EXPECT a stampede later this month as Elephant Sessions take to the MacArts stage in Galashiels.

The award-winning band have a huge following all over their native Scotland.

And their exciting indie folk sound has also gained them chart success all over the world.

Since the release of their album, All We Have Is Now, the band have appeared at some of the world’s most notable venues and festivals with audiences crowd surfing their way through the summer and marquee floors breaking under the weight of bouncing fans.

The Mercury nominated Alt-J, along with BBC Radio 6, have found themselves converted to the band’s unique brand of music.

Charting in the French download charts and selling bucket loads across Europe, All We Have Is Now firmly established this band as completely unique.

Their latest album, What Makes You, builds on this success and sees the front line of mandolin and fiddle pushing their limits further, matching the percussive rhythm of drums, bass and guitar, whilst fusing with electronic dance beats.

Mandolin player Alasdair Taylor told us: "What Makes You is a musical progression of the journey the band have been on since the last album.

"We feel like our sound has matured and we’re playing and writing the music that we really want to be playing.

"Writing and performing the music from this new album has been so much fun so far and we can’t wait to release it for everyone to hear.”

Opening last year as winners of Album of the Year at the BBC Scotland Trad Awards, they went on to be finalists as Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 awards.

In May, Belhaven Brewery got together with the band to award the first ever Belhaven Bursary for innovation in music.

The bursary amount matches the Mercury Music prize and was awarded in recognition of their unique and outstanding sound.

In August, the band also found themselves shortlisted for Scottish Album of the Year – an award covering every genre of music from indie, blues and rock to pop, folk and the individual sound that is Elephant Sessions.

They have transformed traditional music and opened 2019 with performances across Europe.

In April they headed over to the US to play at the Belhaven Brew celebrations at Tartan Week in New York, before appearing at Bluesfest in Australia as part of the 30th anniversary line up.

Making a debut at Merlefest in the US on the way back to the UK the band begin their album tour in May.

And they have been selling out venues ever since.

Elephant Sessions will play at the MacArts on Saturday, December 14.

Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets, priced at £12, are available from the MacArts box office.


06 - Acapela Studio, Cardiff

07 - Pontio, Bangor

11 - The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

12 - The Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Windermere

13 - The Garage, Glasgow

14 - Mac Arts, Galashiels

20 - Ironworks, Inverness