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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Saturday 2nd May, 8.30pm, The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2015
Rozi Plain & The Pictish Trail, £10
The soulful sound of Eigg-based singer-songwriter Johnny Lynch of The Pictish Trail effortlessly straddles the boundary between acoustic and electronic. Secret Soundz Vol. 1 and Secret Soundz Vol. 2 are synergetic works that reveal a discerning ear in their creator, who makes the most of every sound that has been carefully harvested - trippy, but also beautiful. The songs are richly textured and imbued with warmth and colour, which makes them simultaneously comforting and exciting. Simple melodies are interwoven with Balearic beats that by turns make you want to dance and daydream.
Mesmerising ballads, like 'Wait Until', have the power to transport you; 'Secret Sound #7' evokes technicolour hillsides and butterflies; 'Michael Rocket' niggles at your subconscious until you relent and hum it out. Every bit the showman, The Pictish Trail has a blazing live set that is positively awe-inspiring. Johnny has been accompanied by everything from acoustic guitar to a full-on four piece metal band to throbbing dance beats and samples, and often during the course of the same gig. He has toured with KT Tunstall, James Yorkston and most recently, Moshi label-mate Sweet Baboo, with whom he recorded Secret Soundz Vol. 2.
Rozi Plain has been making music since her brother taught her a few chords on the guitar aged 13. Raised in Winchester, she spent a few years studying art and painting boats in Bristol, where she met long-term collaborators Kate Stables and Rachael Dadd. It was there that she made her first two albums, 2008’s Inside Over Here and 2012’s Joined Sometimes Unjoined, each works of intoxicatingly sad and beautiful pop, full of heart-wrenching harmonies dotted with unexpected instrumental flourishes that crash about and bring them to life.
Rozi recently moved to London, but she doesn’t see her flat all that often because she tours a great deal year round. She has taken her joyous live show on the road around Europe, the UK and the USA, in partnership with alt-folk luminaries from Devendra Banhart to James Yorkston. Rozi has appeared at festivals from Glastonbury to End of the Road and Green Man. As a member of This Is The Kit, Rozi has also toured widely, including several dates around Europe last year opening for The National.
The Pictish Trail and Rozi Plain come together for a night of music like no other - this is what Spirit of Speyside Sessions is all about - so get a ticket, grab a dram, sit back and take in the sounds.
Sunday 3rd May, 9pm, The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2015
The Mae Trio, £10
With their roots firmly planted in folk tradition, award-winning Australian band The Mae Trio are a breath of fresh air on the contemporary folk scene. Incorporating stellar three-part harmonies, complex arrangements and lyrical sophistication, these youngsters are on a rapid rise. Winners of the Maton Class Act Award and the National Film and Sound Archive Folk Recording of the Year, their debut album Housewarming was produced by Luke Plumb of Shooglenifty. The Mae Trio have toured internationally from Celtic Connections to Cambridge Folk Festival and Nashville’s Americana Festival to much critical acclaim:
“a delightful Australian girl group whom it is hard to fault…theirs is an innocent, clear-skinned sound that's long on banjo, fiddle and ukulele" - Metro (Glasgow)
“they belied their apparent youth with some fine songs and dry wit” – Americana UK
“among the best young talent on the Australian folk scene at the moment” – Timber and Steel
“it’s easy to envisage The Mae Trio attaining a significant following beyond the folk world” - Rhythms
"spine-tingling harmonies” – The Scotsman
“The Mae Trio has made a meteoric mark on the national acoustic music scene” – Rhythms
We are delighted to welcome The Mae Trio to the Spirit of Speyside Sessions stage. This will be a fantastic evening of music so get a ticket, grab a dram and enjoy!
Sunday 10th May, 8.30pm
During 17 years of part-time touring, Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) and Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar, banjo) built a reputation for fine songs, stunning harmonies and spontaneous, (occasionally outrageous!) off-the-wall humour.
Dave Wilson is now recognised as one of the UK’s best contemporary, acoustic songwriters, with his songs widely covered, including “Storm Around
Tumbledown” which has been covered by Vin Garbutt amongst many others.
Kip Winter has simply one of the best voices in the business, delivering power and emotion in equal measure.
After becoming full-time professional musicians in 2012, Winter Wilson have gone on to be one of the hardest-working duos on the UK acoustic music scene. Their sixth album “Cutting Free” was selected as one of the Daily Telegraph’s top 10 Folk albums for summer 2014, but it is above all their live performances which have continued to delight audiences across the UK.
Thursday 21st May, 8.30pm
Close the Curtains, with Adam Holmes & The Embers, plus support
Debut Album Heirs and Graces released January 2014 on Gogar Records.
Produced by John Wood (also producer of John Martyn, Nick Drake, Richard
Thompson, Sandy Denny, Pink Floyd, Kate and Anna McGarrigle and Fairport
Mastered by Simon Heyworth (assistant producer of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells)
Highest Chart Position – Number 5 in the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.
Hotly-tipped Edinburgh balladeer Adam Holmes crafts lyrics that resonate like old folk
songs, set to melodies rooted in haunting slow airs. John Martyn's strum and sting, laced
with a slice of Paolo Nutini soul and a touch of traditional folk.
The 23-year-old Edinburgh-born singer/songwriter is one of the brightest rising stars on the
UK roots music scene, with influences from either side of the Atlantic mixing traditional and
contemporary folk with his own brand of Americana.
A finalist in the 2009 Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition,
he was also a nominee for Best Newcomer at the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and a
nominee for Best Up and Coming Artist at the 2013 Scottish Traditional Music Awards.
His debut album Heirs and Graces was longlisted for Scottish Album of the Year in 2014
and was also nominated for a Scottish Traditional Music Award in the same year in the
Best Album category.
2014 also saw live sessions for BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show and BBC Radio 3’s World on 3
programme, festival appearances (including a prestigious “Showcase” slot at the
Cambridge Folk Festival), sell-out gigs throughout the UK and songs from the album have
received national and international radio airplay.
Live, he and his band the Embers combine the rhythm and blues, country and folk music
textures of classic artists such as The Band, Neil Young and Ryan Adams and The
Cardinals and this year they have already played a sell-out show at Glasgow’s Tron
Theatre as part of Celtic Connections and filmed a live performance at Celtic for broadcast
later this year on BBC Television.
Website – www.adamholmesandtheembers.com
Amazon - www.amazon.co.uk/Heirs-Graces-Adam-Holmes/dp/B00HRH1V8Y
YouTube - www.youtube.com/user/AdamHolmesTheEmbers
Wednesday 3rd June, 8.30pm, £8
Close The Curtains Special, with Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire
Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire had a cracker of a year in 2014, which saw their critically acclaimed “Roaming Roots Revue” go from strength to strength at Celtic Connections, swiftly followed by a triumphant American TV network debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. This led to an invitation to take up a rare weeklong residency playing to a combined audience of over 12 million viewers. Their eponymous album, described as “Widescreen…poetic and [with] verve…evoking the epic rock of Springsteen” (UNCUT), earned a long-list nomination for the SAY Award, and they continued to make new fans throughout the year, with performances at the opening party for the Commonwealth Games and their celebrated show at Paisley Abbey with the RSNO. After their recent return from South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, 2015 has seen the band hunkered down in their studio in Glasgow working on a new album, some of which will be played live for the first time at their only Scottish gigs to date this year.
Tickets go on sale at 9am Thursday 30th April from www.beyondit.net or in person from OBI.