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Do It In Public

Out in the open

Listen to Lisa Jeffrey of  The Wasteland Collective convince us to ‘Do It In Public’ at their upcoming exhibition. Details of the where and the when can be found below, along with various contact details for the environmentally aware, the terminally curious, or just plain pervy….yes that’s you…we knew the title would get you!

Exhibition poster

Exhibition poster


Do It In Public Interview

Do It In Public

Tent Gallery

Evolution House 78 West Port

Edinburgh EH1 2LE

Friday 19th July from 5-7pm 

The exhibition runs until Friday 26th July.


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Music: Double Drift by Kevin MacLeod



The Awkward Hello, Handshake, Kiss…

The Awkward Hello, Handshake, Kiss

Hiva Oa, a multi-national three-piece based in Edinburgh continue the already fine tradition in excellent artists attached to mini50 records.

On September 7th they release their first album,  ‘The Awkward Hello, Handshake, Kiss’. After the fantastically brooding single ‘Badger’, released earlier this year, the album is something to be anticipated with relish.

Two of the three band members recorded an interview (link below), at the end of August and expound on their origins, the forthcoming album launch and how difficult some people find it to categorize their material – including themselves!

Find links to the band after the interview and the atmospheric video to ‘Badger’. Enjoy…







Pirate Party Ahoy…

At the beginning of May, voters across the country will have the opportunity
to elect a raft of new civic leaders to their respective councils. In doing so
they can display their satisfaction or displeasure with the performance of both
grass-roots candidates and their affiliated national parties. We live in
interesting times and although the Conservatives have very little to lose in
terms of popularity north of the border, the Liberal Democrats and Labour
could well be bracing themselves for a seismic shift in fortunes in areas of
historical strength. This may bode well for the SNP, but it may also revive
interest in the smaller parties and independent candidates.

A political movement now experiencing a surge of support and political gains
across Europe is the Pirate Party. Despite the somewhat amusing moniker,
this movement is attracting many who are disillusioned with the high-handed
dictates of the political elite and their apparent attacks on personal privacy and
human rights.

The pirates have now landed in the UK and will be fielding candidates in Scotland.

Pirate Party Interview

Pirate Party 2

Editing: Fiona Greig

Music courtesy of Kevin MacLeod (www.smartsound.com/royalty-free-music/incompetech)





Photograph courtesy of Philip Hunt




Zut Alors! Robots Invade Lothian Street…

New single from My Tiny Robots

Thought I might try my hand at spewing out a tenuous, tabloid style headline – worryingly, I found it a little too easy…

However, what I allude to is of more satisfying fare than you would find in your bog-standard red top. This coming weekend sees the launch of the new single from Edinburgh four piece My Tiny Robots at the Ten Tracks (familiar presence on FHF) base – The Third Door (formerly Medina on Lothian Street). The crossword puzzlers amongst you may have already surmised that Zut Alors is the title of the single and my hack-u-like titular reference.


Ed Stack of Ten Tracks has graced the blog several times in the past and has always served up some damn fine and varied musical delectation. This would appear to be of the usual high standard. If you are in any doubt, have a listen to the re-mix of the Robots’ single by HeeX on SoundCloud.

With a wee bit of luck and favourable winds – we look to speak with the lads about the single and general world domination plans for 2012 – to be served up on FHF as an audio interview in the very near future. If master plate-spinner Ed Stack can find time, we hope that he too can bring the non-initiated up to speed on The Third Door and it’s numerous forthcoming events.

This could shape up to be a wondrous year, unless you are convinced of the more absolute translation of the Mayan prediction for December 2012. Hey, if it’s true we should all party like it’s….you get the general drift?

Look out for more local issues, events and enquiry here on FHF and hoping you and yours are enjoying a fine start to the year!

Video Loves the Radio Star: My Tiny Robots Single Launch

Saturday 14 January – 19.00 – 22.30

The Third Door

45-47 Lothian Street Edinburgh








Films 4 U

There has been a fair bit of interest in the Paul Maguire interview from a couple of weeks ago and I thought a small reminder would not be unwelcome. The third Low Def Film and Video Night will take place on Thursday 24th November.

 The poster speaks for itself but you can still access my chat with Paul from the blog.

Fatal Road Accident

Salamander Street and Elbe Street have been temporarily cordoned off by police after a fatal road crash at approximately 1840 this evening.

Local residents from Salamander Court tried to free the unconscious driver before emergency services arrived. Paramedics then attempted to resuscitate the man at the scene but were unable to do so.

There does not appear to have been another vehicle involved as the car mounted the pavement at speed, taking down a lamppost before smashing into the wall of a block of flats at Salamander Court.  There were no other casualties.

Anyone who witnessed the crash should contact the local police with details.

Sweet n’ Low Def

Apart from being a talented film maker in his own right, Paul Maguire is keen to encourage others to create their own little pieces of cinema by participating in the compact and bijou Low Def Film and Video night in Leith at the end of November.

To hear his recent chat with Fiona Greig, to find Paul’s contact details and how to participate in Low Def, use the links provided below. With free entry to the festival and the screening night there is no excuse not to have a go or just come along to watch. See you there…

LowDef – Paul Maguire interview


Poetry In Motion

Any budding film-makers should take a look at thiscollection.org. The project has amassed one hundred Edinburgh-centric pieces of poetry and then encouraged people to film reponses to the works.

One screening has already been successfully staged at the Forest Café and another is due for late March, so there is still time and poems to spare, for a contribution to the cine-fest.

Leith has been represented in both poetry and film with no less than three works already completed for the project: Lunchtime In Leith by Martin Raymond and Landlocked In The Port Of Leith by Simon Jackson, to name two…

There are still pieces to film and anyone with Scorcese tendencies or an Aronofsky bent (sounds painful) are welcome to join the fray. A number of film and poetry workshops have been and are still taking place at the community section of Tollcross Primary School if you feel you need extra skills or encouragement from the project leader – an irrepressible lady called Stefanie Tan. Resist her enthusiasm if you dare!

Fun At The Forest

Calling all poets, film-makers and devotees of the Forest Café to an extensive event starting tomorrow at 1500. For full details see the following link:- http://filmsattheforest.blogspot.com/

Anyone interested in low-def, DIY film, performance poetry and noise should come along – or even if you just want to support the under-threat venue – any excuse will do!

Consulting With Leith

Well, I’ve been following this story for almost a year and even now – not all of Leith seems to be in the know regarding the application to build a biomass power plant at the docks by Forth Energy.

When I camped out at the Leith Community Centre pre-Christmas in order to record some audio vox-pops on the subject – I was met with blank looks or at best an acceptance of a fait accompli. However, the fat lady is only warming up and if her musical trillings have not yet been heard then there is still debate and decision to be made on both sides of the argument.

Indeed, Forth Energy have only just made their application and there is a 28 day consulting period in which the public have an opportunity to make its’ opinion known to the Scottish Government in writing or by email. Obviously, it is in the interest of Forth Energy to engage with the people of Leith as a legal requirement and to that end will hold further exhibitions around the port for the 28 day period. I shall include both the exhibition venues and dates, along with the government contact details at the end of this piece.

Just before disappearing into the swirling blizzards of north-east Scotland for Yuletide – I was fortunate enough to secure and record audio interviews with Calum Wilson, the Managing Director of Forth Energy along with Labour’s Malcolm Chisholm and Shirley-Anne Somerville of the SNP. Mr Chisholm and Ms Somerville are leading a cross-party effort to stymie the application on environmental concerns and hold a moritorium in order to fully scrutinize the green credentials of the proposals.

The interviews will be posted here on Firehorse Findings in the next week. Interested parties have until the 11th of March to write to the government with their views on the proposals. Be reminded that you can still access my original articles on this subject, here on the blog.

If you wish to see the exhibitions by Forth Energy regarding the plant you can view them at the following locations: –

Monday 31st January – Monday 7th February: – Leith Library, 28-30 Ferry Road, Edinburgh EH6 4AE (Mon to Thurs: 10am to 8pm; Fri: 10am to 5pm; Sat: 9am to 1pm).

Tuesday 8th February to Monday 21st February: – Ocean Terminal, Ocean Drive, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ  (Mon to Fri: 10am to 8pm; Sat: 10am to 7pm; Sun: 11am to 6pm).

Tuesday 22nd February to Friday 11th March: – City of Edinburgh Council, Urban Room, Waverley Court, Market Street, Edinburgh EH8 8BG (Mon to Thurs: 8.30 am to 5 pm; Fri: 8.30 am to 3.40 pm).

Any comments you wish to make will be taken into consideration when the Scottish Government makes the decision on whether to grant permission to Forth Energy or not. These comments should be forwarded to: –

The Scottish Government, Energy Consents and Deployment Unit, 4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, GLASGOW G2 8LU

Or by email to leithbiomass@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

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