Banchory band sees Belladrum break

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A Deeside rock band, which formed in Banchory, has seen its festival breakthrough at this year’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.

Acoustic/rock band, Junebug, was originally formed in Banchory in 2011 by David Devereux and Harry Smith from Banchory, and Owen Rataj from Peterculter.

Junebug now also includes members from further afield. Alli Brown from Lancashire and Aonghas Maxwell from Edinburgh make up the remainder of the five-strong group.

The band recently performed at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, which took place in Beauly from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 August.

Whilst at the festival they won the Bella’s Got Talent competition and are now the first act to have been booked to appear at the festival in 2015.

Junebug have listed Stereophonics and Kate Bush amongst their musical influences.

A spokesperson for the band said: “We blend a mix of distortion with acoustic harmonies to produce a result that combines the caress of Bombay Bicycle Club with the energy of Blondie.”

This year the Banchory group have released singles & videos for ‘You & I’, and their latest track ‘TR’.

Junebug’s Owen Rataj said: “Junebug was originally formed by myself and Harry. We had been in a high-school band together for a number of years, however this was disbanded once we left to go to university. After the first year of study we both returned to Deeside for the summer and decided to start writing music again with the help of some local friends, and formed the band Junebug. The bands original line-up changed once we moved back down to Glasgow where we met Alli, Aonghas & David, and where we are now based.”

The Deeside band is set to return to its local roots as it headlines at The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, on Friday November 7.