Touch Sensitive – Burnt Island and La Muñeca de Sal

Touch Sensitive is a project created to promote music from Scotland and Spain.  On Friday the 8th June they release their first of three compilations.  Titled ‘2×6‘ it features Chaffinch associates Burnt Island and La Muñeca de Sal.

There is an album launch at The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane, Glasgow.  For further info on the album release and launch night, visit Touch Sensitive’s website.

New archives: Burnt Island

Burnt Island at Homegame

May 21, 2011 by Chaffinch

Burnt Island recently played the lovely Cellardyke Town Hall as part of the Fence Records Homegame.

Burnt Island Exclusive Download + Live Appearances

April 18, 2011 by Chaffinch

Burnt Island will be playing at this year’s Edinburgh Grassmarket Festival and Homegame.  To coincide with these appearances, we have an exclusive download of The Year Of Open Doors.This will only be available until the 9th of May 2011.
  • Burnt Island – The Year Of Open Doors (MP3 Download LINK EXPIRED)

Chaffinch Week at Avalanche Records – 21st February 2011

February 13, 2011 by Chaffinch

Avalanche Records have built up an outstanding reputation over 27 years and in particular have shown an enthusiasm and commitment to Scottish artists and labels.

Chaffinch are chuffed to bits to be asked by them to take part in a Scottish label week. This begins on Monday 21st February and concludes on Saturday 26th February, at 3pm with an in-store session by Burnt Island.

Also available will be a 10-track Chaffinch CD compilation titled ‘Woodlands‘ featuring exclusive material from Burnt Island, The Second Hand Marching Band, Immigrant and South Downs. Avalanche Records, 5 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HY.

Burnt Island – Peenko Session

February 13, 2011 by Chaffinch


Pop along to Peenko for a nine-track download of a session performed by Burnt Island at The Hidden Lane Cafe, Glasgow in November 2010.

Burnt Island gigs in February 2011

January 28, 2011 by Chaffinch

Burnt Island will be performing on the following dates:Sunday 6th Feb, The Arches, Glasgow: 10 minute acoustic slot, Rodge + 1 otherWednesday 16th Feb, The Forest Cafe, Edinburgh: with Endor, Kei Miller, as part of Goldenhour: Let’s Get Lyrical FestivalSunday 20th Feb, Stereo, Glasgow: supporting Withered Hand (solo)Saturday 26th Feb, Avalanche Records, Edinburgh: in-store gig, 3pm, part of Chaffinch week at Avalanche (more news regarding this to follow soon…)

Burnt Island – Music and Maths. SOLD OUT!

January 14, 2011 by Chaffinch

We’re thrilled to announce that Chaffinch have sold out of Burnt Island’s Music and Maths mini-album. There are still a few copies floating around at Avalanche, Norman Records etc so if you want one, you’ll need to be quick. It’s also available digitally at iTunes and Amazon if that floats your boat.Avalanche announced recently that Music and Maths was one of their top sellers in 2010 – visit their site to read more.

It was also voted into the Top Ten on Jockrock.Rodge Glass will be discussing writing past and present with BBC Radio Scotland’s Iain Anderson on Tuesday 18th of January. You can listen in to this on Celtic Music Radio on 1530AM or online at: will be more Burnt Island news to follow in the next couple of weeks …

Burnt Island at the Edinburgh Festival 2010

July 27, 2010 by Chaffinch


Burnt Island will be performing at Highland Park Spiegeltent as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.  Also playing are Chemikal Underground’s Adrian Crowley and a VERY special guest who has still to be announced.This takes place on Monday, 30 August 2010 at Charlotte Square Gardens in Edinburgh.  You can purchase tickets here.

New download-only tracks available from Burnt Island!

July 13, 2010 by Chaffinch


Burnt Island release Hiding Out on 12 July 2010 as a free download and this is backed with the new song Gambler’s Dream.  Available from Wise Blood Industries.You can read one of the first of reviews at ayetunes – As if that wasn’t enough you can also get hold of their cover of Elliott Smith’s Between the Bars here.

Burnt Island – Live at West End Festival, Glasgow. 13 June 2010.

June 11, 2010 by Chaffinch


Burnt Island will be performing on Sunday, 13th June at Brel in Glasgow as part of the West End Festival.   For details visit –,366/events/burnt_island_andrea_marini_/

News archives: South Downs

Chaffinch in The List!

November 19, 2010 by Chaffinch


Chaffinch is interviewed in this week’s edition of The List.You can read it  here.

Chaffinch interview on 7inches blog

October 7, 2010 by Chaffinch


A few weeks ago Jason Dean the man behind the fantastic interviewed Chaffinch for one of his regular podcasts.You can listen to the interview at his site here.

Chaffinch interview on Peenko

September 24, 2010 by Chaffinch


Pop along here to read a recent Chaffinch interview carried out by the delightful Peenko.

The Whisper EP – new review from 7inches.blogspot!

July 12, 2010 by Chaffinch

Whisper EP‘this EP is a perfect introduction to the label’s ideology and some of the contemporary talent out of Scotland.’

Read the full review here:

Whisper EP: reviews

March 19, 2010 by Chaffinch

Whisper EPIf you didn’t notice a review the other week for the wonderful ‘Whisper E.P.’ on Chaffinchrecords then don’t fret. ‘Cos we missed it like a bunch of retarded gannets due to the sheer influx of Xmas shagging records & this sweet 4 track gem was buried in the kerfuffle & confined to the deepest recesses of the stockroom. Ironic, as the sleeve features a lost dog in a quarry with one of those lampshades round It’s head that keeps mangy mutts from scratching all their fur off when they get nits. Or summat. Ask yer vet. ANYHOO, without FURTHER ADO, this dew-eyed beauty features an absolute blinder from Lucky Luke (a priceless psych-Celt folk odyssey that’s exclusive as it was missed, criminally off Patrick The Survivor) Unfortunately Fat Thailand scoffing Barry has lost the press sheet so I cannae say much more aside from there’s also folkin’ excellent tracks from King Creosote, Immigrant & South Downs. Ignore everything else this week & buy this almost flawless comp 7″ (that’s only if you only have a few quid after buying all yer crack ‘n’ ciggies @ crimbo). SOTW.
Norman Records – January 2006
Four act EP (sadly not on well yummy custard yellow vinyl but attractively presented nonetheless) featuring Beard’s favourite FiferKing Creosote taking his band for a jolly country ramble. Lucky Luke’s Please Bomb Slough was left off their album (perhaps due to its atypical lo-fi drum loop) but it’s one of their best, a dark beauty that slowly unfolds in a Hebridean breeze of flute, saxophone and rumbling toms. The (?)non-Scottish acts are equally fine, with South Downs contributing some lovely folk-pop melded with harmonies and harmonium and Immigrant enchanting with the slow burning hum of The Violet Flame.
Stewart Smith, The Beard – #5 Winter 2005
Creosote offer a lovely jaunty new song to this four-track new-folk EP, but it’s the sinister, Wicker Man chanting of Lucky Luke that shines brightest.
John Earls, Planet Sound – September 2006
4 lovely tracks here. Singer songwriter material with heaps of meloncholic overtones in the wonderful melodies. I particularly love the use of the harmonium on the inside side. beautiful…..
I loved the Lucky Luke album so there was no hesitation in getting this EP. ‘Please Bomb Slough’ is a broody nest of nu-folk twigs upon a slightly rhumba-ish branch. Not sure about the title. ‘Please Bomb Slough’ – isn’t that incitement to terrorism under section 72 of the new Dontfuckwivus Act. (Then again 500 7″ singles is hardly an incitement to anything, as my Gran always used to chuckle.) I think I know what they’re getting at though. Slough represents materialism, the urban, the suburban, the modern, the breakdown of community, the vulgar, the corporatisation of the high street, the Americanisation of culture, an uninspired youth, the devaluation of human endeavour, the new slavery, the pointlessness of a satellite town, the distribution centre, the easy access to the M4, the industrial estate, the death of hope, repetition and process. Slough is everywhere. It’s not just Slough. And somehow I don’t think folk rock is gonna save us but, hey, it’s worth trying. Do people ever gig in Slough? I wonder ifLucky Luke had a bad experience there or something. It would tie it all up. Anyway, this EP is on the new Chaffinch imprint and contains other stuff: including a rather chirpy song by South Downs and a skybound organ number by Immigrant.

*I’ve just been informed that the incitement to bomb Slough is in fact a reference to Betjeman. Once again my ignorance of 20th Century verse has left me exposed and ashamed. But then you’re dealing with someone here who thought The Wasteland was written by Paul Weller and, once, when my poet friends were discussing Dylan I thought they were talking about Bob Dylan – whoever he was.
Review by Wide Open Road. January 2006.
For the love of music! Not too many labels still put out music…for the love of music. And that’s why U.K. based Chaffinch Records is such a little gem. Releasing various artists EP’s, and a little EP by a nobody artist named Anthony Reynolds (Jack!!!), these guys might not be making a huge splash, but they definitely deserve your attention. The Whisper is a 7″ vinyl EP limited to only 500 copies. And if you think for a moment that small quantities proves it must not be worth your time, you’re a bloody idiot (MakeMineMusic and VelvetBlueMusic are 2 wonderful examples of this). Lucky Luke is the first of the 4 artists that show up on this EP. The price of the EP would be worth it for the slow and haunting “Please Bomb Slough” alone.

A very talented and understated band we should hear more of. King Creosote’s “6 Ups and Over” sounds like an obscure folkish jam, with vocals filtered to the background as acoustic guitars and brushed drums dominate the soundscape. “Something Inside” by South Downsbleeds of its influence. An endearing cross between Paul McCartney and Elliott Smith echoes through the air, as lo-fi melodic drones fill out the remaining headspace. The fourth and final artist to contribute to this EP is Immigrant, with “The Violet Flame”. Featuring an organ as the song’s base, a dry tenor sleepily follows a monotone melody to its bitter end.

For those serious indie music lovers, you should become familiar with Chaffinch Records. They put out music that’s worth your while.
The Black And White Magazine