Upcoming gigs 2020

UPDATE (17th March): All gigs in the next few months are cancelled. Obviously we don’t know yet about gigs later in the year. Stay well everyone!

We’re getting a few dates in the calendar now for the coming year. We’re playing at Scrap Antics in Dundee with Burd Ellen and Seth Bennett on Thursday 26th March, at The Blue Lamp in Aberdeen with Sound of Yell on Friday 27th March, followed by an afternoon gig at The Glad Cafe in Glasgow on the 28th March.

We’re also playing with Sound of Yell at Cafe Oto in London on the 1st August.

More details of these on our gigs page and more dates to follow…!


Gigs in central Scotland in December

We’re doing a couple of gigs early December: Friday 6th at Henry’s Cellar Bar in Edinburgh and Saturday 7th at the Rumshack in Glasgow. See our gigs page¬†for the details.


Short film about taiko and Painted X-Ray

Meray Diner made a short film about Alison and Georgie playing taiko. Have a wee look:

Filmed and recorded by Meray Diner at GMAC Film, and Stereo, Glasgow, 20th September 2019.


Painted X-ray T-shirts

We now have our t-shirts available for sale online via Bandcamp. More details on Bandcamp and on our new merchandise page. As well as being exceptionally stylish, they’re ethically produced from fair trade organic cotton.

Painted X-Ray t-shirts


September gigs in the Central Belt

We’ll be supporting legendary Dutch band The Ex when they play at Summerhall in Edinburgh on the 19th September, and at Stereo in Glasgow on the 20th September. More information on our gigs page.

Also – not a Painted X-Ray gig but well worth a mention – Mugenkyo, the taiko group which Alison and Georgie originally trained and performed with, are doing a one-day taiko festival in Glasgow on the 7th September. Mugenkyo concerts are always high-energy and spectacular, and this one is going to be epic. There’ll be several hours of serious taiko action with former players from all over the UK joining Mugenkyo on stage, including Alison and Georgie. (Painted X-Ray were invited to do a slot but unfortunately some of us were unavailable.) A good way to get your taiko fix!

You can get tickets and more information here: Reverberations Festival at the Old Fruitmarket

Reverberations Festival



Gigs in March: Scotland and England

We’re doing a wee run of gigs late March – dates confirmed so far are Glasgow (at Stereo) on Thursday 21st, Manchester (The Klondyke in Levenshulme) on Friday 22nd, London (The Old Baths in Hackney Wick) on Saturday 23rd, and Bristol (The Old England) on Sunday 24th.

Check our gigs page for details.


Mix the City is now LIVE

The Mix the City project which we’ve been involved with is now live online.

‘Mix the City’ is a British Council project where twelve musicians/bands are filmed in each city and (very) short excerpts of their music are put on the Mix the City platform, where they can then be mixed. Many other excellent Glasgow musicians are also on this (including musicians some of us have collaborated with on other projects) so you can’t fail to get a good mix.

We were filmed in April at the Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow’s East End, and project was officially launched on Friday 3rd August, with an outdoor concert in George Square in the middle of Glasgow.


Promo video:

A couple of photos from the Barrowlands filming:

Painted X-Ray at the Barrowlands, Glasgow


Painted X-Ray at the Barrowlands, Glasgow for Mix the City

At the Barrowlands, Glasgow, April 2018, filming for Mix the City – photos by Brian Hartley / Still Motion


Painted X-Ray gigs in Scotland in August

Painted X-Ray are playing in George Square, in the centre of Glasgow, on Friday 3rd August for the official launch of the ‘Mix the City’ project (see below).

We’re also playing at the Pianodrome in the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh on the 16th August, and at The Glad Cafe in Glasgow on the 18th August as part of their sixth birthday celebrations.

As ever, see our gigs page for all the details.


Painted X-Ray on Mix the City – Glasgow

‘Mix the City’ is a British Council project where twelve musicians/bands are filmed in each city and short excerpts of their music are put on the Mix the City platform, where they can then be mixed.

It’s a worldwide project and Glasgow’s the first UK city to be part of Mix the City, as part of the cultural programme for the 2018 European Championships, hosted by Glasgow and Berlin. We’re happy to be part of it and really enjoyed filming our wee bit in the Barrowlands last month.

The Mix the City platform doesn’t go live until July but in the meantime you can read more about it here:

European Championships Glasgow 2018 – Scotland and Germany-based musicians join forces for a UK-first project as part of Festival 2018

The Skinny – Create a Glasgow music mash-up with Mix the City

And you can watch this short teaser video to whet your appetite:


Painted X-Ray (lettering by Brian Hartley)
We had a wee name change and are now Painted X-Ray, formerly known as Ilk


Ilk June gigs in Glasgow

Saturday 23rd June at the CCA, Glasgow – CANCELLED
with a taiko workshop in the afternoon hosted by Georgie from Ilk – MOVED, NOT CANCELLED

Thursday 7th June at The Art School, Glasgow
a short set as part of a showcase with other musicians, dancers and DJs.

More details on the gigs page.


Ilk in England and Wales

Friday 27th April at The 1 in 12 Club, Bradford
with a million other bands as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations.

Saturday 28th April at Conwy Comrades Club, Conwy

also with loads of other bands as part of the April Alldayer for Freshfields Animal Rescue.

Details on the gigs page.


Ilk in Scotland

Friday 30th March at Fireside, Edinburgh
as part of the Pianodrome Resonator fundraiser.

Friday 2nd February at The Glad Cafe, Glasgow: Celtic Connections festival
With the legendary Sound of Yell and Aby Vulliamy.

See the gigs page for details.


Ilk gigs for the Fall

Sunday 26th November at Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh
With Jess Aslan and Daniel Padden.

Friday 24th November at the 1 in 12 Club, Bradford
With Aby Vulliamy and Andy Abbott.

Saturday 4th November at The Space, Glasgow
Ilk are playing at an all-dayer event at The Space, 257 London Road, Glasgow with numerous other bands. Kick off is at 2pm with a drop-in taiko workshop and Ilk play at 8.30pm.

See our gigs page for details of all of these.


Scottish summer 2017 gigs

Ilk at Mugstock festival
Friday 28th July at Mugstock, Mugdock Country Park, north of Glasgow

Tuesday 1st August at Nice’n’Sleazy, Glasgow

See our gigs page for details.


Spring gigs 2017

1st April at Wild Woods, Bradford

30th March at Nice’n’Sleazy’s, Glasgow
with Cucina Povera and FK Alexander

29th March at Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh
with Bell Lungs and Casey Miller

5th February at McChuills, Glasgow
as part of Yellow Movement Sundays with various bands and all in aid of Refuweegee

Click here for details: Ilk gigs


Autumn gigs 2016ilk gig in Glasgow October 2016

25th October at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow
with Bristol band The Brackish and local band Rapid Tan

26th October at Henry’s Cellar Bar in Edinburgh
with The Brackish, Don Vito (Germany), Daikiri (France) and Confraternita Del Purgatorio (Italy).

All the details for both gigs here: ilk gigs

And/or see our facebook page for the ‘events’.



ilk recordings and video

A couple of videos of our May gig are now ready to watch here: ilk videos
plus a recording: ilk audio



A few photos from our first gig at The Flying Duck, Glasgow, 17th May 2016:



Ali, Ali, Georgie


Ilk - first gig


Ali, Rafe, Georgie