Under the Radar: Culann

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Irvine five-piece Culann combine heavy rock with a touch of traditional Scottish folk, write Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon

Hailing from Irvine, Culann (pronounced Kull-Ann) are a refreshing take on the alternative rock scene, combining their signature heavy rock sound with a touch of traditional Scottish folk.

The five-piece – PJ and Sean Kelly, Greg Irish, Calum Davis and Ross McCluskie – have already played scores of festivals, toured extensively throughout Scotland and even as far afield as Sweden. They’ve also performed in front of over 40,000 people at Celtic Park, thanks to their relationship with the Mary’s Meals charity, played the Barrowland alongside Frightened Rabbit and Big Country (in aid of the Clutha Fund) and were crowned Best Live Act at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards.

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Championed by Jim Gellatly on Amazing Radio, The Wkndr Mag, local publications like the Ayrshire Post as well as online blogs like Is This Music? they’ve just released their brilliant and most personal collection of songs to date, the EP Songs of Saints & Reivers. Standout tracks are City Eternal and Heart of the Sea (with guest Ewen Henderson from Mànran). Listen at https://culann.ffm.to/songsofsaintsandreivers

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run music industry seminar and social night Born To Be Wide, www.borntobewide.co.uk Find them on Twitter @olafwide and @newfoundsound

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