A band with taiko at its heart

A band with taiko at its heart, Painted X-Ray* are taiko (Japanese drums, Alison Roe, Georgie White), guitar (Jer Reid), bass (Ali Begbie) and violin (Rafe Fitzpatrick): skins and strings basically.

Painted X-Ray are based in Glasgow and have toured around the UK, including the 1 in 12 Club’s 30th birthday party in Bradford, the Celtic Connections and European Championships festivals of 2018 in Glasgow, and in the beautiful Pianodrome in Edinburgh’s botanic gardens as part of the 2018 Fringe festival. Painted X-Ray were also one of 12 Glasgow music acts selected to take part in the British Council’s ‘Mix the City‘ project, launched in the UK in 2018.

Painted X-Ray have shared bills with The Ex, King Ayisoba, Kathryn Joseph, RM Hubbert, Sound of Yell, Barbara Morgenstern, Daikiri and FK Alexander (amongst others) and share a collective rehearsal space at On The Corner studio in Glasgow’s East End with several bands including The Gymnastic Band, Current Affairs, Joyce Delaney and Gift Horse.

*We initially went by the name of Ilk (May 2016 – July 2018)

You can find out more about us in a short interview for Nice’n’Sleazy (2017).

Painted X-Ray artwork by Brian Hartley / Still Motion


Painted X-Ray at Summerhall, Edinburgh, September 2019 – screenshot from footage by Tree Bench Films


Painted X-Ray

Painted X-Ray (Ilk) at The Old Hairdresser’s, Glasgow, October 2016 – photo by Brian Hartley / Still Motion


Painted X-Ray at the Glad Cafe

Painted X-Ray (Ilk) at The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, February 2018 – photo by Brian Hartley / Still Motion


Painted X-Ray at Glasgow School of Art

Painted X-Ray at the Glasgow School of Art, June 2018 (a week before the fire!) – photo by Eoin Carey


Website by Alison.