It Starts Here, is out now and is available online or at fine petrol stations everywhere.

Vadoinmessico_Mulkucan_AkyaziVadoinmessico are Giorgio Poti (guitar and vocals), Salvador Garza (melodica, glockenspiel, keyboards and backing vocals) and Stephan B (banjo, percussion, keyboards and backing vocals). If Frankie and Annette’s Beach Party also featured the arboretum scene from Sabrina, the soundtrack would be ‘Cave.’ Vadoinmessico creates cinematically charming songs that seem more epic than their three minutes.

Mat Riviere_Rob EvansMat Riviere likes drones and shouting. He lives in constant fear that the bottom-of-the-range Yamaha sampler he got for his 15th birthday will one day just stop working.

TuberiansThe Tuberians are an Edinburgh collective guided by the double bass of Martin Beer. They perform the compositions of Kim Tebble. Flute, saxophone, accordion and ukelele accompany stories of intergalactic travel, deserted farms and lonely love. Meet awkward chumps, distant spacewomen and weird maidens. Their song included here, about the first Old Tuberians’ arrival on the surface, features Kim Tebble and Hailey Beavis (lead vocals), Pockets and Laura Marlow (backing vocals), Rebecca Howard and Julian Smith (clarinets), Brian Tipa (guitar & producer) and Adam Reid (drums). You can find the video on Youtube.

Bob Hilary and the Massive MellowBob Hillary & the Massive Mellow is a band based around the songs of Bob Hillary, formerly lead singer and frontman for The Ruffness. Their first album, Nature’s Pace, is being released in 2009 with a summer tour of British festivals to follow. Live, the band play dancey grooves, resulting in a mellow upbeat positive sound that aims to get people on their feet dancin; trancey and perfect for festivals. The Massive Mellow are: Andy Farina (acoustic bass), Andy Moore (trumpet), Danny Mullins (drums, backing vox), Bob Hillary (vocals, guitars, electronics, songs, harmonica, lap steel).

Black Diamond Express

Black Diamond Express ‘are like the fastest train of the Lehigh Valley Railroad… a nine-piece band soaked in poetry, myth and bourbon.’ (Mark Edmundson, The List). The Black Diamond Express live and perform in Edinburgh.

Asazi Space Funk ExplosionAsazi Space Funk Explosion came together in the summer of 2003 in a dark basement in Camden. Kholeho ‘Asazi’ Mosala’s rabble-rousing vocals and traditional South African percussion melded with Alex Marten’s spacey, dubbed-out keys and skanking guitar FX. They moved to Edinburgh where they were joined by Andrew Farina on bass and Caroline Anthony on drums. A string of legendary, packed-out gigs at Edinburgh’s Jazz Bar, Bongo Club, Forest Café and at the Knockengorroch Festival in Dumfriesshire have solidified their fan base.

Kevin Molloy_Michele PanzeriKevin Molloy is a writer and singer of songs, vacillating between the silly and the semi-serious. He is a very big fan of words. He hosts the monthly gig night IKTOMS in London.

Sarazin BlakeSarazin Blake sings, writes, and strums songs of lost loves, bicycles, old hotels, politics and long hot drives. He has rambled coast to coast singing in basements, bars, backyards, and holding cells. He currently has seven full-length albums, two in the works, and is about to catch a train for a gig.

Skeleton BobSkeleton Bob writes songs about Glasgow that sound like they’re about America; songs about girls who did us wrong/proud; songs about The Doublet, and yes, songs about wanting to be Merle Haggard. The songs will no doubt become significantly better when Jody does, in fact, become Merle. The trio, comprising of drummer Eilidh Rodgers, bassist Richie Henderson and singer/guitarist Jody Henderson, hope to soothe your trodden heart with a filthy-sweet sound that’s been likened to Uncle Tupelo, The Handsome Family, Evan Dando, and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Diddley SquatDiddley Squat asks ‘why are band biogs written by the band in the 3rd person?’ To big oneself up, while seeming modest? Who cares! I, unnamed fraction of Diddley Squat think we’re okay, great actually and proud to say it. Destroy convention, mindless pretention. We sacreligiously mix styles, bouncing around and shouting like 8 year olds on too much sugar. We love it, come see us live!

robingrey_Gabrielle MotolaRobin Grey makes music in a small white room with a blue door tucked away in a leafy corner of Hackney. Inspired by the timeless work of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen amongst many others, he colours in his songs with guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, piano, percussion toys and any other instruments he can afford and fit into his little studio.

Mammoth is a rap duo comprised of DK and Scrapdog. The two cartoonists and inter-dimensional visionaries have been writing and recording music since 1996. They’ve released two albums, The Flexible Dime and Octapoc. They rap about things that are affecting young people today — like aliens, vampires, nuclear war, and Hell.

Groaner & Heid is the recent amalgamation of Groaner ( and Heid (Craig Bayne). They are far, far too enigmatic to elaborate any further.

Jonny Berliner_album coverJonny Berliner sings songs about crustaceans, exhaustion and glucose. He has composed science songs for the Guardian’s Science Weekly podcast and hosts the monthly Folkadot music nights at the Green Note in Camden.

Poor EdwardPoor Edward is the moniker of Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Sam Siggs. When playing live Poor Edward consists not only of one person (not called Edward), but a second (called J), who can make his guitar sound like a cello, a seagull, an elephant… anything you want. Poor Edward likes to play gigs and has done so with an assortment of lovely people and bands.

FrancoisFrancois & The Atlas Mountains augment their trademark DIY set-up with striking arrangements of harp, melodica, clarinet and brass. This Glasgow-based band is almost orchestral in musical flair and subtlety.

ChandraChandra is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, choir leader, music workshop facilitator, freelance community musician, traveller and student of life.

Jack Richold Faith NicholsonJack Richold with Faith Nicholson: the sea-breeze stirring your hair. Haunting and heartfelt darkfolk. This song Lorca didn’t write was described by Edinburgh blogger Song by Toad as ‘Bloody gorgeous’ and ‘utterly beautiful.’ Jack and Faith are now playing together as The Sea is Salt.

Withered HandWithered Hand is the Edinburgh-based musician and artist Dan Willson. He composes most of his semi-autobiographical urban folk songs alone but prefers to perform live versions with friends. 2009 will see the release of the first Withered Hand album on SL Records, mixed and mastered by legendary American producer Kramer (Bongwater, Low, Galaxie 500) and featuring the talents of such local luminaries as Jo Foster (Fence Collective) and Meursault.