Scotland Trending Artists

On Saturday 8 June, we're welcoming five outstanding artists to our Scotland Trending event in The Twa Tams. Find out more about these rising stars in music and enjoy them at our new live music festival.



CHAMELEON LADY were formed at school near Edinburgh by childhood friends Robbie Hutchison and Cameron Middlemass and after recruiting their siblings, they confirmed a line-up of creative multi-instrumentalists and extraordinary vocalists. As a live band, their journey started by playing music bars, soon becoming match-fit for festivals around Scotland and France, as well as self-promoted sell-out gigs in response to their growing fan base. Pre Pandemic, the band appeared on the same festival bills as The Darkness, The Noisettes and supported Skerryvore at the Tivoli Theatre in Aberdeen at Hogmanay 2019.  

In 2020, CHAMELEON LADY began writing their newest material. At the first opportunity, the band got in the same room, refined, arranged and recorded this lockdown-inspired material and released it as an EP called '11 Waverley Road'. The band has received a great reception to their fresh sound with online streams and energetic audiences at live performances.  

CHAMELEON LADY now have a brand new single 'Beasts Down Below'. The song follows in the same vein as their recently released EP but taps into their Scottish roots with a blasting folk-rock instrumental section that is sure to encourage a toe-tap at the very least. 


Raised on the tiny Island of Bressay in the Shetland Islands, surrounded by the sea, Seán R. McLaughlin developed a deep love for rurality and traditional music. Picking up the fiddle and guitar before his teens, he was inspired by the local folk music of islands and his mother’s involvement in the local Shetland Folk Festival. 

Whilst drawing the from the wellspring of Scottish traditional culture, McLaughlin is not afraid to break the mould, weaving in new stories, songs and sounds to the continuum of folk music - earning the artist the genre label, alternative-folk. He has also received wide-ranging praise for his songwriting from the likes of Earmilk, BBC 6 Music, The Herald, The Scotsman, and Clash Magazine. 

“…a testament to McLaughlin’s incredible songwriting skills…” - Earmilk 

“…phenomenal energy and great songwriting.” - BBC 6 Music 

“Powerful, brooding songwriting.”  - Clash Magazine

In 2024, Seán released his debut EP, “Ninewells”, with band The Wind-Up Crows, showcasing his alternative roots sound and earning praise from critics throughout UK and beyond. Joined regularly by renowned Shetland-fiddle player, Vicky Gray, and long-time collaborator, Stephen Thom, on Mandolin, the group are equally at home in alternative indie-rock and traditional music worlds. The evocative songwriting and authentic delivery mean that Seán R. McLaughlin & The Wind-Up Crows are set to join the continuum of inspirational Scottish music. 


Clydebank singer-songwriter Erin Ponsonby has been making her way through the UK country scene after the release of her debut EP ‘Little Town’ in 2020.  Since her first single ‘Want Me Too’ was released back in 2017, she’s been busy on the Glasgow music scene with some notable support slots with Hue & Cry and Into The Ark. Erin regularly busked in locations such as Perth and Stirling, which earned her a feature on ‘Emeli Sande’s Street Symphony’ on BBC Scotland in 2019. Since graduating from the University of the Highlands and Islands Perth in Popular Music, she’s been making an impact on the Loch Lomond music scene.

After headlining Broadcast with her new backing band in 2022, Erin has been regularly playing in Glasgow's first Nashville themed bar Maggie's Rock N Rodeo, as well as playing at some of the UK country music scene's most iconic festivals such as Country to Country in the Glasgow Hydro, Country on the Clyde and the Buck N Bull Summer of Country Festival in London. As well as this, Erin and her band have supported artists such as The Luke Combs Experience, Robyn Red and co-headlined their City II City country events in Glasgow and Edinburgh, along with Abbie Bell and The High Ryes.



Fifidiny is a dynamic singer-songwriter making waves in the Scottish music scene with her unique blend of electro-pop and Afrobeats alternative sounds. Hailing from the Highlands of Scotland with Madagascan roots, Fifidiny has not only captivated audiences with her upbeat catchy melodies but has also garnered recognition within the industry. With two Proudly Black and Scottish Awards under her belt, Fifidiny's music resonates with authenticity and cultural richness.

Fifidiny's track "Nobody Knows" was selected as BBC Track of the Week, showcasing Fifidiny's ability to craft compelling and emotive compositions that strike a chord with listeners. Additionally, Fifidiny is pitched as "One to Watch" by renowned music tastemaker Jim Gellatly's 10 for the year 2024, further solidifying her status as an emerging talent to watch.

With a distinct musical style that seamlessly merges diverse incfluences, Fifidiny continues to push boundaries and carve out her own path in the Scottish music industry. Her electrifying performances and soul-stirring lyrics promise to leave an indelible mark on audiences far and wide.


Moonlight Zoo are becoming somewhat of a household name in certain parts of the UK. Since winning the Hard Rock Café Battle of The Bands in Times Square, New York, the band have been playing their wild shows in as many cities and festivals as possible. And in the Spring 2024, they will be touring to celebrate the release of their new single ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ which is scheduled for release on 26th April 2024. 

Moonlight Zoo draw influence from their hometown heroes Big Country mixing the latter’s anthemic rock elements with their own brand of Stadium Pop.  

“The best debut we have heard since Blossoms burst on to the scene” – This Feeling. 

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Pippa Blundell is a Glasgow grown songstress. Her lyrics are prominent and raw whilst her gentle accompanying guitar and layered vocal harmony wraps you in a blanket and hugs you. Her sound is influenced by her classical vocal roots, by the storytelling of folk artists and by contemporary urban tales and ambient sounds, culminating in a modern, hushed and intense experience that soothes yet soars.

Pippa graduated from the Royal conservatoire of Scotland in 2022 with a degree in Mezzo-Soprano voice, initially aspiring to be an Opera singer her passions naturally led her to song-writing and composition. She found her true belonging in the pubs, clubs and venues of Glasgow’s thriving contemporary music scene. Her debut EP, "Sisters," was launched in September 2023 as a set of four stripped back and reflective tracks.

Pippa was one of the 5 nominated artists for the Sound of Young Scotland in the 2023 Scottish Album of the Year awards and listed as an exciting upcoming act in 2024 by The List magazine. Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway named her as a Top 25 Artist to watch in 2024. Pippa toured as the solo support act for the Glaswegian jazz collective Corto Alto on their 2023 UK tour ‘Bad With Names’ before her sold out debut headline show at Glasgow’s Rum Shack in November where she collaborated with a new band of some of Glasgow’s best jazz musicians. Pippa has performed with Universal Music Group signed artist Terra Kin, is a vocalist in the Glasgow African Balafon Orchestra (GABO).