The countdown is on until the 26th of March when a feast of your favourites and a whole bunch of brand new creative beauts will be beaming their way in to your homes in our Plugged In & Wired virtual festival. In this blog we introduce you to a plethora of Plugged In & Wired acts including: Braw, Glassworks, Moira McPartlin, Anna Secret Poet, 10pencemixup, The Daft Duo and Ms Truelove Waits. We live in challenging times and the power of live arts is missed more than ever. Many of our performers rely on gig income, sadly, gigs and income have been lost over the past year. If you can and where linked, please support our artists and buy their merch, their books or throw something into their virtual tip jars.
Enjoy meeting the acts in our third intro blog...
BRAW - MUSIC
|Bringing us their ‘The Lockdown Singles’ , Braw are a folk-pop brother duo based in Glasgow's southside, specialising in close harmony vocals. Formed in 2019, Iain and Andrew Mundy have been performing across the Glasgow music scene. During that year, they released their debut single, Swing Door, which was followed by Piece by Piece, Home from Home and finally, Whisky in Hand. All of these are set to feature on their 2021 debut album. Whisky in Hand reached number 65 in the Official Scottish Singles Chart, and peaked at 50 in the Official iTunes Chart. It received substantial radio airplay including on BBC Radio Scotland's The Afternoon Show, Celtic Music Radio, Camglen FM, and single of the week features on The Max and Chief Radio Scotland. To round off 2020, the pair also released their first festive single, A Glimpse of Christmas, which also featured a very special B-side cover of O Holy Night. Braw's unique vocal blend allows them to create innovative and original harmonies, while offering fresh takes on classic songs when playing live. They play everything from Simon and Garfunkel to Biffy Clyro.
GLASSWORKS - MUSIC
Emilie Boyd & Dan Brown present a set of heartfelt, soulful and elegant original songs from their upcoming E.P. Glassworks are Emilie Boyd (vocalist) and Dan Brown (pianist), and are both regular performers on the central belt's contemporary jazz scene. Dan is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire's jazz course, and Emilie is a Scottish Jazz Award Best Vocalist nominee. They have worked together for years, performing regularly (in non-Covid years) both as a jazz duo, and in larger scale projects such as 'Like a Cat Tied to a Stick - Radiohead Re-imagined', 'The Emilie Boyd Quintet', The Joshua Elcock Big Band 'Dreaming of White Horses', and more. Emilie and Dan have developed a strong friendship and a musical partnership which has led them to start writing together this year. Their music is mainly influenced by mid-century jazz of Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Bill Evans; folk and trad music; and contemporary jazz/folk artists such as Gretchen Parlato, Emma Frank and Aaron Parks, amongst others. Glassworks has written soulful, elegant, melancholy songs about self-reflection, which they are excited to release on a 4 track E.P. early next year.
MOIRA MCPARTLIN - LITERATURE
Moira McPartlin is a Scottish writer with Irish roots. Although born in the Scottish Borders she was brought up in a small Fife mining village. She describes herself as a very youthful granny and in her spare time gardens, plays whistle and tries to get out on the hills when she can, bagging the Munros by 2006 (Scottish Mountains over three thousand feet high). When Moira McPartlin began writing her future fiction Sun Song Trilogy in 2014 she had no idea that the events she was inventing would begin to come true. Climate change, right wing politics, genetic manipulation and artificial intelligence were present, but not so prevalent then. The novels are set in 2089 but, soon after publication, the real world began to catch up with this imagined world much quicker than anticipated. For example, when she invented a Silver Surfer virus that conveniently killed only seniors, she had no idea that Covid-19 was just around the corner. In this short film, When Fiction Becomes Real, Moira will explore the trilogy’s themes and inspiration and demonstrate how sometimes fiction becomes real. Themes of Moira’s work vary in content and tone, but they always include a strong Scottish connection. Her short stories and poems have featured in many publications including The Scotsman, Platinum Magazine, Northwords Now, Crannog, The Scottish Mountaineer and many anthologies.
ANNA SECRET POET - MUSIC
Anna Secret Poet, who brings her Pathetic Genetic to the Plugged In & Wired programme, is a genderbending singer and performer from Glasgow who has been bothering all kinds of stages since 2016. She brought out an album called 'No Brainer' at the start of lockdown which was not a clever thing to do - the irony is not lost on her. You'll not be short of a coaster in her house! Anna Secret Poet is not a poet though sometimes poets let her speak. She likes words but prefers to sing them. She's not a drag queen but sometimes drag queens let her strut about on their stage singing dubious songs. Some of her latest songs are variously about procrastination, biscuits, social media, monsters and format snobbery. You can find them on the internet in the usual digital music places.
10PENCEMIXUP - CABARET
Let's Play Kerby! Growing up in the West of Scotland during the 70's/80's was easy. We had no mobile phones or reality TV. 10pencemixup is a 4 piece band; Robert on Cajon, Alistair on Cello, Stuart on Ukulele and Melissa on vocals. We have been established for a few years now and grown from solo work to the present band. Stuart McKay started writing songs about his childhood, playing Kerby, village Pigeon Fanciers and wearing his sisters tights to keep warm at school. Brilliant songs written by other members of the band have followed, about fighting at Scrambles for the last ten bob bit and dodgy spiral haircuts on the 80s. Nostalgia is their passion and something, which their fans have responded to with much enthusiasm. 10pencemixup have performed at Spangled Cabaret, Britannia Panopticon Comedy Club and Burns Night, Edinburgh Festival and Celtic Connections with John McMustard and Friends, Newport and Eden Festivals. 3 of their songs, Let's Play Kerby, Big John the Dooman and My Grandfathers Chair have also been covered by John McMustard(Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5) on his solo album 'Sports Mixture'.
THE DAFT DUO - COMEDY
A Driving Lesson... with a difference! One half of The Daft Duo wants to learn to drive, and the other half has agreed to teach them! There may be some bumps in the road, but let’s hope that they get to their daft destination in style! The Daft Duo are a collaboration between comedy performers: Sara Palomarr (based in Edinburgh) and Miss A Legg (based in Glasgow Southside). They first met at Roehampton University studying Drama Theatre and Performance Studies and have collaborated many times over 9 years of friendship as well as pursuing other projects individually. Since lockdown The Daft Duo have had loads of fun making comical videos together. Inspired by silent movies they get up to some daft deeds and then make it all double speed to make it extra funny. Their first project was “PPE (Pintsize Play Elephant)” – which was created for A Play, a Pie, A Pint’s Pint-size Plays competition. Next up was “A Dream Date” – which was created for Wonky Veg Theatre’s first zine. They then went on to create "Incoming Call" and "Ha Ha Halloween" for The Clusterf*ck Circus Permogeddon 3: Day off the Meds & Loco Local Lockdown Grave New World respectively. Their latest project “The REal Deal” has been submitted for the next Wonky Veg zine.
MS TRUELOVE WAITS
Ms Truelove Waits is a cabaret songstress, playing ukulele and glockenspiel to accommpany socialist music hall songs to uplift, inspire and enrage. Since 2016 she has been composing original songs about love, community and politics, as well as choice covers of alt-cabaret superheros such as Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Victoria Wood and Jason Webley. Her Plugged in & Wired set will feature three of her most popular cheerful, sing-along numbers. She has performed at Queer Theory, Sinister Wink, Allsorts, Spangled cabarets, and created a video for her run-away fan favourite hit "F*ck The Tories".
We'll be introducing more Plugged In & Wired acts and some juicy headliners on Sunday. Watch this blog...