ABERDEEN Performing Arts (APA) has announced the latest additions to a juiced-up programme at the city's Lemon Tree venue with a sparkling showcase of local talent from pop rockers and acoustic maestros to psychedelic funk and the simply revered over the coming months.
APA's Freshly Squeezed programme gives a platform to a new talent shaping up to be a legend of tomorrow in the shape of North-east teenager Mitzy Wilson, a former Meldrum Academy pupil who began her singing career in sheltered housing complexes, bars and clubs.
She takes to The Lemon Tree stage on Friday, May 16, and three days later audiences will be taken to the edge of contemporary alt.folk by Blue Rose Code, fronted by Edinburgh-born singer-songwriter Ross Wilson, with his distinctive Caledonian Soul sound.
Following on the songwriter theme, Welsh-born Cate Le Bon, who has relocated to Los Angeles, will be heading to The Lemon Tree on Sunday, September 14.
Now playing live across the world, she has been a frequent collaborator and sang the duet I Lust You with Gruff Rhys on Neon Neon's debut album Stainless Style and 4 Lonely Roads, a forthcoming track on Manic Street Preachers' Rewind the Film album, features Le Bon on lead vocals.
Bands heading to the city centre venue include Glasgow outfit Casual Sex with their spiky, tart pop music on Friday, June 6, Dragonforce, Thursday, September 18, with a show to thrill all budding guitar virtuosos; and, on Friday, October 2, Big Country will perform songs from their multi-million selling album Steeltown, regarded by many as a classic after going straight to the No1 slot in the album charts.
On the folking fantastic front, comedian and Bad Shepherds front man Adrian Edmondson brings his folk quartet back for a return visit to The Lemon Tree with their unique take on punk songs played on traditional folk instruments.
2005 Celtic Connections open stage award-winners Breabach will be giving local followers a taste of their fourth album Ùrlar on Monday, May 26.
And the critically-acclaimed Skerryvore from the Isle of Tiree, will be performing material from their upcoming album due for release later this year to an Aberdeen audience on Friday, October 17.
Tickets for all Lemon Tree shows are available by calling 01224 641122, online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com and from the Aberdeen Box Office outlets at the Music Hall and His Majesty's Theatre.