Published: 09/07/2014 12:00 - Updated: 08/07/2014 15:23

North dates for rising stars




Two hot young artists have announced a co-headline tour of the Highlands and Islands this August.

Sivu and Paul Thomas Saunders will be heading out to Inverness, Ullapool, Stornoway and Aviemore for some live shows i.

ivu’s stunning debut video show precisely what goes on inside a musician’s head, after the 24-year-old volunteered to be filmed singing live within an MRI scanner.

It was quite the first impression. Inspired by research into cleft palates taking place at Barts Hospital, Sivu’s music was quickly heard far beyond the call centre in Waterloo, where he presently still chooses to works.

“The response to Better Man Than He was so overwhelming,” he says now. “But I wanted to set the bar for this project. We made something as honest and simple as possible.”

As befits that unique stage-name (Sivu is his surname in Finnish), this is bigger than the solitary “singer-songwriter” tag might usually suggest. The Bodies EP and the I Lost Myself EP were produced by Sivu’s long-standing collaborator Charlie Andrew; the Mercury-Award-winning producer behind Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave. The two are now working on Sivu’s debut album.

Paul Thomas Saunders
Paul Thomas Saunders

With influences such as Joe Meek and Leonard Cohen, Leeds-based Atlantic Records artist Paul Thomas Saunders encapsulates "...the psychedelic soundscape and intellectual sentimentality of the 60s, then wraps it up in a spiralling contemporary shell".

The dates are Wednesday, August 13 at the Ironworks, Inverness; Thurday, August 14 at Ceilidh Place, Ullapool; Woodlands Centre, Stornoway, on Friday, August 15; and at the Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore on Saturday, August 16. Tickets go on sale at noon on Wednesday from:


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Phone: 08444 999 9990

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