Ashley and the Cosmonauts at ‘Hatters

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Ashley and the Cosmonauts – Mad Hatters, Inverness – Friday 4 January, 2013

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Broke your New Year’s resolutions already? Whether you have or haven’t, why not add this one: I must see more live music! This Friday night would be as good a night as any to start.

Ashley and the Cosmonauts are a four piece consisting of Ashley Mackay on vocals and guitar, aided by Robin Abbot on double bass and lending his vocals too. They are backed up by the equally accomplished guitarist Ben Hesling and Dickie Bills on percussion.

Producing tuneful, heartfelt songs, they never fail to impress. A fine way to wind down for the weekend, and an equally fine way to start a good habit for 2013.

Doors open at 9.30pm, and for those still with the legs to party a set from DJ,  Master Shake will take you through to the early hours.

We have not spoken to the guys but please have a read about what they said for them selves last year.

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Frank Finlayson
Frank Finlayson
Chartered surveyor by day, music reviewer by night, and occasionally I get to use my camera. A strange mix, but one that I enjoy. A chance meeting in the queue for Bella in 2010 led to the opportunity to write for InvernessGigs; a far cry from the days of writing for a football fanzine back in the late 80s, early 90s. My interests lie between the mainstream, the emerging and the local. Increasingly I find that we have more than enough locally to entertain us to necessitate a trip south. I’m always happy to give a listen, whatever the genre. Inverness has a plethora of talent, all of which I am more than keen to write about. If it encourages just one person to make the effort to listen to some new music I’ll be happy. You can contact Frank direct via

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