Some Song, by Toad Live News

In the new year Song, by Toad will be putting on more live shows.  In many ways this is in reaction to our friends Bart and Euan seeming to drop out of regular promotion, and the closure of far too many good venues in Edinburgh over the latter half of 2010.

So, after Euan spoke so consistently well of Colvin at the Wee Red Bar, I have had a word, and we have booked Saturday nights in January and February for Toad nights.  I think I am going to call them the Ides of Toad, simply because I am looking to pick a Saturday as close to the middle of the month as possible. The plan is to have a gig once a month at the Wee Red, except for June and December, when we will try and get the Caves and do something a bit shinier.

Also, we are doing a New Year’s House Gig once again this year, primarily because neither Mrs. Toad nor I can be even remotely arsed schlepping up to Princes Street in the pissing rain to watch some fucking fireworks surrounded by half of fucking Scotland.  Instead we will be in our house, and might traipse up to Inverleith Park to watch the fireworks for free, but only if the weather is good.  And there will be songs – many excellent, excellent songs.

So, by way of a preview of what we have coming up in the immediate future, here are the imminent Song, by Toad Live Stuff Listings:

Friday, 31st December 2010: Neil Pennycook, Jamie Scott & Jonnie Common at the Song, by Toad New Year’s House Gig.

Jamie, Jonnie and Neil are all working on a collaborative album at the moment, although I don’t know how much of this will be ready for a first viewing on New Year’s Eve.  In any case, these are three of the most creative musicians in Scotland, as far as I am concerned, and I am immensely looking forward to this one.  It will, as has become tradition for Toad House Gigs, be broadcast live on the web too.

Jonnie Common – Photosynth

Saturday, 22nd January 2011: The Scottish Englightenment, Johnny Reb & Morris Major at the Wee Red Bar.

I haven’t exactly performed many scientific tests and so on, but I think The Scottish Enlightenment are probably my favourite Scottish band to emerge this year.  I know they’re a lot more than a year old, but it seems like 2010 was the year they got their shit in gear and suddenly produced a shedload of material to make everyone really sit up and take notice.  Johnny Reb have a pile of really promising songs, and will hopefully be one of the bands to really rekindle my love of basic guitar indie, and Morris Major are a new Edinburgh band who seem to have an awful lot of potential as well.  It’s a very guitary lineup, this on, but fuck it, it’s a bloody good lineup as well.

The Scottish Enlightenment – Little Sleep

Saturday 19th February 2011: Rob St. John, Thirty Pounds of Bone +1 TBC at the Wee Red Bar.

Rob is currently working on his debut full-length, which is something I am hugely looking forward to.  30 Pounds of Bone released one of my favourite albums of 2010.  I could basically add a dancing monkey to this bill and it would still be fucking awesome. Actually…

Thirty Pounds of Bone – Crack Shandy in the Harbour