Creative Fifers Moonlight Zoo and Kat McDonald showcase new work
The musical talent from Fife continues to impress and I have featured quite a few in recent weeks.
Dunfermline based Moonlight Zoo have already been booked into a year-end Scottish festival and a home gig at PJ Molloys on Decemberr 11.
They are experienced in fests though with Isle Of Wight, TRNSMT and Kendal Calling been good for them, so all positive but band get togethers have been impossible and limited to online chat.
They are John Muir on bass, Sean DeFrancisco and Jamie Adamson on guitars, and Reece Dobbin on drums.
Sean and Jamie are the main writers and Big Country is an influence and comes over in their music. Successful at the Glasgow heat of Hard Rock Café Battle Of The Bands they eventually won through to the final at the old Paramount Theatre in Times Square New York City. Up against bands from Nashville and Brazil the won through with a $15000 cheque as prize.
On their return they released a few songs but now with a global following. Since lockdown, a few covers have been surfacing with videos of the performance and this week social media fans could share an acoustic version of their best-known song Wild.
Kirkcaldy based Kat McDonald was well known as a solo act and with the band Little Buddha with extensive tours.
Now her projects are with Pilgrims, a duo with the Aged Choirboy as well as a parallel solo project as Miaow McDonald.
The other half of Pilgrims, with two albums released so far, is Robert Davidson who became known in his band Paranoid Monkeys who then became Some Brave Apollo.
His collaborations bring in a variety of instruments, production techniques and engineering.
Just under a year ago Ambulance was released as a single and had good comments and new followers and the music continues to evolve further away from the band days where she was lyricist and front vocalist.
Sleepwalker is a work in progress and features Cameron Jay from Scottish National Jazz Orchestra on trumpet and has crazy guitars and effects ahead of a full album to be called Year Zero with thirteen new songs, poems, and interludes.
With so many uncertainties no launch has been planned but artwork is camera ready and perhaps even a photo exhibition.
This week a new single, Sisters is released with a trip hop beat and is a celebration of women and has a supernatural overtone. Already a huge live music production company has been in touch offering help and this can lead to untold exposure and much to look forward to.