Kevin Quinn: On the beat of the Fife music scene

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Well it wasn’t to be for local singer songwriter King Creosote at this year’s Mercury Music Prize.

The veteran of over 40 albums was beaten to the prestigious award by strong favourite PJ Harvey. However Creosote wont be to disheartened that his album with John Hopkins, ‘Diamond Mine’, didn’t win. The fact that it was even in the running has already boosted his profile- with tours around the world in the pipeline, a UK tour and a performance at next year’s Celtic Connections coming on the back of this nomination.

From one end of the musical spectrum to the other- two new Glenrothes bands are hoping to make a splash on the music scene.

‘Arvada’ formed after a previous project disbanded. Within a month of being a three-piece they found a dedicated singer, Dean Chalmers after one meeting. The next meeting was in the recording studio where they recorded their debut EP. So keep an ear out for them.

And young folk rockers Garfunkel Klaus and the Watermelon Men’s debut gig at the Greenside on 2 September was a tremendous success, going down a storm with the local crowd. The former Glenwood High Pupils will be hoping to build on this and go on to bigger and better things.