In one of our best ever gigs Pennyblackmusic put both The Band of Holy Joy and The Cathode Ray on the same stage at the Sebright Arms in London in April of last year. It was such a great event that we are now repeating it, but this time transferring the experience to the Wee Red Bar in Edinburgh. For both The Band Of Holy Joy and The Cathode Ray it will be their only Scottish date of this year.


Forever changing, consistently unique yet, always somehow the same, the Band Of Holy Joy began life in a squat in New Cross in North London in 1984 as gutter chansoniers using junk shop instruments to propagate a brute romantic madly literate form of dispossessed urban folk music.

Since then the band have scaled a few heights, fallen down in one or two gutters, broken up, glued themselves together, toured the world, released a fair few albums and fully explored other media by presenting audio visual song plays and site specific pieces. They have set up their own label and perpetrate a Friday night radio show of looped soundscapes on Resonance FM called Bad Punk and possess an alter ego that goes by the name of Scrap and Salvage Movement.

These days the junk shop instruments of old are long gone, and guitars, sixties organ and visuals very much to the fore. But the band continues to write about the same outsider concerns with the same measure of spirit and care, and they still put on a show.

The Band of Holy Joy will be releasing their latest album 'Funambulist We Love You' in October on Tiny Global Productions, and the Pennyblackmusic date in Edinburgh will be the final night of an extensive UK tour to promote it.


The Cathode Ray are an Edinburgh based alternative rock band who released their second album entitled ‘Infinite Variety’ on Stereogram Recordings in April 2015. Accompanied by the singles ‘Resist’, ‘Buck The Trend’ and ‘This Force Of Nature’, it garlanded ecstatic praise from all corners of the music press.

Originally based on a loose concept of forging late seventies New York, with late seventies Manchester, The Cathode Ray started life in 2006.

Adding 60’s garage, soundtracks, glam rock, northern soul, disco and psyche to the palette, recording sessions ensued, with the band’s debut double ‘A’ sided single ‘What’s It All About?’/’Mind’ hailed as Single of the Year by Radio Clyde DJ and Sunday Mail columnist Billy Sloan in his round up of 2006.

A second single, ‘Slipping Away’ was released in April 2009 and proclaimed Single of the Year by the esteemed journalist Paul Lester in an enthusiastic piece in The Guardian.

The band’s eponymous debut album came out in April 2012 through Stereogram Recordings and featured high in the end-of-year roundups on the Manic Pop Thrills, Pennyblackmusic, The Sound Project and Jock’n’Roll websites. The single ‘Dispersal’ was Track of the Month in April 2012 on the influential Janice Forsyth Show on BBC Radio Scotland.

The Cathode Ray have been taking an extended break from live work this year to concentrate on recording an as yet-untitled third album which will be released in 2018, and this gig will be an initial opportunity to hear tracks from it.

Pennyblackmusic Live at The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3. 9DF.
Sunday 10th December 2017
Doors 7 p.m./Finish 10 p.m.
Tickets £9 in advance from
£12 on door

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