Shaka Loves You
Glasgow duo Shaka Loves You boast a truly unique show. Effortlessly fusing elements of funk, soul, disco & hip-hop with turntable trickery, tight live percussion and custom visuals, ‘SLY' create the perfect, good times live show. Since forming in 2012, Jamie & Marty have already shared the stage with heavyweights such as George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, The Jacksons, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, Craig Charles, Joey Negro, Mr Scruff & The Reflex and have an impressive number of gigs and performances behind them.
As well as their residencies in Glasgow & Edinburgh, the boys have played clubs from Athens to Amsterdam with regular festival appearances up and down the UK. Add Canadian & European tours to this and you get a picture of how the ‘SLY' boys are spreading their funky sound internationally.
Complementing their live show, ‘SLY' are regularly releasing their own music and videos. 2016 got off to a flying start with Craig Charles championing their funk-infused track Soul On Fire for his 'What's big in 2016' show on BBC 6 Music. This track also attracted the attention of Mixmag, which gave it a solid 8/10 review. Their first EP, released in 2013 hit the top spot on Juno download and their second, a heavily disco influenced affair, also climbed the nu-disco charts to No.1, gaining support along the way from the likes of Greg Wilson, Craig Charles and Dr. Packer. 2017 saw another EP and yet more label releases with an ever growing base of tastemakers and fans alike.
Not content with all that, at the end of 2017 the boys decided to expand their live show to include a vocalist and sax player. With a busy gigging schedule and their debut album on the way, 2018 is set to be another big year for Shaka Loves You.
GILCHRIST were initially formed by Gordon Anthoney, Gary Fraser & Shane Gorman a few years ago. Having all played in a number of serious bands over the years trying to “hit the big time”, their main objective was to have fun while writing and recording songs in Gordon's home studio. At the same time they wanted to learn more about recording and music production. It wasn’t until Gordon met bass player Kenny Donald in 2013 that the idea arose of getting together for jam sessions. These kick started the whole process of getting a live band together again. Shane, who was their original drummer, left the band to take up work offshore and it wasn’t until September 2013 that Derek Buglass joined the band and the first Gilchrist line up was in place with Gary on vocals, Gordon on guitar, Kenny on bass and Derek on drums. They went to work straight away on recording the debut album ‘Funky Philosophy' which is due to be released shortly via CD Baby and will be available to download on itunes and various other sites. Although Brandon Marchant joined the band as second guitarist shortly thereafter, he has recently left the band as he's due to return to Canada in the near future. The band have recently been joined on Trombone and backing vocals by Annabel Bloomfield.
Mike Breen Band
Mike Breen is a singer/songwriter based in Edinburgh who regularly plays local venues all over town. Head down to Stramash tonight to see a free live show.
Event: Shaka Loves You, Gilchrist, The Mike Breen Band
Date: Friday 7th December 2018
Time : 15:00 - 03:00
Thursday 13th December
Nine Below Zero + Delacroix
Friday 14th December
Skerryvore EVO World Tour with support from Jill Jackson, Irie Yo-Yo
Saturday 15th December
Matt Gloss & the Emulsions, Sahara, Safehouse