As part of Scotland week

Scottish newcomers Song Of Return are flying out to New York for two very special shows.

Launched last year, the Big Apple award is a new competition from Nordoff-Robbins. A specialist music charity, Nordoff-Robbins aimed to give an unsigned Scottish band the change of a lifetime.

Filtering through demo tapes and internet links, The Big Apple judges eventually crafted a shortlist. Deciding the winner at a special show in Glasgow venue The Garage, Song Of Return came out on top.

Awarded the inaugural Big Apple award, the band later performed at the Tartan Clef Awards - billed as Scotland's answer to the BRITs.

Song Of Return are now preparing to fly out to New York and play two shows as part of Scotland Week. An incredible opportunity for the band, the Glasgow based newcomers will play at Joe's Pub on Wednesday 11th April and at the Mercury Lounge on Saturday 14th April.

Donald MacLeod - closely associated both with the Scottish music scene and with Nordoff Robbins - had the following to say. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that every emerging or breakthrough Scottish band dreams of. I wish an opportunity like this had existed when I was in a band. Song of Return are following in the footsteps of bands like Biffy Clyro and Franz Ferdinand to launch Stateside and it’s all thanks to this fantastic competition”.

Following the Big Apple award with their debut EP ‘Trajectory EP’, Song Of Return are clearly looking forward to their trip to the States. "We are stoked to be going to NYC. I'm really excited to play at Joe's Pub which has hosted many huge acts. New York in general has a great musical heritage of course, but I feel also like it has a similar outlook, similar sense of humour to Glasgow".

In the run up to Scotland Week, Song Of Return have confirmed the following shows:

29 Aberdeen The Tunnels
30 Edinburgh Wee Red Bar
31 Glasgow O2 ABC

Click here to buy tickets for Song Of Return!

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