Tribute to Venus Carmichael

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Looking for Venus

As we prepare for our gig at Banner’s tomorrow night, there’s something been nagging at us for some time now. Venus Carmichael hasn’t posted on her blog for some time now – December 2016 was the last time. Around the same time, the cassette tapes of her new material stopped arriving at Kelly’s house. Has anyone, in the States maybe, seen or heard tell of her?



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2018: Gig Frenzy! (Well, sort of…)

Things have been quiet at Venus HQ for a bit. Well, that’s about to change in the early part of this year, as we have not one, not two, not three, but FOUR gigs lined up for your listening pleasure!

First up, we’ve been asked to provide the musical entertainment at an invitation only event on Friday: this is the ‘Glenrothes, 70 years on’ digital storytelling project, finally coming to fruition. It’ll give us our first taste of playing Hall B at the Rothes Halls.

Next, one of our now regular gigs at Banner’s Hotel, in Markinch, on Wednesday, 7th February. Banner’s has been a great venue for us, and we enjoy the three-monthly performances there. Plus, for me, it’s a nice change to be doing a gig so close to home – and to see friends who wouldn’t normally make it over to Edinburgh to one of our shows there.

The next gig is also at Banner’s, on Wednesday, 2nd May, and then…

If you haven’t heard already, Edinburgh International Book Festival is coming to Glenrothes! There’ll be all sorts of events announced soon, but for now, the date for your diary is the Friday, 17th May, when there’ll be whisky tasting, book readings, and us, in Hall B again!

Hope to see you soon.





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Autumn News

The nights are fair drawing in, as we say in Scotland! However, although Team Venus has been quiet over the summer, that’s not to say we’ve not been making plans to perform more of our heroine’s wonderful music somewhere near you!

First up, we return to Banner’s House Hotel on Wednesday 1st November. This is our third visit to the Markinch eatery, and it’s been great for us – appreciative audiences, and a lovely, intimate space to perform in. Plus, if you come along, you’re close to a ready source of excellent food and drink! There’ll be a Facebook event along in a minute – hope to see you there.

Secondly, we’d like to do more gigs, and that idea of a cosy we space to perform had us thinking. Having recently seen Martin John Henry of De Rosa perform a fantastic house gig in Cupar, we’d like to offer the same opportunity to you guys. Think of how convenient it would be if you could listen to some of your favourite tunes played live, and not even have to stir from your living room! If that would be of interest to you, get in touch via venus [dot] carmichael [at] gmail [dot] com, and we can have a chat about it: our rates are, needless to say, very reasonable.

Hope to see you soon,

Andrew and Kelly

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Next Date for your diaries

We’ve had a run of good gigs recently. In early June, we played at Banner’s in Markinch; and yesterday, we were honoured to play at the invite-only charity gig in a ‘secret’ location in Lasswade, Jeffest.

Next date for your diaries though is back in Banner’s, on 2nd August. We really loved the intimate atmosphere there last time, and look forward to doing it again. And we may have a secret weapon up our sleeves in terms of a new way to tell you some more of the myth behind the legend!

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More Gig News – Venus lands in Fife!

We’ve been trying to land a Fife gig for some time. However, we’re delighted to announce it’s now happening, and what’s more at one of my favourite restaurant/bars (Kelly’s not been yet, but it’ll be one of hers soon too!) Banner’s House, in Markinch High Street. On Wednesday, 24th May, we’ll be playing an acoustic session in the back room. It’s promising to be a lovely, intimate gig, with hopefully no need for much if anything in the way of amplification or any of the electrical complications that come with the bigger venues we’ve been playing recently.

We really hope you can make it, and please be sure to partake of the excellent food and drink on offer. Following Friday night, the mojitos are particularly recommended…

Before that, of course, you can catch us at my Edinburgh book launch at Henry’s Cellar Bar, in Edinburgh’s Morrison Street on Thursday 18th May.

You can totally get a train to Markinch – and Banner’s is two minutes’ walk from the station!

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Spring Tidings

Hello everyone! Appreciate we’ve not posted for a while: but Venus isn’t resting entirely. New songs continue to mysteriously appear, and we’ve now incorporated three of them into our live set. And speaking of live, we have two dates for your diary:

Thursday, 18th May – Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh – Tribute to Venus will be part of the musical entertainment at the launch of Andrew’s novel, The Wrong Box;

Saturday, 8th July – Lasswade – we think we can now reveal we’ve been asked to play at Midlothian’s answer to Glasto, Jeffest: more details nearer the time!

In the meantime, if you can’t do without us, remember, CDs and downloads are still available…

Peace and love xx

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So, I live outside Scotland: how do I get my hands on all that lovely music?

Welcome everyone who’s signed up in the last few days! If you’ve been to our Soundcloud site, and want to buy one of our CDs, or even a lovely VC t shirt or mug, you can now Paypal me via this link! And don’t forget, for this week only, all CDs are post free. Yes, even outside Scotland!

What’s more, again this week only, buy our album ‘The Lost Tapes’ and get our EP, ‘Taking Names,’ for a special price of GBP2 – that’s a whole 15 songs for, oh, I don’t know, the price of a burger at the current exchange rate!



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Venus on Tour?

As our hard core following will know, we’re temporarily homeless gig-venue wise in Edinburgh, as our favourite place of performance, the White Horse, has closed for a refurb.

However, we’re in discussions with a number of people about gigs out of town, so if you’re somewhere in the Scottish Lowlands, stay tuned for more news… in fact, if you’re somewhere in the Scottish Lowlands and you’d like us to gig near you, get in touch!

Rehearsal last week went well, with 4 new songs having arrived on another ‘lost tape’ recently. We’ve also started promoting ourselves a bit more on Facebook, so if you’re clocking in for the first time, welcome! Just for this week, we’re offering a chance to buy our CD post free, so if you like what you hear on the Listen page, we’d be really happy to send one along!

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…and finally…


It seems like forever since Kelly and I went into the studio to record our album, but it was actually only early November. It even seems like a long time since our launch gig last month – thanks again to everyone who made it along: some photos by Manicpopthrills below.

Now, finally, we have the right versions of the CDs (anyone who missed the product recall from the gig, get in touch with Kelly or me and we’ll replace your CD with one that doesn’t have a track 9 on Mogadon) and we’ll be very very happy to sell you one! For just seven of your English pounds, and, for a limited period only, post free in the UK, you can have the physical CD, which we happen to think is rather lovely. Just get in touch via Facebook or by email (venus [dot] carmichael [at] gmail [dot] com). Or, if you’re a bit more digital with your music, you can download mp3 versions from Amazing Tunes here.

Tasters of two of the tracks are also below.

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