The next event in the FRETS calendar is

BMX Bandits and The Pearlfishers will be performing at at a joint headliner concert at FRETS on Friday 7th Oct in the Strathaven Hotel, alongwith opening support, The Hungry Beat Group..

Both groups are long established members of the Scottish independent music firmament. BMX Bandits came to the fore during the C86 period with releases on Stephen Pastel’s 53rd and 3rd label. The group were also signed to Creation Records, and are now releasing their music on Last Night From Glasgow. The Pearlfishers have enjoyed a long relationship with the Marina label and are currently finishing off a new album.

The Bandits’ Duglas T. Stewart and Pearlies leader David Scott are brothers in pop, bonding over a shared love of the Beach Boys and Todd Rundgren, and other outlier pop producers. Their concert at FRETS promises to be a special pop moment.

Opening the concert will be The Hungry Beat Group, who will be playing songs by some of the groups signed to Fast Product and Postcard as featured in the Hungry Beat book covering the birth and demise of these two Scottish independent labels in the early 1980s. https://monorailmusic.com/product/hungry-beat-the-scottish-pop-underground-movement-77-84/?mc_cid=384fc49b05&mc_eid=UNIQID&fbclid=IwAR1qZAhuaxadO0fMAzCVfkrQE8JDaB72LxXLg8PP–Xz2yX0BEkczaiq8tI

Apt in many ways, as the first release on Postcard (the Falling and Laughing single by Orange Juice) was recorded in Strathaven at Emblem Sound studio. Similarly the first release (We Can Send Letters) by Aztec Camera was recorded at the same studio and released on the Rough Trade/NME cassette, C81. Postcard Records’ Alan Horne and Malcolm Ross produced the only single released by Strathaven post-punk group Article 58 in Emblem Sound too.

The Hungry Beat Group consists of Ken McCluskey – vocals (The Bluebells), Malcolm Ross – electric guitar (Josef K/Orange Juice), Campbell Owens – bass (Aztec Camera), and Douglas MacIntyre – 12-string acoustic guitar (Article 58). We’ll be chatting a wee bit about the book and playing some songs by Orange Juice / Aztec Camera etc.

Tickets are on sale at https://www.wegottickets.com/event/552735

FRETS CONCERTS was established by Strathaven musician Douglas MacIntyre. The first concert took place in the Strathaven Hotel on 4th October, 2019, with Lloyd Cole performing an acoustic set accompanied by Commotions guitarist Neil Clark. The ethos at FRETS is very much geared towards a seated and listening audience, with the onus on live performance and songwriting. The artists really appreciate performing to an attentive audience, magic is invariably in the air. Our dream concert would be Neil Young with an acoustic guitar and harmonica performing his On The Beach album, or Bill Callahan performing any of his albums. We look forward to welcoming you to the Strathaven Hotel for an evening at FRETS.

FRETS is a seated venue within the Strathaven Hotel, doors usually open at 7pm with seats taken on a ‘first-come-first-seated’ basis. We usually have two support artists, with live performances commencing shortly after doors open. All tickets are paperless and sold via the Concert Tickets section of this website, you do not need to print your tickets, simply show us your tickets on your phone.

The concerts usually finish by 10.30pm, though the bar in the hotel is open late if you want to have a drink and a chat. Lots of FRETS attendees stay over at the hotel and have a meal in the resturant prior to the concert, more details about the Strathaven Hotel here. https://www.strathavenhotel.com/

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Some of you may be aware I’m involved in a newly published book, Hungry Beat, which is an oral history of the two independent labels that set post-punk Scotland alight – Fast Product (Edinburgh) and Postcard Records (Glasgow). Fast released the first records by The Mekons; The Human League; Gang of Four; Scars; Fire Engines;Continue reading “THE HUNGRY BEAT GROUP – Fri 7th Oct with BMX BANDITS & THE PEARLFISHERS.”


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