Sutherland was a main member of Scottish post-rock band Long Fin Killie, who were active from 1993 until 1998. He then formed Bows, the band releasing two albums. Since 2000, he has been an occasional and touring member of Mogwai, playing violin and more recently guitar. He also sings on and has a writing credit for the track "Mexican Grand Prix". He also sings with a band called Music A.M. with Stefan Schneider and Volker Bertelmann, releasing three albums: A Heart & Two Stars (2004), My City Glittered Like a Breaking Wave (2005) and Unwound From The Wood (2006). Sutherland has recently formed the band Rev Magnetic.
Sutherland's debut novel, Jelly Roll, was nominated for the Whitbread Prize in the first novel category in 1998. His novella Venus As A Boy (2004) talks extensively about Sutherland's own childhood in Orkney, where he was the sole Scots-African.
- Jelly Roll, Anchor (1998)
- Sweetmeat, Anchor (2002)
- Venus as a Boy, Bloomsbury (2004)
- "Black Scottish novelist and pan-European indie-pop-star Luke Sutherland"
- The Guardian – "... my parents' nationality – they are both (lowland) Scottish... "; "... he regaled us with tales of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and the continuing wars of independence. I identified with the Scottish cause, bristled with a measure of patriotic pride."
- "Luke Sutherland". The British Blacklist. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
- "Mexican Grand Prix". discogs.org. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
- Luca Prono (2005). "Luke Sutherland". Contemporary Writers. British Council. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
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