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Song, By Toad announces tenth birthday celebrations

By | Published on Friday 15 June 2018

Song, by Toad

Independent label Song, By Toad Records has announced plans for its tenth birthday celebrations. These will kick off with a label showcase at Glasgow’s Solas Festival later this month, featuring Siobhan Wilson, Adam Stafford and Jonnie Common.

“Jonnie, Adam and Siobhan represent the real core of the record label as it stands in 2018”, says Song, By Toad founder Matthew Young. “We’ve seen a lot of bands come and go over the years, made tons of friends and worked with dozens of people, but in terms of friendships, working relationships, and a spread of music attributes from experimental to pop, abrasive, poignant and amusing, these three artists pretty much tell you everything you need to know about us as we stand after ten years of work”.

Following the Solas appearance next week, there will be a run of birthday shows in the label’s hometown of Edinburgh, as well as in London and at Inshriach House in the Cairngorms, through the autumn and winter.

“There have been so many great aspects to the label over the years, I just wanted to celebrate, honestly”, Young continues. “Running a record label is always about the next thing you have to do, so I think everyone from the people we work with to the fans who support us could do with a chance to just have a wee pause and say, ‘Fuck it, isn’t this brilliant, isn’t this a wonderful thing which we do between us?’ So we have arranged gigs which express separate aspects of the label, from what motivated me to start it, to the various friendships we’ve created over the years”.

The line-ups for the shows are still to be announced, but here are the dates for your diary:

15 Sep: Inshriach House, Inshriach
28 Sep: Leith Depot, Edinburgh
15 Nov: Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh
23 Nov: St John on Bethnal Green, London
15 Dec: Leith Cricket Club, Edinburgh