A look forward to the Manx music scene for 2015

Matt Creer  Picture: Gary Weightman/VanninPhotos.com

Matt Creer Picture: Gary Weightman/VanninPhotos.com

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Welcome, dear reader, to another year of the Manx Sound Exchange!

Following a great year last year for gigs, album and EP releases from Manx artists, we’re awaiting various releases this year.

They include the new 10 track album from singer-songwriter Matt Creer entitled ‘The Leeward Tide’, which I believe is due for release in March.

The album was recorded at Ballagroove Studios and features the late Katherine Crowe singing guest vocals on the track Islands.

Also to be released are debut albums from Nick Barlow and The Bad Noise, and The Fletcher Christian Mutiny (releases dates to be confirmed).

I hope to be reviewing all of these releases in due course. Now, as is customary with the post Christmas and New Year dip in gigs, it is a little quiet out there for a couple of weeks.

There are, however, some bands that are venturing out early to kick the scene back into life!

Covers band 9 Mile Smile appear at Jaks, in Douglas, this Saturday night.

The band’s set features a mix of everything from Aretha Franklin’s ‘Chain Of Fools’ to Michael Jackson’s ‘Billy Jean’ to Blondie’s ‘Heart Of Glass’ via more contemporary offerings from the likes of Amy Winehouse, The Stereophonics, and Kings Of Leon. The five-piece cover band is made up of Johnny Wade on drums, Lewis Thomson on bass, Graham Smith on guitar and vocals, Grant Evans on guitar and Angela on vocals.

For more information on the band, visit www.facebook.com/9MileSmile

A new band called Trout Engine plays their debut show at The Sayle Gallery in the Villa Marina Colonnade, Douglas tonight (Thursday).

The show kicks off at 7.30pm.

I have no further information on the band other than their line-up, which includes Harry on drums, Simon on bass, Al on flute, sax and trumpet, Dave on keys and Zoë on samples.

From what I can gather, these guys will be playing a set that will be along the lines of a mix of fusion, beats, jazz and dub.

If you have any Manx music-related news for inclusion in the Manx Sound Exchange, email leachsteve@hotmail.com

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Steve Leach brings the latest rumblings, murmurings, news and views on forthcoming events in and around the island’s music scene. Help support the scene by emailing leachsteve@hotmail.com

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