Updated: Mar 16
We’re buzzin’ for y’all to see the cornucopia of talent in our Plugged In & Wired virtual festival. We’re counting down to the 26th of March, are you? On this Southside Sunday meet up and coming band AMSAY, the obsessed and boxed up Miss A Legg, and you can read more about our headliners; spoken word artist Kevin P. Gilday, polyamorous comedian Shari Levine, the dreamy folk goddess Asthmatic Harp, the four blokes including Morgan Cry and critically acclaimed author Jackie McLean.
Content for our virtual festival has blown us away and we’re stoked to be able to curate such a quality line up of entertainment and talent for you during these crazy times. We can’t stress how important it is to show all these wonderful creatives some support, from simply giving them a like on their socials, sharing their work, to buying merch or showing your appreciation in their virtual tip jars. Every bit helps and most of all you’ll be helping to keep hope and the arts alive. Thank you and enjoy meeting todays bountiful batch of beauties bent on making life better through creativity!
AMSAY – MUSIC
In AMSAY’s Lockdown Set (Again/Victor Was A Victim/This Girl) fans of alt-rock (Radiohead/Interpol), shoegaze (Slowdive/Beach House) and midwest emo (American Football/Red House Painters) will not be disappointed. AMSAY’s music has been described as “shoegazey, dream pop, sway your head back and forth kind of vibe...laced with twinkly chords and shimmering vocals” and brings a jangly, Smiths-esque tone to the genre. AMSAY are an alt-rock Glasgow based trio who formed at the beginning of last year, comprised of Sam Bennett (vocals/guitar), Louis Fitzpatrick (bass) and Michael Bennett (drums). The lads had begun gigging around the city before lockdown started, playing venues such as The Amethyst and downstairs at King Tuts. AMSAY released a single back in May which was received warmly, being featured on Californian music blog Dim Things and the Italian shoegazeblog. They were also interviewed on Sunny Govan Radio’s Inspiration Hour back in July, where they chatted about the songmaking process and general mental health during lockdown. AMSAY will be returning to play live venues around Scotland in 2021 as soon as the pandemic hellscape has subsided, but until then you can follow them on Instagram, Soundcloud, Youtube and Facebook
MISS A LEGG – SPOKEN WORD
Miss A Legg is currently studying MLitt Theatre Studies at Glasgow University. Before lockdown she performed regularly as a solo performer at events in Glasgow and beyond! This includes appearances at Express Yourself, She Grrrowls and Plug In Girls. Recently she has done a few live online events as well as short video projects. Video projects include Insights Platforms/Insights Digital- where she performed her solo piece In A Box. Other video projects include multiple collaborations as The Daft Duo with friend Sara Palomarr. Live online gigs include Spangled Cabaret at home, Heat 4 of NOCY (New Online Comedian of the Year 2020), and 2 Funny Women Edinburgh Alternative Interview events. Miss A Legg is a performer member of The New Works Playhouse and a member of The Not-God Complex directory and part of the Southside Fringe Advisory team. Her solo performances tend to feature a blend of amazing alliteration, ridiculous rhyming, silly singing, preposterous props and dazzling dancing (often with donuts). As part of Plugged In & Wired Miss A Legg is trying to get over an ex in My Obsession Confession and after being prompted to think “How do you keep a creative mind busy in a box?” during lockdown she created In A Box, this was Initially made for Funny Women Alternative Interviews and since been performed at Insights Digital 2020 and Spangled Cabaret at Home.
HEADLINER - KEVIN P. GILDAY - SPOKEN WORD
Award winning spoken word artist shares an intimate set of poetry and chat from his living room in An Evening with Kevin P. Gilday. Kevin P. Gilday is an award-winning writer and spoken word artist from Glasgow, Scotland. He is the co-founder of spoken word cabaret Sonnet Youth, a National Theatre of Scotland Breakthrough Writer and a BBC Writersroom Scottish Voice. Kevin has performed all over the world, from Hollywood to East Kilbride, including major festivals (BBC 6Music Festival, Glastonbury), Fringes (Edinburgh, Toronto, Vancouver) as well as large scale tours of the UK, Germany, Canada and the US. He has supported artists such as Akala, Saul Williams, Jackie Kay, Sage Francis, Liz Lochhead and George the Poet. He has published four books of poetry, with his most recent - Sad Songs for White Boys (via Speculative Books) - bringing together nearly ten years of work. Under the guise of Kevin P. Gilday & The Glasgow Cross he has released two albums of synth-inflected alternative music – Experience Essential and Pure Concrete – via Iffy Folk Records.
HEADLINER - SHARI LEVINE - COMEDY
Shari Levine is an American stand-up comic living in beautiful Shawlands! Her comedy is about all of the exciting adventures being a bisexual polyamorous woman with Irritable Bowel Syndrome gets her into. In the The Itchy and Shari Show will she get the guy or gal?! Will she make a tit of herself meeting their parents? Will she take a poo in the park? Find out in this exciting adventure! By day Shari Levine is a maths teacher (don't worry, there won't be any maths in the set!) and by night (pre-covid) she was on the rise on the Glasgow comedy circuit doing stand-up and improvisational comedy, and was accepted to perform in the Manford New Act Competition. Shari also ran a monthly short form jam, and was a member of three improv teams, including Glasgow's first and only queer team: Tragic Roundabout, and the all female troupe, The Bitchdel Test.
HEADLINER - ASTHMATIC HARP – MUSIC
Asthmatic Harp is the musical moniker of Glasgow based songwriter and composer Hannah Fredsgaard-Jones. Through the ethereal autoharp, gentle guitar strumming, hushed and tumbling melodies, Asthmatic Harp is synonymous with a sound that manages to be comforting, folksy, eerie and personal, all at once. Born in Denmark before moving to the UK, Hannah began performing on the London music scene with her debut EP Lost Astronaut in 2015. The music was given 5/6 stars in the acclaimed Danish Music Magazine Gaffa and published in both print and online with Gaffa calling it “Pop Music that takes it a step further”. In 2018 Hannah was handpicked to the prestigious Roundhouse Resident Artist Program. She completed the residency with impressive achievements such as playing the 1,700 seated capacity Roundhouse main stage as the opening act for Sam Palladio and developing exciting collaborations with fellow Roundhouse artists Sophie Kilburn and Kid Jupiter who features on her newest releases. Career highlights for Hannah include radio broadcasts on Tom Robinson’s After Hour Show on BBC6 Music and Danish National Radio Broadcast P5. Rotation on Uniradioen (DK) and KB Radio. Hannah lists her gigs at The Takeover Festival, Sofar Sounds and support for Sam Palladio in The Camden Roundhouse as being highlights for her. Hannah has both won the Help Musician’s Do It Differently Award. Her releases include: Lost Astronaut (EP 2015), Kilburn (single 2017), Moorgate (single 2017) Seven Sisters (single 2017), Things We Learned to Live With (EP 2020( Asthmatic Harp’s performance at Plugged In & Wired will be a unique opportunity to hear her songs in acoustic and stripped-down versions with Hannah accompanying her singing with arrangements on the autoharp and guitar.
'A delightfully playful slice of alt-folk pitched somewhere between Regina Spektor’s characterful delivery and Laura Marling’s near-perfect tones.' - FOR THE RABBITS
'Gorgeous, nymph-like voice to soothe even the most anxiety ridden of souls' - LISTEN WITH MONGER
HEADLINER - MORGAN CRY, FOUR BLOKES IN SEARCH OF A PLOT - LITERATURE
In Morgan Cry - Four Blokes In Search of a Plot there are four crime wirters, you choose the victim and weapon, they make up the story live. Take four crime writers, who happen to be blokes. Give them a main character and a murder weapon. Then watch them take it in turns to create a crime story before your very eyes! The result is fun, often wacky and NEVER predictable. The shows have had audiences rolling the aisles at Bloody Scotland, Newcastle Noir, Xabia Negra in Spain, the Southside Fringe, Byres Road Festival and, since lock down, across the internet. “IT’D BE CRIMINAL TO MISS IT”. Let’s introduce ‘the four blokes’, the authors; Neil Broadfoot worked as a journalist for 15 years at both national and local newspapers, he lives in Dunfermline, the setting for his first job as a local reporter. His fourth book, No Man’s Land was longlisted for the 2019 McIlvanney Prize. His sixth, Point of No Return, published by Constable, is out now. Gordon Brown has eight crime and thriller books published to date, along with a number of short stories. His latest novel, Thirty-One Bones, published by Polygon and written under the name Morgan Cry, is set in Spain and is the first in the Daniella Coulstoun series. He also helped found Bloody Scotland, Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival. Douglas Skelton began his authorial career writing about true crime and Scottish criminal history. His novel Open Wounds and his first book in the Rebecca Connolly series, Thunder Bay, were nominated for the McIlvanney Award and the second in the Rebecca Connolly series, The Blood is Still, is out now. Mark Leggatt is a former specialist in Disaster Recovery for oil companies and global banks. History and modern global conspiracy lie at the heart of his work, and are the backdrop for the adventures of CIA technician Connor Montrose. The third book in the series, ‘The Silk Road’ is out now.
HEADLINER – JACKIE MCLEAN – LITERATURE
Jackie McLean is author of the DI Donna Davenport Scottish crime fiction trilogy. 'Toxic' is a race against the clock to track down the illegal storage of the substance that caused the world’s worst industrial accident; 'Shadows' is the descent of a routine murder inquiry into something altogether darker; and 'Run' is the story of revenge and deceit. Join Jackie as she chats about her journey from Southside pet shop owner to writer - the inspiration to write and the road to publication. Find out about the books as she takes you from the streets of Bhopal in India during the world’s worst industrial accident, to the murky world of people smuggling across the Adriatic, following her lead detective’s tense investigations. Take a closer look at the complex characters, and the challenges of character development across a series. Get a glimpse into some of the dodgy research that crime writers get up to (and why they fear their internet searches being discovered). If you’re a new writer looking to get into crime fiction, Jackie will be sharing plenty of tips to help you give it your best shot. Jackie lives in Glasgow and has a varied background, including being a government economist, a political lobbyist, and running a pet shop in Glasgow’s Southside and currently works with East Ayrshire Council, where until recently her job involved frequent visits to Kilmarnock Prison. Toxic was her first crime novel, introducing DI Donna Davenport, and was shortlisted in the Yeovil Literary Prize before publication by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd. The sequel, Shadows, was published in October 2017, and Jackie’s third book in the DI Davenport series Run was published in October 2019. Jackie was one of Bloody Scotland’s 2019 Crime in the Spotlight authors, and she’s actively involved in the crime fiction scene in Scotland and the north of England. Jackie has appeared at crime writing festivals Newcastle Noir, Crime at the Castle and Literally @ Newbattle, and regularly appears at Noir at the Bar events (including Edinburgh, Newcastle, Dundee and Dunfermline). She also forms part of the Dangerous Dames and Murder & Mayhem along with a number of other crime writers, and have appeared at events in libraries and bookstores across Scotland as part of these. Until recently, Jackie ran the writing group at Waterstones Braehead, and also ran creative writing sessions with the men in Kilmarnock Prison. She’s also active online and put out a monthly newsletter on new crime fiction releases and events, to which a number of publishers regularly contribute.
Join us again on Thursday 18th March for more top talented Plugged In & Wired introductions. Stay Tuned!