Since leaving school, Peter Johnstone has been behind a series of gigs in his native Bathgate, bringing some quality acts to audiences in the West Lothian town.
Last year he moved to Glasgow where he has been undertaking his own musical development, which was aided by a songwriting workshop hosted by Francis Macdonald of Teenage Fanclub and BMX Bandits fame. The result is a four-track debut entitled Teleshopping, which get its official launch on Wednesday at a gig at Glasgow’s Hug & Pint. Whether by accident or design, the BMX Bandits’ knack for endearing lyrics and jangly guitar pop is very much in evidence on the title track, and this nod to the golden age of Scottish indie is further underlined by the EP being released on cassette. A new talent worth looking out for. See http://bit.ly/UTRTeleshopping
Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run music industry seminar and social night, Born To Be Wide, www.borntobewide.co.uk
Under the Radar in association with Glasgow Jazz Festival. Founded in 1987, Glasgow Jazz Festival is Glasgow’s longest running music festival, with highlights including stars like Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett and Buddy Guy. The 32nd edition takes place from Wednesday 20 June to Sunday 24 June and features Mr Jukes, Ian Shaw, Wuh Oh, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, Arun Ghosh and lots more. Visit http://www.jazzfest.co.uk