midweek, we CLOSE THE CURTAINS
outside of the weekends, we close the curtains and dim the lights, for a series of intimate, candle-lit gigs in our conservatory. A limited number of tables are available for dinner during these shows (unless otherwise stated), for which booking is strongly recommended. Doors at 8.30pm, show starting at 9pm.
weekends mean LATE NIGHT LIVE
Late Night Live comes at the weekends, where the music gets a bit louder, the drinks flow a bit faster and things go on a bit later. A band plus DJ continues to be the format of these nights, often with one of the band themselves spinning for the night, offering an insight into the musical influences that go into the bands own sets, but more importantly keeping you dancing either side of the band being on stage. Entry to all Late Night Live gigs remains free, with things kicking off about 10pm.
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Thursday 28th July: Charlie McKerron, Jonny Hardie & Davy Cattanach
We are delighted to have with us Charlie McKerron (Cappercaillie & Session A9), Jonny Hardie (Old Blind Dogs & Catford) and Davy Cattanach (Old Blind Dogs & Catford). They will be playing together to bring some fantastic folk music to the Old Bridge Inn. Below is a wee bit about each artist to tickle the tastebuds for what is to come!
Charlie McKerron is a key member of the highly successful Capercaillie but has collaborated with many other musicians and played with other noted bands such as Sessions A9. Charlie was brought up with the Northeast fiddle tradition learning from his father and Great uncle but has immersed himself in the Gaelic tradition with Capercaillie and in doing so has helped to bring this music to high acclaim on the International stage.
Jonny Hardie was brought up in Aberdeenshire - an area of Scotland culturally rich in ballads and fiddle tunes. At the age of eight, Jonny started playing fiddle. After leaving school he studied viola at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Jonny then returned to Aberdeen to concentrate on traditional music and soon became involved in various local bands. It was during this time that Old Blind Dogs were formed, along with Ian Benzie and Buzzby McMillan.
Davy Cattanach has played a wide variety of musical genres with bands like the Squibs, 30 Footers and Mojo Pep. In the early 1990’s he joined the Scottish folk band, The Old Blind Dogs, bringing congo’s, djembe and talking drums to the mix, underpinning Jonny Hardies fiddle and Ian F Benzies vocals and accompanied by Grant McMillan's cittern & bass.
Wednesday 3rd August: Dean Owens
Dean Owens performed back in October and he has returned to bring us some more fantastic tunes to kick off our August music extravaganza!
Dean’s music has been described as Celtic Americana with a rocky pop edge, and draws as much from his Scottish roots, especially his home town of Leith (referenced and loved by the Proclaimers) as from his US heroes. The emotional honesty in his songs shines through as he sings about people and places, love and regrets, drawing favourable comparisons with the likes of Springsteen. A gritty yet lyrical Scottish sensibility, delivered with a searingly soulful voice. His new songs evoke the style of whiskey town era Ryan Adams and are upbeat yet melancholic.
Thursday 11th August: Luke Jackson
Luke is a young roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the Young Folk category. With a bold and distinctive voice, and a sweet, percussive guitar style, Luke is a confident and captivating live performer. He was also winner of Fatea’s ‘Male Artist of the Year2014’.
Over the past few years he has steadily been developing a reputation for himself in the Folk & Roots circuits either through his solo shows, many festival appearances or when opening for such luminaries as Show of Hands, Steve Knightly, Martyn Joseph, Karine Polwart, Oysterband, Paul Brady, Glen Tilbrook, Sarah Jarosz and Lucy Ward.
He has also completed several tours of Scotland, with the last 2 years including playing 2 sold out nights at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Luke is an ever present in the live music scene, gigging relentlessly all over, and he remains a prolific songwriter aiming to release his third full length album due Autumn this year.
Wednesday 17th August: Elliot Morris
Elliott’s original compositions marry intricate guitar lines with heartfelt, honest vocals and clever wordplay, combining elements of folk, roots, jazz and country. Embracing the traditional and the contemporary – this is folk music for the 21st century.
Half English, half Scottish and raised in Wales and Lincolnshire, Elliott has always been one to enjoy travelling, and this is evident in his almost constant touring schedule. He’s played all across the British Isles, from Orkney to Plymouth, Boston to Llangrannog, Belfast to Clonakilty.
With hundreds of gigs behind him – and a coveted Danny Kyle Award from Celtic Connections 2013 – Elliott Morris has a formidable reputation as one of the hardest-working and most sought-after young artists on the acoustic scene.
Thursday 18th August: Folk Sessions with Russell Murray and a set from Alistair McCulloch
Tonight sees a night of folk sessions with Russell Murray and a set from Alistair McCulloch. Fiddler Russell Murray will bring some great music and a lively session to start off the evening. The evening will also see a set from Alistair McCulloch.
Alistair McCulloch hails from Ayr and is one of the country’s best known fiddle performers, teachers and composers. Past winner of many fiddles championships, Alistair is fiddle instructor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has tutored many of the new generation of rising stars.
Wednesday 24th August: Kirsty Law
Borders-born Kirsty Law has grown up learning traditional songs, mainly in the Scots dialect. She now combines this with her strong interests in song writing and poetry which has led to exciting collaboration and her own self-penned work, inspired by the ideas and forms she finds within the tradition.
Kirsty Law has now launched into a career of performing and writing, fast becoming noticed as a talent to watch. Starting 'The Kirsty Law Band' where she is accompanied by Rona Wilkie (BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2012) and Marit Falt (Vamm) they create a sound which is charged and exciting whilst resonating with stories, forms and melodies that have withstood the test of time.
Saturday 27th August: Holy Ghosts
The Holy Ghosts formed in January 2012 to spread the good word of the rock n roll gospel. They are a five-piece band from Edinburgh playing Rock n' Roll/Country with a dash of the Blues. They draw inspiration from the R’n’B, Country Rock and Americana bands of the 60s and 70s and apply a unique twist of Scottish young manhood.
Performing live remains the groups forte with the use of razor sharp guitars, wailing harmonica, honky tonk piano, spine tingling three part harmonies and charismatic stage presence make them an exciting live performance.
The Edinburgh five piece have been making an impact on the Scottish music scene with festival slots up and down the country. They have also played to a sold out crowd in the HMV Picture House, shared the stage with The Proclaimers at Heb Celt Festival and supported Alabama 3 at Glasgow's 02 Academy. This has been topped off by supporting Status Quo in front of a sold out crowd of 5,500 thousand people in May 2014.
Sunday 28th August: Nieves
Nieves are a Glaswegian 4 piece with a growing following throughout the UK and Europe. Managed by Camden based Ferocious Talent, the alt folk act have received high praise from online and print media in recent months, and are shaping up for a big 2016.
Their self-titled debut E.P, was met with widespread critical acclaim, and their second E.P 'Matriarch has projected them to the next level, with an ever growing fan base across the UK. Comparisons have ranged from Frightened Rabbit to the National and Bright Eyes with the bands piano driven sound and dark lyrics at the forefront.
The band is made up of Brendan Dafters on vocals and guitar, Herre de Leur playing the piano, Martin Murray on guitar and Ross Forsyth on the drums.
If you have any queries please call The Bunkhouse on 01479811181.