The Black Diamond Express

The Black Diamond Express

 Edinburgh, Scotland, GBR

This award-winning Scottish band have just released their debut album, performed at Celtic Connections and toured the UK and Canada. Their live show features fyrebrand sonic sermons, stunning original compositions, old time blues and work songs. Once the coals get hot, these gents are an unstoppable force.


Formed in 2007 the BDE have garnered praise on the back of an extensive catalogue of original new music, stirred with a large measure of roots and blues. Described by The List as a 8-piece soaked in poetry, myth and bourbon. The BDE somehow stay true to both Robert Johnson and The Sex Pistols, armed with bellowing sermons and a swaggering, suited performance equally worthy of The Spiegel Tent or Glastonbury.
Their synergy and on stage presence ensure that everyone - both band and audience - enjoy themselves. These factors made the unorthodox decision to release a live first album a remarkably easy one, even though the process was more challenging than traditional routes.
Last year, the band were nominated for a Scottish BAFTA for their work on the short film A Zombie Musical. In another outing members were closely involved with flourishing educational project The Tinderbox Orchestra, hosting workshops, recording, and performing for the Dalai Lama on his recent State visit. 
As well as the launch of their long-awaited debut album at The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh, the band opened last year supporting American giants The Mavericks and legendary group The Magic Band. This was followed by a whistle-stop round of national tour dates including appearances at Midsummer Music Festival, Focus Wales, and an epic set to close the main stage at Insider Festival. Finally rounding off the summer with a triumphant tour of Ontario and a full house slot at NXNE Festival in Toronto, the band returned home to host another sell-out run at the Edinburgh International Festival in August as part of the Made in Scotland Showcase.  

In December the band recorded the first of four new studio EP's to be released in 2015 entitled The Year of The Snake.


Murder of Crows EP - Limited release – 2008 - can be streamed:


Brimstone for Hell (Debut Album – Physical copy available through artist website. Also available with immediate download when CD purchased via 


Year of the Snake (EP 1 of 4 )…Coming 2015


Live at The Caves Full Concert 2011…Will be available as a free download and via youtube from 1st march 2014.