Rachel Sermanni to headline SAMAs Paisley showcase

The Great Albatross and Mark McGowan complete the line-up

HIGHLANDS singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni will headline the show at Paisley Arts Centre on Saturday July 1st for the town's annual Sma' Shot Weave Festival.

The intimate seated event will feature performances by soul crooner Mark McGowan and Glasgow collaborative project The Great Albatross.

Working with Paisley 2021, the team behind the town's bid for UK City of Culture 2021, the Scottish Alternative Music Awards return to Paisley following the success of last year's showcase at The Bungalow.

We take a look at the talented artists taking to the stage below.

Rachel Sermanni

25-year-old folk singer Sermanni has travelled the world with her music from humble beginnings in Inverness.

Sermanni will bring her ethereal sounds, accompanied by a full band, to Paisley Arts Centre on Saturday July 1.

With two albums under her belt, Sermanni is vastly experience and packs a potent and ambient live punch.

The Great Albatross

Led by A. Wesley Chang and routinely freshened up with a rotating group of collaborators, The Great Albatross are an interesting beast.

Recently signed to Glasgow's newest label LP Records, the indie group are making a name for themselves on the local scene following the release of their debut Asleep In The Kaatskills.

First single from the album 'The Honeymoon's Over' is uplifting and jovial with Wyn Butler-esque vocals from Chang.

Mark McGowan

Veteran of the SAMAs citizenM Christmas showcase last year McGowan has a jaw-dropping vocal that will wow the Paisley public.

Bluesy, soulful and dripping with raw emotion and passion, McGowan is a throwback to beautifully simple acoustic music.

His track 'Mascara' taken from debut EP Fugazi is certain to be a show stopper.

Tickets are £10 and include a complimentary drink upon arrival from our partners Pistonhead Lager. Over 18, T&C apply.

Available to buy below via Eventbrite UK.

XPO North - SAMAs Stage - In Pictures

Take a look at the pictures for the SAMAs stage at XPO North 2017, Blackfriars. 

Thank you to Scottish Provincial Press, Still Burning Photograhy, Al Donnelly and Graham Mackenzie for contributing on the photography to this article. 

Miracle Glass Company. Photography by Graham Mackenzie.  https://www.facebook.com/gmphotos36/

Miracle Glass Company. Photography by Graham Mackenzie. 

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Miracle Glass Company. Photography by Graham Mackenzie.  https://www.facebook.com/gmphotos36/

Miracle Glass Company. Photography by Graham Mackenzie.

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Miracle Glass Company. Photography by Graham Mackenzie.  https://www.facebook.com/gmphotos36/

Miracle Glass Company. Photography by Graham Mackenzie. 

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Emme Woods. Photography by Still Burning.

Emme Woods. Photography by Still Burning.

Emme Woods. Photography by Still Burning.

Emme Woods. Photography by Still Burning.

James Mackenzie. Photography by Gail Fraser.

James Mackenzie. Photography by Gail Fraser.

The Ninth Wave. Photography by Paul Campbell.

The Ninth Wave. Photography by Paul Campbell.

Wecamefromwolves. Photography by Graham Mackenzie https://www.facebook.com/gmphotos36/

Wecamefromwolves. Photography by Graham Mackenzie

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Wecamefromwolves. Photography by Graham Mackenzie.  https://www.facebook.com/gmphotos36/ 

Wecamefromwolves. Photography by Graham Mackenzie. 

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Dancing On Tables.

Dancing On Tables.

Rebel Westerns.

Rebel Westerns.

NIEVES. Photography by Al Donnelly (Houdi).

NIEVES. Photography by Al Donnelly (Houdi).

NIEVES. Photography by Al Donnelly (Houdi).

NIEVES. Photography by Al Donnelly (Houdi).

NIEVES. Photography by Al Donnelly (Houdi.).

NIEVES. Photography by Al Donnelly (Houdi.).

Thank you Xpo North!

NEXT EVENT: Rachel Sermanni, The Great Albatross, Mark McGowan @ Paisley Arts Centre on Saturday 1st July. Tickets on sale via Eventbrite here

Team SAMAs

SAMA 2017 Glasgow Launch: In Pictures

WE'RE BACK

TO CELEBRATE our 2017 re-launch we invited some sponsors, friends and family to a secret location to say hello!

We would like to thank all our sponsors including Rebel Rebel Barbers, Pistonhead Lager and citizenM hotels.

Hi SAMAs friend! Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Hi SAMAs friend!

Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Looking good: Rebel Rebel Barbers & Scottish Alternative Music Awards continue their partnership into 2017. Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Looking good: Rebel Rebel Barbers & Scottish Alternative Music Awards continue their partnership into 2017.

Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Tasty: We are delighted to be partnered with Pistonhead Lager to deliver a range of events in exciting events across Scotland in 2017.  Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Tasty: We are delighted to be partnered with Pistonhead Lager to deliver a range of events in exciting events across Scotland in 2017. 

Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Prize guys: Seven awards to represent a diverse, exciting and innovative Scottish music scene. Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Prize guys: Seven awards to represent a diverse, exciting and innovative Scottish music scene.

Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Showcase: SAMAs founder Richy Muirhead announcing events taking place in Paisley, Perth and Glasgow. Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Showcase: SAMAs founder Richy Muirhead announcing events taking place in Paisley, Perth and Glasgow.

Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Soulful: Emme Woods captivates the audience with her live set. Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Soulful: Emme Woods captivates the audience with her live set.

Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Photography by Cameron James Brisbane. 

Thank you to everyone. We'll see you at XPO North - Blackfriars on June 7 and 8 for our SAMAs Stage.

#SAMA2017

5 reasons you need to be at Xpo North 2017

Photography by Cameron Brisbane.

Photography by Cameron Brisbane.

IN LESS than 1 week over 2000 delegates will be road-tripping to Inverness to take in this year's XPO North.

The two day creative industries festival is set to bring together writers, musicians, film makers, business owners and everyone in between to have exciting conversations, explore ideas, and discover a range of new Scottish and international talent.

The SAMAs are delighted to be involved with the festival for the second year running, we will be hosting two days of live music at Blackfriars to celebrate our official re-launch for #SAMA2017.

To get you in the mood for the festival, we've whittled down 5 simple reasons why YOU should get involved in the festival!  

  1. Music. Over 100 artists are set to play this year including previous SAMAs performers Pronto Mama, Indigo Velvet, The Vegan Leather, Stillhound and TONNES more! To view the full music programme click here.
  2. Film, Gaming, Animation and Craft. Lets face it, spending all day talking about music, and staying up 'til the wee hours watching your favourite artists can be exhausting and take its toll! The festival also offers insight to the games industry, the power of innovation, and experiences with VR headsets, discussions from the creators and more to immerse yourself in. The two-day festival also offers an insight to Scottish filmmakers with showcases from BFI (British Film Institute), Screen Academy, and various Q&As with the directors. View the film programme here
  3. Conversations. With over 2000 music industry members set to descend upon Inverness you will be guaranteed to meet some really interesting and inspiring people from the creative industries. The day-time seminars will produce an insight into various sectors of industry leaving you inspired, and engaged! Some familiar names feature on the conferences including BAFTA, PRS for music, SMIA, and BBC The Social. Take a look at the conference programme here
  4. The Highlands. Whether you spend some time on the banks of Inverness outside Eden Court, or take a short drive drive out to Dores with the beautiful backdrop of the loch you will be very impressed. When the sun shines this really is a beautiful part of the world, and we recommend taking some time to explore and chill out!
  5. It's FREE! Yep, that’s right all you need to do is register and you’ll gain access to the day time conferences, evening showcases, film showcases and much more. A simple Megabus or train journey can get you directly to Inverness, no excuses!

Make sure to visit Blackfriars on 93 Academy Street where we will be hosting the SAMAs stage over the two days.

Live music lineup; 

7th June

The Ninth Wave

Emme Woods

Wecamefromwolves

Rebel Westerns

8th June

Miracle Glass Company

Dancing On Tables

NIEVES

James Mackenzie 

 

This will be our official re-launch for 2017, so come and say hello!

 

Xpo North announce music showcase artists for 2017

Over fifty Scottish artists have been announced

Scotland's leading creative industries festival, XPO NORTH, taking place 7/8 June in Inverness, will see evening performances from a range of Scottish acts including previous SAMAs winners including The Ninth Wave, We Came From Wolves and Bloodlines.

Here's the full list. For more festival news and registrations visit http://xponorth.co.uk

The Ninth Wave - Best Newcomers 2016 SAMAs - Photography by Stuart Westwood

The Ninth Wave - Best Newcomers 2016 SAMAs - Photography by Stuart Westwood

100 Fables
Ali Robertson
Alkanes
American Clay
Ayakara
Birdhead
Bloodlines
BooHooHoo
Carma Consolers
Dancing on Tables
Declan Welsh & the Decadent West
Ded Rabbit
E M I L I E
Edgar Road
Edwin Organ
Emme Woods
Ernest Rambles
Eugene Twist
Faces On TV
Fat Goth
FEATHERWEST
Foggy City Orphan (FCO)
Foreignfox
Future Get Down
Garden Of Elks
Hamish Hawk
Indigo Velvet
Jackal Trades
James Mackenzie (Full Band)
Jamie And Shoony
Josephine Sillars
Kvasir
Lawless and the leas
LILURA
Medicine Men
Mia Mackintosh
Michiel Turner
Mira Aasma
Miracle Glass Company
Moteh Parrott
Mother Night
Mt. Doubt
NIEVES
NOAH NOAH
November Lights
Other Humans
Pinact
Posable Action Figures
Pronto Mama
Pure Grief
Rascalton
REBEL WESTERNS
Reverieme (Solo Acoustic)
Roanokeans
Roseanne Reid
Savage Mansion
Schnarff Schnarff
Single By Sunday
Skjor
STATIC UNION
Stillhound
TAMZENE
The Begbies
The Howling Lords
The Imagineers
The Little Kicks
The Moon Kids
THE NINTH WAVE
The Vegan Leather
The Youth And Young
Tijuana Bibles
Vasa
Vistas
We Came From Wolves
Winter Springs
Wojtek The Bear
WOMPS

Scottish Alternative Music Awards will be officially re-launching and announcing the 2017 plans at this years XPO North. Stay tuned - we'll see you there!

XPO North 2017: artist submission and registration open now

Our good pals and sponsors over at XPO North are looking for artists, film makers and writers to submit for their two day creative industries festival taking place 7/8th June in Inverness 2017. 

We will be returning with a SAMAs stage at one of the venues! Last year we took over Blackfriars with Declan Welsh & The Decadent West, Breakfast Muff, Indigo Velvet and loads more.

Artist submissions close on Saturday 1st April.

apply by registering for free with Gigmit 

More details available on XPO North website here

Take a look at some of our highlights from last year's trip to XPO North below.

Declan Welsh & The Decadent West. Photography by Cameron Brisbane.

Declan Welsh & The Decadent West. Photography by Cameron Brisbane.

Catholic Action. Photography by Cameron Brisbane.

Catholic Action. Photography by Cameron Brisbane.

Medicine Men. Photography by Cameron Brisbane.

Medicine Men. Photography by Cameron Brisbane.

Declan Welsh & The Decadent West. Photography by Cameron Brisbane.

Declan Welsh & The Decadent West. Photography by Cameron Brisbane.