With less than a week to go, this is our final blog introducing you to our acts, but, you’ll be pleased to hear, not our final Plugged In & Wired blog. In our final week before lift off on March the 26th we’ll be introducing you to the wonderful folks who’ve joined the Fringe Family to be the category hosts for our first virtual festival. And again we’re loving the media attention, it’s our mission to shout from the rooftops about the Southside and all the talent we have to offer. Tonight Paul Puppet is kindly helping us do just that, from 9pm tune in to Camglen Radio for The Spangled Show with Paul Puppet for his special feature on some of our Plugged In & Wired acts. we were well chuffed to be included in Snack Magazine's Guide to the Best Scottish Festivals 2021 too!
So… Without further ado, in this blog you’ll meet Sarcassy Sneek purveyor of Southside sensations and we’re delighted to introduce you to our headliners; well loved children’s author Stuart Reid, the alt-folk maestro Flew The Arrow, the talented duo Chloë Bryce & Luc McNally, multi-personality performer Sweætshops® and Glasgow band The Big Nowhere. We hope you enjoy meeting the acts and we know you'll enjoy their work for Plugged In & Wired. Don’t forget, where linked in you can hit up their socials and support their work beyond the festival and if you’re feeling flush show your appreciation through buying merch or show some virtual tip jar love.
SARCASSY SNEEK – SPOKEN WORD
Sarcassy Sneek... by night gin soaked lush, a product of decadence and the 70's. By day...asleep. What could possibly go wrong? And when it inevitably does, remember darlings, if life gives you lemons, you shove them in your gin. Join Sarcassy as she returns, not to Sneek smut but to speak some spoken word with her Southside Soliloquies. Southsiders will remember Sarcassy’s sold out cabaret shows but she’s been focusing on other projects for a few years and is jumping out of her comfort zone and exploring her writing and thoughts performed through the vehicle of Sarcassy. Sharing her musings from under the stars, what it means to be unviable and when a man tells her she’s hunted, well the thrill of the chase might just have a twist.
HEADLINER – STUART REID – LITERATURE
Award-winning Scottish author Stuart Reid brings his brilliant blend of Books, Boogers and Big Bottom Burps to Plugged In & Wired for the very first time in ‘Fantastic Flatulence and Where To Find It!’ . Stuart has performed at over 300 shows at the Edinburgh, Brighton and Adelaide Fringe festivals, and at over 2,000 schools, libraries and book festivals around Britain, Ireland, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, India and Australia. He is a member of the Society of Authors and listed for Live Literature Events with the Scottish Book Trust. Stuart is best known for his Gorgeous George series of children’s books, including the Silver Medal winner at the Wishing Shelf Books Awards 'Gorgeous George and the Timewarp Trouser Trumpets' and his latest title 'Grandpa Jock and the Incredible Iron-Bru-Man Incident'. There will be guaranteed BIG shocks, stinky socks and Reading Rocks! Warning: may contain snot! Stuart has been a full-time children's author for almost 10 years and has performed at 2,000 schools, libraries and book festivals around Britain, Ireland, India, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and Australia. Stuart has hosted over 250 shows over 7 years at the Edinburgh Festival since 2013, performed three years at the Adelaide Fringe and two years at the Brighton Fringe. This summer he was meant to perform at the Latitude Festival alongside Liam Gallagher, Keane, Haim, Snow Patrol, Jenny Eclair and Bill Bailey. Based in Falkirk, this year Stuart has been recording (and selling) bespoke author events for schools and libraries, pre-recorded events and creative writing workshops for classes. These videos have been edited in with special effects, videos, gifs, and sound effects to create as much excitement as his live events. Fundamentally, it’s Stuart’s job to inspire children to learn to love reading!
HEADLINER - FLEW THE ARROW – MUSIC
Flew The Arrow performs live as a duo, with Ross Hull accompanying on fiddle. The duo have a fresh set of entirely new songs, mostly written over lockdown, that they're excited to share with you all! These songs offer glimmers of hope and solace through times of struggle and seek to find the heads and hearts of all who take time to listen. Flew The Arrow is the spiritual guise of Lee McGilvray, original alt/folk songwriter and acoustic finger stylist, now accompanied by Ross Hull on Fiddle, Sarah McWhinney on cello, and Caitlin MacKenzie on flute. Since his debut EP release in 2016 titled, 'If You'd Only Care To Listen', co-produced alongside East Coast indie-folk artist Esperi, Flew The Arrow has come leaps and bounds with his songcraft and his imagery and storylines within his acoustic melodies and lyrics. In 2018 he signed to 23d Precinct Publishing, followed by a signing to the renowned Electric Honey Records in 2019, which gave birth to Flew The Arrow's second official EP, titled 'Trossach', produced by Luigi Pasquini at Anchor Lane Studios. In the last four years since he first came to Glasgow from Ayr to develop as a songwriter and let his name be heard, Flew The Arrow has performed furiously around the city and the central belt of Scotland with many notable support slots to the likes of touring acts such as Daniel Romano, Siv Jakobsen, and The Rails amongst many others, as well as his own headline shows in Broadcast and The Blue Arrow for Celtic Connections, including a spot at the esteemed Danny Kyle Awards stage a few years in a row. During this time, he has also found his home and a considerable following at some of Scotland's finest festivals such as Eden, Kelburn Garden Party and Doune The Rabbit Hole. Flew The Arrow is now set and ready to begin recording the next set of new songs with his full band to continue down his journey and share his stories and words of guidance for the world to hear.
HEADLINERS - CHLOË BRYCE & LUC MCNALLY – MUSIC
In Tunes in Pollokshields Chloë and Luc perform a variety of self-composed and newly arranged Scottish and Irish traditional music from their living room in Pollokshields. You'll hear moments of charged up dance tunes and moments of serene, meditative contemplation. This music runs the full gamut of emotions. Chloë Bryce and Luc McNally are a traditional Scottish music duo based in Pollokshields, Glasgow. They perform self-composed pieces as well as modern settings of traditional tunes. Originally from Easter Ross, Chloë developed her grasp of traditional music through her involvement in the Fèis movement. She went on to study fiddle and Gaelic song at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton. Her music is informed by a deep regard for the old tunes and songs embedded in Highland culture. She has gained repute as a composer and a number of her tunes have come into circulation in the Glasgow session scene. Chloë has toured extensively across the UK, with notable appearances at Celtic Connections, Cambridge Folk Festival and Sidmouth Folk Festival. She has also performed internationally at Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Celtic Colours International Festival and the National Celtic Festival of Australia. She recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a First Class Honours Degree in Traditional Music. Chloë is currently based in Glasgow, where she is actively involved in the city’s dynamic music scene. Luc McNally is a guitarist, bouzouki player and singer, originally from County Durham but resident in Glasgow. His distinctive rhythmic accompaniment and flatpicking style has brought him some great achievements, notably winning Trip to Birmingham Tradfest’s Molloy Award in 2017 with the Iona Fyfe Trio and twice reaching the final of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award (2018/2019). His work has taken him all over the UK and to Ireland, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, the Czech Republic, and China. He performs regularly with Snuffbox, Dosca, as well as in a Live Music Now Scotland duo with Hannah Rarity, and has played in the past with RURA, Maeve MacKinnon, Jarlath Henderson, Paddy Callaghan, Iona Fyfe and Sketch. His solo album, ‘Night Off’, was released in 2020.
HEADLINER - SWEÆTSHOPS®- CABARET
In the performance piece We Eagerly Await Your Complete Submission, Sweætshops® asks "Do you have X? That certain something? Have you been biding your time? Do you just want to be up there? You know you do. You have always known. We have always known and in all ways known. Your dreams. Your deepest desires. Your moment. We are here to take you there on the neXt step." We Eagerly Await Your Complete Submission is an ongoing controversial project drawing parallels between the rhetoric of doomsday cults and reality television. Created by award-winning multipersonality conglomerate Sweætshops® with support from Creative Scotland, //BUZZCUT// and Anatomy Arts. Sweætshops® is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist, under the moniker of Sweætshops® their work is presented under a "multipersonality conglomerate", the name is a portmanteau of "sweatshops" and "sweetshops" to reflect the two extremes (poverty and luxury) of living within a global capitalist structure that permeates every area of our existence. Their practice is centered on crafting intense absurd ritual from the waste of late-stage capitalism to create new allegories for contemporary social phenomenon. They are a self-taught multidisciplinary artist, having supported themselves with factory and cleaning work to relocate from our hometown. Their work is multifaceted, from public disruption - attending the X-Factor auditions as a dead humiliated contestant, intercepting the military police during the Edinburgh Tattoo and getting simultaneously legally married and divorced on the proposed Brexit deadline - to creating performance for 0-5s and being awarded a masters in sonic arts scholarship despite holding no previous higher education experience. In 2019 they were awarded the BUZZCUT Emerging Artist Award, creating "We Eagerly Await Your Complete Submission" with the additional Creative Scotland funding. While their work deals with dark aspects of our world with often duplicitous public interaction, it is from a place of compassion - only by confronting these uncomfortable truths can we begin to address them.
HEADLINER – THE BIG NOWHERE - MUSIC
After the release of their self-titled fourth album in November, The Big Nowhere are back in the studio (socially distanced, of course) and working on our next full-length platter for release later this year! In the meantime, Plugged In & Wired hosts a selection of songs from their previous releases - live and direct to your faces (along with a cheeky wee promo video from one of our EPs) - including a stripped-down acoustic version of No-One Here But Ghosts from their last album, and I Couldn't Keep Away from the vinyl-only NOW That's What I Call NHC Music compilation! The Big Nowhere have been performing with the likes of Justin Townes Earle, First Aid Kit, Kat Men, Juanita Stein, Chastity Brown and legend Hank Wangford. ‘To The End Of The World’ from their ‘Christmas In The Gutter’ EP was used as the title music for short film ‘Jerry Generic : Modern Comedian’, & was chosen as the final track played on Tom Robinson’s BBC6 radio show
It's all kicking off this coming Friday, the 26th. This cornucopia of curated content will be available to watch on our YouTube channel. Stay tuned...