As we move into the final season of 2016, we have some great thing slined up for you, before we take a bit of a braek in the run up to Christmas. Particular highlights come in the form of Kaela Rowan (Shooglenifty), Blue Rose Code, Fras, Franc Cinelli & Tom Speight, and Shaka Loves You at Halloween. Read on for full details.
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. 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 coming on stage about 9.30 continues to be the format of these nights, often with one of the band themselves spinning some tunes 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 9.30/10pm.
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Thursday 15th September: Kaela Rowan (Shooglenifty)
Kaela Rowan has a powerful song writing style. Her songs are emotive, honest, both strong and gentle, and often quirky. The music is eclectic, with strong influences from both the Scottish and world music scenes; her vocal harmony is at times sumptuous and at others, delicate.
Kaela Rowan’s voice has come a long way since her teens singing in folk bands and playing sessions and festivals around her native Highlands. Citing an eclectic range of early influences, John Martyn, Planxty and Joni Mitchell, amongst others, Kaela has since forged her own unique path throughout the Scottish music scene.
Moving to Edinburgh in her twenties, her passion for traditional song and dance led her to her training in community arts and ultimately becoming a traditional dance and music tutor for various organisations , including Dance Base, ALP & Feisean Nan Gaidheal. Currently Kaela holds the post of the Scottish Borders Council's Traditional Song Development Worker.
Thursday 6th October, 8.30pm
Nae Plans are strictly unrehearsed Scottish traditional folk fiddle/piano duo, Hamish Napier (Man’s Ruin/Back of The Moon) and Adam Sutherland (Session A9/Treacherous Orchestra. Each performance is unique and demonstrates the incredible talent of two of Scotland’s foremost musicians. As they allow themselves the freedom to experiment, ‘Nae Plans’ becomes ‘Nae limits’. The material ranges from traditional songs and tunes, to contemporary numbers, to their own compositions and improv. This premise captures the duos raw creativity and demonstrates their outstanding musical intuition, displaying a kind of electricity and excitement by the off-the-cuff nature. See this film for the bigger picture!
Thursday 13th October
Blue Rose Code
'...AND LO! THE BIRD IS ON THE WING' is the new album from the acclaimed Scottish songwriter, Blue Rose Code (Ross Wilson). Previewed to a sold out theatre at 2016’s Celtic Connections and released on 4th March, supported by a UK and European tour.
Recorded at Gran's House Studio in the Scottish Borders and written between the Shetland Isles and rural Dorset, '...AND LO! THE BIRD IS ON THE WING' features the finest Scottish Jazz and Folk musicians, Nashville Gospel singers, The McCrary Sisters, British music legend Danny Thompson and Hollywood A-lister, none other than Ewan McGregor.
Of the new record, Wilson says, "It's an album for music fans and musicians, a challenging record.
"I'm passionate about that fusion of folk and jazz and where it intersects with songwriting. Working with these musicians has been a game-changer. I may have cut my throat because there's not really a single on here but, this is the album that I've written and it's just as I wished it to be."
In the space of only a short few years and two stellar albums, Blue Rose Code, Edinburgh-born Ross Wilson, has gone from song-writing in the obscurity of an East London flat to being celebrated by the industry and fans alike as a legacy artist whose work stands alone. As BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Mary-Anne Kennedy said recently, “Blue Rose Code is one of those rare artists whose work makes you sit up and listen”.
The Ballads Of Peckham Rye, Blue Rose Code’s second record, was nominated for the prestigious Scottish Album Of The Year Awards in 2014 and featured a roll-call of remarkable talent, including Danny Thompson, Karine Polwart, John Wetton, Aidan O’Rourke and Kathryn Williams.
'GRATEFUL', the first single from the new album was released at the end of 2015 and was playlisted on BBC Radio Scotland for a full five weeks. Truly remarkable for an act without the backing of a label or a heavy management deal.
Further praise has come from the most unexpected of quarters in Hollywood A-lister, Ewan McGregor. Ewan explained, “My uncle Denis Lawson, (star of Local Hero) gave me a copy of The Ballads Of Peckham Rye, it’s beautiful and I can’t stop listening to it.”
Performing live he is stunning, and this reputation led Edith Bowman to personally ask Ross to perform on the launch show of BBC At The Quay with Texas and Stornoway. Edith described Ross’ performance with a nine-piece band, including guest Karine Polwart, as “truly special and beautiful”.
Friday 21st October, 9.30
Wild West Highland days and storming tune-fuelled nights have formed Fras. Their debut album, dile, is a bracing shower of melodies, a downpour of thundering rhythm with the occasional promise of sunshine.
Angus Binnie from Cromarty on pipes and whistles; Murdo Cameron from Glenelg on guitar; Tam Kinsella from Arisaig on banjo, Kirsten MacLeod from Acharacle on accordion and Colin Masterton, Ballachullish on flutes and whistles.
Thursday 27th October, 8.30pm
Franc Cinelli & Tom Speight
Franc Cinelli: Bucking the trend with his free-wheeling alternative folk Franc Cinelli is the songwriters’ songwriter. From uptempo torch songs to blues laden road journals and lovestruck serenades to defiant, prison outlaw ballads; Franc has carved his own musical path.
Franc Cinelli’s new album The Marvel Age shows an artist continuing a determined road, not afraid to take chances and experiment. At its core this is a folk record, but its use of rhythms, the twists and turns in the arrangements with their vibrant colours and haunting undertones, create something much more. It has received critical acclaim including Folk Radio UK’s coveted album of the month slot and Resonance FM’s Tin Can Review Top Ten Albums of the year along with a score of fantastic reviews in the UK and Franc’s native Italy.
The album was written over the course of Cinelli’s extensive tour in 2013 and 2014 playing throughout the UK, US and his native Italy. The people and places of that tour, from the Strait of Messina to England’s North East are all present throughout these ten songs, as is much of the listening material from the tour, from T Bone Burnett records to the mesmerising Sahara Blues. The album was recorded in his London studio, enlisting the help of his live band Laurence Saywood on bass guitar and Drew Manley on drums.
Following his previous record with Morrissey and Coldplay producer Danton Supple, Franc took the step of recording and producing his own music at his London studio where he also continues to produce a crop of new talent.
The extensive 12-month tour promoting his last record I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight, which gave birth to this new album, saw him playing shows across UK, Europe and North America. Including sold out shows in New York and London, along with a televised performance at the Blue Note in Milan and two shows at the Royal Albert Hall. He’s gathered support from BBC Radio 2 to WFUV in New York and everywhere in between.
Franc Cinelli was born in Rome and grew up in London since the age of four. His introduction to music came from his mother’s record collection : ”Springsteen, The Police, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd & Bob Marley were the big hitters” he comments.
He started playing the violin when he was about 10 and quit that in favor of the guitar a few years later. Like all good troubadours, he spent a lot of time touring by himself before making records. Not just the length and breadth of the UK (quite literally from Hastings to Stornoway) but throughout the East Coast of the USA, Texas & Tennessee, and in his native Italy. He regards the road as the school of songwriting, and, he adds ”its rather good fun”.
New Album The Marvel Age is out now on SongCircle Records
"A roosty, bluesy, folky confection" ✮✮✮✮ R2 Magazine
Folk Radio UK Album of the Month
Americana UK 8/10
Classic Rock 8/10
"Top 10 Albums of the Year” Tin Can Review, Resonance FM London
"Franc Cinelli comes of age." Rock N Roll Creations
"A road album evoking images of long distance car journeys through barren wastelands.” Acoustic Magazine
Saturday 29th October
Halloween party, with Shaka Loves You
You know the drill. Dress up, get funky, show's what you got.
Scotland’s bad-boy AV funkers Shaka Loves You boast a full audio-visual show with live percussion. Effortlessly fusing elements of funk, soul, disco & hip-hop with custom visuals and turntablism, SLY create the perfect, good times live show.
Since forming in 2012 Jamie & Marty have already shared the stage with heavyweights such as Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, DJ Yoda, Mr Scruff, James Lavelle & A.Skillz and have an impressive number of gigs and performances behind them.
As well as their weekly residency at Glasgow’s home of funk & soul; The Buff Club, the boys have played clubs from Edinburgh to Amsterdam as well as festival appearances up and down the UK including T in the Park, Beat Herder and Eden. Add to this a Canadian mini-tour in the Summer of 2015 and you get a picture of how the boys are spreading their funky sound far & wide.
Complementing their live show, SLY are regularly releasing their own music and videos. 2016 has got off to a flying start with Craig Charles picking up the boys' track ’Soul On Fire’ on his ‘What’s big in 2016’ show on BBC 6 Music. This track also attracted the attention of Mixmag, which gave it an 8/10 review. Their first EP, released in 2013 hit the top spot on Juno download and their second, a heavily disco influenced affair released on Goodgroove Records also climbed the nu-disco charts to No.1.
With a busy gigging and production schedule ahead 2016 is set to be another big year for Shaka Loves You.
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